A feminist protest. Photo: Getty
Why feminism needs trans people and sex workers
By Alison Phipps - 24 November 17:42

Feminists of all stripes share a desire to make women’s lives better. But in order to do that, we need to listen to what all women have to say.

Mourning in numbers: visitors to the poppies at the Tower of London. Photo: Getty
Will Self: Public mourning is the loyalty oath of the modern British state
By Will Self - 20 November 15:47

The visitors who have filled the precincts of the Tower of London since August have been deeply moved by the great crowd of ceramic poppies planted in its dry moat – but moved by what, exactly?

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Brendan’s fits seemed like epilepsy, until we looked into his emotional life
By Phil Whitaker - 20 November 15:35

Dr Phil Whitaker’s Health Matters column. 

Gone to ground: what makes a good grave? Photo: Andreas Heumann/Lensmodern
Six feet under: meeting Britain’s Gravedigger of the Year
By Xan Rice - 20 November 10:01

To his surprise, Jonny Yaxley, a former landscaper, found he enjoyed the craftsmanship involved in preparing a perfect grave. And he liked learning about the lives of the deceased.

Ooh-aah: Eric Cantona in 2013. Photo: Getty
Maverick or phoney: why Balotelli has nothing in common with Cantona
By Ed Smith - 13 November 10:00

Ed Smith’s weekly column, Left Field. 

London's burning: a London fire engine. Photo: Getty
Suzanne Moore: The fish fingers were in flames – then the fire became uncontrollable
By Suzanne Moore - 07 November 12:13

Suzanne Moore’s weekly column, Telling Tales. 

Pink hair: when children become teenagers there are a whole new set of worries. Photo: Ryan and Sarah Deeds/Flickr
Tracey Thorn: I’m still “going through a phase” and it’s not too bad at all
By Tracey Thorn - 07 November 12:09

As your children keep changing, so does the job of bringing them up, each different phase bringing its own specific concerns, which vanish as new ones arise.

Deck the aisles: Christmas chocolates already discounted at Tesco in September. Photo: Flickr/George Redgrave
Welcome to Britain’s new chocolate calendar
By Melanie McDonagh - 06 November 10:01

We are now in the thick of what you might call “the bonfire season”, which runs from mid-October to the weekend after Guy Fawkes Night. 

A child in India during World Toilet Day in New Delhi, 2012. Around 130 million households in India have no toilets. Photo: Getty
Choose your friends wisely – their friends could be bad for your health
By Helen Lewis - 06 November 10:00

A seriously ill patient’s condition affects not just their ­immediate family and friends but the next circle out, their children’s spouses, say, and the one after that, of those spouses’ friends.

Ancient race: a blotched blue-tongue lizard and its offspring, Sydney Zoo, February 2014. Photo: Getty
Psycho lizards from Saturn: The godlike genius of David Icke!
By Dorian Lynskey - 06 November 10:00

The latest iteration of Icke’s meta-narrative involves the Archons, an ancient race of reptilian psychopaths who have hijacked our perception of reality in the manner of The Matrix.

Scorsese: doesn't rhyme with "foresees". Photo: Getty
“Don’t say anything nasty,” my son pleads, as we head for a university open day
By Nicholas Lezard - 06 November 10:00

A couple of years ago, I’d gone with his big sister to another university, where a lecturer had mispronounced one of the most prominent authorities in her discipline and I had got into a fight with him.

Pet love: a cat does a weekly visit to a Berlin care home to help in the treatment of patients with dementia. Photo: Getty
Would you want to know if you had dementia, even when there is no cure?
By Phil Whitaker - 06 November 10:00

Dr Phil Whitaker’s Health Matters column. 

A Pride march in San Francisco. Photo: Sarah Rice/Getty
On gay rights, the Conservatives are still, unsurprisingly, conservative
By Eleanor Margolis - 03 November 16:00

A much-clarified tweet from the Department for Education serves to remind us that despite the introduction of same-sex marriage, the Conservative Party has yet to catch up on some issues.

A teacher writes on a whiteboard. Photo: Getty
Private education wins higher salaries for young graduates
By Claire Crawford and Anna Vignoles - 30 October 16:21

Three and a half years after finishing university, graduates who attended private schools earn an average of 7 per cent more per year than graduates who went to state school.

School's out: a summer camp in Wisconsin. Photo: Flickr/Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
I enjoyed working for the adult summer camp, but I drew the line at the shooting range
By Suzanne Moore - 30 October 16:13

Suzanne Moore’s weekly column, Telling Tales. 

Children wait to perform at a ceremony for the new French International School in Beijing, 19 October. Photo: Getty
Letter from Beijing: Inside the private schools educating China’s elite
By Zoe Alsop - 30 October 12:32

In recent years the number of private schools catering to Chinese nationals has grown rapidly. A Chinese-owned chain offering a Canadian curriculum dominates, with more than 30 schools across the country.

To the victor the spoils: Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer after the Wimbledon 2014 final. Photo: Getty
Sometimes, the best of sport can find eternal life
By Ed Smith - 30 October 9:00

Ed Smith’s Left Field column. 

Hospitality sweet: corporate boxes at Villa park football ground. Photo: Getty
Goodbye pies and fights: how football became the game of the middle classes
By Hunter Davies - 29 October 15:00

When the Prem began 20 years ago, and stadiums became all-seaters, with the season tickets costing a fortune, many of the working classes and twentysomething lads were excluded, unable to pay the prices.

Zombies attend the 2014 Venice Carnival. Photo: Marco Secchi/Getty
What is it about fancy dress that makes us think we can behave appallingly?
By Eleanor Margolis - 29 October 13:38

Halloween is particularly bad for this – from Jimmy Savile costumes to “sexy ebola” outfits, we seem to see it as an excuse to be offensive. Much better stick to the traditional zombies and gore.

A spooky costume can be a work of art, don’t waste the opportunity. Photo: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty
Feminists, it’s time to reclaim Halloween as a night to be scary
By Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett - 28 October 17:22

At that moment it hit me. From puberty onwards, I had lost Halloween. It had somehow ceased to be about bobbing for apples and warty witch masks, and had become all about sex. But no more.

We want our sons to challenge masculinity, not be harmed by it. Photo: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images
Male violence is a greater threat to our sons – so why are we so over-protective with daughters?
By Glosswitch - 27 October 10:56

It’s a difficult line to walk when you are raising boys. The path of non-violence is the only one worth following, yet by doing so, are you denying your sons a fighting chance in a dog-eat-dog world?

Hammering: England playing San Marino on 9 October. Photo: Getty
Which is better – watching football in the flesh or on the telly?
By Hunter Davies - 27 October 10:13

Hunter Davies’s weekly column, The Fan. 

He's a lumberjack... A man in Ukraine goes to chop wood. Photo: Getty
I used to chop logs like a man. Now I stay in bed and it’s exhausting
By Nicholas Lezard - 24 October 11:16

Nicholas Lezard’s Down and Out column. 

Funny business: Jacobson thinks of laughter as a "portal to creativity" that connects us to a world outside ourselves. Photo: Vincent Migeat/Agence Vu
Howard Jacobson: Laughing ourselves to life
By Howard Jacobson - 23 October 10:00

The Navajo celebrate a baby’s first laugh as a rite of passage, a moment in which the baby laughs himself, as it were, out of inchoate babydom and into conscious humanity.

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