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Women & Power: A Manifesto
Women & Power: A Manifesto | Mary Beard
From the internationally acclaimed classicist and New York Times best-selling author comes this timely manifesto on women and power.
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Lucy_Anywhere
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WOMEN AND POWER is an essay based on a couple of lectures that Mary Beard gave about how some aspects of misogyny today can be traced back to the Greco-Roman times. A really interesting and thought-provoking read. I only wish it had been longer!

#essay #feminist

twohectobooks I just noticed this cross stitch! What are you making? 3w
Lucy_Anywhere @twohectobooks it's a Jane Austen cross-stitch that I'm determined to get finished before the end of summer! 3w
Centique @Lucy_Anywhere the cross stitch looks fab! Do show us when it‘s finished 😍😍 3w
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Lucy_Anywhere
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This week has been a bit of a washout for #BFCr2 and apologies to #teamlitnfit for being a bit MIA! It's been a busy week what with packing up my flat in Palma and moving (temporarily) back to the UK, meeting my new little niece, sorting out my paperwork for Thailand, and generally trying to Marie Kondo everything I own 🙈

@mcipher @wanderinglynn @BeckyB @Books.Bottles.and.Babies @DebbieGrillo @okthislooksbad @twohectobooks @krayoncolorz

okthislooksbad Hope the move went smoothly! When are you leaving for Thailand? 😄 1mo
Lucy_Anywhere @okthislooksbad Thanks! It did go fairly smoothly despite a little wrangle with DHL. I leave in August, so I have a bit of time to enjoy the cooler weather 😀 1mo
twohectobooks Doing anything productive at all while moving counts as a win in my books. Good for you! 1mo
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wanderinglynn Wow! You had a big week! I hope you have some downtime to recuperate from the move! 1mo
mcipher Sounds like you did great despite a challenging week! Hope moving is going smoothly ❤️ 1mo
Charityann What a busy week! Good luck with everything! 😊👍🏼 4w
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Lucy_Anywhere
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Here we go... my #nomakeup #nofilter selfie for #BFCr2 I've had to wait for today as I was being a bit vain and was waiting for the scratch on my cheek to heal 🙈

#teamlitnfit

@mcipher @wanderinglynn

krayoncolorz You‘re gorgeous! I still need to do mine! I‘ve had such a busy week! Today is the day! 1mo
wanderinglynn Beautiful! ❤️ And your eye color is stunning. Thank you for sharing. 1mo
mcipher So pretty - I‘m loving everyone‘s pictures and amazed by all the beautiful hair! Who knew Littens all had great hair?!? 😆 1mo
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MEGR
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So excited to start this today!

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Itchyfeetreader
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Take 2 at reviewing this fab little collection of lectures. Mary Beard is succinct yet knowledgable. Loved the first chapter which touched on some sociolinguistics as well as drawing on feminist thinking, classical history and modern politics. Thanks for sending this one @jenniferw88

jenniferw88 Glad you enjoyed it more than me! 2mo
Itchyfeetreader There was a moment in time where I nearly studied socio linguistics. My A level project was transcribing and reviewing the way a group of 10 year old boys and girls spoke when working on a school art project together. It was fascinating to see how hey were starting to develop gendered language structure, styles etc. This talked a bit to that for me!! The path not taken! 2mo
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ralexist
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The final title in my female voices in power audiobook trifecta is this short one by Mary Beard. She's a highly respected classics scholar and in this she's expanding on 2 lectures she's given. Delving into history & literature she tracks how the silencing of women is not a new phenomenon but one that is so old that it's informed much of the ways that we perceive & accept power as a concept, and what that has meant for women throughout history.

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youneverarrived
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Thank you @TrishB for the book and bookmarks. I can‘t wait to read this one 🖤

Thanks @kaysworld1 for the lovely card ❤️
Appreciate it ladies 😘😘 #jbuk

Cathythoughts So nice ♥️👍🏻 2mo
TrishB Glad it arrived😁 enjoy 💕 2mo
Ddzmini Happy birthday 🎈🎉🎂🎁🎊 2mo
Pricel101 Happy birthday! 😘🥳 2mo
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ImperfectCJ
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There's not much feminist thought that's really new to me, but I like how Beard puts together the ideas here. Women being like men isn't a long-term solution to gaining society's acceptance of women in power. What we need is a shift in how we define leadership. Or so I summarize. Helps explain why I bristle when people tell my teen Girl Scout that she can earn her Eagle Scout now instead of that Gold Award no one's heard of.

