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FEMINISM vs SEXISM:
The Guardian vs Private Eye


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The Guardian
Naked Ape 2
Duckworth, London, 1982
price: 1.95
64 pages

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Private Eye
The Book of Wimmin
Private Eye, London, 1986
price: 1.95
80 pages


extracts from two books of extracts:
'The end of Christianity'
'Coitus is punishment'
Dr Runcie does not favour the ordination of women, and how right he is: women priests mean the end of Christianity as we have known it. The lady he met who had been ordained in the American Church had frizzed permed hair and pink lipstick, which hardly seemed to me to be priestly.
Mary Kenny, Daily Mail
'Wigwam Bam' - One of the first feminist pop songs, telling the consciousness raising tale of how squaw Mini Ha Ha shed her culturally determined position of subservience and on the dominant role of predator with the joyous yell: 'Wigwam bam gonna make you my man!'
Eleanor Levy, Record Mirror
'A lot of these girls really ask for it,' said a spokesman for Scotland Yard, which is actively campaigning to bring home to youngsters the possible perils of hitch-hiking.
'They are pretty. They dress provocatively, get into a car with a bored, lonely man - and then wonder why he starts making advances.'
Halifax Courier
Of all the silent comedians Laurel and Hardy are perhaps the most threatening to women, as they combine the physical ruination with misogyny. One epicene and gross, the other emaciated. They are an aesthetic offence, with their disaster-prone bodies and the exclusive relationship that not only shuts out women but questions their very necessity.
Molly Haskell, 'From Reverence To Rape'
A Tory MP, Mr Alan Clark, protested yesterday that MPs' 'traditional and congenial arrangements' would be disturbed if a proposal to allow MPs' wives to have lunch in the Members' dining room went ahead.
Glasgow Herald
We now allow men to attend our seminars, but we do not allow them to ask questions. This seems to be a sensible solution because however well-meaning or feminist a man may be, he is still sexist because he is a man.
Letter to Times Educational Supplement
One thing I didn't know at 18 is that ladies are much randier than men. They're wandering round looking for sex the whole time but unfortunately I didn't realize that.
Reginald Bosanquet, Sunday Express
Coitus is punishment, I say. I am a feminist, not the fun kind. Coitus is the punishment for cowardice, for the fear of being alone.
Andrea Dworkin, 'Ice and Fire'
My own contender for the lemon is Tenko, the grotesquely-scripted saga of a group of women prisoners of the Japanese, which most of us watched for the first week or two to see if they showed the rape scenes in full colour.
Max Hastings, Daily Express
'Flag-flying is a blatantly sexist phallic ritual,' spokesman for the Women's Action Group, Mrs Di Cleary, said. 'The symbolism of raising and lowering the flag once a day is quite obvious.'
Evening Post, Wellington NZ
You may have noticed we had two women in our team this week. Next week we will be back to normal.
David Jacobs, Any Questions
Every decision that a woman makes is right.
Germaine Greer, Danish TV interview
nibblin'


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