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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

You can’t always have what you want

Call me old-fashioned, but I hold to the view that there are certain natural, instinctive and inevitable facts of life. It is the case that some people are naturally more talented at specific things than others – and I don’t wish here to get into complications such as the ’10,000 hours’ [...]

January 17, 2014 // 0 Comments

Keeping a perspective

My husband, despite all efforts and honest intentions to the contrary, is an unreconstructed old school chauvinist. He refuses to go shopping with me, describes to my occasional woman-to-woman phone chats with girlfriends as ‘wittering’ and only yesterday cited the magazine shelves of WH Smiths [...]

January 5, 2014 // 0 Comments

Oh yes we are!

Any Neaderthal males who doubt the validity of female sport on the grounds of lack of competitive spirit or testosterone-fuelled desire to come out on top should get their heads examined. Women are far the far more competitive sex, especially when it comes to other women. Having spent a lifetime in [...]

December 31, 2013 // 0 Comments

Getting the balance right

As an ‘old school’ feminist, I bow to nobody in my capacity to break down the barriers, intentional or merely misogynist-instinctive, erected by the male sex to deny women equality. Despite successive legislative measures and the lip-service paid to pay-equality, for example, the still [...]

December 8, 2013 // 0 Comments

In underwear, back to basics is always good

In fashion, what goes around comes around. There are only so many (for which read ‘few’) limbs and body parts, so many colours and so many looks that work. But there are so many talented people, so many new graduates students, so many collections to see, so many dresses, so much money and so [...]

November 29, 2013 // 0 Comments

A Visit to the Beauty Salon

I originally purchased an amazon voucher for an offer at a beautician as a present for a friend of mine who likes this sort of pampering. However when the redeemed date approached rather than risk losing it altogether I presented myself for a massage, manicure and glass of champagne. I must admit [...]

November 28, 2013 // 0 Comments

Women, Sports and Looks

I happened to catch part of a phone in on Radio Five Live yesterday morning as I drove to a major supermarket to do my family’s weekly food shop. I don’t watch it myself, but friends had told me of a public meltdown by double Olympic gold medallist Rebecca Adlington, a contestant on the latest [...]

November 23, 2013 // 0 Comments

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