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elizabethlk
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This is so good. Mary Beard connects history, politics, literature, and personal experience to explore the ways women have power and voice, and more especially the ways women lack power and voice. It is well worth the read. I definitely need to get on reading more of her stuff.

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saresmoore
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Here is a closer look at the goodies from @TrishB —the Mary Beard book is gorgeous. Thank you again, my friend!

Cathythoughts Gorgeous gifts ♥️ 5mo
TrishB You‘re welcome 😘 always a relief when things get there in one piece! 5mo
batsy How lovely 😍 5mo
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Kalalalatja I love that Mary Beard book 🙌 5mo
AmyG ❤️ 5mo
saresmoore @TrishB I was very impressed—the package was wholly intact! It was such a nice surprise. ♥️ 5mo
LeahBergen Oooohh! How lovely! 😍 5mo
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saresmoore
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My girls were just as excited as I was about the lovely Litsy package that arrived today! Thank you, Trish for all the amazing feminist goodies. ♥️♥️♥️ I‘m so honored by your thoughtfulness & generosity!

The girls love the silly pens, as you can see, and I love everything else! 😘

Tamra Adorable! 5mo
TrishB Aww look at those smiles 😁❤️ 5mo
batsy Cuties ❤️ 5mo
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AmyG Beautiful girls 💕 5mo
Crazeedi You girls are precious!😍 5mo
MaureenMc 😍 5mo
LeahBergen ❤️❤️❤️ 5mo
andrew61 Lovely photo ☺ 5mo
Leftcoastzen Adorable and growing so fast! 5mo
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Connster
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“...if you were ever doubtful about the extent to which the exclusion of women from power is culturally embedded or unsure of the continued strength of classical ways of formulating and justifying it - well, I give you Trump and Clinton, Perseus and Medusa, and rest my case.” Mary Beard - Women and Power

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Connster
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I love this story.

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Connster
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This is SPOT ON! This happened to me too many times in my old workplace. That, coupled with male members of staff claiming credit for my work/ideas and being largely ignored when I suggested new ways of thinking, made for a pretty toxic workplace. The mansplaining was also real, particularly from a person who was new to the job when I‘d already had six years‘ experience. I didn‘t realise until I left and started at a new location. Not again!

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Connster
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Continuing my half term reading with this one. I‘ve only read a few pages but I‘m liking it so far 👊🏼

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Curvybookgirl
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Rented this from the online library app. A very short but insightful read. Definitely gets you thinking.

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Andrea313
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Just a few off my #FebruaryTBR. Like half the world, I can't wait for On the Come up. I'm slower than some to read The Library Book and Women & Power but here I go, finally! And lastly, I've read Meaty but now it's in glorious audiobook format and read by the author, the hilarious, inimitable Samantha Irby. #LiteraryLove

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Let me know about !! 7mo
Andrea313 @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I've pre-ordered it, and it's slated to arrive on release day! I'm pretty sure I'll tear through it. :) 6mo
vkois88 I NEED to find some Samantha Irby books. I always hear @joscho and @hermyknee praising them, so I need to see what all the fuss is about! 6mo
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hermyknee @vkois88 yes! Her audiobooks are so much fun. You‘ve got to listen to 6mo
Andrea313 @hermyknee @vkois88 I second that! The audiobook of "We Are Never Meeting..." turned me on to Samantha Irby in the first place. Her books are great to read but hearing them in her own voice makes the experience complete. ? 6mo
JoScho Yes do them on audio and start with We Are Never Meeting In Real Life 💛 6mo
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GlassAsDiamonds
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This session was .... a little annoying. Mary Beard and Germaine Greer in a panel conversation but the Festival had dragged in a very smart Indian woman who was aggressively rebuked by an English panelist with clearly no actual idea about the Indian experience of MeToo and she didn‘t speak again. Beard‘s book sounds like a classically grounded and rational feminist treatise well worth the read and she‘s an amazing speaker (as is Greer!!)

