If you missed the webinar on May 15, 2020, featuring Martijn Icks and Eric Shiraev discussing Dr. Icks’s chapter in the Routledge Handbook of Character Assassination and Reputation Mangement, it’s now available here on YouTube.
Martijn Icks and Eric Shiraev delved into how women throughout history have become targets of character assassination. From Cleopatra to Marie Antoinette, women in positions of power have been smeared with sexual digressions and other scandalous or immoral behaviour. What are the central and peripheral features of character attacks on women in various historical cultures? Are women more vulnerable to slander than men?