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"Emancipation", "feminism", "women's issues", is it all just PC lip service?

Cliches Come Free
Cliches Come Free
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When asked to write this piece, I did my usual thing of ringing up a few friends who know more about the subject than I do. The subject in this case being 'women', I rang up a few women friends, specifically women who have worked around feminist issues over some time. Some of these friends have talked me through different ideas for other writings, but this time, to a man, they refused to help.

"Women, huh? What do you know about women? Why don't you write about cricket instead?" One of them chortled.

"Kashmir, yes. Nukes, yes. But I'm not helping you with 'Women'. You're on your own on this one, boy," said another so-called close friend, also cackling.

A third one pretended she hadn't heard my question. "Hey, have you heard the one about the mobile phones? Ji, kiya kya? Ji, nokia. Why nokia? Ji, no ericsson and no siemens..."

This went on for a while, the reaction pretty much the same across several different characters, till one pal took pity on me and threw me a scrap.

"Listen, I'm sick of hearing about 'women's issues'! What is a women's...
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