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No one was “gay” in the 18th century: why we must not rewrite history with today’s terms
By Claire Hayward - 02 March 12:58

The danger of using current terminology and identities when discussing the past, especially marginalised and oppressed pasts, is that it results in bad history.

Critical Distance: This Week in Videogame Blogging #8
By Critical Distance - 02 March 12:39

Lara Croft, feminism and riot grrrl.

Dress codes: can there be a productive relationship between politics and fashion?
By Anna Leszkiewicz - 02 March 11:36

Political fashion has never been straightforward.

In the Frame: British Values
By Tom Humberstone - 27 February 9:59

Tom Humberstone's weekly comic.

At the Brit Awards 1998, Chumbawamba's drummer poured water over John Prescott. Photo: Getty
The Brits are so polite these days. One reason? There’s no bands left
By Tracey Thorn - 26 February 18:14

It used to feel like a school canteen full of rival gangs - now it's a civilised dining room.

Kim Gordon. Photo: Rachel Murray/Getty Images for MOCA
Writing the end: Kim Gordon's autobiography is a thoughtful story from inside an epic band
By Kate Mossman - 26 February 14:19

Girl in a Band reaps the rewards of its introspective author with a pan-American story that will engross fans and non-fans alike.

Reading festival. Photo: Simone Joyner/Getty Images
Just why are there so few female artists on music festival line-ups?
By Stephanie Boland - 26 February 13:31

The Reading and Leeds line-up is outrageously light on women musicians - but with set-in-their-ways promoters and the exclusionary demands of touring, it's going to be hard to change.

Amadeus, amadeus: a Mozart score. Photo: AFP.
Going off script: on a new Radio 4 programme, even reading Mozart's scores proves entrancing
By Antonia Quirke - 26 February 11:47

Tales from the Stave and The Film Programme on BBC Radio 4.

Fast lives: Galliano (left), Mcqueen and friends. Photo: Rex images
The dark side of fashion: on the lives of Alexander McQueen and John Galliano
By Helen Lewis - 26 February 11:37

With the genius of fashion increasingly subsumed by the demands of mass commerce, it's hard not to implicate the industry in Galliano and McQueen's fates.

Fear eats the soul: Hugh (Jake Weary) and Jay (Maika Monroe)
It Follows: a film about a sexually transmitted curse forces us to face mortality itself
By Ryan Gilbey - 26 February 11:23

Ryan Gilbey reviews It Follows, directed by David Robert Mitchell.

Breakfast (Psst. It's a euphemism). Photo: John Moore/Getty Images
Rule one of the Breakfast Club: there’s no place more embarrassing to see someone you know
By Nicholas Lezard - 26 February 11:22

Does a breakfast taken in the first term of the Thatcher administration still count?

A girl reads atop a stack of books. Photo: Thomas Lohnes/Getty Images
“She blinded me with library science”: why the Feminist Library is more vital than ever
By Stephanie Boland - 26 February 11:10

Despite scant funding and resources, London’s Feminist Library is turning their 40th year into a celebration of storytelling, history – and, hopefully, sofas.

Vegetables. Photo: Phil Walter/Getty Images
Han Kang's The Vegetarian: the failures of language and the mysteries of the physical
By Joanna Walsh - 26 February 11:03

Comparable to Herman Melville’s “Bartleby, the Scrivener” to Kafka’s “A Hunger Artist”, The Vegetarian ties social refusal to sexual protest.

The kids will be alright. Photo: Sean Gallup/Getty Images
Raising hell: what do we mean by family values in the twenty-first century?
By Melissa Benn - 26 February 10:54

Harry Brighouse and Adam Swift's Family Values: the Ethics of Parent-Child Relationships, and Tanith Carey's Taming the Tiger Parent.

Amateur hour: Una Stubbs and a contestant.
A brush with boredom: The Big Painting Challenge wants to do for easels what Bake Off did for whisks
By Rachel Cooke - 26 February 10:49

Plus Suffragettes Forever! – a good series let down by its tone and speed.

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