Judi Sutherland

Poet and freelance writer

Judi Sutherland is a poet and freelance writer who was born in Stoke on Trent and now lives in South Oxfordshire. She trained as a life scientist and worked in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries for over twenty years, developing new medicines and navigating corporate life. She now has four university degrees. She writes about whatever is interesting and shiny; she likes to observe the world and wonder what it means. At times she makes home-made cheese in her kitchen. She's known to be astonishingly opinionated. You can find her writing about writing at http://judisutherland.com/ and she tweets at @judi_sutherland
Dealing With Our

Dealing With Our Data

I think many of us have been shocked at the recent disclosures about NHS data - our health data - being sold to insurance companies for a couple of thousand pounds, and as we now know, thanks to the work done by GP / MP Sarah Wollaston, being uploaded on to Google servers by PA Consulting.
04/03/2014 17:11 GMT
Still Waiting in the

Still Waiting in the Wings

The Women's Room campaign to continue to have images of women on banknotes has succeeded. Not immediately, of course, because Elizabeth Fry will be taken off the £5 note and replaced by Winston Churchill. Jane Austen still has to "wait in the wings" for another four years to become the new face of the British tenner.
26/07/2013 10:50 BST
Right on the

Right on the Money

Women deserve recognition for their contribution to national life and to the economy; Britain deserves to present at least the appearance of an equal and progressive society; but with its current management, the Bank of England looks both ungracious and reactionary.
14/06/2013 14:59 BST
Bleeding Them

Bleeding Them Dry

I hazarded a guess that, if the NHSBT is so often short of stocks, and begging new donors to come forward, it might be a bright idea if their production line didn't prevent people from giving their donation.
12/06/2013 11:23 BST
It's Time to Lean on

It's Time to Lean on Facebook

Facebook is quick to remove other types of 'hate speech'. If a user posts something homophobic, racist or anti-Semitic, it tends not to stay there very long. However there is a major chasm in the law, and it is in the area of gender. Certainly under British law I have not been able to find any legislation that covers hate speech towards 51% of the global population; women.
24/05/2013 13:54 BST
Margaret Thatcher and the True

Margaret Thatcher and the True Scotsman

We are often told that the UK lags behind other countries when it comes to the number of women in senior roles: as Members of Parliament, on company boards, or otherwise visible in public life. I have a feeling that at least some of this phenomenon is directly attributable to Mrs Thatcher herself.
10/04/2013 09:41 BST
The Selfish

The Selfish Genius?

I've been meaning to write about the Richard Dawkins brand of atheism for a while, but today is definitely the day, after watching the great man's Twitter feed pronounce on the superior worth of an adult pig over a human foetus. I'm not sure I follow his argument, but actually that's not my point. I'm interested in his motivation.
15/03/2013 13:40 GMT
Engineering a

Engineering a Conversation

Cox does a great job in furthering the public understanding of science. If only the people giving out the medals for communication in science could actually master the communication they claim to value.
07/03/2013 14:33 GMT
Let's Start Again and Call It Reality

Let's Start Again and Call It Reality Feminism

Whether we like it or not, certain clothing attracts attention. Women may indeed be signalling that they are interested in sex, but only with the men they choose. The problem is that clothing is not a directional signal - it sends out its messages to all men, who form their views of women accordingly.
28/02/2013 16:33 GMT
What Not To

What Not To Wear

Joanna Lumley, sex icon for a generation, has gone in for slut-shaming, and I really don't blame her, for two main reasons: First of all, Lumley, like me, is old enough to remember a time when female empowerment wasn't about wearing as little as possible.
12/02/2013 14:02 GMT

Dangerous Occurrences

Feminists talk about 'rape culture'. I'm not sure I buy into the terminology, although I understand what it means; that nasty brand of laddish 'humour' that denigrates women and makes sexual slurs and jokes, up to and including the premise that rape and sexual violence are acceptable and deeply hilarious.
31/01/2013 16:37 GMT
What Can You

What Can You Say?

Transgender people might be one of the last oppressed minorities. If Ms Burchill's rant had been directed against black or Asian people, homosexual people, Jews, or Muslims, I am pretty sure it would have been met with the full force of the law.
17/01/2013 15:18 GMT
The Good Club

The Good Club Guide

Other examples are written by women whose breasts were grabbed, or who found that hands had crept up their skirts to fondle their genitals. Let's be clear. Groping of this sort is not normal behaviour. It is the criminal act of sexual assault.
28/12/2012 14:29 GMT
What Would Jed Bartlet

What Would Jed Bartlet Do?

Barack Obama finds himself in his second term of office, with no possibility of a third. If he wants to be remembered for anything more than being the first black man in the White House, this could be his Abraham Lincoln moment.
18/12/2012 14:07 GMT
On Being a Spiritual

On Being a Spiritual Atheist

The 2011 census results were interesting, weren't they? The rising trend of atheism was a key finding, with 25.1% now saying that we have "no religion" versus 14.8% of us in 2001. As ever, I'm completely on trend, having been an atheist for almost thirty years.
16/12/2012 20:09 GMT
Why I Won't Cheer

Why I Won't Cheer Up

We women already do so much. We take care how we dress, we choose jewellery, spend money on make-up, have expensive haircuts, all to look more pleasing to others in a way a man would never countenance.
06/12/2012 12:46 GMT

Pressing Issues

So, the Leveson Report is out, and very helpfully, is available online, free. I've read the fifty page , and that is probably enough for me.
04/12/2012 16:56 GMT


'Thank you for taking the time to post your views on our wall. This is entirely a matter for the Sun - it is not for us to comment on editorial decisions.' So said Tesco's 'Customer Care' when a No More Page Three supporter asked why it continues to shovel advertising spend into the Sun.
29/11/2012 12:14 GMT