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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.

'Predatory' 13-year-olds: we've heard this one before

Where does this shocking language of "predatory" behaviour come from? Are such ideas just the "inappropriate" words of one individual (to cite the Crown Prosecution Service)? History indicates otherwise. So-called "rape myths" and "victim-blaming" of this kind have long roots. We need to look at the past to understand the nature of concerns about "predatory", "sexually experienced" and physically mature girls. By understanding the history of such ideas, we may be able to put an end to their use.

Bridget Christie: witty, wise, a little off-the-wall

Edinburgh 2013: Bridget Christie - A winningly warm comedian

Early on in her show, Bridget Christie says that she was ready to give up on stand-up last year. Thank goodness she stuck with it. This is a fiery, original and laughter-packed hour which announces her as one of the finest and most engaging comedians around.

Special judges to preside over child sex cases

Judges with 'bespoke' training to oversee complex abuse cases, but no new specialist courts, MPs told

Writer Jack Thorne

My Edinburgh: Jack Thorne, writer of Stuart: A Life Backwards

This is my third Edinburgh as a writer. The first time I came was with my University drama society doing a reworking (my 'radical feminist' reworking) of William Shakespeare's Taming of the Shrew. It sounds as bad as it was. Three Weeks called it, simply, 'wanky', The List went even further with the reviewer describing it as 'the stupidest show I've ever seen'.

UKip MEP Godfrey Bloom

Godfrey Bloom shrugs off condemnation after demanding that Britain stops sending money to 'Bongo Bongo Land'

But Godfrey Bloom shrugs off criticism saying his remarks would 'probably double my vote in the north of England'

You can be a feminist and a sex worker

Sex workers deserve to be afforded the same dignity and respect as any other woman

Behold the mythical 'Anti-Feminist'!

As a result of feminism's sharp trendiness trajectory, the worst thing one can be accused of in 2013 is ‘misogyny’. But who are we really angry with?

Oxford student latest to receive Twitter bomb threat

An Oxford University student is among the female journalists to receive a bomb threat on the social networking site

Stella Creasy MP, left, was threatened after she supported the campaigner Caroline Criado-Perez, right

Twitter faces inquiry over internet trolls’ rape threats against MPs and activist, as man is arrested

Representatives from social media company expected to be called by Commons committee over threats of sexual violence against women

Homogeneous nudity in lads' mags is bad, but not as bad as female-bashing 'news'

If you want to talk ‘modesty bags’ let’s shield our children’s eyes from news headlines that implore us to objectify women in the worst possible way

BBC presenter Colin Murray made comments about Olympic gold medallist Jessica Ennis-Hill's 'bottom'

BBC presenter’s sexist comment about Jessica Ennis-Hill ‘unacceptable’

Culture Secretary Maria Miller condemns Colin Murray after reference to Olympic medallist’s ‘bottom’

Mary Macleod

At last – equality in the aristocracy: After a change in royal succession rules, blue-blood daughters' hopes are up

Controversial proposals to allow first-born girls to inherit aristocratic titles look likely to be given the green light after senior cabinet sources indicated the move would not be opposed by the Government.

Caroline Criado-Perez, who also runs the Women’s Room campaign to promote women in the media, played a pivotal role in ensuring that Jane Austen would feature on the £10 note

Twitter faces boycott after 'inaction' over rape threats against feminist bank notes campaigner Caroline Criado-Perez

Ms Criado-Perez played prominent role in ensuring that Jane Austen would feature on the new £10 note

Student guide attacked for sexist messaging

A guide published by Endsleigh and promoted by UCAS has come under fire for negative gender stereotyping

Don't ban 'rape porn' - introduce more porn with negotiation and boundary-setting

Banning rape porn will not make it go away, but send it underground where we are less able to observe the safety of performers

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Clare Balding: 'Women's sport is kicking off at last'

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