I grew up in Lewes. I know this town. The Bonfire Parade has always been exactly this problematic. The surprising thing is that people are only just noticing.
With Peter Capaldi about to step into the Doctor’s shoes, two passionate Whovians talk to Helen Lewis about favourite companions, gender politics and missing theremins.
What is happening in Ferguson is about more than Michael Brown and his family. It’s a shadow play of a national crisis in race relations and class repression.
“White knight” and “beta male” are the most common slurs flung at feminist allies – usually by retro sexists who still think feminism is all about poor confused chaps getting shouted at whenever they hold open a door for a woman.
On the centenary of the First World War, we must remember that millions who died had little idea what they were signing up for – nor how their deaths would be treated 100 years later.
In the end, it is about blood.
Will the child victims of powerful abusers ever get justice – or just another cover-up?
The emergency surveillance law being rushed through Parliament next week exploits all the usual moral panic suspects - criminals, terrorists and paedophiles - to undermine our fundamental rights.
Liam Fox insists that the “public will accept” increased surveillance because of the threat of terrorism. One suspects that if we don’t accept it, we’ll be made to.
In five years as a columnist and commentator who also happens to be young and female, I have lost count of the times I have been encouraged by editors to write about being a woman, in a way that is “provocative” without really challenging sexism.
The social network admits manipulating its users’ emotions through the content it put in their newsfeeds. Think that’s creepy? A couple of years ago, it influenced their voting patterns, too. When do we get scared about what Facebook could do with its power?
The idea that women might not just be supporting characters in men’s stories, but rather individuals who are free to fancy bad boys, or weird guys, or women, is still unaccountably threatening.
The time is coming when everyone who believes in equality and social justice must decide where they stand on the issue of trans rights.
I was preparing myself to vote Labour with gritted teeth if there were no good Green candidates in my area but I’d feel far less dirty about the whole thing if I knew I was getting my own owl.
Rough sleeping has almost doubled in London in the past few years and private businesses are making it tough for the new homeless to put down their blankets.
What does a rich, privileged young man have to do to get labelled a terrorist?
For some time now, misogynist extremism has been excused, as all acts of terrorism committed by white men are excused, as an aberration, as the work of random loons, not real men at all. Why are we denying the existence of a pattern?
The British royal family is already the longest-running and most successful reality television series on the planet.
In the mainstream press, it is common for newscasters to warn viewers if they are about to see "potentially distressing" content. So why is there such resistance to trigger warnings - which encourage openness and honesty, rather than shutting down debate?
Nobody should have to play the frightened victim to make basic choices about her future.
The mayor of London is not the first to throw a tantrum over ‘call-out culture’ in a growing backlash against online communities condemning racist, sexist, homophobic and transphobic behaviour.
You know, and I know, that exams are an awful hazing ritual, but to beat the system you must first learn how to play it.
Orwell was wrong, the English will accept a far-right government, so long as it’s dressed up in silliness and accompanied by a farting trombone.
Advertising is one of the areas where profound cultural battles are played out in public
There is nothing we can do to make normal or “appropriate” the death of a dear friend, or a beloved public figure.
Gender policing is all about the little things – trying to limit women through rules about beauty and dress and behaviour. But little things become big things, and it’s vital we fight the battles that make a difference.
San Francisco is awash with tech money. Yet this city of innovation is also a place where you have to step over the homeless to buy a $20 artisan coffee.
From Vox to 538, white guys get feted as the future of journalism while everyone else gets attacked and dismissed.
Civilisation as we know it could collapse in 15 years, something which is reflected in the viewing habits of today’s kids.
The mindset that believes, against all evidence, that governments are just desperate to give money to anyone who isn’t white, male and a citizen.