Gender

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…

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…