Finding them online is one thing, but how does one “rehabilitate” a paedophile? Photo: Getty
Is a zero-tolerance approach really the best way to stop paedophiles from abusing children?
By Hussein Kesvani - 19 December 15:01

A new security branch has been created to find paedophiles lurking on the “dark web”. Yet this zero-tolerance attitude is beginning to be called into question – for people who have never acted on their desires and want help, should we be locking them up at all?

"People just dismiss me": the leading policeman challenging the War on Drugs
By Tim Wigmore - 19 December 14:28

The Chief Constable of Durham, Mike Barton, breaks the taboo on drugs.

This is the first generation to go through adolescence online. Photo: Getty
The two women teaching boys about sexting, porn and laddism
By Sophie McBain - 11 December 9:54

“You sit teenage boys in a room with two sassy New Yorkers and you talk about hardcore pornography, sexting and age of consent and what you can get away with – and they pay attention.”

Bacon, the answer to hangovers. Photo: Getty Images
Felicity Cloake: Hangover cures shouldn’t involve further suffering
By Felicity Cloake - 11 December 9:12

In the spirit of festive generosity I would like to offer a helping hand when it comes to surviving the onslaught of hot plonk. Here, food, as in so many situations, is your friend.

The Metropoliz Museum of the Other and the Elsewhere in Rome. Photo: Alberto Pizzoli/AFP/Getty Images
Why farting is a feminist issue
By Glosswitch - 09 December 11:28

To exhibit any kind of bodily function in public – whether it’s pissing against a wall, spitting in the street, picking and flicking earwax while one waits in a queue – is still seen as a male thing to do.

Ho, ho, ho. Not all men want beer-related gifts, you know. Photo: Pete Norton/Getty Images
Secret santa sexism: why are we so keen to reinforce gender roles for adults at Christmas?
By Glosswitch - 05 December 13:34

Some progress has been made in getting rid of toys marketed specifically at girls or boys, yet we’re still confronted with “For Him” and “For Her” in every Christmas catalogue that plops through the door.

A restaurant in central London. Photo: Carl Court/AFP/Getty Images
If you want to know how socially conservative Britain still is, go to a restaurant
By Eleanor Margolis - 04 December 10:28

Lesbians have been asked not to kiss because “this is a family restaurant”, and a woman having afternoon tea at Claridge’s was told that she wasn’t allowed to breastfeed her baby. We aren’t always as liberal as we think.

PrEP time: A large red ribbon hangs in Washington to mark World Aids Day. Photo: Flickr/Tim Evanson
Why HIV prevention meds should be available on the NHS now
By Will Nutland - 01 December 13:00

Pre-exposure HIV prophylaxis (PrEP) involves giving at-risk HIV-negative people a daily dose of HIV medication. Though controversial to some, it is proving highly effective in preventing infection and activists are calling for it to be rolled out immediately.

In the UK, policing of prostitution targets sex workers far more often than punters. Photo: Christopher Churchill/Gallery Stock
Invisible subjects: the men who fuel the demand for prostitution
By Lucy Fisher - 27 November 10:00

If prostitution is the oldest profession in the world, then punting is the oldest consumer activity. Yet it remains broadly unexamined, perhaps because the questions it raises are too uncomfortable.

Miss World titleholder Megan Young. Photo: Jay Director/AFP/Getty
Would you enter your unborn daughter in a beauty pageant?
By Glosswitch - 04 November 11:15

By virtue of being female she’s already been entered into a lifelong beauty contest, one which, through the simple fact of ageing, she is ultimately destined to lose. Why not formalise it from the start?

Grim up north:  Harry Leslie Smith grew up in coal-mining Barnsley, Yorkshire. Photo: Getty
“Hunger, filth, fear and death”: remembering life before the NHS
By Harry Leslie Smith - 31 October 14:00

Harry Leslie Smith, a 91-year-old RAF veteran born into an impoverished mining family, recalls a Britain without a welfare state.

Image problem: gay or straight, we are all actors. Image by Pacifico Silano, 'Male Fantasy' series
Damian Barr: Why do so many gay men hate camp men?
By Damian Barr - 16 October 10:00

Masc only”, “Str8 acting”, “Not into camp”. Strain your thumbs swiping Grindr and you’ll see a depressing amount of this prejudice. You’d think that, having been oppressed, we’d be more enlightened.

Dog day afternoon: the Veuve Clicquot Gold Cup polo final at Cowdray Park, West Sussex. Photo: Jocelyn Bain Hogg/VII
Watching the Englishman: Kate Fox on the peculiar rituals of the privileged
By Kate Fox - 16 October 10:00

England’s upper-middle class pretend that class no longer matters. But try to infiltrate the tribe and you’ll see how strict the rules are, says anthropologist Kate Fox. 

Mother and child: Catherine Atkinson, Labour PPC for the Erewash speaks at the Labour Party Conference, 24 September. Photo: Getty
How do we get questions of care up the political agenda, when carers are too knackered to complain?
By Helen Lewis - 07 October 16:00

The toll exerted by caring – and how little a capitalist society values such a vital activity – should be one of the key issues for feminism. 

We shouldn’t fight for “gender equality”. We should fight to abolish gender
By George Gillett - 02 October 12:47

Gender is flawed – no set of social scripts will ever represent the wonderful diversity and intricacy of human behaviour. 

Job seekers.
“Innocent, gullible, and blinded by illusions”: Honoré de Balzac on the misery of interns in 1841
By Philip Maughan - 29 September 11:20

“There are two types of interns: poor ones and rich ones. The poor intern has pockets full of hope and needs a permanent position; the rich intern is unmotivated and wants for nothing.”

Mainstream culture lacks accurate representation of sexual fluidity. Photo: Getty
Why we need Bi-Visibility Day
By Sarah Bramley - 23 September 9:40

This international awareness day aims to bring to attention the prejudices bisexual people face.

Group hug: people embrace during a Cuddle Workshop in London. Photo: Getty
Cuddle workshops: the latest solution to loneliness
By Sophie McBain - 18 September 10:00

Could it be that, in a digital age, people are left missing physical touch? Sophie McBain goes under-cuddle to find out.

A woman holds up a banner at a London Slutwalk. Photo: Getty
Feminism has conquered the culture – now comes the hard part
By Judith Shulevitz and Rebecca Traister - 15 September 15:00

Feminism has reached a moment of unprecedented opportunity, as popular culture embraces a movement that it once scorned. Judith Shulevitz and Rebecca Traister debate where we go from here.

Right to refuge: Stewart holds the starte to account for its duty to protect those most at risk in their own home. Photo: Gary Carlton/Eyevine
Patrick Stewart: There’s no such thing as “just a domestic”
By Patrick Stewart - 04 September 9:34

Domestic violence takes an enormous death toll. Every week two women are killed by current or former partners in England and Wales.

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.

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