Zoe Strimpel

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Zoe Strimpel
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Zoe Strimpel

(1982-07-08)July 8, 1982
London, U.K.
EducationJesus College, Cambridge (BA)
Wolfson College, Cambridge (MPhil)
University of Sussex (PhD)
OccupationHistorian, writer, author
Years active2010-present
WebsiteZoe Strimpel on Twitter

Zoe Strimpel is a British journalist, writer, commentator, and historian of gender and relationships in modern Britain. She is a flagship columnist for The Sunday Telegraph[1] where she writes every week with her take on the news of the week and key issues of the day, often analysing matters to do with gender, feminism, dating, relationships, and identity politics.

Early life[edit]

Strimpel was born into a Jewish family in London in 1982.[2][3] She grew up in Boston in the US, but moved back to England at age 16 to attend Bedales School.[2][4]


Strimpel studied English at Jesus College, Cambridge,[5][6] and was an editor of The Cambridge Student for the 2004 Lent term.[7]

She received her MPhil (with Distinction) in Gender Studies at Wolfson College, Cambridge[8] with a thesis entitled Meat Market or Brave New World: How women go shopping for dates online, which analysed the degree to which the internet was delivering on its liberatory promise for women looking for love online.[9]

She completed her PhD at University of Sussex with a thesis entitled The matchmaking industry and singles culture in Britain, 1970-2000, the first full account of mediated dating in Britain in the decades before the Internet became normalised.[9][10]



Strimpel is the author of What the Hell is He Thinking?: All the Questions You've Ever Asked About Men Answered,[11][4] 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.[12][4] Both books received positive reviews from critics[13][14][15] and press coverage.[2][3][16]


Strimpel originally wrote for The Times[17] as a freelancer. From 2006, she was the author of the Girl about town column in The London Paper,[6] a now-defunct free daily newspaper. From 2008 to 2010, she was the Lifestyle Editor of City AM, a business-orientated London daily newspaper. She oversaw its coverage of food & drink, books, fashion, beauty, health, interviews, and property.[18] She has also written on relations between men and women for Elle,[19] the Sunday Times Style magazine,[6] and HuffPost.[20]

She currently writes a weekly column for The Sunday Telegraph.[1][21][22] She also periodically contributes to The Jewish Chronicle.[23]


Strimpel appears regularly on radio and television as a commentator to discuss topics such as dating, feminism, and diversity.[24][25][26] Her piece in The Sunday Telegraph on the #MeToo movement[27] led to appearances on The BBC[28] and Al Jazeera[29] to discuss the matter. She appeared in the HBO documentary Swiped: Hooking Up in the Digital Age to discuss online dating apps.[30][31]


  1. ^ a b "The Telegraph, Articles".
  2. ^ a b c "London men: playboys or losers". Evening Standard. 2012-01-13. Retrieved 2018-01-27.
  3. ^ a b Round, Simon (2012-01-26). "Interview: Zoe Strimpel". The Jewish Chronicle. Retrieved 2018-01-27.
  4. ^ a b c "Amazon UK, Zoe Strimpel Page".
  5. ^ "Cambridge University Student Union Bulletin Lent 2010-11". Retrieved 2019-02-03.
  6. ^ a b c "The People's Book Prize Website" (PDF). 2010-04-20.
  7. ^ "TCS in letter faking scam?" (PDF). Varsity. 2004-04-30. Retrieved 2018-02-12.
  8. ^ The Wolfson Review, 2012-2013 no. 37, Wolfson College, Cambridge, p. 32
  9. ^ a b "University of Sussex, Zoe Strimpel".
  10. ^ Ward, Mary (2016-01-25). "Are Tinder users less likely to commit to relationships?". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 2018-01-27.
  11. ^ Strimpel, Zoe (2011-11-30). The Man Diet: One woman’s quest to end bad romance. Harper Collins. ISBN 9781847563064.
  12. ^ 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.
  13. ^ "Review: What The Hell Is He Thinking?". Glamour. 2010-06-29. Retrieved 2018-01-27.
  14. ^ "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.
  15. ^ Holland, Jessica (2012-01-14). "The Man Diet by Zoe Strimpel – review". The Guardian. Retrieved 2018-01-27.
  16. ^ Hodgekiss, Anna (2013-11-05). "Why single women should ditch Facebook". Daily Mail. Retrieved 2018-01-27.
  17. ^ Kutchinsky, Serena (2011-08-14). "Zoe Strimpel, dating guru". The Times. Retrieved 2018-01-27.
  18. ^ Gunter, Joel (2008-05-19). "Zoe Strimpel joins City AM". journalism.co.uk. Retrieved 2018-01-27.
  19. ^ "Elle Magazine, Article". 2015-04-27.
  20. ^ "HuffPost, Articles".
  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. ^ "The Jewish Chronicle, Article". 2018-01-16.
  24. ^ Dunant, Sarah (Host) (2018-10-01). The Dating Game (Radio broadcast). When Greeks Flew Kites. BBC.
  25. ^ Gittos, Luke (2018-10-14). "Let's Talk About Sex, Baby". Battle of Ideas. Retrieved 2018-11-04.
  26. ^ Buerk, Michael (Host) (2018-07-25). The Morality of Diversity (Radio broadcast). Moral Maze. BBC.
  27. ^ Strimpel, Zoe (2017-10-17). "I've had enough of MeToo 'hashtag feminism' and its intellectual laziness". The Sunday Telegraph. Retrieved 2018-11-04.
  28. ^ Murray, Jenni (Host) (2017-10-18). The Problem With #MeToo (Radio broadcast). Woman's Hour. BBC.
  29. ^ Hasan, Mehdi (Host) (2018-10-10). Head to Head - Has #MeToo failed? (Television production). Al Jazeera.
  30. ^ Sales, Nancy Jo (Director) (2018-09-10). Swiped: Hooking Up in the Digital Age (Television production). HBO.
  31. ^ 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.