Women & Power: A Manifesto by Mary Beard

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Read Women & Power: A Manifesto Online Free - 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?

Title : Women & Power: A Manifesto
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ISBN : 1631494759
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 128 pages


Ina rated it ★★★★★

December 16, 2017

It is a shame for women to be loud I 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 some men or most of traditional men are scared of women talking loudly, what about women doest those...

Jenny (Reading Envy) rated it ★★★★☆

December 22, 2017

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 point and written a much longer book about the topic, because I think she is drawing some connections...

Nicola rated it ★★★★★

October 29, 2017

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

Monika rated it ★★★☆☆

November 23, 2017

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 loved a full length book on the subject, and she did raise some really interesting comparisons. I...

Raymond rated it ★★★★☆

December 23, 2017

"When it comes to silencing women, Western culture has had thousands of years of practice." -Mary Beard Beard’s Women & Power is a collection of two lectures that she gave in 2014 and 2017 both on the subject on how women are treated and perceived in the public sphere and the historical roots...

Becky rated it ★★★★★

November 01, 2017

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

Tiffany rated it ★★★★★

December 31, 2017

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

Joanna rated it ★★★★☆

October 30, 2017

A very important book. Loud voice about voiceless women.

Victoria rated it ★★★★☆

November 09, 2017

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 speech imagery. It’s engaging, thoughtful and so inventive in the connections made between the clas...

Flapper72 rated it ★★★★★

November 03, 2017

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 far we have to go. Mary Beard is an amazing, balanced woman who explains what happened in ancien...

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