Sex

Malcolm Layfield, violin teacher, has been cleared of raping an 18-year-old female student in the early 1980s (Photo: PA Images)

Are schoolgirls still fair game for teachers?

20 June 2015

Mr Malcolm Layfield, the former violin teacher at Chetham’s music school, will have been celebrating this week after being found not guilty of raping a former pupil. Malcolm admitted to… Read more

The sex counsellors' guide to happiness

Happiness has become a serious health issue. If you Google the words ‘happiness and longevity’ you’ll get over a million results — and while many of the claims will be… Read more

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Tinder went looking for fresh flesh – and accidentally found me

2 May 2015

Through some freak accident of PR, I was invited to an event organised by Tinder. If you’re over 40 or have become prematurely married, you might not know what Tinder… Read more

14 March 2015

Q. A wonderful and generous woman invites me, on a regular basis, to dinner parties at her house. What is an appropriate gift for an impoverished artist to take along… Read more

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Sorry, but I don’t think feminists can fight the male gaze by baring their breasts

7 March 2015

Imagine that you have stepped back in time to the 1970s. Feminists are out on the streets of London protesting against the Miss World competitions. There you meet a sleazy… Read more

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Fifty Shades of Grey, review: ‘Use a condom!’ my sister shouted

21 February 2015
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And so, in the end, I went with my sister, Toni, to see Fifty Shades of Grey and we saw it at noon on Valentine’s Day at the Odeon in… Read more

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I wouldn't want to be a girl in the age of Tinder

14 February 2015

My foray into the world of online dating was short-lived. Within a few hours of my profile going live, a deluge of young men in their early twenties began to… Read more

10 January 2015

Teen queens The Duke of York denied allegations in court papers that he had had sexual relations with a girl in Florida aged 17, below the age of consent there.… Read more

Joey Essex has described Nigel Farage as 'reem'. But does he actually know what it means? (Photo: Getty)

Does Joey Essex know what ‘reem’ actually means?

22 November 2014

Joey Essex is a celebrity who appeared in the ‘scripted reality’ programme The Only Way is Essex, named not after him but the well-known county. He is 24, born in… Read more

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S&M&B&Q: Why aren’t there sex-and-shopping novels for men?

8 November 2014

I never got beyond page 20 in Fifty Shades of Grey. No one got shot in the first chapter, and there were more than four characters, so I rapidly found… Read more

Grayson Perry almost makes you like Chris Huhne: some feat

James Delingpole falls in love with Grayson Perry - and almost comes round to Chris Huhne

1 November 2014

I love Grayson Perry. You might almost call him the anti-Russell Brand: a genuinely talented artist who also has some very interesting stuff to say — as he’s demonstrating yet… Read more

Why the Ancient Greeks thought adultery was worse than rape

25 October 2014

A footballer serves his sentence for rape, insisting on his innocence. Debate rages whether he should play again. To us, rape is taken to be the most serious of sexual… Read more

Empress Josephine of France

4 October 2014

Paisley power Paisley pyjamas were in the news. While associated with the town in Renfrewshire, whose mills produced the patterns from 1805, what we know as paisley was first popularised in France thanks… Read more

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The Olympic spirit may be dead in Ibiza, but at least the hookers are world-class

13 September 2014

Ibiza This island is the Spanish equivalent of  the Greek sex rock of Mykonos, except its waters are murkier, its nightclubs and restaurants far more expensive. But its hookers are… Read more

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‘Rape is rape’ serves no one well, least of all rape victims

6 September 2014

When Mary Jane Mowat remarked recently that rape conviction statistics would not improve ‘until women stop getting so drunk,’ the retired Crown Court judge knew there would be a row.… Read more

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Is it really abuse just to look at Jennifer Lawrence's naked pictures?

6 September 2014

‘If you click on Jennifer Lawrence’s naked pictures,’ said the headline on the Guardian’s website, ‘you’re perpetuating her abuse.’ That gave me pause. Even though I haven’t. In all honesty,… Read more

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Sorry, Kellie Maloney, but to be a woman you must first be a girl

23 August 2014

Anybody with an ounce of compassion would have been doffing caps in recent days to Frank Maloney — as, indeed, absolutely everybody with an ounce of compassion vigorously and noisily… Read more

9 August 2014

Poor treatment Sir: Jane Kelly’s article (‘No tea or sympathy’, 2 August) on the lack of empathy and emotional support shown to patients is humbling. It is also worth noting… Read more

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Porn-agains: meet the middle-aged men - and women - warped by internet porn

2 August 2014

I met a nice, middle-aged, middle-class mother at a dinner party who told me  that she was very worried about the effects of internet porn on adolescent males. What, she… Read more

Yasmin Alibhai-Brown (Photo: Getty)

26 July 2014

Give the women a chance Sir: Melissa Kite’s article about the reshuffle seems downright unfair (‘A misogynistic reshuffle’, 19 July). Whatever David Cameron’s motives may be, the women he has promoted… Read more

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My secret lust for right-wing women

19 July 2014

Not long ago I was out drinking with a group of friends and we started playing the If-You-Had-To game. The idea is to present players with two people they would… Read more

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The summer of love

12 April 2014

Last time I was allowed to write a story for The Spectator, I managed to get away with a frankly smutty and boastful piece about sex. Well, it’s been a… Read more

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The joy of less sex

22 March 2014

From the age of 13, when the hormones kicked in, till I left my parents home at the age of 17 to become a writer (nearly forty years later, I’m… Read more

8 March 2014

The best places to open a brothel The Commons all-party group on prostitution has called for a Scandinavian-style law where selling sex would not be illegal but buying it would… Read more

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Is any kind of sex still taboo in literature?

8 March 2014

The first gay marriage will be conducted this Easter, and those who still object to the idea find themselves in a minority. The majority, according to polls, can’t see what… Read more