Why the Ancient Greeks thought adultery was worse than rape

25 October 2014 9:00 am

A footballer serves his sentence for rape, insisting on his innocence. Debate rages whether he should play again. To us,…

Empress Josephine of France

Don’t worry Brooks Newmark: paisley was sexy once...

4 October 2014 9:00 am

Paisley power Paisley pyjamas were in the news. While associated with the town in Renfrewshire, whose mills produced the patterns from 1805,…


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

13 September 2014 9:00 am

Ibiza This island is the Spanish equivalent of  the Greek sex rock of Mykonos, except its waters are murkier, its…

The rape of the Sabine women, by Pietro da Cortona

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

6 September 2014 9:00 am

When Mary Jane Mowat remarked recently that rape conviction statistics would not improve ‘until women stop getting so drunk,’ the…

"X-Men: Days Of Future Past" World Premiere

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

6 September 2014 9:00 am

‘If you click on Jennifer Lawrence’s naked pictures,’ said the headline on the Guardian’s website, ‘you’re perpetuating her abuse.’ That…


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

23 August 2014 9:00 am

I applaud Frank – now Kellie – Maloney. But I still think being a woman means growing up as one

Spectator letters: A defence of nursing assistants, a mystery shotgun, and a response to Melanie Phillips

9 August 2014 9:00 am

Poor treatment Sir: Jane Kelly’s article (‘No tea or sympathy’, 2 August) on the lack of empathy and emotional support…


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

2 August 2014 9:00 am

It’s not just the young whose expectations of sex are warped by dirty videos online

Yasmin Alibhai-Brown (Photo: Getty)

Spectator letters: In defence of women ministers, Handel and lefty sex

26 July 2014 9:00 am

Give the women a chance Sir: Melissa Kite’s article about the reshuffle seems downright unfair (‘A misogynistic reshuffle’, 19 July). Whatever…


My secret lust for right-wing women

19 July 2014 9:00 am

A lust that dare not speak its name

Tom Hollander

The summer of love

12 April 2014 9:00 am

I spent it skipping about in tights, imagining women wanted me


The joy of less sex

22 March 2014 9:00 am

I used to think nothing would ever be more important. I was wrong

Where to open your brothel: an international comparison

8 March 2014 9:00 am

The best places to open a brothel The Commons all-party group on prostitution has called for a Scandinavian-style law where…


Is any kind of sex still taboo in literature?

8 March 2014 9:00 am

Is there any kind of love that novelists still can’t touch?

Stirring the imagination into overdrive: ‘The Sinner’ by John Collier (1904)

Sex, secrets, and self-mortification: the dark side of the confessional

1 March 2014 9:00 am

I have a confession to make. I really enjoyed this book. It’s been a while since I admitted something of…

60 Playmate Bunnies Celebrate Playboy's 60th Anniversary

I’m nearly 60. I’m still interested in sex. Is that a problem?

15 February 2014 9:00 am

Have I become a dirty old man?

Sting, William Burroughs and Andy Summers Photo: Getty

William S. Burroughs was a writer – not a painter, prophet, philosopher

8 February 2014 9:00 am

William S. Burroughs lived his life in the grand transgressive tradition of Lord Byron and Oscar Wilde and, like all…

Arming for conquest (Picture: John Bostock)

A creepy father, a lustful music teacher, four virgins — and one genuine love affair

1 February 2014 9:00 am

London, 1794. It’s a different world from that portrayed by the Mrs Radcliffes and Anons of the time: rich young…

Player Tries To Master The Newly Released Grand Theft Auto IV

How Grand Theft Auto prevents crime and violence

7 December 2013 9:00 am

It was about a week ago, at 8 p.m., when our blackout happened. In the 1980s people would have headed…

8th July 1941: A group of children whose homes have been destroyed by World War II bombing raids enjoy a walk in the English countryside to which they have been evacuated. (Photo by Fred Morley/Fox Photos/Getty Images)

A secret sperm donor service in post-first world war London

3 August 2013 9:00 am

The strange tale of how 500 women were helped to conceive after the first world war

Mind your language: Who says there's a 'correct name' for the penis?

27 July 2013 9:00 am

In a very rum letter to the Daily Telegraph, the Mother’s Union of all people joined with some other bodies…

Gin Lane

Less alcohol, fewer drugs: how the British seem to be shedding their harmful habits

25 May 2013 9:00 am

Contrary to popular belief, Britons’ harmful habits seem to be on the wane

The Spectator’s Notes

11 May 2013 9:00 am

On Tuesday night, at a Spectator readers’ evening, Andrew Neil interviewed me about my biography of Margaret Thatcher. He asked…


The unfair sex - how feminism created a new class divide

27 April 2013 9:00 am

The rise of working women has created a new – and far less equal – world

"Rennard’s overtures might have been considered less obnoxious if he more closely resembled, say, Orlando Bloom or Joaquin Phoenix than Jabba The Hutt"

Lord Rennard doesn’t need an inquiry. He needs a swift kick to the shin

2 March 2013 9:00 am

I was seated at a rather stiff and formal BBC dinner a dozen or so years back, one of those…