Zoe Strimpel

Zoe Strimpel (born July 8, 1982) is a British journalist, academic historian, author, and commentator on gender and relationships.[1] She is a columnist for The Sunday Telegraph[2] where she writes a weekly column, commenting on gender, feminism, dating, relationships and identity politics.

Zoe Strimpel
Zoe Strimpel

July 8, 1982
London, England
EducationJesus College, Cambridge
Wolfson College, Cambridge
University of Sussex
Alma materJesus College, Cambridge
OccupationJournalist, Academic (Gender Studies)
Years active2010-present

Early life and education

Strimpel was born into a Jewish family in London in 1982.[3][4] She grew up in Boston in the United States, and moved back to England at age 16, studying for her A-levels at a "bohemian-ish independent boarding school".[3][5] She studied English at Jesus College, Cambridge, and later attended Wolfson College, Cambridge.[6] She received her PhD in History from the University of Sussex.[7]



Strimpel is the author of What the Hell is He Thinking?: All the Questions You've Ever Asked About Men Answered,[8][9] which was published in July 2010. It is aimed at providing an insight into men's thinking, researched by Strimpel interviewing men. Her second book, The Man Diet: One Woman's Quest to End Bad Romance was published on 22 December 2011.[10][9] Both books received positive reviews from critics[11][12][13] and press coverage.[3] Strimpel is the author of an academic book, Seeking Love in Modern Britain: Gender, Dating and the Rise of 'the Single', which charts the emergence of the dating industry in Britain in the final decades of the 20th century against the backdrop of rapidly changing gender politics, class, and sexuality.[14] James Bloodworth from UnHerd calls Strimpel's latest work a "fascinating new book".[15]


From 2006, Strimpel was the author of the Girl about town column in The London Paper,[16] a now-defunct free daily newspaper. From 2008, Strimpel was a features and lifestyle writer for City AM, a business-orientated London daily newspaper.[17] She has also written on relations between men and women for Elle,[18] the Sunday Times Style magazine,[16] and HuffPost.[19] She has also contributed to The Jewish Chronicle.[20]

She has written a weekly column for The Sunday Telegraph.[2][21][22]


Strimpel has appeared on radio and television as a commentator to discuss topics such as dating, feminism, and diversity.[23][24][25] Her piece in The Sunday Telegraph on the #MeToo movement[26] led to appearances on The BBC[27] and Al Jazeera[28] to discuss the matter. She appeared in the HBO documentary Swiped: Hooking Up in the Digital Age to discuss online dating apps.[29][30]


  1. "University of Cambridge Centre for Gender Studies Annual Report". University of Cambridge. 2015-09-01. Retrieved 2020-04-04.
  2. "The Telegraph, Articles".
  3. "London men: playboys or losers". Evening Standard. 2012-01-13. Retrieved 2018-01-27.
  4. Round, Simon (2012-01-26). "Interview: Zoe Strimpel". The Jewish Chronicle. Retrieved 2018-01-27.
  5. Strimpel, Zoe (2021-05-30), "Biden has embraced woke ideology – and now the only way is down", Sunday Telegraph. Retrieved 2021-06-08.
  6. The Wolfson Review, 2012-2013 no. 37, Wolfson College, Cambridge, p. 32
  7. Strimpel, Zoe (2017-10-12). The matchmaking industry and singles culture in Britain, 1970-2000 (doctoral thesis). University of Sussex.
  8. Strimpel, Zoe (2011-11-30). The Man Diet: One woman’s quest to end bad romance. Harper Collins. ISBN 9781847563064.
  9. "Zoe Strimpel". www.amazon.co.uk.
  10. Strimpel, Zoe (2010-07-01). What the Hell is He Thinking?: All the Questions You've Ever Asked About Men Answered. Penguin Books. ISBN 9780141049380.
  11. "Review: What The Hell Is He Thinking?". Glamour. 2010-06-29. Retrieved 2018-01-27.
  12. "What The Hell Is He Thinking? Zoe Strimpel's amazing new book answers all the questions you've ever asked about men". Cosmopolitan. 2010-07-02. Retrieved 2018-01-27.
  13. Holland, Jessica (2012-01-14). "The Man Diet by Zoe Strimpel – review". The Guardian. Retrieved 2018-01-27.
  14. Strimpel, Zoe (2020-03-05). Seeking Love in Modern Britain Gender, Dating and the Rise of 'the Single;. Bloomsbury. ISBN 9781350095939.
  15. Bloodworth, James (2020-03-26). "The ruthlessness of the sexual marketplace". www.unherd.com. Retrieved 2020-03-27.
  16. "The People's Book Prize Website" (PDF). 2010-04-20.
  17. Gunter, Joel (2008-05-19). "Zoe Strimpel joins City AM". journalism.co.uk. Retrieved 2018-01-27.
  18. "Elle Magazine, Article". 2015-04-27.
  19. "HuffPost, Articles".
  20. "The Jewish Chronicle, Article". 2018-01-16.
  21. Honeybun, Michelle (2016-10-20). "The Burkini Is A Sign Of Religious Oppression And Not A Fashion Statement". Forbes. Retrieved 2018-01-27.
  22. "Words We're Watching". Mirriam-Webster.
  23. Dunant, Sarah (Host) (2018-10-01). The Dating Game (Radio broadcast). When Greeks Flew Kites. BBC.
  24. Gittos, Luke (2018-10-14). "Let's Talk About Sex, Baby". Battle of Ideas. Retrieved 2018-11-04.
  25. Buerk, Michael (Host) (2018-07-25). The Morality of Diversity (Radio broadcast). Moral Maze. BBC.
  26. Strimpel, Zoe (2017-10-17). "I've had enough of MeToo 'hashtag feminism' and its intellectual laziness". The Sunday Telegraph. Retrieved 2018-11-04.
  27. Murray, Jenni (Host) (2017-10-18). The Problem With #MeToo (Radio broadcast). Woman's Hour. BBC.
  28. Hasan, Mehdi (Host) (2018-10-10). Head to Head - Has #MeToo failed? (Television production). Al Jazeera.
  29. Sales, Nancy Jo (Director) (2018-09-10). Swiped: Hooking Up in the Digital Age (Television production). HBO.
  30. Johnson, Eric (2018-09-19). "'Swiped' HBO documentary - director Nancy Jo Sales explains why swiping on Tinder is addictive". recode.com. Retrieved 2018-11-04.