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.

Beckett: I'm a victim of Labour sexism

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Letter: Feminist challenge

Sir: Jennifer Worth suggests that 48 per cent of top nursing posts are filled from the 7 per cent of nurses that happen to be male because "the vast majority of women want and need to be dominated by men" (letter, 11 March).

Letter: Feminist logic

Sir: None of the (admittedly few) transsexual women that I know "does" womanliness, any more, presumably, than Adrian Coyle "does" manliness. We are who we are, and we "do" only ourselves.

Letter: Feminist men

Sir: Dr Adrian Coyle, a psychologist, wonders what happens when men lay hands on feminine status (letter, 8 March), I can tell him.

Letter: Male feminists?

Sir: Now here's a paradox. On International Women's Day (8 March), The Independent publishes a book review about the 18th-century writer Charlotte Smith. Why is the piece dominated by a picture of William Wordsworth, who is barely mentioned in the article? And why his picture is about 15 times as large as the tiny portrait of Charlotte Smith?

Letter: No male feminists

No male feminists

Letter: Feminist shunned

Feminist shunned

Comment: The betrayal of feminism

If Baroness Jay has no wish to be identified with the century's transforming force, who gives a toss?

How long do we put up with feminists behaving badly?

Why do we always damn men? What's wrong with them beating drums with their mates in the forest?

Letter: Fair shares

I WAS saddened by Aminatta Forna's article "Money doesn't grow on men" (Real Life, 20 September). Is the measure of feminism only the extent to which one can be independent of men? What of freedom of choice, which in turn should free men, who hitherto have been welded to the work place? To suggest that "relying on a man [to financially look after a woman taking care of the children] is not healthy" is to ignore the fact that men and women can be happily and successfully interdependent. Colette Dowling's book Myth of the Money Tree, referred to by Ms Forna, appears to reflect more an obsession with money as the route to power than any true search for freedom. In so doing it implies that men are disposable. My man is not disposable. He earns the money. I mother the kids. It is our money and they are our kids. Our neighbours do the same, but she earns and he looks after the kids. What feminism should give women and men is the freedom to share our money and our responsibilities as we choose.

Weldon attacks lucky crystals, low birth rates and the abuse of women's power

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Dealer loses sex bias case

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`Misogynist' council claim

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Boxing: Maloney denies offer to Couch

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