Wednesday 14 November 2018

Kevin Myers: 'Let's honour brave women but please stick to the facts'

Kevin Myers

ON the principle that one shouldn't gratuitously bore readers with inter-columnar spats, we hacks are usually well-advised to steer clear of the thoughts of other journalists.

They are, after all, only opinions. But when a column encapsulates so much of a general cultural trend, one must then, albeit with a certain diffidence, step up to the breach. So it was with Justine McCarthy's attack in 'The Sunday Times' last weekend on John Waters of 'The Irish Times'.

For it was the very quintessence of the feminist narrative. I was recently attempting to write a critique of this narrative in a column to mark the 40th anniversary of the publication of Germaine Greer's 'The Female Eunuch', and probably didn't succeed. But all I really needed to make my case for me was McCarthy's column last Sunday: almost sentence by sentence, it did the job for me.

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