Women & Power: A Manifesto

Women & Power: A Manifesto Review

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
Edition Language:English

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  • Ariel

    “But my basic premise is that our mental, cultural template for a powerful person remains resolutely male."I read this text because I thought it might be useful to my investigation of our treatment ...

  • Bookdragon Sean

    I question the intelligence and moral integrity of any man who does not consider himself a feminist, and I also question the fact that I am the only male in my friend’s list to read this book. Books...

  • 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. ...

  • Thomas

    A splendid start to the discussion about the silencing of women and how patriarchy precludes them from gaining power. Mary Beard traces the roots of this hatred against women back to Greek and Roman m...

  • Trish

    This book is two lectures modified and dispensing the understanding of a classicist with regard to “The Public Role of Women,” the very title of the first lecture. My markers are all in the second...

  • 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....