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Terence Blacker: Age is not a handicap, old attitudes are

Those looking for amusement in the dreariness of the winter news could do worse than follow the progress of the racing pundit John McCririck's lawsuit against his former employer, Channel 4. Like many public figures who pride themselves on their political incorrectness, the studiously eccentric former bookmaker has ended up taking refuge in the very culture he has always mocked. Citing a breach of his human rights, he is claiming £500,000 for "unfair, career-damaging public humiliation" and a further £2.5m for what he calls "the feared scourge of our society" – ageism. McCririck is 72.

Sometimes, competitive blokes are best ignored

The path of true comedy never did run smooth. Especially the laddish kind, where a bunch of British blokes egg each other on to be ruder and ruder, which is how Channel 4's Big Fat Quiz of the Year has got into hot water, with Jack Whitehall and others blamed for gags containing oral sex, the Queen and Prince Philip, and some imaginary filth involving Susan Boyle and Usain Bolt. Yet the thing that bothers many of us there is not the dirty jokes, but all these programmes where competitive males boorishly shout and sneer at each other. Rory Bremner now refuses to go on Mock the Week, sharing similar feelings about these boys' clubs. Billy Connolly says he can't handle the "Channel 4" types.

Charges of sexual harassment against the former Speaker, Peter Slipper, were thrown out as a ploy to undermine the government

'Scandal' exposed as plot to weaken Australian PM

A tumultuous year in Australian politics has ended with a court ruling that senior opposition figures conspired with a former political staffer to undermine Julia Gillard’s minority Labor government by bringing sexual harassment charges against the then parliamentary Speaker, Peter Slipper.

Nobody wants heterosexual women to propose, study reveals

Hey, liberals - do you like your proposals gender normative? If so, you're not alone. Even students at the UC Santa Cruz aren't down with ladies taking a knee, as a study revealed none of the 277 heterosexual classmates interviewed would prefer a proposal in which the woman asked the man to marry her.

IoS DVD review: Ted

This year’s surprise hit comedy stars Mark Wahlberg as a slobbish slacker who lives with a magical talking teddy bear (voiced by the film’s writer-director, Seth MacFarlane).

Gillette, not the best marketing can get

Many were offended by Gillette’s sexist 'Get Closer to Your Man' campaign, so it's refreshing to see that they decided to pull it down.

'Ugly girl': The negative messages we send to our daughters

We tell young women that they can achieve anything they want, but the extra pressures are everywhere to be seen.

Baroness Kennedy: The human rights lawyer says women’s work is still undervalued

Harassment of women still rife in workplace, says Baroness Kennedy

Sexual harassment and the objectification of women still plagues the workplace in Britain's top professions, a leading human rights lawyer has warned.

The Coalition’s £235m wages are robbery down on the farm

Our diarist notes that the minimum wage is a recent innovation; notes the value of family connections ahead of award ceremonies; and offers a spinning corrective

So, is Tony Abbot, the leader of the Australian opposition, a sexist? PM Julia Gillard thinks so

Julia Gillard's speech this week has turned the leader of Austrailia's Liberal Party into a feminist bete noire. But does Abbot's real record support Gillard's accusations?

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Julia Gillard: kick-ass PM

It's perhaps not the most likely YouTube clip to go viral across the English-speaking world. Indeed, a 15-minute speech in the Australian House of Representatives would normally struggle to compete with Cat Dances with Hamster. But an extraordinary demolition job by Aussie PM Julia Gillard on Liberal leader Tony Abbott has made for unmissable viewing.

Now, let me explain something about patriarchy

Sexism and misogyny are so intertwined that one usually breeds the other, informs and moulds it, then packs it off to start its own independent existence elsewhere

Labour turns to BBC stars in new fight for rights of older women

A commission will propose ways to prevent discrimination against over-50s

Institutional sexism is closer to home than you think

We know about sexism at work, but what about when it's passed on from generation to generation?

Grace Dent on Jade Jones: 'Jones is beautiful, agile, springy and professionally vicious. She's hard'

Grace Dent: Take the fight to men – we'd give them a good kicking

"So when did you realise you had a natural talent for kicking people in the head?" Hazel Irvine asked Team GB's Taekwondo gold medal winner Jade Jones on yesterday morning's BBC Olympic Breakfast. The men in the studio chortled, but smiles aside, this is plainly what Jones excels at.

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