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.

New Statesman
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.

New Statesman
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.

New Statesman
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.

New Statesman
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.

Buggy.
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.

Squeezed middle.
At what point do I tell my child that life just isn't fair?
By Alice O'Keeffe - 07 August 10:00

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

Lez Miserable: Unleashing your inner aggro-dyke
By Eleanor Margolis - 06 August 10:12

Aggro-dyke is more than “angry lesbian”. It’s a smarter, more subtle concept.

Don't be too quick to knock sugar-pink, prince-free, Disney-style princessification
By Glosswitch - 29 July 12:56

It’s not true empowerment, but if this is the only imaginative space that is on offer to young girls, perhaps we should let them play. Soon enough, they'll grow up into a world where female self-realisation is still a fairy tale.

Clubbers queuing outside a nightclub.
In Buenos Aires, nights out start with pre-drinks or "previa" at 1am
By Elizabeth Yentumi - 27 July 12:05

Elizabeth Yentumi on nightlife in Argentina, which differs from the UK on more than just the time.

Lez Miserable: Ten online dating mistakes to avoid if you don't want to die alone
By Eleanor Margolis - 23 July 11:19

For starters, never describe yourself as "bubbly" or "normal".

New Statesman
Maximum efficiency at maintaining professional standards
By Alice O'Keeffe - 18 July 8:30

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

As a mother, I've learned that the phrase "as a mother" is divisive and indulgent
By Glosswitch - 16 July 9:29

Motherhood-as-kneejerk-opinion-former reduces mothers, these diverse, thinking individuals, to one indistinct mass, functioning on entirely predictable emotional responses.

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