Women

Bitless and scared witless: a dangerous new left-wing cult

27 October 2018 9:00 am

Just when you thought there was nothing more for women of the left to nonsensically oppose, I bring you news…

In the crazy world of identity politics, facts don’t matter

7 July 2018 9:00 am

According to a poll of 538 experts on women’s issues, the United States is one of the ten most dangerous…

Love and loneliness prevail in the latest short stories

31 March 2018 9:00 am

Carmen Maria Machado’s debut collection Her Body & Other Parties (Serpent’s Tail, £12.99) takes a confident straddle across speculative fiction,…

Save me from stupid women

17 March 2018 9:00 am

We live in a cynical world. One cannot simply advertise something for sale and expect people to believe what one…

How did I learn women are superior? From a burst water pipe

10 March 2018 9:00 am

‘It’s always me who gets the worst of it,’ said the Fawn, surveying the wreckage caused by the burst water…

Transgender activists and the real war on women

10 March 2018 9:00 am

How hard is it for women to talk freely about sex, gender and the law? Not very, I used to…

I miss Auberon Waugh. He’d know what to say about relentless women’s issues

17 February 2018 9:00 am

Every now and then one suddenly misses somebody. I miss Bron, who died 17 years ago last month. There’s an…

Robin Oakley: Let’s hear it for the girls

16 December 2017 9:00 am

It has been a good year for the girls. The filly Enable was the horse of the year, winning not…

High life

21 October 2017 9:00 am

I may have spoken too soon last week when I defended my old friend Harvey Weinstein. It now looks very…

How the 'dating apocalypse' led me to vajazzle my armpits

28 May 2016 9:00 am

I am crouching with a tall paper bag over my head, with holes cut out for eyes, nose and mouth,…

‘Undressed’ is too much boob, not enough woman: ‘Tamila’ lingerie set from the Agent Provocateur Soirée collection

Too much boob – not enough woman: Undressed at the V&A reviewed

16 April 2016 9:00 am

The V&A is selling £35 Agent Provocateur pants. This is, of course, a business deal because Agent Provocateur — along…

Whoever invented the referendum deserves a kicking

9 April 2016 9:00 am

My favourite quote of the year so far comes from the author Fay Weldon. ‘If this were an all-woman society,’…

The Republican establishment has finally found a way to get Donald Trump

9 April 2016 9:00 am

Washington DC In La Crosse, Wisconsin, on Monday night, Donald Trump said, ‘If we do well here, folks, it’s over.’…

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…

Why has classical music been so gender-biased for so long?

12 March 2016 9:00 am

Hurrah for Radio 3 and its (long-overdue) efforts to give us music not just performed by women but composed, and…

Why the leap-year proposal is a nonsense

27 February 2016 9:00 am

I’m planning to propose to my boyfriend this leap year. I’m proposing that he earns another £10,000 and loses a…

Does creaky voice make you a female yuppie – or an updated Vicki Pollard?

20 February 2016 9:00 am

My husband, not surprisingly, finds it extremely annoying. It, in this instance, is the use by women of creaky voice.…

Noma Dumezweni as Linda

A rare moment of transcendence at the Royal Court

2 January 2016 9:00 am

Illness forced Kim Cattrall to withdraw from Linda, the Royal Court’s new show, and Noma Dumezweni scooped up the debris…

Is ‘female’ still an insult?

14 November 2015 9:00 am

‘More deadly than the male,’ said my husband archly. He was knowingly quoting Kipling, though I don’t know why he…

Feminism is over, the battle is won. Time to move on

24 October 2015 9:00 am

It would be easy to believe from the papers these days that women have never been more oppressed. From the…

One in ten British babies will soon be born via IVF. So why is it taboo?

10 October 2015 9:00 am

As a result of a ruptured appendix, I am infertile. The appendicitis was followed by gangrene and peritonitis, which permanently…

Isis takes its British schoolgirl jihadis seriously. Why don’t we?

10 October 2015 9:00 am

When the first schoolgirls ran away to Isis I had some sympathy for them — at least, I could see…

Why isn’t it creepy when women phwoar at Poldark?

3 October 2015 9:00 am

Stand by your remotes, girls: the second series of Poldark is under way. Filming has started — yes, he’s out…

Why I’ve finally given up on the left

19 September 2015 8:00 am

‘Tory, Tory, Tory. You’re a Tory.’ The level of hatred directed by the Corbyn left at Labour people who have…

Clara Schumann

There's a good reason why there are no great female composers

19 September 2015 8:00 am

Last week a 17-year-old girl forced the Edexcel exam board to change its A-level music syllabus to include the work…