WOMEN & POWER: A Manifesto

WOMEN & POWER: A Manifesto

MARY BEARD    Book Number: 87845    Product format: Hardback

The victim of hateful comments herself, historian Mary Beard has at long last decided to address one brave book to the misogynists and trolls who mercilessly attack and demean women the world over. As far back as Homer's Odyssey, Mary Beard shows that women have been prohibited from leadership roles in civic life, public speech, defined as inherently male. There is no clearer example than Odysseus's wife Penelope, who seals her lips and proceeds upstairs when told to shut up by Telemachus, her son. Other women who have dared to open their mouths in public or, against all odds, gained power - from would-be Roman orators, to the great Queen Elizabeth I - have been treated as 'freakish androgynes', attacked or punished for their courage. From Medusa to Philomena whose tongue was cut out, from Hillary Clinton to Elizabeth Warren who was told to sit down, Mary Beard draws illuminating parallels between our cultural assumptions about women's relationship to power, and how powerful women provide a necessary example to all women who must resist being vacuumed into a male template. This book is based on two lectures courtesy of the London Review of Books in 2014 and 2017, happily now in large print book form with 27 illustrations. Hugely enjoyable on the sources of Western literature with cartoons capturing the sexist atmosphere in a committee or board room and an Edward Burne-Jones woodcut of the raped Philomena weaving her story into the fabric of the cloth behind her. 115pp.
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