About Me

My Background

I am a historian, author, newspaper columnist and broadcaster. Gender, relationships, dating, feminism and sexuality - past and present – are my main wheeze.  I like to keep a critical eye on political dogmas, particularly those around gender and identity, and this is particularly clear in my columns for the Sunday Telegraph.  I am the author of three books - two popular and one academic - about dating and gender. Formerly a dating columnist for thelondonpaper, diarist at The Times, and lifestyle editor of City AM, in 2012 I went back to Cambridge for an Mphil in Gender Studies (with a thesis exploring women's approach to internet dating from a feminist perspective), and in 2017 was awarded a PhD in history from the University of Sussex. My research, which was fully funded, examined the rise of dating industry and 'the single' from around 1970 and offers a pre-history of Tinder. I am a regular on Radio 4 and Free Thinking on Radio 3, and have also appeared on University Challenge representing Sussex notable alumna (Christmas 2019), Good Morning Britain arguing that pets aren't people (August 2019) and Al Jazeera's Head to Head defending Germaine Greer (July 2018).