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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
Brooke Magnanti's The Sex Myth review: 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 herself.

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.

Did the Met betray rape victims to avoid bad PR?
By Helen Lewis - 27 February 16:42

An astonishing allegation in Brian Paddick's evidence to the Leveson Inquiry.

Take Me Out and the failures of feminism
By Alan White - 17 February 13:28

In this guest post, Alan White says that the ideology has taken a pounding from the postmodernist wrecking ball.

Why PETA makes me want to eat a barn owl
By Helen Lewis - 16 February 12:32

What's better than domestic violence imagery? Sexy domestic violence imagery!

Helen, 28, has some thoughts on Page 3
By Helen Lewis - 24 January 16:42

Women's groups appear at the Leveson inquiry to talk about media sexism.

Does Steven Moffat have a problem with women?
By Helen Lewis - 09 January 13:13

A debate over the Doctor Who and Sherlock writer's attitude to female characters.

Who is really exploiting Louise Mensch's looks here?
By Helen Lewis - 03 January 13:35

Predictable harrumphing about the Tory MP's photoshoot with GQ.

Thatcher’s legacy, baby-faced dictators and funny women
By Helen Lewis - 02 January 0:00

Helen Lewis-Hasteley on Maggie and legacy-building, tots with lethal toys and the press and the publ

It's time to give up Twitterstorms
By James Ball - 30 December 14:59

In this guest post, James Ball argues that perpetual outrage is obscuring the truly important issues

Feminism's biggest challenge for 2012: justifying its existence
By Helen Lewis - 29 December 14:40

No one likes being told what to do.

All I want for Christmas is… presents that aren’t bloody pink
By Helen Lewis - 22 December 14:28

The rigid gender division of toys is a problem for both boys and girls.

“Science tells you that your opinion is worthless. That’s difficult”
By Helen Lewis - 08 December 11:50

The NS Interview: Brian Cox and Jeff Forshaw, physicists

Batman: Arkham City (Rocksteady)
By Helen Lewis - 06 December 11:12

Helen Lewis-Hasteley enjoys swooping round Gotham as a superhero.