I want to start very near the beginning of the tradition of Western literature, and its first recorded example of a man telling a woman to shut up telling her that her voice was not to be heard in public. I m thinking of a moment immortalised at the start of the Odyssey. We tend now to think of the Odyssey as the . Video Women in Power. Mary Beard From Medusa to Merkel, Mary Beard considers the extent to which the exclusion of women from power is culturally embedded, and how idioms from ancient Greece are still used to normalise gendered Read Beard s lecture The Public Voice of Women .Mary Beard. Mary Beard s piece in this issue was delivered as the third of this year s LRB Winter Lectures at the British Museum on March. In the LRB Archive Women in Power From Medusa to Merkel The Public Voice of Women . I ve talked before about the ways women get silenced in public discourse. be a signal of the refusal to become a clothes horse, which is the fate of so many political wives but they re also a simple tactic like lowering the timbre of the voice to make the female appear more male, to fit the part of power..
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