Sex

Let’s hear it for the joy of sex

12 August 2017 9:00 am

Stop confusing chastity with decency

Ladies first: Nicole Kidman as Miss Martha in Sofia Coppola’s The Beguiled

A pulpy, misogynistic B-movie refashioned into an explosive feminist revenge drama: The Beguiled reviewed

15 July 2017 9:00 am

Sofia Coppola’s The Beguiled is set during the American Civil War and is about a wounded Union solider, Corporal John…

Lisa McInerney’s young drug dealer longs to get clean

29 April 2017 9:00 am

Lisa McInerney found a brilliant way to turn heads and hone her craft as the ‘Sweary Lady’ behind the ‘Arse…

Original, astute, unnerving, sexy, funny, brutal: Dorfman Theatre’s Consent reviewed

15 April 2017 9:00 am

It’s like Raging Bull. The great Scorsese movie asks if a professional boxer can exclude violence from his family life.…

The other sexual double-standard

25 March 2017 9:00 am

Why is self-love for women so cool and feminist? For men it’s seen as sad and sleazy, points out Julie Burchill

Happiness is being a Mormon

10 December 2016 9:00 am

Here we go again, my 40th Christmas column in a row, and it seems only two weeks ago that I…

‘The Cheesemonger’ by Eric Ravilious.

Round and ripe: the role of cheese in global history

3 December 2016 9:00 am

‘Blessed are the cheesemakers.’ The line from Life of Brian is followed by: ‘It’s not meant to be taken literally.…

Zadie Smith’s latest dance to the music of time

5 November 2016 9:00 am

Zadie Smith explores themes of identity, freedom, rhythm and time with much skill and grace, says Ruth Scurr

The Spectator on venereal diseases, 1916

29 October 2016 9:00 am

From ‘Secrecy and disease’, The Spectator, 28 October 1916: The war might have damned us, as Germany planned, but it…

‘The woman is a disaster!’: Camille Paglia on Hillary Clinton

29 October 2016 9:00 am

The iconoclastic professor discusses the presidential election, feminism and date rape

Sex and Relationships: male sexual problems

22 October 2016 9:00 am

On a cold February day in 1899, the president of France, Félix Faure, welcomed his mistress Marguerite Steinheil to the…

Nell Zink - Copyright Fred Filkorn

Nell Zink’s much-hyped ‘genius’ is looking decidedly underused

8 October 2016 9:00 am

Nell Zink’s route to publication became something of a story in itself: one that involved an email exchange about birds…

I was a sex addict

8 October 2016 9:00 am

The first and only time I went to a meeting of Sex Addicts Anonymous, this chap stood up and gave…

Appless victims: when no sex is better than soulless Tinder sex

24 September 2016 9:00 am

When no sex is better than soulless Tinder sex

Sex among the spreadsheets

3 September 2016 9:00 am

This exhilaratingly lowbrow first novel concentrates on money and lust or, to put it more bluntly, sex and the City.…

Joan Iyiola and Anna-Maria Nabirye in ‘They Drink It in the Congo’

Almeida’s new play blames Britain for the ills of the Congo – when the problem is clearly aid

3 September 2016 9:00 am

In the 1980s, supermarkets stocked a fruit juice named ‘Um Bongo’ with the strapline ‘They drink it in the Congo!’.…

Bring back bonkbusters!

27 August 2016 9:00 am

It’s time for a new wave of the quintessential Thatcherite literary form

How not to lay siege to a Frenchwoman

16 July 2016 9:00 am

One moment Trev and I were grooving on the dancefloor, Trev with his head bowed, his eyes closed, and his…

Why was it so hard for Anthony Weiner not to send dick pics? Weiner reviewed

9 July 2016 9:00 am

Anthony Weiner is the American politician who made a comeback after a sexting scandal and stood for New York mayor.…

Danny fell 30 feet off a house and landed on his head: he voted remain...

9 July 2016 9:00 am

I walked into the bar and there was Trev standing in front of a giant screen showing Germany v. Italy…

‘New Hoover Quik Broom, New Hoover Celebrity IV’, 1980, by Jeff Koons

Like Rubens, Jeff Koons’s work is about repetition, fertility and sex

11 June 2016 9:00 am

At one time, Damien Hirst was fond of remarking that art should deal with the Gauguin questions. Namely, ‘Where do…

Taking the Kamasutra seriously

21 May 2016 9:00 am

The rough English translation of Kamasutra is pleasure (kama) treatise (sutra). In the West, since it was first (rather surreptitiously)…

Sex and Relationships: male sexual problems

7 May 2016 9:00 am

Dr David Delvin and Christine Webber on male problems

Modern feminists should come to me if they want the truth about sex

9 April 2016 9:00 am

   New York Even after all these years, I’m still at times floored by the scale of the place. And…

Mind your language: From body fluids to ‘gender fluid’

2 April 2016 9:00 am

Benjamin Franklin thought that an excess of electric fluid gave rise to positive electricity, and a deficiency of the fluid…