A face for radio – the attack on Mary Beard

Last year there was criticism of a TV documentary by Prof. Mary Beard OBE (University of Cambridge), not because it was incorrect (she is an acknowledged expert in her field), not because she was boring (she has done a lot to make Classics accessible outside academia), but because she was not pretty enough.

In a recent lecture sponsored by The London Review of Books Beard argues that ‘women who claim a public voice “get treated as freakish androgynes”‘.

It's Rome, it's Professor Mary Beard!
It’s Rome, it’s Professor Mary Beard! (Photo credit: tristanf)
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