Women & Power
A ManifestoBook - 2017
A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER"A modern feminist classic."—The GuardianFrom the internationally acclaimed classicist and New York Times best-selling author comes this timely manifesto on women and power.
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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TechLibrarian Mar 17, 2018
I heard about this book as I was reading Mary Beard's SPQR, a really fat book about Roman history. While Women & Power does pull in some ancient history, it is by contrast a very fast read. (It's actually a transcribed lecture.) In this powerful little book, Beard deconstructs some popular id... Read More »
liljables Jan 31, 2018
Women & Power brings together two public lectures given by classicist Mary Beard, linking modern-day misogyny to its historical roots. Beard's central premise is that our cultural beliefs about power have remained essentially the same since ancient times. She likens the treatment of women in ... Read More »
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"You cannot easily fit women into a structure that is already coded as male; you have to change the structure." (pp. 86-7)
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