Friday ‘Powerhouse’ Café
Don’t miss this week’s ‘Powerhouse‘ Café!
Classicist Mary Beard made some razor-sharp comments recently about women in power (or should I say women without power.) You can hear what the outspoken Cambridge professor said on this BBC broadcast, or read her remarks at the London Review of Books website. Her comments are especially interesting to people like us because she illustrates points with examples from the ancient Greek classics.
Mostly, as Beard stresses, women don’t hold positions of power, and men have made sure it stays that way.
[Women in the ancient Greek classics, like Cytemnestra and Medusa] are monstrous hybrids, who aren’t – in the Greek sense – women at all. And the unflinching logic of their stories is that they must be disempowered, put back in their place. In fact, it is the unquestionable mess that women make of power in Greek myth that justifies their exclusion from it in real life, and justifies the rule of men
As the Friday Café is a place for relaxation and community building, I don’t propose to start a debate on this issue. Instead I’d like to know if you have ever sought a position of power, and if yes, why? Did you succeed? And—really important—once you became powerful, what did you think of your experience? (I’ll leave it up to you to define “power.”) And if you’ve never sought power, what held you back?
Of course as your barista I hold considerable power—namely the power to grant your wish for whatever virtual drink you’d like. So please order a drink so that I can exert my power