The freedom that women were supposed to have found in the Sixties largely boiled down to easy contraception and abortion things to make life easier for men, in fact.


Julie Burchill

896

It’s received wisdom that the English are uniquely child-unfriendly.


Julie Burchill

896

There’s something brave and touching about game girls of all ages keeping themselves smart in hard times - one thinks of those wonderful women during World War II drawing stocking seams in eyebrow pencil up the back of legs stained with gravy browning because nylons were so hard to get hold of.


Julie Burchill

896

The truth of the matter is, beauty is a specific thing, rare and fleeting. Some of us have it in our teens, 20s and 30s and then lose it most of us have it not at all. And that’s perfectly okay. But lying to yourself that you have it when you don’t seems to me simple-minded at best and psychotic at worst.


Julie Burchill

896

As a precocious teen I dreamed of being Graham Greene. Well, as it turned out, I never wrote a great novel, sadly, and I never converted to Catholicism, happily, but I did do one thing he did. That is, in middle age I moved to a seaside town and got into a right barney with the local powers-that-be.


Julie Burchill

896

As I get older I think, contrary to modern assumption but in line with the old Lerner and Lowe song, that it would actually benefit both them and society if - to quote Professor Higgins - a woman could be more like a man.


Julie Burchill

896

It’s very hard to imagine the phrase ’consumer society’ used so cheerfully, and interpreted so enthusiastically, in England.


Julie Burchill

896

Tears are sometimes an inappropriate response to death. When a life has been lived completely honestly, completely successfully, or just completely, the correct response to death’s perfect punctuation mark is a smile.


Julie Burchill

896

No matter how old and glorious the models, sad indeed is the woman who sees fashion as a means of self-expression rather than an agent of social control.


Julie Burchill

896

I am firmly of the opinion that women who make a lot of effort to hang onto their looks in middle age (unless they are beauties, entertainers or prostitutes) are rather sad, as one should surely have something more substantial to recommend one by this time, such as kindness or cleverness.


Julie Burchill

896

Being a monarchist - saying that one small group is born more worthy of respect than another - is just as warped and strange as being a racist.


Julie Burchill

896

The money I pay for my cultural experiences came willingly from my own pocket - they were not the result of bread being removed from the mouths of the poor so that Miss Thing here could mince off to the circus smelling of roses.


Julie Burchill

896

We are used to female writers who use their private lives as unmitigated material being somewhat hormonal this somehow ’excuses’ what might be seen as a highly unfeminine ability to turn their personal upsets into money.


Julie Burchill

896

As a child, I wanted only two things - to be left alone to read my library books, and to get away from my provincial hometown and go to London to be a writer. And I always knew that when I got there, I wanted to make loads of money.


Julie Burchill

896

From paying off friends’ tax bills to rescuing stray dogs and stuffing £20 notes into the hands of homeless people, I can’t get rid of my money fast enough.


Julie Burchill

896

When I moved out of London 13 years ago, I found a whole other reason not to drive. This was because my new husband Dan, unlike my dad, did drive, and this became a great source of fun and adventure.


Julie Burchill

896

My dad didn’t drive - the only dad I knew who didn’t.


Julie Burchill

896

These women whose antics we smirk at good-naturedly in the pap-traps put themselves out there at least partly on their beauty they are in showbiz, and showing what they’ve got is part of their business as much as it is for male show-ponies from the Chippendales to George Clooney.


Julie Burchill

896

These women whose antics we smirk at good-naturedly in the pap-traps put themselves out there at least partly on their beauty they are in showbiz, and showing what they’ve got is part of their business as much as it is for male show-ponies from the Chippendales to George Clooney.


Julie Burchill

896

I’ve always thought of beauty therapy, ’alternative’ treatments and the like as the female equivalent of brothels - for essentially self-deceiving people who feel a bit hollow and have to pay to be touched.


Julie Burchill

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