In an age when a football commentator can – quite rightly – be fired for making racist remarks, I wonder why Brian Sewell is still allowed to publish art criticism. Sewell believes that ‘only men are capable of aesthetic greatness’, and argues that women can’t paint because they can’t drive . . . I first heard that quote when I was taking driving lessons from a woman who could parallel park with one hand. (She had two arms, she just didn’t need both of them to swerve neatly backwards into the shortest possible curb space.) Sewell’s comments discredit only his own abilities, his reasoning as faulty and archaic as Aristotle’s, who relegated women to second-class citizenship on the basis of a confused assortment of falsehoods, including the claim that we have fewer teeth than men. That Sewell’s ignorant misogyny is allowed to…

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