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vivastory
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In the final song of Hamilton #WhoLivesWhoDies I was always struck by the lyrics about Eliza's accomplishments after Alexander died. Above are just a few of the recent nonfiction books by extraordinary women about extraordinary women who are only now receiving their long overdue recognition for their achievements & contributions.
#MusicalNewYear
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Cinfhen Nice, Scott!!!! Great post 7mo
vivastory @Cinfhen Thanks! 🙌 7mo
silentrequiem Great post! The last time I listened to the soundtrack, I realized that despite the focus on her husband, Eliza was the real hero of the story. I'm glad she's finally getting her due. 7mo
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Cathythoughts Love this post ♥️👍🏻 7mo
MallenNC Books about women in history who haven't gotten their due are some of my favorites! Great post. 7mo
readordierachel Love your interpretation! 7mo
Moray_Reads Loved Women and Power. I have the other two but haven't read either! 🤦 7mo
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LikelyLibrarian
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“Unpopular, controversial or just plain different views when voiced by a woman are taken as indications of her stupidity. It is not that you disagree, it is that she is stupid: ‘Sorry, love, you just don‘t understand.‘”

I read this short book in one sitting. It is a fascinating, eye opening discussion of power and the social, cultural and political efforts to keep it out of the hands of women. It should be required reading for all young people.

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RealLifeReading
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A slice of pumpkin pie and a #nonficnov read. I didn‘t realize that this was the texts of two speeches Beard gave in 2014 and 2017. As such it‘s only 115 pages long. I‘m almost done with it and I just wish it were longer

tracey38 Mmm, love some pumpkin pie! 9mo
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BekaReid
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Adapted from lectures classicist Mary Beard gave at the British Museum in 2014, this slim volume is timely and powerful. The primary subject is female silence. I tabbed so many pages to go back and reflect on, and I might as well have tabbed them all.

Riveted_Reader_Melissa I agree, I loved this one too! Very timely! 9mo
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BekaReid
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Struggling with jet lag and catching up before returning to work tomorrow after a couple of weeks in southern England so I don't think I'll get much reading in today, but this my modest book haul from the trip. We found several great indie book shops that were fun to explore during our time there.

Stephuhhnieee I just finished A Head Full of Ghosts, and it was mind blowing! 9mo
BekaReid @Stephuhhnieee yes! Wasn't it?! 9mo
Stephuhhnieee @BekaReid I have so many unanswered questions. I‘m excited for his new book out next July 😬 9mo
BekaReid @Stephuhhnieee What new book is that? I know he had a new one released this summer, which I really want to read. I actually had the privilege of hearing him speak on it and read an excerpt while still in the writing process just over a year ago!! 😁 9mo
Stephuhhnieee @BekaReid I am jealous, that sounds like it was fabulous! The book is The Growing Things and Other Stories... A collection of nineteen short stories 😍 9mo
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catsuit_mango
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After some interesting conversations with my cousins on women and men positioning society and perception... More to think about. Thanks again @TrishB :)

TrishB Glad you‘re enjoying it and a book that provokes conversation is definitely good 👍🏻 10mo
catsuit_mango @TrishB I'm always very vocal about those issues and trying to give the other perspective to younger people to improve the future ;) 10mo
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GivenLemons
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Again, an uncooperative cat, but too cute not to take a photo! An interesting couple of essays about how our attitudes to women in power mirror those of the ancient Greeks and Romans. #essays #feminism #nonfiction

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Kalalalatja
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Two #shelves I don‘t show off all that often 😄 my non fiction shelf at the top, and my pretty, old books shelf at the bottom 👌

#31bookpics

ju.ca.no Pretty as always😍 11mo
BarbaraBB Gorgeous, really 😍😍 11mo
ephemeralwaltz Lovely! 10mo
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catsuit_mango
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Thank you @TrishB it's a lovely surprise and the book theme is just in my interest on non fiction :) plus I loved that the first bookmark I saw was the paris one :)

Cathythoughts Lovely gifts! Great picture 11mo
TrishB Glad it arrived safely 😁 and a great pic 👍🏻 11mo
Libby1 Wonderful gifts and fantastic book! 11mo
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Soubhiville
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I took a long time to read this. I set it down a few times because the writing especially in the first essay felt really dry. But there is some good information in here, and I would recommend it.

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Lea
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This is a really good, short read exploring the idea that women have been silenced forever and the stories we look to historically enforce that and shape our thinking. Powerful read. #readwoman

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Lea
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I‘m glad to know I‘m not the only one who doesn‘t always call up women in my mind for things. #readwomen #feminist

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Palimpsest
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Nice set of lectures that use myth as examples to show how women were silenced in the past and how easily their ideas are squelched and dismissed today. I would have liked delving into more examples of how women were treated in myths or older literature. Even when they were not entirely at fault it was women such as Medusa pictured above that were punished. Today women who are in high power positions are still labeled/ pictured in news as evil.

