The welfare of sex workers themselves needs to be the prime concern. Photo: Getty
The biggest myths about street-based sex work
By Clare Jones - 23 June 10:27

No, not all prostitutes get paid loads - and they're aren't all on drugs or from Eastern Europe. To make better policy around street-based sex work, we must first understand the reality of what it involves.

Particularly hard hit are mothers whose partners have been abusive towards them. Photo: Getty
Mothers4Justice: why we need a single mothers’ pressure group
By Ann Carlton - 17 June 11:58

Thanks to the success of the fathers’ campaigns, public policy is now biased against responsible mothers.

Taking control of the divorce can be a way of taking control of the situation. Photo: Keonl Cabral / Flickr / Creative Commons
Why I chose to write the Bad Wife’s Guide to Divorce
By Emma Burnell - 16 June 11:46

To get what I wanted from my divorce, I had to be tough and demanding – things women are constantly told we must not be.

St Magnus Cathedral in Orkney, 1910. Photo: Getty
Will Self: the Orkney case prefigured our acknowledgement of abuse today
By Will Self - 12 June 10:00

The idea we might be the repositories of buried traumatic memories is integral to psychoanalysis – so the SRA panic had a ready-made audience in people primed to accept notions of repression.

Nia Sanchez, winner of Miss USA 2014, is a black belt in taekwondo and has suggested women learn to defend themselves. Photo: Getty
Suggesting women learn self-defence is the opposite of victim-blaming
By Caroline Criado-Perez - 11 June 12:54

In a perfect world, no woman would need to defend herself from attack. But until that world arrives, learning self-defence is a solution that defies the patriarchy’s attempt to impose passivity and blame on women.

It might be intended as humour, but it’s also a reflection of what we think of pregnancy and women. Photo: Iain Farrell on Flickr via Creative Commons
How should we celebrate pregnant bodies? Not with twee maternity T-shirts, for a start
By Glosswitch - 11 June 11:41

In a world where women are shamed for their bodies, we should recognise how empowering, and phenomenal, a wanted pregnancy can be.

Rosie the Riveter
More female plumbers, but they suffer worst pay gap
By Lucy Fisher - 09 June 15:09

Female tradespeople lose out.

Claire Shipman and Katty Kay, authors of The Confidence Code. Photo: Stephen Voss/Redux/Eyevine
Talking about women’s lack of confidence may be counterproductive
By Alice Robb - 05 June 10:00

A new book by newscasters Katty Kay and Clare Shipman argues women’s timidity is holding them back at work – but does it perpetuate the idea that confidence is a masculine trait.

Financial abuse is now a well-recognised feature of domestic violence. Photo: Getty
Child maintenance changes: is it right to give abusive fathers another weapon against their partners?
By Caroline Criado-Perez - 21 May 15:47

Single parents – 95 per cent of whom are women – who have failed to reach an “amicable” agreement with their estranged partners over child maintenance stand to lose financially under new government policy.

“It's not only steps that keep us out”: mainstream feminism must stop ignoring disabled women
By Frances Ryan - 20 May 16:15

In matters of sex, sexuality and political campaigning, the resurgence of mainstream feminism overlooks disabled women, who are left with the “half-life” of slicing their identity.

Emily Letts, a 25-year-old American clinic worker, filmed her surgical abortion and posted the video on the internet. Image: YouTube
Laurie Penny on abortion: it should be free, safe and legal – for everyone
By Laurie Penny - 19 May 16:13

Nobody should have to play the frightened victim to make basic choices about her future.

More than a number: Benjamin argues that we can't escape the facts of ageing. Photo: Muir Vidler
Marina Benjamin: what it means to be a woman aged 50
By Marina Benjamin - 13 May 10:30

As she prepares for her 50th birthday, the author and journalist reflects on what it means to be “middle-aged” – and on a journey she knows never ends well.

A view of London's skyline. Photo: Getty
Is perseverance the key to coping as an LGBT employee?
By Jo Lloyd - 09 May 13:29

There is evidence to suggest that a high level of psychological flexibility, something LGBT employees often need to develop at work, can help people cope better, and indeed flourish, in the workplace.

Rising up: a jellyfish in sea of the Farne Islands, England. Photo: Getty
Jellyfish McSaveloy and the social mobility of surnames
By Sophie McBain - 08 May 10:00

Tracking the movement of second names shows how they can affect our life chances.  

Rupert Everett in Soho. Photograph: William Baker/Channel 4
Rupert Everett’s prostitution documentary, Love for Sale, seeks fantasy not reality
By Meghan Murphy - 05 May 17:58

In reality, prostitution is not the world’s oldest profession – it is one of the world’s oldest oppressions. 

