The Once and Future Sex: Going Medieval on Women's Roles in Society

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W. W. Norton & Company
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6.31 X 9.19 X 0.98 inches | 1.08 pounds

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About the Author
Eleanor Janega teaches medieval and early modern history at the London School of Economics. The creator of the popular blog Going Medieval and author of The Middle Ages: A Graphic History, she lives in London.
A timely corrective...[A]ccessible and entertaining...Ms. Janega's witty but merciless dissection of medieval misogyny is a welcome challenge to us to stop recycling the same old prejudices.--Elizabeth Lowry "Wall Street Journal"
A breezy, pertinent study that demonstrates how learning about social constructs is crucial to changing them.-- "Kirkus Reviews"
Reading this book is like hanging out with your brilliant, hilarious historian friend, raging together at misogyny's extraordinary adaptability over time and plotting how to change the world once and for all.--Carissa Harris, author of Obscene Pedagogies
In this witty, entertaining, and highly learned book, packed full of colorful characters and the texture of a long-past time, Eleanor Janega never loses sight of the bigger picture: how these old ideas underpin our own conceptions of gender and how modern conceits of progress are no less deeply flawed than those of the past.--Patrick Wyman, author of The Verge and host of The History of Tides podcast
With a deft hand, Eleanor Janega plots the maze of contradictions, restrictions, prejudice, unrealistic ideals, and outright dangers that medieval woman were forced to navigate. In doing so, she will elicit rage, admiration, horror, and wonder from her readers on behalf of their frequently indomitable female ancestors. Compelling and revelatory.--Lindsey Fitzharris, New York Times best-selling author of The Facemaker
A startling rethinking of why the medieval past still matters. Eleanor Janega tells how women's roles are fundamentally constructed and the ways they have both changed over time and unfortunately stayed the same. With erudition and humor, this book offers the reader a perfect case study of how a fuller accounting of the past opens up new, better possible worlds.--Matthew Gabriele, coauthor of The Bright Ages: A New History of Medieval Europe
The Once and Future Sex is a bracing and witty exploration of how gender is constructed. Eleanor Janega shows it is high time we stop using 'medieval' as a pejorative and we stop patting ourselves on the back for our supposed progress. Combining incisive cultural criticism, meticulous research, and juicy historical tidbits, The Once and Future Sex proves that the path towards a more equitable future can be found by way of the medieval past.--Shelley Puhak, author of The Dark Queens
Accessible, informative, and clear-sighted about the insidious workings of misogyny, this is a persuasive call for deconstructing the past to create a more equitable future.-- "Publishers Weekly"
Humorous, slightly irreverent...This book offers fresh, insightful takes on the medieval period from a feminine standpoint.-- "Booklist"