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Mary Beard: Women & Power

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Agerbilatemycardigan Sat 13-Jan-18 17:43:46

Just discovered this book in Waterstones. Thought I'd give it a go as it's by the wonderful Mary Beard.

Have only read a few pages so far and love it. Has anyone else read it?

hackmum Sat 13-Jan-18 17:58:08

Glad you reminded me. I have read other books by her (to do with ancient history, unsurprisingly) but haven't bought this yet. I do think she's fab.

BlackRod6 Sat 13-Jan-18 18:01:18

I was given it for Christmas but haven’t started reading it yet - looks good though!

Agerbilatemycardigan Sat 13-Jan-18 18:07:17

It starts off with the misogyny in Homer's Odyssey and goes on from there.

A book on misogyny throughout the ages needs to be much bigger IMO ☺

irretating Sat 13-Jan-18 18:33:48

I've read it. The more things change the more they stay the same.

Agerbilatemycardigan Sat 13-Jan-18 18:37:20

Very true. We're sold this lie that we're equal now, but experience teaches us otherwise.

irretating Sat 13-Jan-18 18:48:55

The book does need to be bigger. At least 4x the size I think.

Mumteedum Sat 13-Jan-18 18:52:03

It was very much a lecture recorded in writing as she stated. Was OK with that when that was explained. Very short though and not sure it's a manifesto as Mary beard asserts.

Agerbilatemycardigan Sat 13-Jan-18 18:56:13

Agree that it does need to be bigger as there's so much more to be written. Things are still pretty shitty for women and girls.

Stopmakingsense Sat 13-Jan-18 19:07:28

My youngest bought it for me for Christmas - yes, plus ca change

bigkidsdidit Sat 13-Jan-18 19:10:58

I watched the lecture it was based on (it used to be on iPlayer) and this book is basically the same, but I don't mind because I'm sure I'll want to re read in 10 years when I've forgotten the lecture! It's a beautiful wee book too

Nuffaluff Sat 13-Jan-18 19:13:03

Sounds great- I love her. Going to order it at the library ASAP.

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