Cosmo Landesman

Are you a politically correct pervert?

20 October 2018 9:00 am

It hasn’t always been easy being a progressive-minded man who prides himself on his sensitivity to issues of race, gender,…

Stop calling me ‘a privileged white man’ – I’m more than that

25 August 2018 9:00 am

I got some bad news this week. I discovered that I’m a ‘privileged, white male’. It was my agent who…

‘I don’t need you any more, dear, you clash with the furniture!’

What do women really want? A man with a beautiful house

11 August 2018 9:00 am

Freud famously asked: what do women want? And I think that after two marriages, a dozen long-term relationships and a…

Children are everywhere – and they’re spoiling everything

28 July 2018 9:00 am

There was a time when middle-class liberals used to complain that the English were a nation of child haters. They…

The #MeToo movement could be the saviour of sex

23 June 2018 9:00 am

Sexual intercourse, Philip Larkin famously wrote, began in 1963. And listening to contemporary commentators, you’d think that it came to…

Let’s get real. Kindness is not going to save you – or the world

9 June 2018 9:00 am

I originally thought of calling this piece: ‘Kindness is the New Rock ’n’ Roll’ — but only as a joke.…

The Spice Girls sang about empowerment – better than the #MeToo whinging

14 April 2018 9:00 am

The recent news of a Spice Girls reunion will, I suspect, be greeted by some former fans with nostalgic longing…

Can I be taught how to become a #MeToo Man?

3 February 2018 9:00 am

These are tough times for what I call the #MeToo Men — those white, liberal, high-minded men who pride themselves…

Riot chic

5 August 2017 9:00 am

Last weekend, I got into a conversation with the son of an old friend. He’s a nice middle-class boy, mid-twenties,…

My public trans sport with a flirty stranger on the bus

9 January 2016 9:00 am

I had just sat down on the top deck of a number 38 London bus when I saw him looking…

Women’s issues are for everyone now, not just feminists

24 October 2015 9:00 am

Like all right-thinking lefty men who came of age in the women’s liberation movement of the 1970s, I always thought…

Sorry, but I don’t think feminists can fight the male gaze by baring their breasts

7 March 2015 9:00 am

Imagine that you have stepped back in time to the 1970s. Feminists are out on the streets of London protesting…

Straight white males are the winners in the sexual counter-revolution

13 December 2014 9:00 am

When it comes to the battle of ideas, it’s often said that the right won the economic argument and the…

What Julie Burchill's ex-husband thinks of her new memoir

8 November 2014 9:00 am

Unchosen is the journalist Julie Burchill’s account of how she — a bright and bratty working-class girl from Bristol —…

Porn-agains: meet the middle-aged men - and women - warped by internet porn

2 August 2014 9:00 am

I met a nice, middle-aged, middle-class mother at a dinner party who told me  that she was very worried about…

Right-wing women are sexier

19 July 2014 9:00 am

Not long ago I was out drinking with a group of friends and we started playing the If-You-Had-To game. The…

When did it become OK to be boring?

10 May 2014 9:00 am

I can remember back in the 1970s when a girlfriend of mine, sensing my lack of interest in her very…

Why working class grandparents are better than middle class ones

22 March 2014 9:00 am

When I told a friend that my nine-year-old son was staying with his grandparents for the whole week of the…

I’m nearly 60. I’m still interested in sex. Is that a problem?

15 February 2014 9:00 am

The other day I casually remarked to my ex-wife that our son’s new teacher is ‘really hot’. She gave me…

It's a stupid lie to say we're all bisexual

4 January 2014 9:00 am

It was lust at first sight and love after the third martini. Over a get-to-know-you-dinner I discovered all I needed…