JOINING THE WINNING TEAM: Men have gender changes because women have won battle of sexes.

Ms Weldon, whose books include The Life and Loves of a She-Devil and What Makes Women Happy, said women “play the victim” and 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.

She accepted it was an “argument personal to me” but added: “Feminism was necessary in the 1970s because men were so awful then.

“By the end of the 1980s they had realised what was going on and, to their credit, changed. But women didn’t change and went on being victims. Now women can be absolutely horrible to men.

“Women have it better than men.”

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