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Former BBC newsreader Michael Buerk recently claimed that life is now lived according to women's rules. Could he possibly have a point?

By Stella Tillyard   October 2005

Michael Buerk is partly right. While it is nonsense to declare, as he apparently did, that the “shift in the balance of power between the sexes” has gone too far, his observation that “life is now lived in accordance with women’s rules” has a lot to be said for it. We might want to substitute “values” for “rules,” but what he is saying seems less inflammatory valediction than historical truth. Very gradually, over the last 250 years, the values of those who have the luxury to live by choice rather than necessity have indeed become feminised, or have given more…

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