Helen Lewis (journalist)

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Helen Lewis
Helen Lewis Open Rights Group November 2017.jpg
Born1983 (age 35–36)
Other namesHelen Lewis-Hasteley
EducationSt Mary's School, Worcester
Alma mater
OccupationJournalist, editor

Helen Lewis (born 1983) is a British journalist and the former deputy editor of the New Statesman.[1] She has also written for The Guardian and The Sunday Times.[2]

Life and career[edit]

Lewis was educated at the independent St Mary's School, Worcester [3]and went on to read English at St Peter's College, Oxford. After graduating, she gained a Post-Graduate Diploma in Newspaper Journalism from London's City University. Subsequently, she was accepted on the Daily Mail's programme for trainee sub-editors, working in the job for a few years, and later joining the team responsible for commissioning features for the newspaper.

For five years from August 2006,[4][5] Lewis ran a networking event, open to all young journalists, called Schmooze and Booze, for which she organised events held in a Central London pub every other month.[4] Lewis commented in 2007 that older colleagues, who had worked with each other for quite a long time, all seemed to know each other, while her contemporaries did not.[6]

Lewis was appointed as Deputy Editor of the New Statesman in May 2012,[7] after becoming Assistant Editor in 2010.[8] In 2012, Lewis coined the light-hearted Lewis's Law: "the comments on any article about feminism justify feminism".[9] She has written about the harassment of women online and trolling.[10]

Lewis's book Difficult Women, a history of modern feminism, is due to be published by Jonathan Cape in 2020.[11]

She is married to the journalist Jonathan Haynes.[12]

Views on gender self-identification[edit]

Lewis has been accused of being a transphobe and a trans exclusionary radical feminist (TERF). In July 2017 she wrote about her concerns that gender self-identification would make rape shelters unsafe for women and would lead to an increase in sexual assaults in women's changing rooms, writing "In this climate, who would challenge someone with a beard exposing their penis in a women's changing room?"[13][14] Lewis has defended herself against accusations, saying "I've had two tedious years of being abused online as a transphobe and a 'TERF' or 'trans-exclusionary radical feminist'—despite my belief that trans women are women, and trans men are men—because I have expressed concerns about self-ID and its impact on single-sex spaces".[15]


  1. ^ "Contact Us" Archived 4 April 2013 at the Wayback Machine, New Statesman website
  2. ^ Helen Lewis Archived 15 February 2017 at the Wayback Machine, contributor page, guardian.co.uk
  3. ^ "St Marys Worcester – Home". stmarys.org.uk.
  4. ^ a b Helen Lewis-Hasteley "The secret of networking? Talking" Archived 20 October 2016 at the Wayback Machine, The Guardian, 10 January 2012
  5. ^ "Schmooze and Booze celebrates first birthday" Archived 3 December 2013 at the Wayback Machine, Press Gazette, 28 August 2007
  6. ^ "Plenty of schmoozing and plenty of boozing" Archived 2 December 2013 at the Wayback Machine, Press Gazette, 13 June 2007
  7. ^ 'Media Monkey' "Media Monkey: Warren Buffett, a BSkyB buffet, and Danny Cohen" Archived 27 September 2016 at the Wayback Machine, guardian.co.uk, 27 May 2013
  8. ^ "New appointments and web expansion" Archived 5 June 2013 at the Wayback Machine, newstatesman.com, 16 May 2012
  9. ^ Lewis, Helen (9 August 2012). "@helenlewis". Twitter. Archived from the original on 3 December 2013. Retrieved 29 March 2013. As I've just told @alicetiara, the comments on any article about feminism justify feminism. That is Lewis's Law.
  10. ^ "John Nimmo and Isabella Sorley: A tale of two "trolls"". www.newstatesman.com. Retrieved 7 May 2019.
  11. ^ Cowdrey, Katherine. "Cape to publish 'battle cry for difficult women'". The Bookseller. Retrieved 12 January 2019.
  12. ^ Urwin, Rosamund (10 August 2015). "Boxing clever: why everyone from Gigi Hadid to Ellie Goulding is toning up in the ring". London Evening Standard. Archived from the original on 21 August 2016. Retrieved 16 July 2016. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  13. ^ Jackman, Josh (25 July 2017). "Left-wing magazine boss says gender reforms will lead to bearded men exposing their penises to women". www.pinknews.co.uk. Retrieved 7 May 2019.
  14. ^ Duffy, Nick (26 July 2017). "What will actually happen if the UK adopts a 'self-declaration' gender recognition law? - PinkNews · PinkNews". www.pinknews.co.uk. Retrieved 7 May 2019.
  15. ^ Wang, Esther. "The Atlantic Has a Transphobia Problem". Jezebel. Retrieved 7 May 2019.

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