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‘This kind of candy-floss feminism – pink and full of nothing – bores me to tears’

Ellen Coyne


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'We’ve all had a workplace brush with a woman who read one too many Girl Boss books'

'We’ve all had a workplace brush with a woman who read one too many Girl Boss books'

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'We’ve all had a workplace brush with a woman who read one too many Girl Boss books'

It was barely past 7am when my phone started ringing, which is never good. In my experience, anyone rousing me at such an hour is almost exclusively sharing bad news or a bollocking. I squinted at the screen and saw the call was coming from a radio station.

It must be about some story I had in the paper that day, I thought. Or maybe it’s urgent breaking news. No. Someone had written a book called I Hate Men and the station wanted me to come on air immediately and debate if this was, I quote, “incitement to hatred”.

With that final straw, I was convinced beyond doubt that my name is on a list of potential radio guests somewhere marked “WOMEN: WHINGERS”. You know women, right? That monolith that thinks, feels and — most importantly — rages as one homogenous group?


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