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Mohammed Ali  used to boast that when boxing,  he would float like a butterfly and sting like a bee. So it is with Germiane Greer. She writes lightly, gracefully even when agitating for a cause. But the words still sting. And unsettle. Here she consciously creates a quasi-religious epic out of a part of her remarkable life when she decided to restore a small, wrecked rainforest in Australia, her homeland. The tone is apocalyptic, themes existential and critical: (wo)man not against, but ardently for wondrous, pitiless and predatory nature. She, the Lionheart, is awed, meets devastation, fears cataclysms, intuits prophecies, bears historical and biological guilt,  seeks redemption and takes stupendous, fervent  action. It really is some story.

Emma Thompson arriving for the National Board of Review Awards in New York

Emma Thompson fancies playing Sherlock Holmes: Actor in favour of gender-blind casting

The actor Emma Thompson has spoken out this week in favour of gender-blind casting, admitting her particular desire to play the role of Sherlock Holmes.

Google's tribute to French philosopher Simone de Beauvoir

Simone de Beauvoir’s 106th Birthday: Google Doodle celebrates French philosopher

The French writer, intellectual, political activist and feminist would have been 106

Australian Minister for Immigration and Border Protection Scott Morrison was sent tampons and sanitary pads by an Australian feminist group.

Tampons and sanitary pads sent to Australian Immigration minister Scott Morrison in protest over supplies for refugees

Minister Scott Morrison has reportedly been sent sanitary products after his office was accused of sanctioning products to women in detention centres

In a new interview bound to stir up fresh feminist debate, the TV presenter claimed that all women who work take pleasure in their household duties because it keeps them sane.

Kirstie Allsopp: ‘Women enjoy doing household chores because it keeps them sane’

In a new interview bound to stir up fresh feminist debate, the TV presenter claimed that all women who work take pleasure in their household duties

Beyonce has been called insensitive by NASA representatives for using a clip from the 1986 Challenger tragedy in which seven astronauts lost their lives

Say no to 'Blurred Lines' this New Year: 10 politically correct party jams

10 songs that you can get down to in socially conscious fashion

The British actress started off her online experiment by setting up a fake account under a fake name

Keira Knightley joins Twitter for 12 hours, deletes it because she felt like she was in a 'school playground’

The British actress started off her online experiment by setting up a fake account under a fake name

Robin Thicke's 'Blurred Lines' sparked so much debate over gender inequality that it has inspired a new National Theatre play

National Theatre to tackle sexism in new play 'Blurred Lines' named after Robin Thicke's hit

The controversial chart-topper is the inspiration behind the production

Sam Swann as Peter Pan, held by the Shadows

Wendy and Peter Pan, theatre review: 'Warm, irreverent humour surges through this saga of empowerment'

Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon

Opponents claim the bill would stop performers such as Beyonce and Madonna appearing on TV

Uganda bans miniskirts as MPs pass anti-pornography bill

Opponents claim it would stop performers such as Beyonce and Madonna appearing on TV

Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during his annual press conference in Moscow; he later announced the surprise early release of the former Yukos oil tycoon

Mikhail Khodorkovsky pardoned: Russian President Vladimir Putin to free former political nemesis after 10 years in prison

The former oil tycoon is to be pardoned after as part of an ‘amnesty project’ by the Kremlin ahead of the Sochi Winter Olympics next year

Billie Jean King, tennis player

Page 3 Profile: Billie Jean King, tennis player

Why is she back in the news - not out of retirement surely?!

Everyday Sexism blog reaches milestone of 50,000 posts

Laura Bates started blog less than two years ago to document accounts of discrimination 'so niggling and normalised that you don't even feel able to protest'

Review: 'The Pleasure’s All Mine: A History of Perverse Sex', By Julie Peakman (Reaktion, £25)

"The Pleasure’s All Mine" is an odd title for an academic study of perversity: it sounds as though perverse sex is greedy, self-indulgent and possibly non-consensual. I picture Boy George in his flat in Shoreditch in April 2007, with a male escort chained to the wall. But there is a bigger question raised by the title – by whose definitions are these practices perversions?

Michael Gove, Secretary of State for Education

'We should not pander to extremism': Michael Gove warns over segregation of men and women in university lectures

Education Secretary Michael Gove has urged university leaders to withdraw guidance endorsing the segregation of men and women in debates and lectures featuring Islamic speakers.

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Miliband promises no stamp duty for first-time buyers

Labour leader pushes Tories on housing
Aviation history is littered with grand failures - from the the Bristol Brabazon to Concorde - but what went wrong with the SuperJumbo?

Aviation history is littered with grand failures

But what went wrong with the SuperJumbo?
Fear of Putin, Islamists and immigration is giving rise to a new generation of Soviet-style 'iron curtains' right across Europe

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Fear of Putin, Islamists and immigration is giving rise to a new generation of 'iron curtains'
Never mind what you're wearing, it's what you're reclining on

Never mind what you're wearing

It's what you're reclining on that matters
General Election 2015: Chuka Umunna on the benefits of immigration, humility – and his leader Ed Miliband

Chuka Umunna: A virus of racism runs through Ukip

The shadow business secretary on the benefits of immigration, humility – and his leader Ed Miliband
Yemen crisis: This exotic war will soon become Europe's problem

Yemen's exotic war will soon affect Europe

Terrorism and boatloads of desperate migrants will be the outcome of the Saudi air campaign, says Patrick Cockburn
Marginal Streets project aims to document voters in the run-up to the General Election

Marginal Streets project documents voters

Independent photographers Joseph Fox and Orlando Gili are uploading two portraits of constituents to their website for each day of the campaign
Game of Thrones: Visit the real-life kingdom of Westeros to see where violent history ends and telly tourism begins

The real-life kingdom of Westeros

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How to survive a social-media mauling, by the tough women of Twitter

How to survive a Twitter mauling

Mary Beard, Caroline Criado-Perez, Louise Mensch, Bunny La Roche and Courtney Barrasford reveal how to trounce the trolls
Gallipoli centenary: At dawn, the young remember the young who perished in one of the First World War's bloodiest battles

At dawn, the young remember the young

A century ago, soldiers of the Empire – many no more than boys – spilt on to Gallipoli’s beaches. On this 100th Anzac Day, there are personal, poetic tributes to their sacrifice
Dissent is slowly building against the billions spent on presidential campaigns – even among politicians themselves

Follow the money as never before

Dissent is slowly building against the billions spent on presidential campaigns – even among politicians themselves, reports Rupert Cornwell
Samuel West interview: The actor and director on austerity, unionisation, and not mentioning his famous parents

Samuel West interview

The actor and director on austerity, unionisation, and not mentioning his famous parents
General Election 2015: Imagine if the leading political parties were fashion labels

Imagine if the leading political parties were fashion labels

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Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka: Home can be the unsafest place for women

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka: Home can be the unsafest place for women

The architect of the HeForShe movement and head of UN Women on the world's failure to combat domestic violence