Women & Power: A Manifesto

Women & Power: A Manifesto

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At long last, Mary Beard addresses in one brave book the misogynists and trolls who mercilessly attack and demean women the world over, including, very often, Mary herself. In Women & Power, she traces the origins of this misogyny to its ancient roots, examining the pitfalls of gender and the ways that history has mistreated strong women since time immemorial. As far back as Homer’s Odyssey, Beard shows, women have been prohibited from leadership roles in civic life, public speech being defined as inherently male. From Medusa to Philomela (whose tongue was cut out), from Hillary Clinton to Elizabeth Warren (who was told to sit down), Beard draws illuminating parallels between our cultural assumptions about women’s relationship to power—and how powerful women provide a necessary example for all women who must resist being vacuumed into a male template. With personal reflections on her own online experiences with sexism, Beard asks: If women aren’t perceived to be within the structure of power, isn’t it power itself we need to redefine? And how many more centuries should we be expected to wait?

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  • Ina Cawl

    It is a shame for women to be loudI don’t know who told me this this stupid wisdom and I don’t remember Maybe in my school or maybe in my house but nevertheless I feel guilty for believing it.Why ...

  • Jenny (Reading Envy)

    This is a very thought-provoking read, as long as you understand what it is - the texts of two speeches Mary Beard has given in the 21st century. Honestly, I do wish she'd used them as a starting poin...

  • Nicola

    I pretty much wanted to underline the whole thing. Review coming in The Big Issue soon. ...

  • Monika

    There's really nothing new here, but Mary Beard does a wonderful job bringing classical history/misogyny into the 21st century. My biggest complaint is that it just didn't go far enough. I would have ...

  • Raymond

    "When it comes to silencing women, Western culture has had thousands of years of practice." -Mary BeardBeard’s Women & Power is a collection of two lectures that she gave in 2014 and 2017 both on th...

  • Becky

    I will get straight to the point, with no ladylike silly shally.... this is bloody brilliant....

  • Joanna Flis

    A very important book. Loud voice about voiceless women....

  • Tiffany Reisz

    Damn, women have it tough in this world. Good thing I’m not a...what was that? I am? Shit....

  • Victoria (Eve's Alexandria)

    Read in one late-train-journey gulp and very much enjoyed. There isn’t a lot new here from a feminist theory perspective but I really appreciated how Mary Beard foregrounds the impact of speech and ...

  • Flapper72

    Far too short but fantastic. Until a few years ago I had thought that feminism was something that was necessary but as I get older, read more, think more, experience the world more, I realise just how...