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Soubhiville
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Next up for #24in48! Sietje‘s ready for some truth!
I‘m only about 9 hours in this morning. I knew I wouldn‘t be able to devote the full 24 hours this weekend, but I feel good about the time I have been reading!

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Soubhiville
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Here‘s my little stack to draw from for #24in48. I know I don‘t have time to make the full 24 hours this time, but I‘m looking forward to reading when I can! I also have an audiobook for when I need to move around.

Who else is participating? Are you reaching for the full 24 hours?
#24in48readathon #ministack

parttimedomestic Just Kids is amazing! I‘ve made the full 24 hours before, so I hope to again this time! 🤞🏻 13mo
Annl I hope to make the 24 hours. I think the audio books will help with that, dog waking etc. good luck! 13mo
Hooked_on_books Have a great ‘thon! I have to go into Portland to get my mom to the airport tomorrow, so it‘s not feasible for me to participate this time around. Upside, Powell‘s visit! 13mo
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Soubhiville @Hooked_on_books yay, have fun! 13mo
RealLifeReading Good luck!! 13mo
Bookzombie I would love to make it to 24 hours this time. I even took Monday off to recover. 😁 13mo
Soubhiville @Bookzombie good luck! 13mo
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CGeorge
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I do enjoy a good feminist manifesto.

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Addison1
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Wrapped this gem up while at Convergence 2018 waiting for PowerPoint Karaoke. 🎤

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Addison1
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Been a busy week what with the play I‘m in having it‘s closing week and getting ready for the fourth and Convergence. A lot of reading to share here. But First! Look what arrived in the mail earlier this week! Thank you @SwedePea ! #booktrade

SwedePea Yay! So glad you got it (sorry for the late reply, I've been away on vacation) 😋 13mo
Addison1 No need to apologize for enjoying your free time and tech break! Hope you had a great time! 13mo
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Twocougs
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Outstanding and important read.

BibliOphelia A friend just loaned me this, and I wasn‘t sure if it was worth prioritizing...you say yes? 14mo
Twocougs @BibliOphelia yes, you should!😀 14mo
BibliOphelia Thanks, I will! 14mo
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Twocougs
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Getting a spa pedi and reading this gem of a book.

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Christy2318
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“When it comes to silencing women, Western culture has had thousand of years of practice.” ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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rachelwill
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Book 13: A mini break from fiction - and big books! - to read this fantastic literary lecture by Mary Beard on the ways language has influenced women's place in power since the early Greeks. And how it's still doing the very same thing. A rallying call to action.

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SwedePea
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@Addison1 Your book is in the post! I hope it arrives quickly and safely!! #bookswap #women&power #marybeard #feminist

Addison1 Eeeeeek! So excited! I‘m on my way to the post office as I type this! 14mo
SwedePea @Addison1 Yay!! :D 14mo
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RowReads1
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Here‘s an interesting thread going on Twitter. 🏳️‍🌈🌈#PrideMonth

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BooksAtNight
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I was planning on reading all weekend. Even had my TBR piled up next to my bed. Then I went out to trap kittens living under someone‘s porch 😂 We got them but I only managed to finish this short little gem. Mary Beard has such a way of asking questions of familiar stories and encouraging the reader to look at them in a different light. Definitely going to pick up more of her works!

mcipher Kittens!!! (Also: my phone autocorrected that to Littens so that is weird but awesome!!) 🤣 1y
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ClairesReads
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Essential reading. Beard‘s writing on women in power is brief but perfectly formed. I was most interested in Beard‘s discussion of the silencing and sidelining of women‘s voices, especially as voices of authority. Beard asks some critical questions in this text, that we all best be thinking very carefully about. “If women aren‘t perceived to be within the structures of power, isn‘t it power that we need to redefine?”

Libby1 I completely agree. Great review. I can‘t see any portrayal now of Medusa without thinking about this book. Medusa appears surprisingly often. 1y
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ClairesReads
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😱😱😱😱

Libby1 I could have shared quote after quote from this book. It‘s so vividly, completely true. 1y
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ClairesReads
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Pantsuit life

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Questions to ask ourselves

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🔥