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. It's in the park where things get wiggy.

Vladimir Putin was arguably the foremost bogeyman of 2013
Ten Halloween costumes that will save you from dressing up as Miley Cyrus
By Eleanor Margolis - 22 October 10:36

Thinking of reaching for a leotard and a suggestive foam finger so you can twerk your way through the spookiest night of the year? Think again!

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Have we been so kind to Blue Jasmine because we see it as a career's swansong?
By Ed Smith - 17 October 14:39

Inevitably, the idea of a film-maker bringing his central themes together in a final, mature flourish has an appealing sense of artistic completeness. But what looks like form is more likely to be pure randomness.

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Squeezed Middle: Couples therapy
By Alice O'Keeffe - 17 October 14:14

I genuinely don’t know if I can accept advice from a man who seemingly takes his fashion cues from Simon Cowell but, having got this far, I feel obliged to give him a chance.

Introducing our latest theme week: Race and media
By Helen Lewis - 14 October 12:08

The New Statesman partners with Writers of Colour to bring you a week of reflections on race in the press, TV, film and wider society.

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Squeezed Middle: Sleepless nights and Highbury flats
By Alice O'Keeffe - 03 October 16:06

I tell Mum straight out what I think of her plan to buy a million-pound flat in Highbury - because we are facing financial Armageddon.

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Losing your rag at Fashion Week
By Sophie McBain - 26 September 15:47

One warehouse in Canning Town is home to a surprising beneficiary of Britain’s high-fashion credentials.

Squeezed Middle.
Mum wants to buy a million-pound flat - that's not fair, right?
By Alice O'Keeffe - 26 September 7:00

Alice O'Keefe's "Squeezed Middle" column.

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It’s downhill all the way at the moment
By Nicholas Lezard - 19 September 12:08

I can’t even get my poetry quotations right.

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The fine art of a thrifty kitchen
By Felicity Cloake - 19 September 8:53

Eating the last of the Sunday roast with fried rice on Thursday or freezing cheap berries as a winter treat feels, in a small way, like beating the system.

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