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#MeToo and the Odyssey: the Greek origins of mansplaining

Homer's classic was literature's first example of men shutting up women. But it is a mistake to write off the Odyssey as a misogynist text

By Charlotte Higgins   October 2018

Greek-style mansplaining. Illustration: Kate Hazell

I would wager that there is no woman reading this who has not experienced—at some point in her life and probably at some point in the past 24 hours—being shut up, talked over, interrupted or simply ignored by a man.

The #MeToo movement has been extraordinary in uncorking a flood of accusations, testimony and sharing of bitter experiences, but cultural norms insist on silencing women all the time—and condemning them as shrill, bossy or hysterical when they do speak out.

Are the ancients…

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