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Where are we going?

Without doubt female sexuality remains one of the most complex, varied and intriguing aspects of human society. For a century and a half Britain was happy to buy into a convenient Victorian-born myth that women were confined to the home until about 1890, courtesy of a public middle-class view that [...]

July 26, 2014 // 0 Comments

A study in movement

Despite having declared my brain a Commonwealth Games-free zone earlier this summer, yesterday – for want of anything more constructive to do – I switched to BBC1 and watched both the men’s and women’s triathlon events whilst simultaneously doing other things, e.g. flicking through the [...]

July 25, 2014 // 0 Comments

What if?

Princess Diana would have been 53 on July 1st and I found myself reflecting upon how little mention is made of a woman who so dominated the headlines in her life and what sort of legacy she left. Priness Kate would long ago have surpassed her as a cover photo but I suspect Diana, who failed her O [...]

July 23, 2014 // 0 Comments

It’s okay for some

I hadn’t personally noticed it, but apparently ‘the thinking classes’ are up in arms about the Daily Mail’s coverage of David Cameron’s recent Cabinet re-shuffle – specifically the fact that he axed a number of men, supposedly in order to promote women in their places for the express [...]

July 17, 2014 // 0 Comments

The perils of putting your head above the parapet

For the benefit of anyone who has been away from the UK on holiday, or otherwise rendered incapable of following media controversies, there has been a bit of a belter running within the sisterhood fraternity for the past week or so. Kirstie Allsopp – whose full range of reasons for being regarded [...]

June 9, 2014 // 0 Comments

Getting our act together

We females are fully entitled to give men a whole lot of grief in our quest to be treated with respect but, as an old-fashioned feminist, I can sometimes also see the ironic and inconsistent side of our campaigning. No wonder men are left scratching their heads when – on the one hand [...]

May 15, 2014 // 0 Comments

Bush matters – a female perspective

Yesterday it was announced that Kate Bush’s first tour in thirty-five years later this summer – now amounting to 22 dates – had sold out in fifteen minutes. Naturally, despite my reservations about the entire project, I had my secretary go online ten minutes before the tickets went on sale [...]

March 29, 2014 // 0 Comments

Women and sport

In my own sweet way, I regard myself as an enlightened metrosexual gentleman – in this context I would cite the example that I go to the expense of applying shaving cream before scraping my chin, rather than just soap and water as was the habit of my grandfather. And yet we are also children, if [...]

February 21, 2014 // 0 Comments

A gap in understanding

My offering today will no doubt offend some of my ‘sister’ post-feminist scribes, but it addresses one of the dilemmas for modern women – the gap between what the vanguard of equality-strivers demand, largely for themselves, and the true concerns and instincts of the majority. Before anyone [...]

February 13, 2014 // 0 Comments

Body hair issues

Taking a break from comparing ourselves with each other – plus, of course, ‘sizeism’, eating disorders and the fashion industry’s inability to relate to everywoman – it seems the latest fad is a backlash against the removal of female body hair. From a feminist point of view, this involves [...]

January 20, 2014 // 0 Comments

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