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
Abortion 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
Selfies at funerals and memorial hashtags: mourning in the digital age
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.

Bare face: singer VV Brown keeps it real. (Photo: VV Brown/Twitter)
Reaction to no make-up selfies reveals how most of us really feel about cosmetics
By Alex Jones - 25 March 18:10

It's official, women really are more attractive with less.

Feminist allies: Bulgarian men wearing high heels run during "Walk a Mile in Her Shoes", in Sofia, on 8 March, as part of an international awareness campaign over rape. Photo: Getty
What drives the men who think feminists and foreigners want to wipe them out?
By Laurie Penny - 25 March 10:00

The mindset that believes, against all evidence, that governments are just desperate to give money to anyone who isn’t white, male and a citizen.

John Kelly performing in Graeae’s production of Reasons To Be Cheerful. (Photo: Alison Baskerville)
Back to basics: the government’s grim decision to kill off the Independent Living Fund for disabled people
By Frances Ryan - 14 March 12:00

Two years ago John Kelly, an artist and long-term wheelchair user, was singing at the Paralympics Opening Ceremony. Without the ILF this would never have been possible.

A rainbow over a Yorkshire dale in around 1965. (Photo: Getty)
A mine romance: remembering Maurice Dobson and Fred Halliday
By Ian McMillan - 13 March 10:02

In a South Yorkshire mining village in the 1960s, a gay couple were not just accepted but celebrated by their community.

 Dancer Ann Argent practices her routine while doing the housework. Photo: Orlando /Three Lions/Getty Images
Why is housework a forgotten feminist issue?
By Glosswitch - 12 March 9:53

The unequal distribution of unpaid domestic labour isn’t a frivolous side-issue. It’s dull, yes, but it’s related to depression, poverty and domestic abuse.

Future job stealer: a baby at the Rio carnival. Photo: Getty
They come here, taking our jobs... Worried about immigration? Wait till I tell you about young people
By Hopi Sen - 10 March 18:00

The East End used to be all immigrants. Now it is full of creatures in beards and confusing trousers. This has to stop.

Do you feel empowered yet? Photo: Getty
“Sex-positive” feminism is doing the patriarchy’s work for it
By Glosswitch - 07 March 10:51

All that stuff we used to call oppression? We’re totes cool with it now.

A Burberry show at London Fashion Week in 2013. Photo: Getty
It's time to ban the phrase “real women” for good
By Rhiannon and Holly - 04 March 11:03

It’s restrictive, it’s insulting and it’s downright weird.

Activists at UK Feminista's lobby of Parliament in October 2012. Photo: Getty
How to make yourself feel happier about feminism
By Rhiannon and Holly - 27 February 15:46

If you're fed up with Twitter storms, there are a few more practical things you can do to further the feminist cause.

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