Feminism

Michel Houellebecq may be honoured by the French establishment, but he’s no fan of Europe

23 April 2022 9:00 am

For many years, Michel Houellebecq was patronised by the French literary establishment as an upstart, what with his background in…

Julie Burchill has found a new way to provoke: she’s turned sincere

5 March 2022 9:00 am

The greatest ever social media spat took place before the first tweet was sent, and was conducted via fax, which…

Margaret Atwood seems embarrassed by the sheer volume of her output

26 February 2022 9:00 am

Margaret Atwood is among the major writers of English fiction of our time. This is a very boring way to…

Is it an exaggeration to talk of a ‘gender war’?

5 February 2022 9:00 am

According to Nina Power’s forceful and rather unusual What Do Men Want?, we in the West are currently engaged in…

The march of South Korea’s anti-feminists

29 January 2022 9:00 am

How men’s rights became a big political issue

Who’s to blame if Britney Spears has been ‘devoured’ by celebrity?

11 December 2021 9:00 am

All the questions around Britney Spears can be condensed into this one: who should we blame? For a long time,…

Gender is contentious. The BBC is pretending it isn't

8 December 2021 2:10 am

The BBC has produced its annual 100 Women list, a showcase for women who have done interesting, important things. There’s…

When did traditional masculinity become toxic?

25 November 2021 10:45 pm

It’s hard for privileged white men to stay relevant in this age of identity politics but a number of fail-safe…

Women don't 'consent' to their own deaths

16 November 2021 5:30 am

A ruling by the Court of Appeal last week has further enshrined the notion that women can consent to their…

Thoroughly modern Marie: Matrix, by Lauren Groff, reviewed

25 September 2021 9:00 am

It is 1158. A 17-year-old girl, born of both rape and royal blood, is cast out of the French court…

The genius of Basic Instinct

28 August 2021 9:00 am

Our occasional series on cinema’s most underrated films arrives at what many have considered the peak of misogynistic trash. We’re…

Lucy Ellmann is angry about everything, especially men

7 August 2021 9:00 am

Is Lucy Ellmann serious? On the one hand, yes, very. The novel she published before this collection of essays was…

Godot Is a Woman will have you laughing all evening and arguing all night

19 June 2021 9:00 am

Godot Is a Woman opens with three tramps standing on a bare stage beneath a solitary upright. This isn’t Samuel…

When feminists fight back

12 June 2021 3:45 pm

We have been told that our mere presence as academics makes students feel unsafe. We have been threatened with violence,…

The gender identity issue: Kathleen Stock puts her head above the parapet

15 May 2021 9:00 am

‘Something is afoot,’ wrote the academic philosopher Kathleen Stock in 2018: Beyond the academy, there’s a huge and impassioned discussion…

Why are London police telling women to stay at home?

11 March 2021 4:28 am

The disappearance of Sarah Everard in south London has once again led to women being advised by police to stay…

The life and loves of Mary Wollstonecraft

9 January 2021 9:00 am

Ruth Scurr reveals what an impulsive, life-loving individual Mary Wollstonecraft was

Maggi Hambling's Wollstonecraft statue is hideous but fitting

28 November 2020 9:00 am

Frankly, it is rather hideous — but also quite wonderful, shimmering against the weak blue of a late November sky.…

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The mystery of Melania Trump

23 November 2020 4:22 am

Melania Trump should be a feminist icon. She is determined and self-assured. Despite being one of the most criticized women…

Masculinity in crisis: Men and Apparitions, by Lynne Tillman, reviewed

14 November 2020 9:00 am

Masculinity, we are often told, is in crisis. The narrator of Men and Apparitions, Professor Ezekiel (Zeke) Stark, both studies…

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The subtle sexism of ‘feminist’ Democrats

7 November 2020 2:27 am

Over the past five years, we’ve seen an endless stream of hand-wringing and hysteria around the misogyny of Donald Trump.…

The mix of slapstick and sermonising is certainly original: In Bad Taste reviewed

24 October 2020 9:00 am

In Bad Taste is a slapstick comedy about five female terrorists who murder the governor of the Bank of England.…

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Meghan Markle, voting rights activist

20 August 2020 7:27 am

The biggest voting bloc in America is that of the non-voter. As a result, most prominent calls to Americans to…

Hats (and knickers) off to the hosts: The Naked Podcast reviewed

15 August 2020 9:00 am

I spent half an hour this week listening to a woman make a plaster cast of her vulva. Kat Harbourne,…

How come the less something is a problem, the more people talk about it?

27 June 2020 9:00 am

The less something is a problem, the more people talk about it