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May 12th 2017 print


Choosing sides

It's a hard life being a feminist icon of the Left and needing to chart a safe course between the Scylla of demands for universal equality and the Charybdis of identity politics. The first, you'd imagine, demands ardent denunciations of a creed that has misogyny woven into its very fabric. Ah, but that could get the likes of Yassmin Abdel-Magied and Susan Carland offside and might jeopardise invitations to writers festivals and the like. So best to remain silent, which appears to be the sainted Anne Summers policy, given that any search of her hallowed works turns up very few references to the Islamic oppression of women. Were she ever to pick a side, Zeg imagines it would go something like this....

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