Two hands wearing wedding rings. Photo: Getty
Why I refuse to get married until we have equality on the certificate
By Caroline Criado-Perez - 01 May 11:49

Marriage certificates only include your father’s name – to reinvent marriage as a twenty-first century institution, this must change.

A newborn baby in an incubator. Photo: Getty Images
True reproductive justice is more than being allowed to become a mother at an older age
By Glosswitch - 30 April 16:23

Simply having the choice to have children later than before isn't a sign of greater freedom - it's simply a sign of greater privilege under the same old patriarchy.

A group of German girls out walking, with musical accompaniment from mandolin and guitars, 1930s. Photo: Getty
For folk’s sake, I was supposed to be a mandolin virtuoso by now
By Eleanor Margolis - 30 April 10:00

When you approach 25, it suddenly hits you that you’re never going to be an astronaut. Or an architect. Or a folk sensation. 

Austrian beauty: Conchita Wurst, Austria's 2014 entry for Eurovision who has caused controversy in Russia.
Can a bearded Austrian drag queen give Putin the bird?
By Thomas Calvocoressi - 28 April 18:28

Austria has incited anti-gay and transphobic rhetoric in Russia by entering Conchita Wurst into Eurovision. Can she do for drag what Dana International did for trans people?

Cross faces: children with St George's flag painted faces at the England-Belgium friendly match, 2012. Photo: Getty
St George’s Day is no time to ignore how people feel about being English
By Michael Kenny - 23 April 16:33

The past 20 years have seen the growth of a more deeply felt and prominent sense of English identity, going beyond a chauvinist form of nationhood.

Two children sitting at workstations in 1963. Photo: Getty
Why do our offices make us so miserable?
By Juliet Lapidos - 23 April 13:50

The unhappy history of the workplace.

It was supposed to be my sanctuary: two women get into a British-made taxi in New York, 1960. Photo: Getty
“You’re a lesbian, then?” asks the cabbie. I’m not in the mood
By Eleanor Margolis - 17 April 16:04

This is supposed to be my tiny bit of luxury, a protective bubble sparing me, this once, the stultifying, sexist harassment of traversing London in the wee hours. 

Peaches Geldof's death caused ripples on social media. Photo: Getty
Laurie Penny on mourning in the digital age: Selfies at funerals and memorial hashtags
By Laurie Penny - 14 April 16:20

There is nothing we can do to make normal or “appropriate” the death of a dear friend, or a beloved public figure.

A sex shop in the Pigalle in Paris. Is it time to be more open and honest about sexual urges? (Photo: Getty)
Lust and public policy
By Alexander Stevenson - 03 April 18:05

Misdirected lust costs billions and creates misery for millions. It is time for policy makers to take it seriously.

Kimberlé Crenshaw with Eve Ensler.
Kimberlé Crenshaw on intersectionality: “I wanted to come up with an everyday metaphor that anyone could use”
By Bim Adewunmi - 02 April 11:18

Intersectionality – the theory of how different types of discrimination interact - has brought law professor Kimberlé Crenshaw global attention. Here, she talks to Bim Adewunmi about how both feminist and anti-racist campaigns have left “women of colour invisible in plain sight”. 

New-born babies in a hospital in India. Photo: Getty
The myth of choice: some ways of giving birth aren’t “more feminist” than others
By Glosswitch - 02 April 11:10

Childbirth is just one of the areas in which modern-day feminist beliefs can end up being appropriated by neoliberal and neoconservative agendas. Unless accompanied by structural change, “choice” is too often only meaningful for a small elite.

Victims of spite: acid attack survivors at an anti-violence rally in Dhaka. (Photo: Rex Features)
Acid attacks: a horrific crime on the increase worldwide
By Samira Shackle - 01 April 12:10

Around 1,500 cases are recorded every year but the real figure is probably far higher.

The first challenge to the ban on same-sex marriage at Westminster Registry Office on 19 March 1992. Photograph: Stephen Mayes
It was a long fight for equal marriage – finally, it’s here
By Peter Tatchell - 28 March 14:52

Peter Tatchell looks back on decades of campaigning that have finally resulted in the first same-sex marriages.

Mannequins are a reflection of the way we see our ideal selves. Photo: Getty
Size 16 shop mannequins are bad for women’s health – but not in the way you think
By Sarah Ditum - 28 March 10:56

The way we present the female form spreads the idea that physical pleasingness is the primary guarantee of a woman’s acceptability to society.

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