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Diana Rigg criticises overzealous feminists

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Apr 30, 2013 | 8:28am EDT

Veteran British actress Dame Diana Rigg has courted controversy by criticising "stupid" feminists who "carp and moan" about chivalrous men. The former Bond girl insists she feels grateful when male companions open doors for her and she can't stand women who complain about what she deems "good manners". Rigg even suggests some men are now too scared to compliment women on their looks over fears they will be sued. She tells Britain's Radio Times, "I was thought to be (a feminist), but never was really. I kept my mouth shut for the most part. It's a question of economics. If you're paid the same as a man, which now you are in this profession, you're equal. If a man holds a door open for me or pulls back a chair so that this old bag can sit down, I'm delighted. If they (men) put an arm round a woman and say, 'You look good today', they could find themselves in the small claims court. "Women who moan and carp about that sort of thing are stupid. They find it belittling, but it's just good manners... You can't pat bottoms, though. You deserve to be slapped for that." She adds of fellow women, "They're capable of being much more b**chy than men... I love women but am aware we're dangerous and deeply competitive... Feminists deny it, but basically it's all about men and sex - 'Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the prettiest of us all?'"

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