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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.

It is not for Ed Miliband to get involved with Everyday Sexism and No More Page Three

Supporting these campaigns is merely a weak clawing at popularity, let's tackle politicians on how they will deliver real change

Pornography addiction leads to same brain activity as alcoholism or drug abuse, study shows

Cambridge University scientists reveal changes in brain for compulsive porn users which don't occur in those with no such habit

Haji in a publicity photo for ‘Faster, Pussycat!’; the film has become something of a touchstone in popular culture

Haji: Russ Meyer stalwart best known for her starring role in 'Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!'

The exotic-looking actress Haji appeared in five Russ Meyer movies, more than any of the other Amazonian stars associated with the bosom-fixated auteur. In Motorpsycho, her 1965 acting debut, she was the wonderfully named Ruby Bonner, a widow hellbent on avenging the murder of her husband by rampaging bikers.

Jerwood Drawing Prize 2013 winner: Apocalypse (My Boyfriend Doesn’t Care) (2013) by Slovakian artist Svetlana Fialova

Jerwood Drawing Prize 2013: The winning picture by Svetlana Fialova is a canny but misguided choice

Apocalypse (My Boyfriend Doesn’t Care) (2013) by Slovakian artist Svetlana Fialova, 28, has been announced as this year’s winner of the biggest drawing prize in the UK. It is a canny but misguided choice.

University of Edinburgh bans Robin Thicke's 'Blurred Lines' from playing on campus

DJ ordered to fade out track in line with new anti-lad culture policy

Porn is no substitute for good sex education

Girls are learning their sexuality is something they perform for others, instead of something they own

22 July 2013: Members of Femen Belgium shout slogans outside the gates of the Tunisian embassy after they used a chain to lock the gates, during a protect calling for the release of fellow activist Tunisian Amina Tyler, in Brussels

Get 'em out for the ladies: Could the male-run girl group FEMEN ever really tackle sexism?

The latest revelations about the nature of FEMEN’s activism prove that only a global feminism, led by women with intersectional values, can effect real change.

So why was the Blurred Lines feminist parody removed from YouTube?

Defined Lines successfully achieves the sexual objectification of the male body and, though it patently isn’t a mission statement, it’s making an important point

Shaking off her squeaky clean Hannah Montana image: Robin Thicke performs with Miley Cyrus at the VMAs.

Miley Cyrus defends VMA performance: 'I wanted to make history'

Miley Cyrus has spoken about her VMA performance for the first time, claiming she wanted to “make history”.

The Girl Guides finally dropped God - and it allowed me to make my Promise

What the new wording of our Promise does is help us be fully inclusive in a way we haven’t been before

Robert Peston Goes Shopping

TV review - Robert Peston Goes Shopping, BBC2

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Book review: Band of Angels, By Kate Cooper

In its earliest centuries, the religion of outcasts and rebels had women at its heart

The exhibit features a sponge walkway

The vagina monolith: Artist Reshma Chhiba transforms Johannesburg prison with unusual conceptual art piece

30-year-old artist creates12-metre-wide 'walk-in' vagina

Equality fighter NYSE pioneer ‘Mickie’ Siebert dies

Muriel Siebert, the first woman to buy a seat on the New York Stock Exchange, has died at the age of 80.

Bridget Christie

Can we now stop asking if women are as funny as men?

Bridget Christie won this year's Foster's Comedy Award at the Edinburgh Fringe

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