Women urinating on the street in the small hours: the mark of a Britain in crisis, or the ultimate bonding experience?
By Eleanor Margolis - 27 March 10:09

Bond-forming though it may be, weeing in public is not ideal for women. And even Scandinavians haven't found the solution.

From moral guidance to national security: vitamins have always been used to sell food
By Catherine Price - 19 March 14:54

Often beyond the realms of common sense, vitamins have become the most effective sales tool in food marketing.

Do it for the vine. Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images
Nip across the border to sample the ancient vines
By Nina Caplan - 05 March 9:31

Spain and Portugal may have settled their differences, but when it comes to grapes, it's not so simple.

A woman hurries on the tube. Photo: Dan Kitwood/Getty
We live in the “acceleration society”: the less you achieve, the more important it is to look busy
By Ed Smith - 28 January 9:01

The best way to look successful is to tell people how busy you are.

A microphone at the BBC. Photo: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images
Guest-editing the Today programme was like watching air-traffic controllers at work
By Tracey Thorn - 08 January 17:30

Tracey Thorn fills the airwaves with audiobooks, articulate teens and Caitlin Moran.

Scary little Christmas: a scene from Eastenders' Christmas past. Photo: _BRMB_/Flickr
Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett: My family will never have a “perfect Christmas” – and that’s OK
By Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett - 24 December 10:26

It’s pretty difficult to get excited about Starbucks finally getting the red cups in when one of the adults present at Christmas dinner could soil themselves at any moment. But even a bittersweet Christmas is worth having.

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Colour to dye for: how much do we really know about the risks of colouring our hair?
By Rebecca Guenard - 16 December 12:14

The basic chemistry of hair dyes has changed little over the last century, but what do we know about the risks of colouring our hair, and why do we do it?

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.

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. 

We don’t have the language to reflect the diversity and breadth of connections we experience. Photo: Getty
Isn’t it time we admitted we’re all a bit polyamorous?
By Rosie Wilby - 30 July 11:06

Monogamy is rare, no matter what we might tell ourselves. We need a new currency of commitment.

Perhaps we only really understand our parents once we're grown up, standing in their old, discarded shoes. Photo: Getty
As Mum and Dad’s tales of the Blitz taught me, being a parent is all about playing it down
By Tracey Thorn - 22 May 11:10

The role of parent, which seems so demanding while you’re playing it, requires mostly that you underact.

Not a nice pear: not all babies love avocados, you know. Photo: Getty
The baby manifesto: no to avocado, yes to Calpol
By Ed Smith - 25 April 15:00

Calpol. It tastes fantastic. Works a treat. Helps me to sleep. All round, it’s a winner. It’s the pre-Calpol debate that bores me. 

Chris Martin and Gwyneth Paltrow in January 2014. Photo: Getty
If you’re going to gossip about the failure of a celebrity marriage, at least make it original
By Rhiannon and Holly - 27 March 11:44

Now that Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin have split up, brace yourself for weeks of repetitive jibes at her “craziness” and his “reticence”.

We can't all be orators like Cicero, you know. Image: Getty
Bitter experience has taught me never to wing it when giving a speech . . . so I decide to wing it
By Nicholas Lezard - 27 March 11:39

This is my default way of dealing with things. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t.

Bare face: singer VV Brown keeps it real. (Photo: VV Brown/Twitter)
Reaction to no make-up selfies reveals how most of us really feel about cosmetics
By Alex Jones - 25 March 18:10

It's official, women really are more attractive with less.

A girl runs down an aisle of toys for girls. Photo: Getty
Should we be teaching feminism in primary schools?
By Glosswitch - 19 March 11:19

Our children's education is reinforcing the idea that it is natural for women and girls to be decorative, whereas men and boys are the active ones. Do we want them to be learning blind faith in gender stereotypes?

White out: a bidet following a landslide in Costa Rica, 2010. (Photo: Getty)
It’s a happy bidet that contains the LRB, the TLS and a few copies of Viz
By Nicholas Lezard - 13 March 13:30

The appliance hasn’t worked since the days of Callaghan but provides an excellent receptacle for reading matter.

We are family: the cast of Outnumbered at the National Television Awards in 2012. Photo: Getty Images
For half an hour a week, I turn on the TV and watch the future I won’t have
By Nicholas Lezard - 06 March 10:03

Watching BBC1's Outnumbered is less painful now but it's still bitter-sweet.

Picking weed.
Cannabis in Colorado: The ups and downs of legalising highs
By Julie Bindel - 27 February 7:30

With more cannabis shops than branches of Starbucks and further liberalisation to come - why hasn't the trade in legal marijuana decreased the number of dealers on the street in Colorado?

Passengers on a crowded tube train, 2014. Photo: Getty.
Behold how the wage-slaving grunts welcome the invasion of the rent-a-squaddies
By Will Self - 13 February 17:21

Britain’s ongoing flirtation with a military way of life.

A prison made of flowers: how Valentine's Day sells us patriarchy disguised as romance
By Meghan Murphy - 12 February 12:25

After three waves of feminism, we're now being told subservience is "romantic". You can't be too hard on yourself, but you have to acknowledge the problem: so I will take those flowers and my boyfriend's coat, but I will keep my name, my goals, and my ind

I don't feel I “match” my gender, so what does it mean to be called cis?
By Glosswitch - 06 February 10:01

Some people see gender as a galaxy of possibilities. I experience it as a trap, a network of prejudices rooted in conservative notions of complementarity and evolutionary purpose.

The politics of black hair
By Emma Dabiri - 29 January 14:48

Mainstream conversations about feminism usually proceed from the standpoint of middle-class white women - but they need to know their experiences aren't universal, including when it comes to hair.

Marco Müller.
Do smart people drink more? Here's some science to ease your hangover
By Alice Robb - 04 December 10:54

Alcohol consumption has been found to correlate positively with verbal ability, evolutionary adaptability and going to university.

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Do we need a better word for "butch'"?
By Nayla Ziadeh - 10 November 9:28

The only word that used to be available if you were non-straight and masculine presenting was "butch". Times have changed - and one woman has found that the term "Masculine of Center" strikes a chord with America's LGBTQ community.

Marijuana activists.
In contemporary Britain, to be stone-cold sober all the time is the real lunacy
By Will Self - 24 October 7:20

There's plenty of marijuana-smoking and khat-chewing on my doorstep - in the park it's all good fun.

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