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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

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

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