Gender

The real gender gap is not about women’s pay but boys’ lack of attainment

25 February 2017 9:00

For a body supposedly committed to eliminating inequality between the sexes, the Women and Equalities Select Committee don’t exactly lead…

The importance of financial independence: don’t rely on a man

22 February 2017 10:40

‘Never give up your career for a man.’ These words of my mother’s rang in my ears throughout girlhood, adolescence…

The obsession with diversity in theatre risks spoiling Shakespeare

19 February 2017 10:00

Twelfth Night launched at the National Theatre this week, with Malvolio turned into Malvolia. ‘We’ve definitely upped the gender-bendedness of…

Never mind the gap, what about working women who decide not to have children?

24 August 2016 11:41

There’s nothing like the issue of the gender wage gap to get people going. Research published yesterday by the Institute…

How should gender be defined in Olympic sports?

5 August 2016 13:46

There were no women athletes in the first modern Olympic games. The next time around, in the 1900 Paris games,…

Children or a pension? The true cost to women who put their financial needs on hold

22 April 2016 10:24

More women than ever face old age in poverty after a report this week revealed that they were sacrificing their…

Spectator most read: Our five top pieces from this week

29 January 2016 17:14

Our most-read piece this week was Fraser Nelson’s article about the Swedish government’s refusal to be honest about the crime…

It’s dangerous and wrong to tell all children they’re ‘gender fluid’

27 January 2016 14:55

This is the cover piece of this week’s Spectator, out tomorrow: Once upon a time, ‘binary’ was a mathematical term. Now…

Eight years’ jail for a girl with a strap-on. What’s Britain coming to?

13 November 2015 14:46

In a TV stunt, a Brazilian actress recently lay on a beach asking male passers-by to rub suncream into her…

There’s a transgender storm coming…

13 November 2015 10:41

The weather chart does not usually echo social trends, but Monday might be an exception. We could be about to…

There’s a simple reason why the Stonewall trailer doesn’t feature more ‘trans women of colour’

21 August 2015 16:06

Aping Isis, trans activists have defaced a historical monument to make a political point. They blacked-up — seriously, with spray…

Force Majeure reviewed: meaty and hilarious – but it may wreck your relationship

24 April 2015 13:13

If you’re unsure about the man (or woman) you’re dating, go and see this film. It’ll cause rifts in a…

The Falling reviewed: a film of beauty and magic

24 April 2015 12:37

Long live the glockenspiel, that typically dull percussion stalwart usually relegated to primary school memories, along with humdrum gym classes…

Trans activists are effectively experimenting on children. Could there be anything more cruel?

8 April 2015 15:45

Can you think of anything more cruel than telling a five-year-old boy who likes Lady Gaga that he might have…

Liberate women…from the rotten dictatorial group-think of ‘feminism’

31 October 2014 16:33

Good on David Cameron for refusing to wear that hideous T-shirt. Feminists these days spend an awful lot of time…

Now the BBC is censoring the word ‘girl’ – it really is in a different world

25 May 2014 18:03

It’s beyond parody, isn’t it? Mark Beaumont, a BBC presenter, has made a documentary about the Commonwealth Games and during the…

If you’re after equality, don’t show women’s football. Show Badminton.

10 May 2014 10:40

Over the next two days, one of the most important events in the British sporting calendar takes place. No, not…

There’s cause to worry about our sons as well as our daughters

2 May 2014 15:41

The graph below shows one of the most unsettling trends I’ve come across. It’s the female and male suicide rates,…

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…

Don’t knock ‘benevolent sexism’ – it makes us happy

25 March 2014 14:00

The American-led Left has a new fixation: ‘benevolent sexism’. Recent examples found here, here and here. According to one definition:…

The campaign against FGM must ignore intersectionality

25 February 2014 17:58

Two terms have been bouncing around a lot recently: FGM and intersectionality. Julie Burchill dealt with the latter in the…

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,…

Stella Creasy’s stance on gendered toys misses the point

20 December 2013 9:48

I felt a touch of sadness on Tuesday when Marks & Spencer caved in to demands that they de-gender their…

‘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…

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…