Sunday 22 January 2017

Deluded feminists divide us and imperil basic freedoms

Women have achieved much of what they wanted, but now the grievance-mongers have taken over, writes Ruth Dudley Edwards

Published 22/11/2015 | 02:30

Germaine Greer was the subject of a petition by Cardiff University students who deemed the feminist 'mysogynistic' leading up to a planned talk at the university
Germaine Greer was the subject of a petition by Cardiff University students who deemed the feminist 'mysogynistic' leading up to a planned talk at the university

This is a "trigger warning". Reach for the smelling salts, victims of the patriarchy. I intend to be offensive.

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For the benefit of challenged readers, here is the Urban Dictionary's definition of the term: "A phrase [whose] purpose is to warn weak-minded people who are easily offended that they might find what is being posted offensive in some way due to its content, causing them to overreact or otherwise start acting like a dipshit."

I mentioned on Facebook, last week, my amusement that my IRA-sympathising Twitter critics had moved as a body from one hymn to another. These people cannot grasp that I subscribe to the adage: "Sticks and stones may break my bones but names will never hurt me." Instead of calling me an "ugly old c***", they've taken to explaining that I'm deranged, crazy, mad, should be committed and so on. So my comrade Nick Cohen, the doughtiest of doughty fighters for free speech, posted the comment: "That's outrageous. You are not that old."

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