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For Mary Beard, the image of Hillary Clinton's severed head was the last straw.... The idea that you'd be sitting at your breakfast table and you'd have a mug with Hillary Clinton being beheaded on it".She asks how that ancient image ended up in a modern political campaign in "Women and Power," a short but punchy book released this week in the U.S. by Liveright.On the page, Beard is crisp and authoritative.Beard argues that modern ideas about public speaking are still shaped by its definition as a male thing. In the book's second half she explores how power, more widely, came to be defined as something wielded by men.Beard argues that such images draw little criticism.Echoing the ancient image, online abuse aimed at prominent women often includes threats to rip out tongues or cut off heads. That, Beard admits, is a giant task.
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