Women & Power: A Manifesto

Women & Power: A Manifesto

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 b...

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  • Nicola

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

  • Becky

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

  • Ina Cawl

    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 feel irritated by it ?

    Lack of public speaking to group of people was curse that befell on women for most of time and still now that right to speak in public place ( usually men’s areas ) .

    For many centur

    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 feel irritated by it ?

    Lack of public speaking to group of people was curse that befell on women for most of time and still now that right to speak in public place ( usually men’s areas ) .

    For many centuries and centuries women in many countries and continents were usually forbidden or discouraged from speaking in public area to group of people.

    Mary Beard which is very important historian and Author of many historical book

    Has tried to understand why misogyny and men’s fear of women being in power came to being,and why this irrationally still haunts to this day.

    Since the author is a lot of experience in greek roman history and usually that is the historic origin for most of European traditions and norms.

    The book starts with Homer and if you read you remember this scene when

    «Telemachus intervenes: ‘Mother,’ he says, ‘go back up

    into your quarters, and take up your own work, the loom and the distaff … speech will be the business

    of men, all men, and of me most of all; for mine is the power in this household»

    There is some tragicomedy in this scene on how a young boy can order his mom like that and how can his mom allows him to order her like that

    This scene teaches us a lot about what is to be a man in that era

    Mostly being capable of speaking in public and simultaneously disempowerment and subjecting household women to men’s order.

    Miss trigg’s example

    What happens when women in a group of men tries to voice her opinion on the subject

    ( that’s excellent suggestion, miss triggs , perhaps one of the men here would like to make it.)

    Even after voicing her opinions what usually occurs after a few awkward silence is either dismiss it and the men continue from where they were talking or outright ignore her.

    The lucky women who survived the abomination of public speech were either the victims or martyrs .

    Even if women were allowed to speak in classical era they were usually allowed to speak for her own gender and nothing else

    Public speech and the choices women have

    Even if women were allowed to talk in front of many people there were not many subjects to talk about excepts women’s issues or family issues,I know this is important subjects to talk about but even so to minimise women role of defending only to this issues and relegating all other subject as men profession is hidden sexism that contaminates every society then and still now

    Modern internet troll and women speech

    Watching youtube and sometimes reading the comments down below the amount of hate speech directed toward is quite mind boggling and disturbing at least

    I don’t want to generalise but the amount of troll rape threat men send toward far exceed many times the amount of trolls threats women send toward men

    Eventually with coming of 2018 and with so many women speaking against sexual harassment in workforce in media in hollywood and in politics also

    The leeway men got with their outrageous behaviour are coming to end and society for now listens and takes women opinions and thought seriously

  • Tiffany Reisz

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

  • Steven
  • Joanna Flis

    A very important book. Loud voice about voiceless women.

  • Raymond

    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 of this treatment. Beard shows through her lectures that the silencing of women as well as the way we view women in power has its roots in Greek and Roman mythology. In many ways this book reminded me of

    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 of this treatment. Beard shows through her lectures that the silencing of women as well as the way we view women in power has its roots in Greek and Roman mythology. In many ways this book reminded me of a book I read earlier this year

    about the history of racist ideas in America. I always knew that misogyny existed but was not fully aware of its roots. This book is essential reading.

  • 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 point and written a much longer book about the topic, because I think she is drawing some connections I have not seen before - between classical imagery and modern politics, the cultural precedents for the oppression of women in the oldest literature, etc. She completely blew my mind about incorrect inf

    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 I have not seen before - between classical imagery and modern politics, the cultural precedents for the oppression of women in the oldest literature, etc. She completely blew my mind about incorrect information I had internalized as part of my education, about Elizabeth I and Sojourner Truth, and it just makes me wonder what else she knows that I don't.

    I was glad to see that she included a long list of additional readings and resources, but I

    think there is work for Mary Beard herself to do in this arena.

    The focus of this book is politics and history in the UK but of course there is a healthy dose of the USA in there, as well of some mentions of other world leaders.

    It is making me want to go back and read her well-loved book,

    , because if anyone can bring it to life, surely it is Mary Beard.

  • 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 loved a full length book on the subject, and she did raise some really interesting comparisons. It just wasn't fleshed out enough for me, and I think it's a better pick for readers just getting started with feminist texts.

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