I know I’ve talked about my FtM Deuce theory/headcanon before but I’m not sure how in depth so I wanted to talk about it now.
The first point I’ve seen a lot of people use is that all gorgons are born female in Greek mythology. Now it is unclear weather Monster High’s Medusa is based around the original mythos or the later Roman adaptation, as there is evidence for both. But in either version there is no evidence of male gorgons. In the original there was only the gorgon sisters, in the Roman version Medusas older sisters were born gorgons and Medusa was born human but later turned into one. In both versions all of them are female. In mythology the gorgons also have no children who are gorgons, in some mythos Medusa is the mother of two sons, Pegasus and Chrysaor, but neither of them are gorgons. The only other gorgons we see in monster high are Viperine and the create a monster gorgon, both of which are girls. There is a possibility that Deuce being part human could allow him to have been born biologically male but I don’t find it likely, I think a child would have to be born something other than a gorgon to be born male.
It is also very common, especially around the time that monster high was released, for trans men to have somewhat fragile sense of masculinity. Canonically Deuce struggles with that. It is the entire reason he doesn’t tell people about his love of cooking, because he is afraid of being perceived at feminine. And a fear of being seen as feminine seemed a little strange for one of the most accepting monsters at monster high, but it makes a little more sense if Deuce was a trans man who just really wanted to be seen as the monster he really is.
The next point is mostly based around my own experiences as a trans man, but trans men have a tendency to do anything they can to distract from their chest. My personal favorite thing to do is show off my biceps, if you have nice biceps, they tend to distract from your chest. Deuce almost exclusively wears sleeveless shirts.
Again, this is mostly based on personal experience, but it isn’t uncommon for trans men to overuse the words “dude” and “bro” as a way of kind of compensating for the years of not using “boyish” language even if they grew up using it just as much as the cis boys they knew.
Deuce being trans could also be another reason for Cleo’s family being so against Cleo dating him, as well as a source of some of his anxieties and insecurities in his relationship with Cleo.
Deuce being trans could also explain the complicated relationship with his mother. A child coming out as trans can be very confusing, even if Medusa was supportive it could still take some time for both of them to get used to the change. Or perhaps Medusa isn’t supportive and that’s why they don’t have a great relationship. Medusa is also a notorious man hater so maybe, even if she’s supportive it would be hard to fully accept that this child you raised as your daughter is actually your son and you fucking hate men, that’s gonna be a little weird for you to get used to at least.
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If I may once again dip my toe into the discourse surrounding Greek Mythology, a lot of people like to rewrite or reframe the story of Medusa, and that’s great! Highly encourage it. But, DON’T YOU DARE GO AND DEMONIZE MY BOY PERSEUS!
Perseus isn’t some vile misogynist who hunts down and murders Medusa for the hell of it. He’s a scared kid who’s trying to save his mom from a forced marriage (whom herself has been a victim of terrible abuse from her father) to a creepy evil king and gets duped by the Gods into cleaning up their mess for them. He’s not the villain, he’s just another pawn. So if I see one more motherfucker trying to make him out to be the “real monster” I will throw hands.
You know what would be way more interesting?! Medusa sees Perseus rolling up to her crib and freaks out cause ‘holy shit this is a fucking kid. a fucking toddler with a sword and shield.’ and they hash it out and then TEAM UP to kill the evil kind trying to force marry Perseus’ mother! Think of the dynamics that you could write! The interactions that could occur. I mean, one of ‘em is gonna have to wear a blindfold but hey, minor problems.
What I’m saying is, gimme a buddy cop movie where Perseus and Medusa team up to fight evil in Ancient Greece.
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chelsea g. summers, a certain hunger / ginger snaps (2000) / joan macleod, the shape of a girl / L’AQUART - jade medusa, 2020 / john collier - lilith, 1887 / florence + the machine, “howl” / battle royale (2000) / brenna twohy, “swallowtail” / caravaggio - judith beheading holofernes, 16th c. / herbert james draper - ulysses and the sirens, 1909 / william etty - the sirens and ulysses, 1837 / alicia ostriker, “in the 25th year of marriage, it goes on” / gone girl (2014)
a monster in the shape of a girl
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