Germaine Greer

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It was the summer of 1981 and three months earlier I had left behind my cosmopolitan life in the big shmoke for an offshore world where the poetry of a peasant past was still palpable. Photograph: iStock

Jumping on to the back of a Yamaha 50 when you are nine months pregnant and in labour wasn’t the ideal form of transport. It was back in the day, thou(...)

Anne Robinson: ‘When Countdown told me I was the first female host, I groaned. You may as well say I’m the first host with a cocker spaniel.’ Photograph: Rachel Joseph/Channel 4

Anne Robinson was born in Crosby, north of Liverpool, to Irish parents. She started out as the first woman trainee on the Daily Mail, and develop(...)

Joanna Scanlan: Heeded the advice of a doctor who said,  “If you don’t go back to acting you’ll be ill for the rest of your life.’”

Actor talks about Footlights, teaching, sage advice from a doctor and her new film After Love It took a while, but Joanna Scanlan is now an immo(...)

From arts and media to politics and law, it’s the graduates of all-girls Catholic schools who are blazing a trail for independent women. Photograph: Marvin Recinos/ AFP/ Getty

The convent school prefect is having a moment. From arts and media to politics and law, it’s the graduates of all-girls Catholic schools who are blazi(...)

Clive James in Dublin promoting his autobiography Clive James – Always Unreliable in 2001. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Clive James, who has died at the age of 80, was one of his era’s great polymaths. (His near-contemporary Jonathan Miller, whose death was announced on(...)

Rose McGowan. Photograph: Mike Marsland/WireImage/Getty

Before I meet Rose McGowan, I spend a lot of time wondering which Rose McGowan I am going to meet.  The steely Rose McGowan who faced down her a(...)

Sir Roger Scruton believes heresy is central to understanding the erosion of free speech

A principal function of the university is to conduct rational enquiry in order to discover/create new knowledge. Rational enquiry is dependent on acad(...)

In The Whole Woman, Germaine Greer writes of surrogacy: “. . . if preparing a womb to harbour the progeny of strangers is morally acceptable to us, we(...)

Would it be acceptable if healthy women dealing with, say, body image concerns or employers who don’t want them to be off work, chose AWT as a substitute for a normal pregnancy? Photograph: iStock

In Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World (1932), something odd is going on at the Central London Hatchery and Conditioning Centre. The process is ectogenesi(...)

Carl Cederström photographed by Eva Dahlin/OR Books

“He covered my mouth with his hand and introduced his penis. I thought my last hour had arrived. I had the feeling my stomach was turning.” These are(...)

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