transgender

Science is on the side of the trans activists

27 October 2018 9:00 am

Some interesting scientific research on gender differences was published last week. Two social scientists studied the preferences of 80,000 people…

It’s not transphobic to question transgenderism

15 September 2018 9:00 am

This column is not in my interest. But then, not for the first time. I cannot count the conversations conducted…

Terf wars and the ludicrous lexicon of feminist theory

5 May 2018 9:00 am

Fiore de Henriquez, a sculptor, had a wonderfully high-windowed studio at the bottom of Cadogan Square, where I sometimes visited…

He, they, fae, fer or ze? Check your pronouns

7 April 2018 9:00 am

Jay Bernard won the Ted Hughes Award last week. I managed to hear a snippet of the winning poem on Today…

Roxane Gay: ruminative, repetitive and solipsistic

A cacophony of complaint

29 July 2017 9:00 am

What sort of monster gives a bad review to a book by someone who was gang raped as a 12-year-old…

They like to move it: voguing at Club a la Mode, New York, 1998

Yes sir, we can boogie

15 July 2017 9:00 am

It’s dance — but not as you know it. A giddy mass of flying limbs, sashaying hips and pouty faces.…

Why is Obama so obsessed with transgender toilet rights?

21 May 2016 9:00 am

Who’d have thought that one of Obama’s last great battles would be over toilets? Last week he issued a strict…

The Sunlight Pilgrims: a chilling tale of the new Ice Age

9 April 2016 9:00 am

Every second novel is fated to be measured against its predecessor; and that comparison is particularly hard when the debut…

Modern feminists should come to me if they want the truth about sex

9 April 2016 9:00 am

   New York Even after all these years, I’m still at times floored by the scale of the place. And…

It’s dangerous and wrong to tell all children they’re ‘gender fluid’

30 January 2016 9:00 am

Once upon a time, ‘binary’ was a mathematical term. Now it is an insult on a par with ‘racist’, ‘sexist’…

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…

Eddie Redmayne as Lili Elbe in ‘The Danish Girl’

The Danish Girl is a film that is killed by good taste

2 January 2016 9:00 am

The Danish Girl is based on the true (if heavily revised and simplified) story of Lili Elbe, one of the…

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

How we ended up ‘cisgender’

7 November 2015 9:00 am

‘That’s not how you spell “system”,’ said my husband triumphantly, pointing with his whisky glass at a placard inveighing against…

Alexander McCall Smith’s notebook: America vs my diet

13 December 2014 9:00 am

The trouble with going on an American book tour is that I know it’s going to play havoc with my…

My tax avoidance tip – win literary prizes!

17 May 2014 9:00 am

David Cameron is said to want a woman to be chairman of the BBC Trust, now that Chris Patten has…