The ladies of the London chatterati are at each other’s throats. Left-wing identity politics has been eating itself since the New Year, when the leading feminists of Fleet Street went into battle over who is the better feminist.

The  great titan-esses are actually secret subversives determined to surrender their cause to subconscious patriarchy. Well, that’s what you would think if you believe some of the words that have been thrown at the likes of the Times’ Caitlin Moran or the Observer’s Julie Burchill and Suzanne Moore in recent weeks.

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The barbs are getting sharper. The promotional materials for Be Awesome: Modern Life for Modern Ladies, the latest offering from Hadley Freeman of Guardian and Vogue fame, have reached me. They proclaim that the book is: ‘Quirkier and funnier than Caitlin Moran’s How to Be a Woman’.

Miaow! By all means question a lady’s commitment to political correctness or even her commitment to the rights of the sisterhood, but leave her sense of humour alone. Saucers of milk all round.

Tags: Caitlin Moran, Feminism, Hadley Freedman, Journalism, publishing