Feminism

Astonishing to think Miss World ever existed: Misbehaviour reviewed

14 March 2020 9:00 am

Misbehaviour is a film about the 1970 Miss World contest that was disrupted by ‘bloody women’s libbers’ — that’s what…

Tales from behind the veil: Moroccan women talk about lies and sex

14 March 2020 9:00 am

The Moroccan-born Leïla Slimani has made her name writing novels of propulsive intensity. Lullaby, the story of a nanny who…

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Are you suffering from Elizabeth Warren Denial Syndrome?

7 March 2020 6:55 am

Elizabeth Warren did not die in a tragic accident yesterday. But judging by the reactions of America’s journalists and academics,…

Is Monopoly feminist?

7 February 2020 10:00 pm

I’ve been playing a lot of Monopoly recently. My son got his first grown-up set for Christmas and, even after…

Why I’m standing by my old enemy Selina Todd

1 February 2020 9:00 am

Most people won’t have heard of Selina Todd. The only reason I had was because some years ago the BBC…

Strong performances in a slightly wonky production: Uncle Vanya reviewed

1 February 2020 9:00 am

Uncle Vanya opens with a puzzle. Is the action set in the early 20th century or right now? The furnishings…

Dear Mary: Why does my feminist friend always expect me to pay for dinner?

7 December 2019 9:00 am

Q. One of my very best female friends has got into the habit of lecturing me on gender equality, in…

George Eliot was much more radical than we give her credit for

9 November 2019 9:00 am

It’s easy to forget, as we celebrate the 200th anniversary of her birth, how radical George Eliot actually was. The…

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Alcohol is the perfect cure for deafness

2 November 2019 9:00 am

New York   A busy ten days, or nights rather, with some heroic drinking thrown in for good measure. Hangovers…

A 90-minute slog up to a dazzling peak: ‘Master Harold’… and the boys reviewed

26 October 2019 9:00 am

Athol Fugard likes to dump his characters in settings with no dramatic thrust or tension. A prison yard is a…

The enduring allure of ‘er indoors

19 October 2019 9:00 am

‘She’s only a bird in a gilded cage, a beautiful sight to see. You may think she’s happy and free…

Why Simone de Beauvoir is my kind of woman

19 October 2019 9:00 am

New York   A strange thing happened to me here in the Bagel last week. Having read the recent review…

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The Kan-do spirit: Under Red Skies, by Karoline Kan, reviewed

29 June 2019 9:00 am

The defining feature of Chinese millennials is not Instagram, avocado on toast or propertylessness. Born in the early years of…

Untitled #122, from the Fashion series, by Cindy Sherman

Cindy Sherman – selfie queen

29 June 2019 9:00 am

The selfie is, of course, a major, and to me mysterious, phenomenon of our age. The sheer indefatigability of selfie-takers,…

What Mary Wollstonecraft writes about motherhood is still so relevant

22 June 2019 9:00 am

Walking into Fingal’s Cave, after scrambling across the rocks to reach it from the landing stage where the boat from…

Enveloping and gorgeous: Cate Le Bon reviewed

22 June 2019 9:00 am

The last time Bikini Kill played in London was in a room that now serves as the restaurant of a…

Poetic and profound: The Starry Messenger reviewed

8 June 2019 9:00 am

Kenneth Lonergan, who wrote the movie Manchester by the Sea, shapes his work from loss, disillusionment, small-mindedness, hesitation and superficiality,…

Lusty, roistering Suranne Jones as Anne Lister in Gentleman Jack. Image: BBC / Lookout Point / Jay Brooks

Sunday night on the Beeb was an orgy of virtue-signalling and third-rate sport

25 May 2019 9:00 am

After its new costume drama You Go, Girl! (Sundays) about how amazing, empowered and better-than-men women are, especially if they…

Composer Amy Beach. Photo: Bridgeman Images

The forgotten masterpieces of Amy Beach

25 May 2019 9:00 am

At the Wigmore Hall last Friday, the Takacs String Quartet and Garrick Ohlsson played a piano quintet that was once…

Feminism for the Fleabag generation: The Polyglot Lovers, by Lina Wolff, reviewed

18 May 2019 9:00 am

Everyone behaves badly in The Polyglot Lovers — no saving graces. It’s a complex, shifting structure of sex, self-hatred and…

Feminism has succeeded – so why don’t we call it quits?

11 May 2019 9:00 am

You would think that the British Film Institute’s sponsorship of a month-long festival celebrating some of the most memorable female…

Is anything creepier than a ‘male feminist’?

27 April 2019 9:00 am

Over a drink recently I sat next to a man who announced, barely before he’d taken his first sip, that…

Rebel girls of the 13th century

13 April 2019 9:00 am

Women who can — however tenuously — be described as ‘rebel girls’ are big in publishing now. Goodnight Stories for…

A tease for #MeToo

13 April 2019 9:00 am

Titania McGrath is the alter ego of the schoolteacher Andrew Doyle. A perpetually enraged ‘activist, healer and radical intersectional poet’,…

Slow-moving tale with a strong echo of Brideshead: Alys, Always at the Bridge reviewed

16 March 2019 9:00 am

Nicholas Hytner’s new show, Alys, Always, is based on a Harriet Lane novel that carries a strong echo of Brideshead.…