I am afraid that I have been a bit preoccupied this week. Many you will know that I was giving a lecture for the LRB last night at the British Museum on "The Public Voice of Women". It was an attempt to think about modern issues of trolling, the Tory front bench (lack of women thereon) and why so many women claim to find they have an "awkward relationship" to the domain of public speech -- while putting it in the context of the western tradition of silencing women, and defining the males of the species as the speakers ("vir bonus dicendi peritus", as the old saying went -- binding manhood, virtue and eloquence into a neat triangle).
OK, you might say, you are "pro" at this game -- why should one lecture be SUCH a big deal? The answer's simple, a few weeks ago BBC4 asked if they could record it.