The Miss Triggs Question: Mary Beard on the Public Voice of Women
February 16, 2014 6:43 AM Subscribe
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"My aim here – and I acknowledge the irony of my being given the space to address the subject – is to take a long view, a very long view, on the culturally awkward relationship between the voice of women and the public sphere of speech-making, debate and comment ... We have to focus on the even more fundamental issues of how we have learned to hear the contributions of women or – going back to the cartoon for a moment – on what I’d like to call the ‘Miss Triggs question’
. Not just, how does she get a word in edgeways? But how can we make ourselves more aware about the processes and prejudices that make us not listen to her." Mary Beard, "The Public Voice of Women,"
from the London Review of Books.
From the Odyssey
to online life, the act of women speaking has inspired a strong response:
But the more I have looked at the threats and insults that women have received [online], the more I have found that they fit into the old patterns I’ve been talking about. For a start it doesn’t much matter what line you take as a woman, if you venture into traditional male territory, the abuse comes anyway. It’s not what you say that prompts it, it’s the fact you’re saying it.
Professor of Classics at the University of Cambridge and classics editor of the Times Literary Supplement Mary Beard
speaks out. (For more from Beard, her blog, A Don's Life