Why the popular resonance of 'mansplaining' (despite the intense dislike of the term felt by many men)? It hits home for us because it points straight to what it feels like not to be taken seriously: a bit like when I get lectured on Roman history on Twitter.

Mark the date of the 2nd November 2017 in your diaries, because it's a very exciting day: a brand new Mary Beard book on women and power is coming! Here she is to tell you all about it:

You may know Mary Beard as a hugely knowleagable classicist who graces our television screens with fascinating documentaries, taking us back in time and around the world on her travels.

Mary is also a committed and vocal feminist. Having fielded an army of sexist online trolls with wit and grace, she is perfectly placed to explore how powerful women are treated in society - now and throughout history.

With examples ranging from Medusa and Athena to Theresa May and Elizabeth Warren, we are shown the cultural underpinnings of misogyny, considering the public voice of women, how we look at women who exercise power, our cultural assumptions about women's relationship with power, and how powerful women resist being packaged into a male template.

With personal reflections on her own experiences and the gendered violence she has endured as a woman in the public eye, Mary asks: if women aren't perceived to be fully within the structures of power, isn't it power that we need to redefine?

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