‘Witch’ tweets reflect society’s fear of older women, says Mary Beard

Inside Culture host draws parallel between witch trials of the past and the online abuse she receives

The academic and broadcaster Mary Beard has said she is frequently branded a witch in an attempt to discredit her and older women generally.

Beard, who is professor of classics at the University of Cambridge and the presenter of BBC Two’s Inside Culture, drew a parallel between witch trials of the past and the kind of online abuse she receives now.

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