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Leon Knight, ex-footballer and noted misogynist, suspended from Twitter
By Helen Lewis - 06 September 12:51

His "Slag Alert Pictures" stunt backfired.

Naomi Wolf on Newsnight.
Naomi Wolf: Anonymity for rape accusers gives impunity to prosecutors
By Helen Lewis - 04 September 8:55

The Vagina author's odd comments on Newsnight.

Ah, Walking Bottom Shot. How I've missed you.
Borderlands has a "girlfriend" mode, because all gamers are straight guys, amirite?
By Helen Lewis - 13 August 13:05

Videogames need to get past these kneejerk assumptions about their target market.

VIDEO: Boris, Dave and Ed boogie to the Spice Girls
By Helen Lewis - 12 August 23:30

The gif that keeps on giving.

Provocative, entertaining, infuriating: I'm going to miss Louise Mensch
By Helen Lewis - 06 August 10:19

How many British backbenchers are reliably interesting?

A male-only athletics race from the London 2012 videogame.
The official Olympics videogame thinks women's sports are boring
By Helen Lewis - 30 July 11:20

Sega only likes women if they're in bikinis.

Gamers Against Bigotry is hacked... by gamers in favour of bigotry
By Helen Lewis - 24 July 11:59

A site which opposed racist, sexist language in online multiplayer is repeatedly taken down by hackers.

A 13-year-old girl receives the HPV vaccination.
It's outrageous to deny girls the cervical cancer vaccine on spurious religious grounds
By Helen Lewis - 18 July 12:23

A textbook moral panic is unsupported by facts.

Why are you feminists always complaining?
By Helen Lewis - 09 July 17:00

My response to Chris Dillow.

This is what online harassment looks like
By Helen Lewis - 06 July 9:30

Obscene images, hate sites and a game where people are invited to beat you up have been inflicted on Anita Sarkeesian.

How a rape survivor feels when you use rape jokes as smack-talk in video games
By Helen Lewis - 25 June 23:53

"Imagine for a moment what it's like to have game time, the thing you do to relax and escape from your troubles, interrupted by painful memories."

Online trolls, Julian Assange on the run and Jimmy Carr’s tax dodge
By Helen Lewis - 20 June 17:48

“You’re a Bolshevik feminist Jewess.” That was one of the more printable insults aimed at a blogger named Anita Sarkeesian, who wanted to make a series of videos about the portrayal of women in computer games. And it wasn’t just offensive comments.

Standing up for Burma
By Helen Lewis - 13 June 16:49

Zarganar, the Burmese comedian, and Rambo IV.

Hey, let's "evolve" Lara Croft by having people try to rape her!
By Helen Lewis - 13 June 13:07

"She is literally turned into a cornered animal."

Anita Sarkeesian
Dear The Internet, This Is Why You Can't Have Anything Nice
By Helen Lewis - 12 June 11:34

Anita Sarkeesian's project to expose stereotypes in video games attracts a maelstrom of hate.

Thank you, hater video by Clever Pie and Isabel Fay
Thank you Hater! Anti-troll song goes viral
By Helen Lewis - 09 June 9:38

Comedian Isabel Fay takes aim at internet bullies.

Jon Stewart mocks the Jubilee pageant
Jon Stewart mocks the Jubilee pomp
By Helen Lewis - 05 June 12:18

Would a British comedian have been allowed to do this?

I love you video games, so why do you keep doing this?
By Helen Lewis - 31 May 10:56

Sexy, sexy sexism in the <i>Hitman: Absolution</i> trailer.

Alain de Botton, porn
Alain de Botton's "new kind of porn"
By Helen Lewis - 18 May 11:34

The philosopher wants to "excite our lusts".

New Statesman
How Belle de Jour got her figures wrong
By Helen Lewis - 26 April 11:57

Brooke Magnanti's skewering of others' bad stats is excellent. It's a shame she isn't blameless hers

Noel Edmonds Internet Troll Hunter
Don't leave a comment
By Helen Lewis - 12 April 12:47

What’s the point of turning the net into a giant lavatory wall?

Hoo-has and passing frenzies
By Helen Lewis - 29 March 15:34

Why do books about female sexuality always end up with such terrifying covers?

Budget 2012: A great day to be a white middle-aged man sitting in a row
By Helen Lewis - 21 March 15:54

The Commons Chamber, 13:47:


BBC News studio, 14:16:

The coming battle between old and young
By Helen Lewis - 18 March 11:02

Twentysomethings face living standard squeezes, while those in their 60s have never had it so good.

Mary Roach
The NS Interview: Mary Roach, author
By Helen Lewis - 15 March 21:13

“Nasal congestion is an erection of the nose”.

Can a dating site tell if you're a secret racist?
By Helen Lewis - 12 March 0:00

How the OkCupid website, started by four Harvard geeks, used statistics to unearth its users’ secret

Police corruption, the duck house of Hackgate and King Lear for girls
By Helen Lewis - 01 March 8:08

Rebekah Brooks's horse is the £1,645 duck house of Hackgate.