To be seen and not heard. The nineteenth century injunction to warren as well as children. 'Softly and kindly should the eyes be raised to those of~ speaker, and only witldrawn when ~ speech, whatever it HBY be, is roncluded' (Ellis, 1981, p. 98). (Has this changed today? After the reading by a famous woman writer there is a space for questions. There are four questions by men which are neither urgent nor engaged before the first woman's voice from the floor is heard.)
Every woman has known the torrrent of getting up to speak. Her heart racing, at tines entirely lost for words, ground and language slipping away - that's haw daring a feat, how great a transgression it is for a woman to speak - even just open her mouth in public (Cixous, 1980, p. 251).