Julie Bindel

Julie Bindel

    Live flesh for vegans

    Are you a man who cares about animals but thinks it is fine to treat women like one? Then Caso Diablo, the world's first vegan strip club, is for you.

    Good luck, my princess

    Sick of the same old pageants? Categories in Pride Pooch include super Staffie, best rescue dog, looky-likey, dandiest dog and prettiest bitch.

    Murder she wrote

    More than half of all novels in the crime fiction genre are written by women, and their books are most popular with a female audience, writes Julie Bindel.

    Self-improvement while you sleep

    "While you sleep!" is a catchphrase on hundreds of internet sites selling products that are supposed to help you, for example, "overcome fear of clowns" and "master the bagpipes". "Sleep learning" comes out of the "self-empowerment" movement, dating back to the 1930s. Instructions on how to do all manner of things while having a snooze used to be contained in cassettes kept in the section of the bookshop next to macrobiotic cookery books.

    Why are pregnant lesbians scary?

    Last month came the news that Christian conservatives across the United States must secretly have been dreading. Long in love with the dastardly Vice-President Dick Cheney, they have always struggled to reconcile this with the fact that his daughter Mary is an out lesbian. And finally, it appears, their tolerance has reached tipping point.

    World Cup sex-slave fears

    With less than a day to go until the first matches kick off in the Soccer World Cup tournament, shops are heaving with World Cup merchandise: football shirts and scarves. And then there are the condoms. It may seem reassuring that football supporters travelling to Germany are being encouraged to be sensible, but there is a pernicious side to the connection between the 2006 World Cup and sex.

    Death of the spinster

    Is anyone going to mourn the impending death of the word "spinster"? It is described in the Cambridge dictionary as referring to "a woman who is not married, especially a woman who is no longer young and seems unlikely ever to marry". In Finnish, Bulgarian and Arabic the equivalent translates literally as "old maid".