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”. 

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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.

Susan Greenfield: “I worry that we are becoming a dysfunctional society’’
By New Statesman - 19 February 10:43

The Labour peer and senior research fellow at Lincoln College, Oxford, takes the <i>NS</i> Centenary Questionnaire.

Builders at work on a new hotel. Photo: Getty
Why do I earn less as a woman than I did as a man?
By Vanessa Austin Locke - 14 February 15:05

Rebekah Cameron is a 46-year-old trans woman working in one of the most male-dominated environments known to woman – construction. Since transitioning, she has found it necessary to price her work lower than before.

Judging sex: why can’t we have opinions about what we get up to in bed?
By Sarah Ditum - 14 February 10:47

Jesse Bering's new book, <em>Perv</em>, puts forward a rigidly harm-reduction approach to sexual morality (although at times his theories seem to be proposing the normalisation of child abuse images). But tolerance alone isn't enough. Shouldn't wanting to

Gender and meaning: how do we talk about sex and equality?
By Roz Kaveney - 13 February 11:15

A response to <a href="http://www.newstatesman.com/lifestyle/2014/02/i-dont-feel-i-match-my-gen... piece</a> about how she experiences gender as a trap.

Drinking alcohol during pregnancy “could be ruled a crime” – can women be held responsible?
By Glosswitch - 04 February 12:49

Pregnancy can be difficult, lonely and dangerous, and life doesn't stop just because you've conceived. Should pregnant women be forced to care for themselves in a way that others are not required to?

Without showing them misogyny, how do we teach our sons respect for women?
By Glosswitch - 31 January 13:26

Children are subject to an onslaught of confusing messages about their place in the world. We want to teach our sons about consent and respect for women, but how this is possible without teaching them what men as a class do to women?

The politics of black hair
By Emma Dabiri - 29 January 14:48

Mainstream conversations about feminism usually proceed from the standpoint of middle-class white women - but they need to know their experiences aren't universal, including when it comes to hair.

Lez Miserable: Gays aren't the only people for whom making babies is a conundrum
By Eleanor Margolis - 23 January 10:13

Before one of them came out of my sister, the best I could hope for around babies, speech-wise, would be an awkward “Hello, small person thing.” Now, I'm having thoughts . . .

Squeezed Middle: Was it worth giving up a career for a home life?
By Alice O'Keeffe - 23 January 10:11

My dreams of career ambitions today, quite unexpectedly, touch a nerve.

Women can still have babies and remain perfectly functioning cogs in the capitalist machine
By Glosswitch - 22 January 11:06

Sex discrimination in the workplace is not eradicated - and it's not just to do with having children.

Campaigns against sex-selective abortion are misogyny disguised as feminism
By Frances Ryan - 16 January 15:17

We should be asking why women feel pressured to abort female foetuses, not descending into an anti-choice panic about sex-selective abortion without evidence.

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