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Celebrating diversity means imposing misogyny

22 July 2014 13:55

People talk about their commitment to equality and diversity so readily they must assume there is no conflict between the two. The phrase falls off the tongue as if it… Continue reading

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Podcast: a misogynistic reshuffle, punishment for ministers and why right-wing women are sexier

17 July 2014 9:44

In this week’s Spectator, Melissa Kite argues that David Cameron’s reshuffle has been soured by misogyny. The PM doesn’t want the new women in his cabinet to do anything but… Continue reading

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Dave the radical feminist gets a helping hand from Harriet

16 July 2014 16:54

It was the final PMQs before the sun-stroke season begins. Usually these are high-spirited Derby Day affairs and Ed Miliband came to the house knowing things could hardly be easier.… Continue reading

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World Cup diary — in defence of ‘pervy’ camera crews

14 July 2014 11:55

The best team won, and the best two teams reached the final. This is a comparatively rare event at a world cup. And it was a fine world cup in… Continue reading

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Yvette, don’t tell schoolboys to call themselves feminists

11 July 2014 19:03

In the Independent this week, Yvette Cooper suggested that British boys should grow up as ‘confident feminists’. They need to have lessons in feminism to help them learn how to treat… Continue reading

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Cross-party MPs gather outside the Houses of Parliament on May 13, 2014 in London for a photocall to show their support for a group of abducted Nigerian Schoolgirls. Not much has happened since, has it? (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

Whatever happened to ‘Bring Back Our Girls’?

8 July 2014 17:00

Whatever happened to ‘Bring Back Our Girls’? I only ask because it’s now three months since Twitter and all other social media, Michelle Obama, Christiane Amanpour, David Cameron etc. joined… Continue reading

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The sickly sweet stink of patronisation (Photo: Rob Stothard/Getty)

My generation of women will have the confidence to run the country

27 June 2014 11:21

Uh oh. The ‘all-women shortlist’ is again being touted as a good idea for the Conservatives, this time by Nicky Morgan, the new women’s minister. When asked about using shortlists… Continue reading

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In defence of Kirstie Allsopp, feminist

3 June 2014 15:20

Kirstie Allsopp was yesterday quoted in the Telegraph saying that women should shun university in favour of buying a flat and having babies. If she had a daughter, she would… Continue reading

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Aidan Gillen in a still from Ken Loach's Jimmy's Hall

Dick-swinging filmmakers like Ken Loach constantly write real women and our struggles out of history

2 June 2014 14:04

I hadn’t seen a Ken Loach film in years because I got sick of his schmaltzy sexism but yesterday decided to give him another try and popped along to see… Continue reading

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Premier League and theFA Facilities Fund Launch

Is Richard Scudamore allowed private opinions? Apparently not.

21 May 2014 14:19

There is, you know, quite a bit to be said for having a personal email account for getting stuff off your chest, such as comparing a former girlfriend to a… Continue reading

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He said smart; she cried sexist

Dear Wonder Women; the doorman at Sushisamba was not sexist

20 May 2014 17:47

Louisa Peacock of The Telegraph‘s Wonder Women desk has written of how a doorman who refused her entry to a London restaurant because she was not wearing smart enough clothes… Continue reading

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The case for decriminalising prostitution is overwhelming. Look at New Zealand

16 May 2014 15:00

Every so often our politicians declare that ‘it’s time to prosecute men for buying sex’; most recently with Caroline Spelman’s call for men to make their views clearer about prostitution.… Continue reading

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Harriet Green (l) and Jenny Dawson (r) at last night's Women of the Year Awards.

