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A brief history of the sex war

First men controlled women, then women broke free. Men were horrible to women, then women were horrible to men in their turn. Now we have a kind of matriarchy. Are men redundant? Are women happy?

By Fay Weldon   April 1998

It is often said that men are becoming redundant. Women can get by without them, true enough; they always could, and often had to, and so can men without women, come to that. But where’s the fun? When it comes to children, women have always had to manage as best they could, with or without men’s help. It is very nice when a woman has a partner who will help out; but if there is no man around a woman will do it. She has to. There they are, the little howling dependent things, and you do what you can.…

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