Sexuality

We don’t need new categories for sexuality – we need to abolish categories

5 January 2019 9:00 am

Long-suffering Spectator readers deserve a seasonal break from yet another Remoaner diatribe from me. My last on this page, making…

One night in the backwoods

4 June 2016 9:00 am

When I was 38, I let a drunk pick me up in a bar. You know, just to see if…

Hold on, should we actors really be speaking for trans people?

12 December 2015 9:00 am

Poor Eddie Redmayne. Just because he looks quite like a girl, he finds himself a spokesperson for the burgeoning trans…

We’re not more genderfluid now. We’re just duller about it

7 November 2015 9:00 am

Sex has always been less binary than it looks – but we’ve never been this boring about it

The weird truth about the word ‘normal’

10 October 2015 9:00 am

‘Is Nicky Morgan too “normal” to be the next prime minister?’ asked someone in the Daily Telegraph. That would make…

How many asexuals are there?

22 August 2015 9:00 am

No sex, please Several friends of the late Sir Edward Heath asserted that he could not be guilty of sexually…

Bisexuality is now everywhere – and nowhere

22 August 2015 9:00 am

I’m not aware of knowing many bisexual people. Or indeed, off the top of my head, any bisexual people. Which…

Rachel Johnson’s diary: Why I told my book party I was coming out as a lesbian

27 June 2015 9:00 am

My husband says I only write books in order to have a launch party. Not so. I also write books…

The end of childhood - what we lost when we dropped the age of consent

14 March 2015 9:00 am

In all the sound and fury about historic sex crimes against children, one crucial factor has been generally ignored. Last…

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…

Of course you can choose to get up early (and maybe you can choose to be gay)

21 February 2015 9:00 am

‘Oh, I’m an owl,’ said my friend Nick. ‘You’re probably a lark.’ I raised an eyebrow. He explained. Apparently all…

Attack of the personal space invaders

21 February 2015 9:00 am

It’s the shoulders you have to watch out for. If he’s pressing them back as his hand comes out to…

Where to open your brothel: an international comparison

8 March 2014 9:00 am

The best places to open a brothel The Commons all-party group on prostitution has called for a Scandinavian-style law where…

Is any kind of sex still taboo in literature?

8 March 2014 9:00 am

The first gay marriage will be conducted this Easter, and those who still object to the idea find themselves in…

Forgive me, Father

8 February 2014 9:00 am

For non-Catholics, the most luridly fascinating aspect of Catholicism is confession. Telling your inmost sins — and we know what…

Why I'm on board for the homophobic bus

1 February 2014 9:00 am

London has long since lost its allure for me — altogether too many cars, foreigners, cyclists, middle-class liberals and people…

Gay civil partners should resist pressure to 'upgrade' to marriage

10 August 2013 9:00 am

Apparently I’ve proposed to my civil partner. He claims that on BBC Radio 2, on the Jeremy Vine show (he…

8th July 1941: A group of children whose homes have been destroyed by World War II bombing raids enjoy a walk in the English countryside to which they have been evacuated. (Photo by Fred Morley/Fox Photos/Getty Images)

A secret sperm donor service in post-first world war London

3 August 2013 9:00 am

These days there are sophisticated and scientific solutions to the dismal problem of unwanted childlessness — there are IVF, Viagra…

Douglas Murray’s diary: My gay wedding dance-off with Julie Burchill

27 July 2013 9:00 am

The pilot refuses to get going until everyone is seated and quiet. When we take off there are raucous cheers.…

burlesque

Burlesque is not as bad as stripping. It's far worse

13 July 2013 9:00 am

A female friend asked me to a burlesque night she had organised. She honestly thought I would enjoy it. ‘Come…