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.

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.

Lez Miserable: "I’ve never been turned on by a vagina picture from a stranger"
By Eleanor Margolis - 10 September 11:33

Perhaps mystery is overrated - the LGBT sexting/Snapchat instant sexual gratification craze can only lead to more gay sex, which can only be a good thing.

Women in a Berlin nightclub
Can a feminist ever support the sex industry?
By Sarah Ditum - 05 September 15:11

Everyone who sells sex should be safe, says Sarah Ditum, but what kind of society is it that makes that a rational choice for women?

Bed full of books.
The shame of waking up in bed with the succubus Mistress Motivator
By Nicholas Lezard - 05 September 12:50

Nicholas Lezard's "Down and Out" column.

A clean, empty bed.
You need to start asking questions when a quiet, empty house is your idea of heaven
By Alice O'Keeffe - 05 September 10:35

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

The EuroPride parade makes its way down Oxford Street in 2006.
Lez Miserable: "Is a lesbian coup about to hit Britain?"
By Eleanor Margolis - 04 September 8:34

Welcome to the Sapphic Republic of Great Britain.

A missing trick: Non-alcoholic beer
By Irfan Allana - 02 September 9:19

Why non-alcoholic beer could be a golden market in the UK’s capital.

Chronic boredom is like the dull itch of a pair of Seventies school trousers
By Nicholas Lezard - 30 August 10:58

Nicholas Lezard's "Down and Out" column.

Couple in bed.
"I want a fur coat and a villa and a cat": The art and agony of the English marriage
By Richard Davenport-Hines - 22 August 11:00

Using details from the huge Mass Observations archive at Sussex University, a new book "The English in Love" charts the changing meaning and reality of marriage since 1945.

Whose stupid idea was couples therapy anyway?
By Alice O'Keeffe - 15 August 8:40

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

Mother and child.
Birth stories: how science is changing parenthood
By Rachel Bowlby - 15 August 7:00

Over the course of the 20th century, children became more of an active choice than a post-marital expectation. Rachel Bowlby explores the influence science has made in offering a new range of parental types.

How many teenagers are using Ask.fm to self-harm?
By Hazel Robinson - 14 August 11:25

Some of the young people experiencing online abuse will be sending it to themselves, writes Hazel Robinson. That doesn't make their pain any less real - but it should inform how we approach the subject.

Depression is not the same as "being sad", Giles Fraser
By Glosswitch - 10 August 11:46

Casual “let’s not pathologise sadness” musings don't contribute much to the debate about medication for depression.