Rape

I want Elle to win an Oscar – but I also wish it hadn’t been made

22 February 2017 16:02

Is it possible simultaneously to want a film to win an Oscar and to wish it hadn’t been made? That’s…

Norway syndrome: a new condition for Western victims of rape

8 April 2016 17:10

Here is a story that needs little extrapolation. A male left-wing politician in Norway – Karsten Nordal Hauken – has…

No, Simon Schama, people worried about gang rape and FGM aren’t ‘obsessed with sex’

4 April 2016 18:30

Hardly anything is less likely to keep people reading than to mention an exciting evening in Toronto.  But stick with…

The feminist case for naming names in sexual assault cases

12 February 2016 16:55

Google ‘Mark Pearson’ and the first thing you will learn about the 51 year-old artist is that he was accused…

Why are feminists refusing to discuss the Cologne sex attacks?

7 January 2016 15:44

Regardless of the background of the men who carried out the attacks in Cologne on New Year’s Eve, it is…

Boo the knee-jerk reaction to William Tell not the rape scene

1 July 2015 13:05

‘I blame Princess Diana’, was my guest’s response to it all. Certainly, there is much we might lay at the…

The gang rape was the least offensive thing about Royal Opera’s new William Tell

30 June 2015 16:14

Guillaume Tell Royal Opera House, in rep until 17 July There’s no such thing as a tasteful rape scene — or…

Rape culture, Rotherham and double standards

11 June 2015 18:12

Freddy’s blog on the so-called ‘rape culture’ that we in Western democracies are all meant to be struggling under reminds…

We don’t have a rape culture, we have a victim culture

11 June 2015 14:04

It takes courage to tell a bunch of Canadian feminists marching against ‘rape culture’ that they are talking rubbish. And courage…

‘Trigger warnings’ are tools for censorship. They have no place in academia

26 May 2015 18:02

I get defensive when feminists are accused of being prudes. There’s nothing prudish in critiquing a monotonously promiscuous culture; in…

Game of Thrones has always been a vacuous banquet of sex and violence. Why are people suddenly outraged by it?

20 May 2015 16:27

If you’ve never watched Game of Thrones, it is a twee fantasy show in which men and women discuss politics at length, dance…

The Delhi rapist’s views must be broadcast, for the sake of India’s daughters and sons

4 March 2015 18:13

British film-maker Leslee Udwin’s video interview with one of the Delhi rapists may not make for comforting viewing, but there…

‘Difficult girls’ are precisely who the age of consent is supposed to protect

4 March 2015 14:10

There’s a vision of hell tucked away in the serious case review, commissioned by Maggie Blyth, independent chair of the…

Is it just on women’s issues that politicians feel they must deal with the pundits?

30 January 2015 18:42

Bit of a coup for Sarah Vine, Daily Mail columnist (and wife of Michael Gove), don’t you think? Her piece…

Boko Haram is using ten-year-old girls as bombs and hashtag diplomacy won’t help

12 January 2015 14:47

Could there be anything more offensive to feminists than the use of young girls as suicide bombers? I doubt it.…

Feeling morally superior? Time to sign an online petition

5 January 2015 15:32

Purely for the purposes of argument, it would be handy if Ched Evans had said sorry for the rape for…

Letting Ched Evans play football would give young offenders a much-needed role model

23 December 2014 18:06

On Sunday, Hartlepool FC quashed rumours that they would be signing Ched Evans, the former Sheffield United forward and convicted…

‘Hang ’em high!’ – leftists for the death penalty, re Pistorius et al

23 October 2014 13:32

O, the fury of my Sisters over the risible punishment (I’ve seen longer sentences in Ulysses) handed out to Oscar…

Even rapist footballer Ched Evans deserves a second chance

16 October 2014 11:21

There has been a rumbling row for a while about Sheffield United footballer Ched Evans. He was found guilty of…

The Oxford Union case shows why we need anonymity for men accused of rape

19 June 2014 8:58

Earlier this year, Nigel Evans discussed in The Spectator how there’s no way to live down a rape allegation, true…

British justice the envy of the world? Tell that to Nigel Evans

14 April 2014 11:32

I am utterly delighted that Nigel Evans has been acquitted of serious allegations of sexual assault. He is a good,…

New play forgets that rape is not just an Indian problem

9 March 2014 12:26

A play about the 2012 Delhi rape was never going to be easy viewing and unsurprisingly Yael Farber’s Nirbhaya is…

If a policeman stops you, accuse him of raping you and force him to arrest himself.

10 May 2013 14:05

Now that virtually any well-known male entertainer of a certain age is arrested for alleged sexual offences, it is becoming…

The coalition should have extended anonymity on rape cases

5 May 2013 11:33

No one can ever recover from being wrongly accused of sexual assault, which is why I welcomed the government’s plan…

Why did Pete Townshend play the finale to the Olympics?

28 August 2012 16:02

I returned from holiday to discover that the silly season has turned into something much more serious. The daily list…