Feminism

Sorry Laurie Penny, but the patriarchy likes short hair

28 January 2014 15:34

Boy oh boy do I feel sorry for Laurie Penny. I hope that’s not a sexist thing to say. There she…

Jon Snow: sex expert

27 January 2014 14:25

Jon Snow’s interview in the Standard today makes for perfect post-lunch reading: ‘Sex comes into every evaluation of a woman,…

Ugliness and cynicism – all in the name of feminism

21 January 2014 12:27

Another day, another ‘victory’ in the name of feminism. Jezebel, the feminist blog aimed at women’s interests, last week offered…

Nigel Farage missed the point about ‘young, able women’

20 January 2014 16:09

Nigel Farage isn’t afraid ‘to court controversy’ over the issue of women’s pay. Speaking on the issue of equal pay,…

Women shouldn’t see fertility treatment as a lifestyle choice

17 January 2014 16:50

Pasted between adverts for chewing gum and the latest Hollywood blockbuster, a series of adverts on the tube are currently…

‘The left’ doesn’t matter; but its cowardice does

17 December 2013 18:02

I know it’s not quite the year’s end. But I think the sweetest words I heard in 2013 are already…

The segregation of women and the appeasement of bigotry at Britain’s universities (part two)

11 December 2013 13:04

On the Today programme this morning Justin Webb covered the decision by Universities UK to allow fundamentalist speakers to segregate…

The Malala phenomenon – as seen from Pakistan

23 November 2013 9:30

Mixed emotions stirred here in Pakistan when Malala Yousafzai came within kissing distance of the Nobel Prize. The reaction was…

‘Miley Cyrus vs Lily Allen’ is not a worthy battle for feminism

14 November 2013 18:33

If ever there was reason to believe that feminism has lost its way, then it is found in the current…

Should Saudi men be allowed to drive?

5 November 2013 15:47

It’s important that newspapers make themselves sounding boards for unpopular opinions, especially in an age when identity is sacred and…

The View from 22 podcast books special: World War I and grave hunting

5 November 2013 10:35

I’m delighted to present the first View from 22 books podcast. We begin with Allan Mallinson’s new book 1914: Fight…

My views on breast-feeding in public are politically indecent

31 October 2013 18:32

The Daily Mail has got itself into a bit of a lather over a “young mum” who was asked not…

Real feminists stand up for women

18 October 2013 12:42

As Edmund Burke wrote: ‘Manners are of more importance than laws. Upon them, in a great measure, the laws depend.’…

Britain’s abortion laws are inherently absurd

8 October 2013 10:04

The Director of Public Prosecutions, Keir Starmer, yesterday declared that it was right not to prosecute doctors who authorised abortions…

Why is ‘feminism’ such a dirty word?

30 September 2013 13:47

A few years back I did one of those online debates on the Times website, the subject being why feminism…

Ed Miliband is no ladies-man

23 September 2013 17:49

Labour is the only party for women; that was the message of its conference launch last weekend. Every step towards…

Godfrey Bloom’s feminine touch

17 September 2013 18:35

Mr Steerpike has obtained an exclusive extract of everyone’s favourite Ukip MEP Godfrey Bloom’s new book A Guinea A Minute, which comes…

Review: In Times of Fading Light by Eugen Ruge – a tale of rebellion and conformity

21 August 2013 15:30

In Times of Fading Light’s seven narrators exist in an almost permanent state of bewildered disappointment. Given that the narrators…

The week in books – a 19th century career woman, the courtesan of the camellias, Vasily Grossman and why France is turning into the USA

16 August 2013 13:40

The forecast is bad. Football is back. Gloom strikes. Cure the malaise by reading the book reviews in this week’s…

We can do better than Jane Austen

29 July 2013 8:11

Was Jane Austen really the best idea the women could come up with? Furious campaigning from feminists has resulted in…

Dear Harriet, what about Labour’s employment practices?

25 July 2013 9:27

Harriet Harperson has written to the editors of seventeen national newspapers with a vast list of questions intended to discover…

Dear Laurie Penny, please explain this

5 June 2013 15:54

Mr Steerpike has checked his privilege, and he’s a radical feminist. Middle class, self-loathing and instinctively liberal, how could he not…

100 years on from Emily Davison’s death, her battle is not yet won

4 June 2013 19:06

In April’s local elections, only one in three of those eligible to vote actually did so. What proportion of those…

Dangerous romance – Clever Girl by Tessa Hadley

21 May 2013 9:10

‘The bus company’s yellow tin sign on its concrete post seemed for a long while a forlorn flag announcing nothing,’…

Cult fiction – Amity and Sorrow by Peggy Riley

14 May 2013 13:57

There’s an attraction, certainly, in joining a cult. Not a Sheryl Sandberg working women type cult but a good old…