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Revealed: winners of the Spectator’s bad sex awards

21 November 2015 9:30

In a challenge inspired by the Literary Review’s Bad Sex in Fiction award, competitors were invited to submit a libido-dampening…


Why I’m not sorry to see FHM go

18 November 2015 17:25

So, farewell then, FHM. As Adrian Mole, 13 3/4 (years, not inches) and perhaps their target market, might have put…


Eight years’ jail for a girl with a strap-on. What’s Britain coming to?

13 November 2015 14:46

In a TV stunt, a Brazilian actress recently lay on a beach asking male passers-by to rub suncream into her…

A good old fashioned British scandal

Lord Sewel, you’ve made me proud to be British

27 July 2015 16:07

The Lord Sewel scandal makes me feel proud to be British. For here, thanks to some glorious John Wilkes-style dirt-digging…


Rihanna’s latest offering is the perfect anthem for contemporary feminism

9 July 2015 13:43

Popular culture is all about the shock factor, especially when it involves female popstars. The late Eighties set a precedent…


Polygamy could be the next sexual liberation campaign

2 July 2015 17:00

Back in the early 1990s when the kind old 17th Duke of Norfolk was special guest at prize-giving night at…


Since when was the hijab a feminist statement?

25 June 2015 16:22

Over ten years ago, the satirical American magazine the Onion published an article under the headline: Women Now Empowered By…

Ian Fleming

If I were prime minister, by Ian Fleming

14 May 2015 19:35

This article was first published in The Spectator on 9 October, 1959. I am a totally non-political animal. I prefer the…

24th September 1952, Donald the Duck joins in the lessons at Grange Park School, Hayes, Middlesex.

Podcast: the death of childhood and has Hillary gone too far?

12 March 2015 9:15

Have we lost the age of innocence forever? On this week’s View from 22 podcast, Melanie Phillips and Sarah Green…

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The tragedy of these sex education plans is that five year olds might miss the joke

20 February 2015 11:52

Most people look back fondly at their sex education classes, remembering the stammering, red faced teachers, the very silly jokes…

Chris Bryant and James Blunt

Chris Bryant: I am not James Blunt’s sex toy

30 January 2015 14:51

After Mr S revealed that Chris Bryant has broken two ribs getting out of bed, speculation is rife that his…

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Don’t believe in tribal politics? Take a look at how people respond to Downing Street’s cats

4 November 2014 12:55

One important staffing decision David Cameron took early in his premiership was to fill the post of Chief Mouser, which…

A woman in London poses next to a drawing by Leonardo da Vinci of a foetus dated 1511, at The Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace  in 2012 (Photo: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

Sex-specific abortion is gruesome – but not explicitly illegal in Britain

3 November 2014 11:51

Imagine that you became pregnant. Imagine that you were entirely dependent upon your husband. Imagine that you became the victim…


Want babies? Get a job, lose the Lycra – and other fertility tips

3 November 2014 7:45

Did you know that one in six couples in the UK have difficulty conceiving? That’s roughly 3.5 million not very…


Fatuous phrase of the week

14 October 2014 9:20

Every day, without fail, some celebrity or public figure will be quoted spouting a meaningless or disingenuous off-the-cuff cliché, to…

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Uterine transplantation is the final gynaecological frontier

10 October 2014 14:02

The successful transplantation of a uterus represents the last major surgical goal in the field of reproductive gynaecology. This feat…


Podcast: naked selfies, happy Tories and divorced Catholics

2 October 2014 9:32

Why is everyone obsessed with taking naked photos of themselves? From celebrities to politicians, people can’t seem to stop taking…


Podcast: Cameron the radical, animal welfare and student sex

25 September 2014 10:14

How will Cameron be remembered in years to come? As a steady-as-she-goes pragmatist or a radical reformer? In actual fact,…

The Duke & Duchess Of Cambridge Attend A Service Of Remembrance

1914 and all that

5 August 2014 15:49

Yesterday was a chance for people to remember relatives who died in the 1914-1918 conflict, often the only record of…


Podcast: a misogynistic reshuffle, punishment for ministers and why right-wing women are sexier

17 July 2014 9:44

In this week’s Spectator, Melissa Kite argues that David Cameron’s reshuffle has been soured by misogyny. The PM doesn’t want…

Gen. David Petraeus shakes hands with biographer Paula Broadwell. (Image: ISAF via Getty Images)

Why so shy, General Petraeus?

19 June 2014 11:53

Former CIA director and US Army General David Petraeus is in town hosted by the Henry Jackson Society. But that’s…


Spectator Debate: Sex, drugs and rock n’ roll. Welcome to Generation Y’s world

18 June 2014 13:26

The Spectator’s latest debate – Stop Whining Young People: You’ve Never Had It So Good – was most disgracefully skewed…


What our parents didn’t know about sex

17 May 2014 13:00

My mum and dad never told me that I was found in a cabbage patch, or delivered by a stork.…

Donatan & Cleo from Poland perform on stage during the grand final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2014 on May 10, 2014 . Britain was most impressed. (Photo by Ragnar Singsaas/Getty Images)

Sorry, Britain didn’t vote for the Austrian ‘Bearded Lady’

11 May 2014 15:31

There has been plenty of progressive backslapping this morning because Britain was one of the many countries to award the…

Ultimate cad Terry Thomas and Nicole Maurey in 'His and Hers', 21st July 1960. (Photo by John Pratt/Keystone Features/Getty Images)

A ‘Cad’ does not sell videos of his sexual conquests to newspapers

29 April 2014 14:50

There’s been a lot of talk on this website recently about ‘revenge porn’. First, Freddy revealed his tips on how…