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Natasha Walter's book on the new feminism has been reviewed mainly by young women-not always kindly. Nicolas Walter is a man from an older generation and the author's father

By Nicolas Walter   April 1998

As Natasha Walter says, three quarters of book reviews are by men. But this is not true of books by or about women, and almost all the reviewers of her book have been women. Many have been not simply critical but abusive, recalling Oscar Wilde’s remark that women call each other sister only when they have called each other a lot of other things first. She had to send a letter to the Guardian to correct various false impressions: “Contrary to the way my views have been represented by both friends and enemies in the media… I argue that women…

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