Gender

How I was hounded off campus for saying ‘women don’t have penises’

20 September 2018 13:56

What harm can it do saying that women don’t have penises? Quite a lot, actually, if my experience is anything…

How John McDonnell wooed Mumsnet

18 September 2018 14:25

As so often these days, if you want real political insight, go to Mumsnet. In a web chat there today,…

Naz Shah needs to make up her mind about abortion

17 September 2018 17:02

There are a couple of things I just don’t get. Maybe someone of liberal mind can explain them. Didn’t equalities…

Why was a transgender rapist put in a women’s prison?

7 September 2018 10:17

If you were deciding where to house a convicted sex offender accused of repeatedly raping a woman, where’s the last…

How Caroline Lucas fell foul of the transgender thought police

4 September 2018 9:12

Last week, it emerged that Linda Bellos, veteran feminist of the Old Left, faces legal action for having said the…

Aimee Challenor and the danger of transgender politics

30 August 2018 18:05

Aimee Challenor – in case you haven’t heard – has just stepped down as equalities spokesperson for the Green Party.…

Why can’t lefties tolerate a transsexual conservative?

23 August 2018 14:18

I am a conservative. I believe everyone in society does best when government takes a light touch. I believe in…

Is the BBC scared of the transgender debate?

15 August 2018 13:30

I like the BBC. I like the idea of a national broadcaster and I like a lot of BBC output.…

The BBC’s new female panel show is patronising to women

5 August 2018 9:00

Where’s the F in News, new on Radio 4, is ‘an energetic, intelligent female-anchored show with a female panel’, according…

The limits of Stonewall’s tolerance

31 July 2018 17:35

‘Acceptance without exception’ is the aspirational slogan emblazoned across the website, merchandise and literature of Stonewall, the UK’s largest LGBT…

Are female prisoners at risk from transgender inmates?

20 July 2018 10:35

Earlier this week, it was reported that an inmate in HM Prison New Hall, a women’s prison, had been charged with sexually…

Labour and Tories finally see the truth about the gender debate

4 July 2018 14:55

You might not have noticed that yesterday the Government announced possible changes to the Gender Recognition Act. That’s what ministers…

Why are women who discuss gender getting bomb threats?

21 June 2018 12:08

Last night, some women got together in a room to talk about law and politics and sex and gender. The…

The Catch 22 of Labour’s gender policy

23 May 2018 15:10

Earlier this week, I wrote about David Lewis, a Labour member who was allowed to stand for election as a…

The silencing of the lesbians

16 May 2018 16:25

Even I’m a bit surprised by this and I’m writing it, but this is an article about lesbians. I’m writing…

Why are some MPs trying to shut down the transgender debate?

1 May 2018 14:04

Even if you don’t know who Stephen Doughty MP is, if you’re vaguely familiar with the history of New Labour,…

If Mumsnet can stand up for free speech, why can’t MPs?

17 April 2018 16:34

OK, I admit I’m a bit of a Mumsnet groupie, but this needs to be said: Justine Roberts is great. Roberts…

Fear and loathing grips the gender debate

27 March 2018 11:36

Since I started writing about issues of sex and gender here a few weeks ago, I have made all sorts…

Tackling the gender pay gap could leave us all worse off

8 March 2018 8:00

It’s International Women’s Day. As feminists rush to detail the many disadvantages still facing women (yes, all women, everywhere) we’ll…

The violent misogyny of the gender debate

27 February 2018 8:09

Journalists and politicians talk a lot about freedom of speech, and rightly so, because the ability to express thoughts and…

Can we have an honest debate about gender?

8 February 2018 13:34

This article is about gender and the law. When I asked several friends, politicians and journalists, about writing it, they…

The Tesco equal pay claim sets a dangerous precedent

7 February 2018 11:21

I have decided that my work is of equal value to that of Claudia Schiffer and that therefore in future…

Women-only colleges were the original ‘safe space’

4 October 2017 10:36

My old college, formerly known as New Hall, is women-only for its undergraduates. But now the term is expanding, as…

Books Podcast: How not to be a boy

14 September 2017 13:02

In this week’s Books podcast, my guest is the comedian and writer Robert Webb — whose moving and funny new…

A civil answer to the marriage question

11 September 2017 15:53

There was a bit of a kerfuffle last week regarding Jacob Rees-Mogg’s view on same-sex marriage. He is opposed but…