Gender

Good riddance to the Tavistock

6 August 2022 9:00 am

Most push notifications that pop up on my tablet concern impending catastrophe. But last week, one newsflash made my day.…

When did we give up on the truth?

6 August 2022 9:00 am

During that rather strange summer of 2020 I used the phrase ‘the gentle armed robber George Floyd’ in several articles…

Why the Tavistock clinic had to be shut down

29 July 2022 12:15 am

There are many reasons why what is sometimes crudely called ‘the trans issue’ is important. One is the political failure…

What’s the matter with Disney?

23 July 2022 5:07 pm

If there’s one thing that gives a bad name to gender stereotyping it’s the Disney princess: a combination of hideous…

The ever-shifting language of ‘culture wars’

23 July 2022 9:00 am

‘Come on, old girl,’ said my husband as though encouraging a cow stuck in a ditch, ‘you must know.’ It…

Why it has to be Kemi

16 July 2022 9:00 am

Have you considered a career in whoring? It can be very rewarding, apparently – especially financially. World’s oldest profession and…

Parents must resist Stonewall’s gospel

16 July 2022 9:00 am

I think by now it’s becoming horribly apparent to parents of every political persuasion that we can’t sit out the…

What took you so long, Seb Coe?

25 June 2022 9:00 am

There’s a left-wing internet advocacy group called 38 Degrees which suggests to its followers that all they have to do…

Not all masculinity is ‘toxic’

4 June 2022 9:00 am

Anyone who has passed through an education in thepast decade will have encountered the term ‘toxic masculinity’. It is one…

Why is dance so butch these days?

2 April 2022 9:00 am

For an art form that once boldly set out to question conventional divisions of gender, ballet now seems to be…

What schools should be teaching

26 March 2022 9:00 am

The state of Florida recently passed a piece of legislation making it illegal for teachers to hold discussions with pupils…

Care about the trans debate? Ask yourself this question

15 March 2022 1:45 am

J.K. Rowling is talking about sex and gender again, which means a lot of people are getting angry. It’s striking…

Sex, trans rights and the Scottish census

22 January 2022 2:20 am

It takes some doing to make a census interesting. So congratulations to the National Records of Scotland (NRS). NRS, which administers…

The sex work divide in British politics

15 December 2021 5:09 am

They seem like completely unrelated questions: ‘Is sex work real work?, and ‘Who will replace Yvette Cooper as chair of…

The grim reality of gender reassignment

14 November 2021 9:17 am

Lisa Littman, a doctor and researcher, recently surveyed ‘detransitioners’ — people who thought they were transgender then changed their minds.…

Jess Phillips and Labour’s ongoing women problem

9 November 2021 11:31 pm

Last week, Intelligence Squared put on a debate called ‘Is Labour unelectable?’ Unsurprisingly, Labour MP Jess Phillips spoke against the motion…

Scotland's census sex muddle is bad news for transgender people

3 September 2021 4:42 am

What is your sex? It is a simple question and one that we can all surely answer. When it comes…

How the gender debate is dividing Germany

22 August 2021 3:30 pm

Pronoun politics can be something of a minefield. But if you think the gender debate is confusing, spare a thought…

How Margaret Thatcher helped inspire my transgender journey

4 August 2021 11:22 am

The gender debate has generated plenty of heat, but as a trans person – and keen supporter of the Conservative…

Was this volunteer cancelled by Childline for his views on gender?

4 August 2021 6:50 am

When Liz Truss confirmed that the government was committing itself to banning LGBT conversion therapy, there was some bemusement: is the…

Is it fair for Laurel Hubbard to compete against women?

2 August 2021 4:33 pm

Today, the conversation about transgender rights and the interests of women turns to sport. At the Olympic Games, Laurel Hubbard…

New Zealand's transgender debate is turning nasty

14 July 2021 7:25 pm

New Zealand was the first country in the world to give women the right to vote in parliamentary elections. But now,…

Justin Trudeau isn't the progressive leader he thinks he is

10 July 2021 7:20 pm

It came as no surprise to me to see activists ‘celebrating’ Canada Day by setting fire to churches and toppling…

Oli London and the trickiness of being ‘trans-racial’

10 July 2021 9:00 am

Not everyone will have heard of Oli London, a British social media influencer who made news for two reasons last…

The art of Dolly Parton’s bra

26 June 2021 9:00 am

New York I hope this is my last week in the Bagel. I plan to fly first to Switzerland and…