Germaine Greer

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Victoria & Abdul: Eddie Izzard at Venice Film Festival this month. Photograph: Pascal Le Segretain/Getty

Where do you start with Eddie Izzard? The first activity mentioned in any potted biography will still be “stand-up comedy”. In the early 1990s he gain(...)

Kevin Myers. “What Myers said about the BBC’s best-paid women broadcasters was ill-mannered and offensive. But is the current controversy really a sacking offence?” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Fake news is not really a new phenomenon. Certainly, entrepreneurial Macedonian teenagers cynically churning out pro-Trump propaganda websites in orde(...)

Jenni Murray, the presenter of BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour chats with  Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall chats at  a reception and recording at Buckingham Palace to mark the announcement of the Woman’s Hour 70th Anniversary Power List on December 13, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Arthur Edwards - WPA Pool / Getty Images)

It has become a secular form of blasphemy to question the rights of transgender people to identify with whatever sex they choose. So when Jenni Murray(...)

Caitlin Moran: “The one thing you can do as a working-class girl is write. You don’t need anyone on your side. You don’t need anything.”

It’s 4 o’clock and spitting rain in Crouch End in London. Caitlin Moran’s eyebrows raise themselves over her computer monitor through the window of he(...)

Germaine Greer: some students at Cardiff University launched a petition to stop the feminist academic speaking because of her allegedly transphobic views. Photograph: Newspix/Rex

Nick Pell’s glossary of alt-right terms presents the movement as smug, prejudiced and completely unattractive. If his article happens to be any Irish (...)

“It is shameful to think that the actions of figures such as Rosa Parks [above] and Harvey Milk have now been replaced with the lazy, crude, stupid and infantile justice warriors, be they on  the left or right.”

At the beginning of 2016, the consensus would have been that the likes of Germaine Greer and Peter Tatchell were liberal progressives, and that politi(...)

Hot flushes are caused by declining oestrogen levels.

When Australian writer Germaine Greer extolled the arrival of the menopause as the “end of apologising” and a time for women to take stock, one of its(...)

A hunk by any other name: Aidan Turner as Poldark. Photograph: BBC
In praise of men

How to be a Man is a series exploring masculinity and the challenges facing men in Ireland today. If you would like to add your voice to this series,(...)

Menopause: women’s life circumstances are hardly ever thought about when difficulties during menopause are discussed. Photograph: iStockphoto

Why do so many women use hormone replacement therapy (HRT) to cope with the menopause, particularly when it might damage their health? Recent resear(...)

Grooming techniques and aids include scissors, tweezers, depilatory creams, waxes, sugaring, electrolysis and laser treatments. Illustration: iStockphoto

In The Female Eunuch, Germaine Greer disapproves of how women are encouraged to dislike body hair, observing: “In extreme cases women shave or pluck t(...)

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