Women will inherit the earth

13 May 2014 15:44

Mr S unleashed his inner-feminist at the Veuve Clicquot Business Woman of the Year Awards last night. Veuve Clicquot president Jean-Marc Lacave was clearly feeling equally empowered by the opposite… Continue reading

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Donatan & Cleo from Poland perform on stage during the grand final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2014 on May 10, 2014 . Britain was most impressed. (Photo by Ragnar Singsaas/Getty Images)

Sorry, Britain didn’t vote for the Austrian ‘Bearded Lady’

11 May 2014 15:31

There has been plenty of progressive backslapping this morning because Britain was one of the many countries to award the full 12 points to the bearded Austrian drag act Conchita… Continue reading

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What about the boys? Cara Delevingne, Malala Yousafzai, Jessica Biel and Michelle Obama's selfie protests

Boko Haram also murder boys. Where’s the ‘selfie’ protest for them?

9 May 2014 12:31

The kidnapping of the 276 predominantly Christian schoolgirls by Islamic terror group Boko Haram is an atrocity, but it is not the first atrocity they have committed. It is just… Continue reading

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Jenny Willott is right about PMQs. It is dreadful

8 May 2014 18:54

Oh dear, I don’t suppose I’ll get much support in these parts for what follows. But I’m sorta with Jenny Willott, the Liberal Democrat MP and Business Minister. She has… Continue reading

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The abduction of 230-odd girls by Boko Haram is an appalling crime that has exposed the true character of the Nigerian government: useless and corrupt. (PHILIP OJISUA/AFP/Getty Images)

Boko Haram proves the Nigerian government to be corrupt and useless

6 May 2014 12:29

You know, the more we hear about the uselessness of the Nigerian government in dealing with the abduction – the rape, in the original sense of the word – by… Continue reading

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Ultimate cad Terry Thomas and Nicole Maurey in 'His and Hers', 21st July 1960. (Photo by John Pratt/Keystone Features/Getty Images)

A ‘Cad’ does not sell videos of his sexual conquests to newspapers

29 April 2014 14:50

There’s been a lot of talk on this website recently about ‘revenge porn’. First, Freddy revealed his tips on how to avoid embarrassing videos and pictures of yourself being posted… Continue reading

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One solution to revenge porn: ‘cad-shaming’

29 April 2014 12:23

I’m kicking myself because back in 2011 or 2012 Paddy Power gave me odds of 66/1 on Ukip topping the 2014 poll, which I chickened out of taking. It was… Continue reading

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Why do boys outperform girls at university?

28 April 2014 9:02

According to the university’s own statistics, Oxford is one of the worst places in the country to be a female student if you’re hoping for a First Class degree. In… Continue reading

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Divine Lady

I Am Divine reminds me why I’ve always hated drag

25 April 2014 12:21

It was early evening and I had not yet eaten, so I took a glass of wine and a packet of Haribos into the private screening of I Am Divine:… Continue reading

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Christina Hendricks - a ginger woman, who is not a witch (Stuart Wilson/Getty)

Why make ginger jokes? Redheads, now, are all the rage

24 April 2014 17:58

Much like supporting Millwall or contracting Parkinson’s Disease, red hair has traditionally been seen by the prejudiced as a foul affliction worth avoiding. The biographies of Mary Magdalene, Van Gogh… Continue reading

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Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg Delivers His Keynote Speech At The Liberal Democrat Party Conference

Nick Clegg’s cojones

24 April 2014 13:13

Mr and Mrs Clegg attended the launch yesterday evening of Cityfathers, a group designed for fathers working in the Square Mile. With the kind of spontaneity that smacks of an… Continue reading

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Ed Miliband's Minister for Women is likely to be one of Harriet Harman's spiritual daughters; but that's not the only - or even the best - reason to be suspicious of the post. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

Why must we have a Minister for Women?

15 April 2014 17:41

Does it make you feel better about yourself, girls, ladies, to know that if Labour’s elected, Ed Miliband will have a Secretary of State for Women, and Equalities, with Cabinet… Continue reading

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Operation Buzzard

Women should not fight on the frontline

10 April 2014 13:44

Writing in the Spectator Diary some time ago, the evergreen Peregrine Worsthorne, observed that one of the things about getting on was that you ended up forgetting the reason why… Continue reading

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