Feminism?

Women now have it so good that men are choosing to become women, British author Fay Weldon says

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The long struggle for equal rights between women and men has been so successful for women that men are now choosing to become the opposite sex, British author Fay Weldon controversially said this weekend. The playwright and essayist has written extensively about the state of women in a patriarchal society, and said that she believed women now “have it better” than men.

“The only way men have of fighting back against the natural superiority of women is by becoming women themselves,” she said in an interview with The Sunday Times.

Weldon said that feminism was necessary in the 1970s, when men were “so awful,” but that by the end of 1980s, men had changed their behavior and women continued to “play the victim.” She also said that girls who struggle with anorexia are doing so because they don’t want to grow up, get their periods, and have children.

Weldon’s comments come just days after another British lit star to made his own surprising public statements about transgender women. Ian McEwan said in a speech to the Royal Institution that “men in full possession of a penis are now identifying as women and demanding entry to women-only colleges, and the right to change in women’s dressing rooms … Call me old-fashioned, but I tend to think of people with penises as men.”

Read the full story at The Telegraph.

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