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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.

Lord's secretary `pressured into abortion'

THE chief executive of the English Cricket Board, Tim Lamb, pressurised a female employee into having an abortion after an affair with another member of staff, an industrial tribunal heard yesterday. He then sacked the woman.

Greer paid pounds 1/2m for new 'Female Eunuch'

GERMAINE GREER is to join battle with the so-called New Feminism after selling the sequel to her seminal book The Female Eunuch for pounds 500,000.

The personal is still political: Oh, how I yearn for some fire, some passion

Somewhere, possibly over the rainbow among the unicorns and the fairies, lives a far more mythical creature, the militant feminist. People talk about this creature with awe and disdain. Paxo on Newsnight kept banging on about militant feminists and how horrible they had been to Ted Hughes over Sylvia Plath. Militant feminists were also apparently responsible for enabling women to have the abortions that so many women who are not militant feminists have every day. Militant feminists have stopped young women looking lovely and they have made a younger generation scared of identifying themselves with the F-word. The only militant feminist I remember meeting was a woman at Greenham who cut bits out of the fence and hung them around her belt. We called her Metal Mickey. God she was militant, she said that all metal was a male conspiracy and she was reclaiming its power. She was barking, and looked liked Stig of the Dump. I feel somehow she is unlikely to be selected as a prospective Labour candidate, but that is their loss.

Books: Reclaiming the F-word

THE NEW FEMINISM by Natasha Walter, Little, Brown pounds 17.50

Letter: Voting for women

Letter: Voting for women

Preview: Lecture: I am woman, hear me rant

"The penis is the ultimate symbol of real feminist liberation for the 21st century." You've got to hand it to Camille Paglia. In the war of the sexes, the controversial American academic delivers soundbites with her teeth bared.

Priest quits after sexism charge

A respected female priest is set to leave the Church of England in London after accusing it of sexual discrimination.

Courts service accused of sex bias

Women and ethnic minorities are being denied top jobs in the magistrates court service, according to a survey which revealed that 93 per cent of senior positions are held by men.

Letter: Feminist fever

It's not necessarily cranky to object to "women only" car parks ("The perils in a nation of feminists", 9 February). There are principled objections to such extravagances which quite improperly support the bizarre notions that men in general are a threat and that men and women should lead increasingly segregated lives. It's intellectually and morally respectable to criticise feminism and to dissent from it, providing one does so in a reasonable manner. We are not obliged, I hope, to accept any set of opinions uncritically, at least not yet, and we are entitled to regard feminism as a flawed and somewhat stunted account of social reality without being written off as non-entity.

Women catch up with men's earning power

BARRIE CLEMENT

Hit the glass ceiling? Well, just walk out

Decca Aitkenhead on the rise of the female entrepreneur pt

LETTERS: Gender war

When I began questioning the ideology of modern feminism, my work was presumed to be the product of unhappy relationships. Half a decade later, the line of attack has spun 180 degrees. In her article "The myth about men" (Real Life, 19 May), Ruth Picardie dismissed the possibility that men might suffer inequalities, especially in family life, partly because I had told her that "I have a very happy life, thank you". My personal life is irrelevant. The matter for discussion is theoretical and ideological.

RAF mother's pounds 10,000 for sex bias

RAF mother's pounds 10,000 for sex bias

Letter: Militant feminists in the law

Sir: Eileen Pembridge's tirade against me ("My daft learned friend: shut up!", 22 April) represents a ludicrously inaccurate version of the speech I delivered at the Women Lawyers' Conference.

Feminist rage at vision of home

REBECCA FOWLER
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