Feminism

The View from 22 — Sex and success, Conservative vs. Labour unity and the two-wheeled tyranny of cyclists

25 April 2013 9:20

What do Margaret Thatcher, Sheryl Sandberg and Angela Merkel have in common? They are the ultimate alpha-female icons, according to…

Heat Lightning by Helen Hull – review

16 April 2013 9:56

‘I had decided that I wished to write a novel about the immediate present – this was the summer of…

That’s more like it Geri

12 April 2013 11:23

Well how about this for a turnaround? After Steerpike highlighted the somewhat dubious ‘girl power’ Geri Halliwell, who praised Thatcher…

The pleasure of reading Rumer Godden’s India

27 February 2013 11:07

Rumer Godden’s prose tugs two ways at once. It is subtle, descriptive, and light, but also direct and unashamed of…

What’s love got to do with it?

30 January 2013 15:56

In her Times column on Monday (£), Libby Purves valiantly attempted to fit together two things that were obviously on…

In defence of Suzanne Moore

15 January 2013 18:30

Tell me if you have heard this already but it appears that Suzanne Moore has offended the trans-gender lobby. She…

Claws out for Caitlin Moran

14 January 2013 17:17

The ladies of the London chatterati are at each other’s throats. Left-wing identity politics has been eating itself since the…

The Costa Book Awards make history

2 January 2013 19:32

The Costa Book Awards has made its own history tonight by selecting, according to its press release, an all women…

Jobs for the girls

22 October 2012 13:34

Unless you’re a twenty-something year old woman, you probably have no idea who Lena Dunham is. Well you will soon.…

What makes a man

16 October 2012 16:28

The Roman orator Quintilian offered some practical advice to the budding politician: don’t move too languidly, flick your fingers, or…

Unmastered: A book on desire, most difficult to tell (…or read)

26 September 2012 9:42

Among the new words which entered the English Dictionary last year was ‘overshare’, def: ‘to reveal an inappropriate amount of…

Modern life in verse

11 September 2012 11:56

Julia Copus’s new collection The World’s Two Smallest Humans exists in four parts, each in their own way circling the…

Naomi Wolf, Marie Stopes and grand deceit

3 September 2012 11:27

‘This man makes a pseudonym and crawls behind it like a worm,’ wrote Sylvia Plath in The Fearful. The weekend’s…

RIP Robert Hughes: Enemy of the Woozy

7 August 2012 18:23

Few books have had a greater effect on me than Robert Hughes’ Culture of Complaint. The clarity of Hughes’ style…

The racism of the respectable

24 July 2012 19:33

To be a racist in Britain, you do not need to cover yourself in tattoos and join a neo-Nazi party.…

Joining Harriet Harman’s feminist club

22 July 2012 16:13

If feminism is ‘a creed of women’s solidarity’, do you pick and choose about which women you’re in solidarity with?…

Let’s hope the paternity revolution stalls

17 January 2011 18:54

Nick Clegg’s announcement on the extension of paternity leave has been drowned by the cacophony surrounding NHS reform. The government…

Ed Balls’ contract with the Labour Party

22 August 2010 16:29

Ed Balls has produced a contract with the Labour party. Three things strike me about it. First, he emphasizes broader…