Gender

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…

Gender matters to most of us, even if we feel too afraid to say so

6 September 2017 8:18

The Daily Telegraph dubbed it an ‘admirable move’ when it shared the news on Facebook that John Lewis has decided…

Justine Greening should keep out of the Church of England’s business

24 July 2017 19:29

God, she’s on a bit of a run, Justine Greening, isn’t she? A day after it turns out she wants…

Shouldn’t Labour’s ‘gender pay audit’ begin at home?

24 July 2017 16:03

This weekend, Jeremy Corbyn was full of beans during an appearance on the Andrew Marr show. As well as frank…

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

23 July 2017 9:54

Once upon a time, ‘binary’ was a mathematical term. Now it is an insult on a par with ‘racist’, ‘sexist’…

Is the ASA brave enough to ban adverts for children?

18 July 2017 17:33

We all know that advertising is the work of the devil – creating entirely spurious wants, including in small children…

Of course a man hasn’t had a baby. Let’s not pretend otherwise

10 July 2017 18:00

You know a Man Having Baby story really would be a story if it were true. But the latest Man…

Emma Watson is right: film awards should be ‘gender neutral’

8 May 2017 14:14

Emma Watson isn’t, you might say, to everyone’s taste, given that her feminism – she can hardly get up in…

Should we compare pay slips? The inequality of earnings

25 April 2017 10:03

The most open of folk, who spill saucy secrets about themselves, clam up when asked how much they earn. Revealing…

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…