News on Facebook travels through “Likes” and shares, and people won’t Like a crackdown on benefits, even if they secretly support it.
Spoiler alert: the sexualised torture of a rich white woman is still sexualised violence against women.
Dylan Roof, Anders Breivik - these men aren't called "terrorists" because we're not allowed to fear white supremacy or male violence.
Those who voted simply for more of the same are unlikely to get it, as the new Conservative-only Cabinet tacks sharply to the right.
From screaming hen parties to a trout called Nibbles, the most wonderful and weird moments of the past six weeks.
Worcester is a true red/blue marginal – but as people's lives improve, Labour's core vote is fragmenting.
The issues around maternity care are a microcosm of the bigger battles in the NHS – centralisation, protocols and “efficiency savings” v making a space for common sense, professional judgement and personal relationships.
Douglas Alexander, shadow foreign secretary and Labour’s election strategy, is fighting to hold on to his seat against Mhairi Black.
Universities should be havens of free speech. After all: where else can you find out what the Other Buggers Are Thinking?
Blair's most memorable legacy, the Iraq war, has Labour MPs distancing themselves from their own time in power. But there's a lot more to the post-1997 years - and some of it's pretty good.
The National Union of Students wants zero tolerance for students who cross-dress for "shock value". But cross-dressing is subversive and liberating - even when rugby players do it.
As Jon Ronson's new book shows, public shaming is cruel, random and effective - and it flourishes when we have lost trust in the system.
Woven into the very fabric of Westminster are assumptions about who the building – and, by extension, our democracy – is intended to serve. The lack of convenient disabled access and the shortage of ladies’ loos in the old palace are daily reminders that parliament wasn’t built with those groups in mind.
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.
Don't believe the hype about the rollout of universal credit and how the Tories are finally "making work pay" - Iain Duncan Smith has presided over perhaps the failure of this parliament.
In painting and parliament, the best frames make themselves invisible.
The Labour women's campaign launch has been obscured by criticism of their pink bus. But ask yourself: would you rather be mildly patronised - or totally ignored?
Kicking Red Ed is reassuring, like group therapy. Meanwhile, the Tories have gained no significant blocks of support since 2010. In the glee over Labour's troubles, the right are ignoring the bleak future of the Conservative party.
For the last few years, aspiring MPs and councillors who have a disability have been able to get help from the Access to Elected Office fund. But it's being closed in March.
In Ex Machina, Alex Garland – writer of The Beach and 28 Days Later – suggests that the brave new dawn of artificial intelligence will not kill off our crappy old gender dynamics. Helen Lewis meets him.
There was a bit more to Agincourt than a dozen Rada graduates standing around between two curtains.
Keith Kahn-Harris, editor of the Jewish Quarterly, and Helen Lewis, deputy editor of the New Statesman, discuss the anger that permeates the online world and how, as editors, they respond to it.
As the footballer Ched Evans tries to sign for a new club, the woman he raped has had to move house five times. When will she have the chance of a normal life again?
In the year the NS launched two new sites, and hired several new faces, here's what else has been happening behind the scenes at NS towers.
Wonder Woman is riddled with contradictions: sexless, yet sexy; strong, yet vulnerable; a feminist hero created by a man.
There are 13 immigration detention centres in Britain but only the name of Yarl’s Wood really resonates – it’s where nearly 400 stateless, powerless women – the majority of whom say they are previous victims of sexual violence – are held.
My contention is this: Nigel Mills was unlucky - the frivolousness of the way he chose to divert himself was not sufficiently disguised. The rest of us just zone out by checking our emails.
Activism is utterly impossible if you have no way of keeping track of your fellow activists and of forming even weak ties with them.
Helen Lewis meets the illusionist and secret portrait painter.
Be careful if you watch Blackfish, a 2013 documentary that tells the story of orcas in captivity, framed around the experiences of a 33-year-old male called Tilikum. By the end, you’ll want to stop people in the street to warn them not to visit marine amusement parks.