Women & Power: A Manifesto by Mary Beard

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Women & Power: A Manifesto Read 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


Bookdragon Sean rated it ★★★★☆

February 24, 2018

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 like this are so vitally important, important for both men and women. So go read it! I’m not tryin...

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.

Thomas rated it ★★★☆☆

February 17, 2018

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 mythology, and she connects these historical examples to the modern-day mistreatment of women like...

Trish rated it ★★★★☆

March 15, 2018

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 lecture, delivered in March 2017 and titled “Women in Power.” Mary Beard applies her knowledge of an...

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.

Alice rated it ★★★★☆

February 22, 2018

Very interesting, especially liked how Beard draws parallels to ancient history.

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