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Kevin Myers: Women's obsession with victimhood exalts failure and generates nothing but excuses

Kevin Myers

Published 14/12/2010 | 05:00

Helen Mirren recently declared at the annual Women in Entertainment Awards in Hollywood: "With all due respect to you many brilliant and successful women in the room, really not too much has changed in the canon of Hollywood film-making that continues to worship at the altar of the 18 to 25-year-old male and his penis.

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"Quite small, I always think."

And this highly original, extraordinarily witty, positively Wildean profundity, was greeted with whoops of joy and exultant cheers by Mirren's female audience, just as you might expect. For after 40 years of feminism, we must conclude that women's gatherings will always be women's gatherings. Even a Junior Cert teenage-anthropologist reading a gender-neutral account of the verbal interaction between a group of individuals will know their sex by the things they say and do.

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