Sex

The Spectator Podcast: time to make your own mind up about a no-deal Brexit

11 January 2019 17:27

Lorries backing up in Kent, a Mars bar shortage, and no more Rome city breaks – these are just some…

The Spectator Podcast: Brexit, Bellingcat, and bondage with ethics

18 October 2018 17:51

This week, Brexit negotiations grind to a halt again as Brussels and the UK draw mutually exclusive red lines on…

In defence of Christopher Chope’s ‘upskirting’ objection

15 June 2018 16:00

Sir Christopher Chope is not, perhaps, a household name, but he is a man of quite considerable courage. By raising…

Corporate puritans want to kill off flirting

14 June 2018 10:00

Quite a long time, five seconds, when you count it. And ever since Netflix reportedly warned its employees not to…

Peter Stringfellow (1940 – 2018): the intellectual conservative

7 June 2018 11:00

When you think about Peter Stringfellow, aka ‘Stringy’, it’s hard to think about anything other than topless women. Stringy, who’s…

The French women who stood up to the #MeToo movement

10 January 2018 16:37

Why the big fuss about the 100 eminent Frenchwomen, including Catherine Deneuve, who have criticised the #Metoo movement as a…

The Queen should force her unmarried relatives to corridor creep this Christmas

17 December 2017 11:53

Thank God for the proprieties. This magazine’s editor, Fraser Nelson, rattled a few score Anglicans today when he declared in…

Sex scandals ain’t wot they used to be

9 December 2017 8:00

The death last week of Christine Keeler, a central player in the Profumo scandal which helped bring about the end…

Women need to free themselves from permanent victimhood

2 November 2017 9:22

If there is one thing the reactions to the Harvey Weinstein accusations have confirmed, other than the common knowledge that…

In praise of bisexuality

20 August 2016 9:40

I’ve never seen a National Treasure whose head I didn’t have a strong urge to shove down the nearest toilet.…

There’s nothing transgressive about opera using sex to sell tickets

26 May 2016 16:58

Fluffy bunnies. Human-size, pink and white fluffy bunnies. Twerking. The image has never left me, ever since an ill-fated date…

Channel 4’s Sex Box is vandalising our culture

5 April 2016 13:51

Some people seem to want to discuss their sex lives on television, as in the show Sex Box. Couples are…

Revealed: winners of the Spectator’s bad sex awards

21 November 2015 9:30

In a challenge inspired by the Literary Review’s Bad Sex in Fiction award, competitors were invited to submit a libido-dampening…

Why I’m not sorry to see FHM go

18 November 2015 17:25

So, farewell then, FHM. As Adrian Mole, 13 3/4 (years, not inches) and perhaps their target market, might have put…

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…

Lord Sewel, you’ve made me proud to be British

27 July 2015 16:07

The Lord Sewel scandal makes me feel proud to be British. For here, thanks to some glorious John Wilkes-style dirt-digging…

Rihanna’s latest offering is the perfect anthem for contemporary feminism

9 July 2015 13:43

Popular culture is all about the shock factor, especially when it involves female popstars. The late Eighties set a precedent…

Polygamy could be the next sexual liberation campaign

2 July 2015 17:00

Back in the early 1990s when the kind old 17th Duke of Norfolk was special guest at prize-giving night at…

Since when was the hijab a feminist statement?

25 June 2015 16:22

Over ten years ago, the satirical American magazine the Onion published an article under the headline: Women Now Empowered By…

If I were prime minister, by Ian Fleming

14 May 2015 19:35

This article was first published in The Spectator on 9 October, 1959. I am a totally non-political animal. I prefer the…