Three Thousand Years of Demonizing Women in Power

"Brisk and witty...this feminist history enrages and entertains."
– Publisher's Weekly

Out September 6, 2022

Book cover of Off With Her Head

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Hillary Clinton as Medusa
Many modern female politicians are portrayed as Medusa, an evil murderous creature whose hair is hissing snakes (i.e. an ancient symbol of female power) and who turned men to stone with a single glance. Are male politicians portrayed as ancient loathsome symbols? Perhaps Cerberus, the three-headed dog guarding the gates of Hades? The Cyclops? What about the fire-breathing monster Chimaera? No? Why not?
Kamala Harris as a witch
Powerful women are often portrayed as witches. Here, Kamala Harris is shown, a particular focus of the Misogynist’s Handbook as she is both female and black. In past centuries, witches were thought to steal men’s penises and keep them in boxes, feeding them grain and corn. Tucker Carlson of Fox News is particularly worried about this kind of witchy castration happening to him, by his own accounts. Are powerful men ever portrayed as warlocks? No, didn’t think so.
Photo of Ursula von der Leyen by Sandro Halank
Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission, was denied a seat by President Erdogwan of Turkey, while her male colleague, the President of the European Union, was given a chair next to Erdogan. Perhaps it is no coincidence that Turkey had recently withdrawn from a treaty that protects women against violence and discrimination. Watch the ”Sofagate” controversy unfold!

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Reviews

Praise for the works of Eleanor Herman.

Off With Her Head

“Brisk and witty...this feminist history enrages and entertains.” — Publishers Weekly

“Timely and politically spot-on, this is sure to be a popular title.” — Kirkus Reviews

Sex with Kings

“Open Sex with Kings at almost any page and you’ll find yourself immersed in a bawdy, deliciously appealing illicit scene occurring in the highest places.” — New York Times Book Review

“An irreproachably researched and amusingly written history of European monarchs’ jezebels.” — Kirkus Reviews (STARRED Review)

“Sex with Kings is . . . a lot more fun than Danielle Steel or Dan Brown.” — Washington Post Book World

Sex with Queens

“Herman bares all the hot and heavy details about the lewd lives of royal lovers. . . . The addictively good dish is worth, if not a king’s ransom, then at least the cover’s price tag.” — Entertainment Weekly

“. . . the salacious details about the sometimes-outlandish characters . . . make this book sparkle brighter than a crown jewel.” — Emily McCombs, Bust

Royal Art of Poison

“Morbidly witty.” ― Marilyn Stasio, New York Times

“You’ll be as appalled at times as you are entertained.” ― Bustle, one of The 17 Best Nonfiction Books Coming Out In June 2018

“A heady mix of erudite history and delicious gossip.” ― Aja Raden, author of Stoned

About the Author

Photo of the author, Eleanor Herman

Eleanor Herman

is the New York Times bestselling author of Sex with Kings, Sex with the Queen, and several other works of popular history. She has hosted Lost Worlds for The History Channel, The Madness of Henry VIII for the National Geographic Channel, and two seasons of America: Fact vs. Fiction for The American Heroes Channel. She writes in a home office filled with random historical artifacts, paintings of dead people, four sleeping cats and a very naughty rescue dog.

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