By Sarah Ditum - 10 March 11:06
The Cool Girl Feminist doesn’t insist that men and women should be equal. The Cool Girl doesn’t even suggest there’s anything wrong with the man-woman hierarchy as it stands. All the Cool Girl demands is that <em>she</em> be seen as an exception.
By Sarah Ditum - 04 March 14:29
The Sun's Page 3 is a malignant growth of sexism on our press, and trying to use it to raise awareness of breast cancer only perpetuates the kind of single-organ fetishism that makes it all the harder for women with the disease.
By Sarah Ditum - 26 February 10:33
The former Telegraph editor's stint at Moro restaurant reveals an unspoken assumption: it's hard to imagine a man having an appetite for more than power and money in his work.
By Sarah Ditum - 14 February 10:47
Jesse Bering's new book, <em>Perv</em>, puts forward a rigidly harm-reduction approach to sexual morality (although at times his theories seem to be proposing the normalisation of child abuse images). But tolerance alone isn't enough. Shouldn't wanting to
By Sarah Ditum - 27 January 11:23
As much as we want to protect our children from the atrocities humans commit against each other, we must help them understand that nothing can bring back the dead or repair those who lived the horror.
By Sarah Ditum - 21 January 9:06
After getting pregnant at 20, the life I thought I'd have suddenly vanished. Knowing that I still had control over what happened to my body helped me to come to terms with my new future.
By Sarah Ditum - 13 December 14:59
From Pretty Hurts to Flawless, Beyoncé has turned her extraordinary voice into a powerful tool for expressing hurt and fury at sexism and the cult of beauty in the music business. Why aren't men making music this good?
By Sarah Ditum - 11 November 16:20
If you see yourself as a mother to the exclusion of all other roles, I think you become dependent on your children. You need them to need you.
By Sarah Ditum - 30 October 12:27
If you walk past Ann Summers' shop window at the moment, you’ll get the distinct impression that, even if it’s cold as a witch’s tit outside, you can have a hot Halloween in the boudoir. So why does none of it actually feel that much fun?
By Sarah Ditum - 22 October 11:12
Whether in relation to rape, abortion or care, women are still viewed as something others are entitled to make use of. But it's time to do away with these grey areas of "duty" and recognise that the primary interest in what happens to a woman’s body belon
By Sarah Ditum - 16 October 9:53
"Riot Grrrl, with its DIY culture and its handmade, handposted fanzines is about making what should exist instead: the greatest political work in the world is to invent, invent, invent."
By Sarah Ditum - 11 October 14:52
This terrible practice requires silence to continue. When girls name this abuse and speak out against it, they have the power to end it.
By Sarah Ditum - 26 September 11:42
Marriage surely cannot be bought for the bargain price of 300 sandwiches, but a New York Post reporter is attempting to do just that. Sarah Ditum shares her recipe for true love (which oddly enough, isn't bread-based).
By Sarah Ditum - 18 September 11:52
If anyone needed proof that sex is something girls do rather than have done to them, it's this.
By Sarah Ditum - 07 September 12:27
Sex selective abortion is abhorrent, and it must be prevented. But there is no evidence of widespread sex-selective abortion in the UK. By campaigning against it, the <em>Telegraph</em> is able to recruit the support of people who would normally stand ver
By Sarah Ditum - 05 September 15:11
Everyone who sells sex should be safe, says Sarah Ditum, but what kind of society is it that makes that a rational choice for women?
By Sarah Ditum - 26 August 13:25
From Miley grinding Robin Thicke to smacking her backing dancer's buttocks, the VMAs showed that, once again, white men run the show, black men play support, all the women get mostly naked, and black women get to hold up the bottom of the objectification
By Sarah Ditum - 19 August 16:02
In the world of popular sexual mores, public oral sex is apparently seen as pretty much neutral for men. It's the woman who gets to be the repository for everything deemed "shameful" or "disgraceful". A culture that hates women for having sex is one that
By Sarah Ditum - 26 June 9:48
The Sun has ditched its "joke" that attractive, topless women can't possibly have opinions on politics.
By Sarah Ditum - 16 June 11:59
The photographs of Nigella Lawson in the Sunday People are undoubtedly shocking - but do they really "raise awareness", or is the victim, already, being neglected and ignored?
By Sarah Ditum - 06 June 10:58
Humans just aren't very good at giving birth - we produce magnificently big-skulled babies and have skinny little pelvises. A natural birth may sounds wonderful in theory, but in practice it's wise to give nature a helping hand.
By Sarah Ditum - 29 May 8:39
Like Fitzgerald’s doomed, self-fictionalising hero Jay Gatsby, the Work and Pensions Secretary has constructed a personal narrative for himself that doesn’t quite take in all the facts. Look deeper, and you discover the powerful ideology and lack of empat
By Sarah Ditum - 08 May 14:41
Stay strong, women of Virgin: no one should have the power to dictate your underwear, says Sarah Ditum.
By Sarah Ditum - 08 May 10:09
<em>These Pages Fall Like Ash</em> turned a city into a fantasy novel, making Sarah Ditum see her home with new eyes.
By Sarah Ditum - 26 April 9:44
How many brilliant writers will be sorted away entirely, never making the cut as novelists because they're weighed down with the tag "woman"?
By Sarah Ditum - 10 April 8:46
Margaret Thatcher was sexy, and she used her sex appeal as a weapon to disarm male colleagues at a time when politics was an even more hostile environment for women than it is now.
By Sarah Ditum - 05 April 10:17
We can't simply rely on the kindness of strangers. The welfare state is there to help the people we are too flaky or prudish to reach out to.
By Sarah Ditum - 11 March 10:20
The pop star gets criticised for her hypersexual persona - and for returning to the man who abused her. But before you attack her choices, work out what you'd do if someone you actually knew was making the same mistakes.
By Sarah Ditum - 10 March 9:32
Rowling is often presented as a stultifyingly middle-class and cosy writer. That's unfair, says Sarah Ditum: her adult fiction makes a clear political point in a way few modern novels do.
By Sarah Ditum - 19 February 8:48
If it's Team Mantel or Team Middleton, Sarah Ditum knows which side she's on...