Upskirt Chronicles

Sarah Ditum
Notes on women, fame and the noughties
Created 06 Sep 2021
  • 11. The last gasp of the celebrity sex tape
    10 Nov 2021 • 6 min read • 2 0
    The feature I wrote for a September 2014 issue of Look magazine (photo taken on my old office desk I think) In September 2014, I got an email from an editor at Look magazine. Look had launched in 2007...
  • 10. Dancing on my own
    03 Nov 2021 • 5 min read • 2 3
    A comment last week from Chris about a song that made “heartbreak seem jolly and danceable” (and a very good song it is too) reminded me that I’ve yet to write about one of the heroines of the upskirt...
  • 9. The best album in the world... ever!
    27 Oct 2021 • 6 min read • 3 2
    An important part of my “process” so far in writing Upskirt Decade has been writing very long footnotes about songwriter and producer Richard X, and then wondering if I should delete them. In terms of...
  • 8. The worst thing on the internet
    20 Oct 2021 • 6 min read • 2 2
    Sleater-Kinney promo from 2000 There was one thought I couldn’t quite catch as I was writing last week’s newsletter, sitting on the last train home from London, refining my opinions on Kathy Acker and...
  • 7. Artists and thieves
    13 Oct 2021 • 6 min read • 2 0
    An actual kidney Slight change to regular programming, because this week we’re not going to be talking about some junk from the noughties: this week, we’re talking about the BAD ART FRIEND. If you hav...
  • 6. 3AM eternal
    06 Oct 2021 • 5 min read • 2 0
    The Mirror’s 3AM girls at Ascot in 2003 — with custom fascinators Here’s one of the big questions of Upskirt Decade: how much responsibility for the tone of celebrity culture in the noughties belongs ...
  • 5. The rise (and rise, and inevitable fall) of the ass
    29 Sep 2021 • 4 min read • 2 4
    (I’ve written about the R Kelly verdict for UnHerd, so here’s something completely different for the newsletter.) The one, the true, the supreme ass Are asses over? This is an unhappy thing to have to...
  • 4. Not like the other girls
    22 Sep 2021 • 6 min read • 4 1
    I wrote a profile of Perez Hilton for the Sunday Times that came out last weekend. He’s ended up as both the embodiment of the culture of cruelty and a first-order victim of cancellation, and I still ...
  • 3. Everything is porn
    15 Sep 2021 • 4 min read • 1 0
    Sometime in the noughties, everything turned into porn, although it’s hard to pin an exact moment on this, and of course the crossover between pop culture and filth is hardly a recent innovation. The ...
  • 2. 9/11 and the Upskirt Decade
    11 Sep 2021 • 3 min read
    The dedication of 1 Night in Paris While I’ve been working on Upskirt Decade, I’ve been surprised at how little 9/11 has come into it. After all, this is a book about the noughties with a strong focus...
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