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Like many men, I am a lazy, good-for-nothing, selfish, forgetful, patronising, sex-obsessed bastard who drinks too much. Or so my wife points out. It's strange that I have ended up like this. I tried not to. I really did.

Sex-bias worker to get pounds 15,000

A FORMER car dealer yesterday won pounds 15,000 compensation after he was dismissed by an employer who replaced male salesmen with an all-female team.

Letter: When doctors speak ill of their colleagues

Sir: I and the others involved appreciated the excellent report by Celia Hall ('Doctors call for action on gossips', 27 May) about the press conference we held to highlight the problem of doctors depreciating the character or skill of colleagues. However, there is one point that I would like to clarify in this report.

Punch at rules

Zasha Price, 21, of the Isle of Wight, who wants to become a professional boxer, has threatened legal action under sexual discrimination legislation against the Amateur Boxing Association after it told her women were only allowed to train but not to spar or box.

Letter: Women are not naturally better at child care

Sir: Why does Angela Lambert (28 March) criticise the social forces that squeezed her into a child care role ('I was fired for being pregnant') at the same time as claiming that child care is something 'we (that's us girls) seem to do better'? If Ms Lambert's partner had been forced to leave work and look after the baby all day perhaps he too might have appeared strangely gifted with children when she returned home, frazzled at the end of the day, to ineptly handle the unfamiliar child on her knee.

Letter: University audience for Paglia's bunkum

Sir: Congratulations to Thomas Sutcliffe on his devastating put-down of Camille Paglia, the 'high priestess of Utter Bunkum' (television review, 2 March). But he is too sanguine if he thinks she is unusual in universities.

CV discrimination

Julie Crosbie, 26, a secretary from Farnborough, Hampshire, won pounds 760 compensation for sexual discrimination after she was turned down for a job with the Wilky Group and her CV was posted back to her with the words 'four-year-old son' scrawled across it.

Sex bias claim

Tracey Gatehouse, 24, told that she was too pretty for her job as a sales manager at Stretton Leisure, a subsidiary of the brewers Greenhall Whitley, won her claim for sex discrimination and unfair dismissal at an industrial tribunal in Liverpool.

Dear Dorothea Sharp: The first fictional feminist? Bah] George Eliot must have been tearing her hair out as she penned her creation's fate

From the moment I first read about you, I knew we weren't going to get on. All that stuff about your pious beauty, and your wrists being like those of the Virgin Mary, your cleverness and good intentions: you were never going to be a barrel of laughs.

Letter: British feminists: over here and underhyped

Sir: Why is it that American feminists are 'overheated, overhyped and over here' (13 January)? One reason is clear, the British media will not debate in any serious fashion the issues British feminists write about. How often does a book from one of the women's presses get a mention, let alone a review, on the pages of broadsheet newspapers? Rarely, almost never. The uninformed might suppose that there was no feminist debate in this country if they relied solely on the media for information.

BOOK REVIEW / Take back the herd instinct: Anna Blomefield on Katie Roiphe's study of feminism and the rape crisis movement: The morning after: Sex, Fear, and Feminism - Katie Roiphe: Hamish Hamilton, pounds 7.99

THE APPEARANCE of this book crystallises public uncertainty over the rights and wrongs of the date rape issue. It is a thought-provoking work that purports to represent a reappraisal of the achievements and goals of the feminist movement over the past 30 or so years. Roiphe returns continually to her own family life as a genuine, if somewhat smug, yardstick in her enterprise. Yet it is a book which, though scarcely to be faulted as a piece of rhetoric, leaves one with a sour taste in the mouth. At the risk of sounding reactionary, I'd say the book falls prey to the very attractions of ideological manipulation it sets out to denounce.

Dear Camille Paglia: An ardent anti-feminist urges the controversial academic to go that extra mile and drop the sisterly tosh and Sixties rhetoric

Forgive me, please. I shan't be coming to the National Theatre on Monday to hear you discuss your book Sex, Art and American Culture.

Letter: Boycotting Imelda

Sir: I did not accuse Rosie Boycott of not being a feminist in May 1973, as reported in Sandra Barwick's interview ('Men flock to a nice girl like her', 22 December). It was Rosie's enthusiasm that Spare Rib publish a eulogistic piece about Imelda Marcos that I disagreed with. That clearly meant we had different ideas about political strategy. Feminism is not and never has been a total politics.

NUM to sue over Labour 'sexism'

Arthur Scargill, the NUM president, said the union was taking legal action against the Labour Party over the issue of all-female shortlists.

Don't knock new feminism's high hopes

THE good thing about the Naomi Wolf phenomenon is that it exists. The bad thing about it is that some people wish it didn't. She disturbs the confidence of the anti-feminist backlash by being there, and disorients the feminists who aroused the backlash by being there.
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