Better feminism

The World Cup is a good time for racism, sexism and, in the case of the usually excellent Zoe Williams, class hatred ("Sometimes it's hard to be a man", 19 June). She says the main characteristic of masculinity is that it takes itself too seriously. I'm sure this is true, but most people who enjoy the World Cup with booze and face paint aren't taking themselves seriously; they're having a laugh. Among them are thousands of women. Williams claims it's hard not to snigger at this masculinity. Hard for whom? It's hard not to think she's anything but a snob. More and better feminism, please.

Ed Witcomb
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This article first appeared in the 03 July 2006 issue of the New Statesman, 7/7: one year on