A placard at a protest in Scotland in 2013. Photo: Getty
Will an emotional abuse offence ruling help vulnerable women?
By Glosswitch - 29 August 13:17

Control, dominance, bullying and manipulation are the driving forces behind countless “romantic” narratives. If new regulation is going to eradicate coercive and controlling behaviour as well as physical harm, we have to start questioning the stories we are told.

A reveller waves a rainbow flag during a gay pride parade. Photo: Getty
Why coming out matters
By Eleanor Margolis - 29 August 12:31

Your sexuality is an important part of you, and no one should be allowed to diminish that.

Students graduate from the University of Birmingham. Photo: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images
In defence of idle students
By George Gillett - 26 August 10:21

Students graduating from university face huge debt, a difficult job market and declining starting salaries. Despite this, we shouldn’t allow education to become dominated by economics.

Julian Assange speaks from the Ecuadorian Embassy on December 20, 2012 in London, England. Photo: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images
A short history of Julian Assange's most pointless media moments
By Media Mole - 18 August 13:57

The Wikileaks founder does a great line in non-news announcements. Let's look back on them with boredom following today's press conference, where he said he may leave the Ecuadorian embassy "soon". 

A medication produced by Pfizer, who announced profits of £1.3bn last year. Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images
NHS drugs, Aristotle and health economics: the problem of quantifying the value of life
By George Gillett - 18 August 11:05

In light of the news that new cancer medications won’t be made available to NHS patients, it’s worth exploring the difficulties of drug commissioning.

Top baby names: would you want your name to make the list?
By Sophie McBain - 15 August 14:44

Girls and boys names in the UK are becoming increasingly diverse - but does having a popular name make your life easier?

Born This Way: the message of Lady Gaga's song may be empowering but it's actually quite conservative. Photo: Getty
Being gay is not a choice but it’s simplistic and conservative to say “We’re born this way”
By George Gillett - 12 August 16:25

The idea that LGBT equality should be justified on the grounds that being gay is natural is tenuous at best and harmful at worst; it actually frames being gay as a second preference to heterosexuality. 

Laurie Penny and Mary Beard in Conway Hall.
VIDEO: Laurie Penny and Mary Beard discuss the public voice of women
By New Statesman - 04 August 11:56

Highlights from our Conway Hall event on 30 July 2014.

An Iranian woman adjusts her headscarf in central Tehran. Photo: Getty
High heels and hijabs: Iran’s sexual revolution
By Ramita Navai - 01 August 10:00

For more than 30 years, the Islamic Republic has been obsessively battling against sex, but as with anything that is suppressed or banned, people have learned to sidestep the punitive regulations. 

The London development without a poor door
By Barbara Speed - 28 July 13:17

Because providing affordable housing is too expensive.

A lesbian couple at Tokyo Pride. Photo: Getty
Lesbian by choice: Eleanor Margolis reviews Julie Bindel's Straight Expectations
By Eleanor Margolis - 25 July 12:43

What Does It Mean to Be Gay Today? asks Julie Bindel in the subtitle of her new book. For me, it means enduring endless dull and pukey nights out on the scene, says Eleanor Margolis.

Animal rescue: but in this case it was dog that saved master, says John Dolan. Photo: Marcus Peel
How one man escaped homelessness through drawing – and his bull terrier muse
By Sophie McBain - 24 July 13:50

John Dolan spent almost two decades in the “revolving door” between homelessness and prison. That changed when he adopted George in 2009. 

Do big cities make you more social?
By Barbara Speed - 17 July 15:18

Who you gonna call?

Greta Gerwig and Mickey Sumner in Frances Ha.
Grown women don’t need to have a “best friend”
By Alice Robb - 11 July 9:40

If “best friendship” is on the rise, what does it mean?

San Francisco's oppressed motorists are fighting for change
By Barbara Speed - 09 July 13:45

They’ve been silent too long. 

Supporters of employer-funded contraception rally in front of the Supreme Court. Photo: Getty
The knitting needle age: this US verdict shows our abortion rights are always under threat
By Sarah Ditum - 02 July 13:22

If you are a woman of my generation, you were born into an era of extraordinary good fortune, where you have the right to decide what happens to your body. But we mistook a truce in the war on women for a victory.

A member of the Gay Liberation Front under a banner, 1971. Photo: Getty
Julie Bindel: There's no gay gene – and I love the idea I chose to be a lesbian
By Julie Bindel - 02 July 11:07

If I had a piece of North Face clothing for every time a straight woman has said to me, “I wish I were a lesbian, but I just don’t fancy women” I would be able to open a Dyke Wear Emporium.

What is cyberbullying?
What is cyberbullying?
By Aoife Moriarty - 01 July 10:33

Cyberbullying became a major subject last year after a number of teen suicides linked to social network Ask.fm. But what is it, and how can we prevent young people from abusing each other online?

Just basic acceptance of women and their children would do for starters. Photo: Getty
Should mothers have to be thankful that businesses “welcome” breastfeeding?
By Glosswitch - 25 June 16:21

A healthy, humane culture should have space not just for the idea of us, but for our bodies, our children, what we are and what we do.

Laverne Cox, the transgender star of "Orange is the New Black". Photo: Getty
Laurie Penny on trans rights: What the “transgender tipping point” really means
By Laurie Penny - 24 June 15:38

The time is coming when everyone who believes in equality and social justice must decide where they stand on the issue of trans rights.

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