Women

In praise of femininity

21 November 2020 9:00 am

New York Who was it that first coined the expression ‘It ain’t over until the fat lady sings’? The great…

Let men have their boys’ clubs

3 October 2020 9:00 am

There’s nothing wrong with men-only clubs

How progressive misogyny works

29 August 2020 9:00 am

It happens a lot lately. Not just in a Twitter DM or an email but in real life. Someone tells…

The appeal of ugly men

15 February 2020 9:00 am

Gstaad Lenin Moreno is in trouble, despite his very unchristian first name. For any of you unfamiliar with the name,…

An all-female cabinet? Insert your own joke here

17 August 2019 9:00 am

I wonder what Jacques Derrida would have made of the new leader of the UK Independence party? In the philosopher’s…

An Afghan voter at a polling station in Herat in 2014. Image: AFP / Aref Karimi / Getty Images

The woman who wrote Afghanistan’s electoral laws lives on a houseboat in Bristol

3 August 2019 9:00 am

By the age of eight Vaira Vike-Freiberga had learnt that life was both ‘very strange and very unfair’. Her baby…

The photogenic womenfolk of Otter Bay: Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman and Laura Dern in Big Little Lies

Girls will love it – and there’s just enough eye candy for boys: Big Little Lies reviewed

22 June 2019 9:00 am

Six hundred and thirty years ago, Chaucer revealed in ‘The Wife of Bath’s Tale’ that what women really want is…

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

Why I went looking for love in the armpits of strange men

‘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

A mighty message has been crafted that is inflicting damage on the Republican frontrunner

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

It’s nonsense that women should be given one day in every four years to propose marriage

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…