- Tired of being the token woman
- This casual sexism is just misogyny
- So Radio 4's Today programme is a boy's club? What's new?
- It's simple: ask more women on air
- An open letter to a closed culture
- Shut up, ladies, men are trying to talk. A report on women and radio.
- On despair
- Literary women, literary prizes. Not often to be found in the same room.
- Publishers Frances Lincoln commission two young men to compile an anthology of diary writing. They do so. It's 500 pages long. It features more than 200 writers. It spans 500 years and 50 different jobs. They keep women at 19%.
- The Criterion theatre's summer talks season: 15 men 0 women
- And the charity world is even more misogynistic: my reports on Amnesty TV; Amnesty comedy and music events and The Red Cross
I wrote with and about despair, frustration, rage, realisation and positivity. Many women contacted me and told me they felt the same way. Some of the women were famous, many worked in the arts or the media, some were culture-lovers unconnected with these industries. Nearly all were strangers who had felt moved to get in touch, because they had noticed exactly the same things and been offended by the same old misogynistic excuses. They congratulated me on my bravery, although I do not have any. I have sadness instead.
UPDATE: Another day, another clearout. I discover one of my work notebooks from 2006. I use these notebooks to write down interesting ideas, words and names... and complaints:
1. On the [flagship arts show] web site, under Drama, Literature, Art, Music and Dance, there are only male names as featured interviews. One interview is with 3 men, about how they've dramatised the novel of a 4th man with the help of a famous director, man 5. The cast of the adapted novel calls for 11 more men and 2 women (the wife and the mistress).
2. I am a guest critic on Front Row on Radio 4 on 29th September 2006. The presenter is the lovely and brilliant Kirsty Lang. We listen to an introduction for the show, which namechecks Doctor Who, Ridley Scott, Anthony Minghella and Robin Hood. "All the heroes," I say frustratedly. "Where are the heroines?" "Exactly," says Kirsty immediately with a clear, fast, acute glance at me.
3. On 31st December 2006 the Sunday Times presents its 2006 Magic Moments: "Our critics choose this year's standout events in the arts." There are ten critics, covering theatre, film, TV, art, music, comedy, radio, pop, architecture and dance. All ten are white men.