A gay activist silhouetted against the LGBT flag at a rally at the University of
Trans people, pronouns and language
By Juliet Jacques - 16 January 8:30

When it comes to pronouns or gendered descriptors, it's better to allow people autonomy over their identities rather than impose your own preconceptions.

A young boy swings on a climbing frame in Brockwell Park, London.
Parenting gimmicks: crushing the individuality of children and guilt-tripping adults
By Glosswitch - 15 January 9:58

The mean and narrow-minded advice in Steve Biddulph’s “Raising Girls”.

Everything you've always wanted to know about trans issues (but were afraid to ask)
By Jennie Kermode - 15 January 8:30

Writing for NS Trans Issues Week, Jennie Kermode outlines the facts about trans issues and language - an area where prejudice and confusion so often get in the way.

New Statesman
Swedish surround-sound coffin set to entertain the dead
By Rae Boocock - 14 January 18:17

Putting the life back into death.

The gates to BBC Television Centre
Savile: Denialism and the "grooming the nation" delusion
By Martin Robbins - 14 January 14:32

The myth that Savile "groomed the nation" is pure denialism - pretending that the problem isn’t about us but some other group.

Squeezed Middle: Cheesed off and strapped for cash
By Alice O'Keeffe - 10 January 10:38

Broke-ness crept up on me stealthily, like adulthood.

Bathtub acrobat David O'Mer during a performance
Trying to start afresh this year? Have a bath. No, really
By Martha Gill - 09 January 9:29

Martha Gill's "Irrational Animals" column.

As the #transdocfail hashtag showed, many trans people are afraid of their doctors
By Charlie Hallam - 09 January 8:48

Trans patients should not have to please medical staff before they can access treatment, writes Charlie Hallam.

New Statesman
Blue plaques hit a brick wall
By Rae Boocock - 08 January 17:43

English Heritage budget cuts threaten the future of London's 150 year old commemorative scheme

The debt collector's hammering at the front door. Will this be a wake-up call for Westminster?
By Rowenna Davis - 07 January 15:24

Unexpected people are struggling. The middle is getting closer to the bottom. So what is the way out?

Telling women how to feel about their bodies is nobody's business
Ladies: Accept your body, know your place
By Glosswitch - 02 January 9:18

"Celebrating" female self-esteem assumes it's been destroyed in the first place - why not protect it instead?

Dys4ia, the game.
Game Theory: talking videogames at the New York Times
By Helen Lewis - 31 December 12:44

Games as ballet, a playwright on the medium, and (sorry) me talking about ladies, again.

Feminist campaigners protest outside the UK offices of News International.
2012: The year in sexism
By Laura Bates - 30 December 9:52

Twelve months of disgraceful discrimination.

2012 in review: The New Statesman on... identity
By George Eaton - 28 December 13:05

From the new patriotism to Ed Miliband's Jewish heritage, the best NS writing on identity.

Tess Billington demonstrating at the House of Commons in 1906.
Why feminists sometimes forget to say thank you
By Glosswitch - 20 December 8:56

We have to change the mindset that says women's choices must be “won” or “awarded”.

In praise of stridency
By Josie Long - 19 December 6:22

Josie Long recalls the student protests, UK Uncut and her activism over two years of Tory government, and celebrates the joy of “coming out” as a feminist.

A gallant deckchair attendant rescues a woman from the advancing tide
Chivalry has nothing to do with respect and everything to do with manipulation
By Glosswitch - 14 December 12:56

If that’s respect, I’m Chrétien de Troyes.

Student demonstrators carry banners as they march against cuts
Now is the time for middle-aged activism
By Steven Baxter - 13 December 13:12

When you’re a teenager you’re angry about everything, without necessarily knowing why. Steven Baxter suggests that it’s time for the grown-up teenagers to get properly angry – the kind of anger that comes with intimate knowledge of everything that’s gone

A homeless man rests in the doorway of a branch of a Lloyds Bank in central Lond
Beleaguered sadness, increasing desperation and the invisible population of our streets
By Alan White - 13 December 10:19

You probably feel guilty when you see a homeless person, but don't know what to do for the best. Now, you can call Streetlink and they will work with local services to get the person off the street and into accommodation.

German women protesting in favour of human rights for women
Laurie Penny: the most harfmul effects of prostitution are caused by its criminality
By Laurie Penny - 13 December 6:41

Sex work isn’t stigmatised because it is dangerous. Sex work is dangerous because it is stigmatised.

The High Line Park in New York.
Try the High Line. There’s a freedom in losing your bearings
By Sophie Elmhirst - 13 December 5:49

Think how refreshing it would be if, once in a while, people admitted that they weren't sure about things.

Bondage by Ater Crudus on Flickr, via Creative Commons
The Sun loves Page 3, but it can't stand women on top
By Nichi Hodgson - 12 December 14:16

Former dominatrix Nichi Hodgson was stunned to discover that the pictures that accompanied her article on how to safely spank a man were deemed officially "too racy" for the paper that proudly prints Page 3.

New Statesman
I'd Rather You'd Quit Partying Than Raped People
By Ropes to Infinity - 11 December 14:06

A response to an article by a rapist in the Good Men Project.

We should celebrate the rise of mixed race Britain
By Sunder Katwala - 11 December 11:07

One generation’s social problem has become the next generation’s proud family history.

New Statesman
The French might not be excited about Christmas but we'll be getting drunk
By Raziye Akkoc - 07 December 17:37

A YouGov study finds that Britons will be drinking whilst the French say Christmas has lost its "true meaning".

Pensioners in Blackpool
Feeling squeezed in the sandwiched generation
By Gina Allum - 06 December 5:46

The losers in the generation game have to play the grown-up and care for elderly parents.

Australian DJs Mel Greig and Michael Christian
Australian DJs impersonate the Queen and corgis to speak to Kate's nurse about her health
By Charlotte Simmonds - 05 December 12:57

All it takes is a fake British accent and some background barking to instigate a major breach of medical confidentiality.

A prison officer stands outside Winson Green Prison, Birmingham
Fathers in prison need support too
By Cat McShane - 04 December 11:39

Keeping dads connected to their children during their sentence gives them purpose.

The most scrutinised pregnant woman in the world? Probably.
A successful pregnancy is not a moral triumph: why I chose to reveal mine before 12 weeks
By Glosswitch - 04 December 9:52

Kate has been forced to announce she's expecting early. Even though Glosswitch miscarried after doing the same, she says she doesn't regret it.

In praise of feckless, scrounging single mothers
By Rhiannon and Holly - 03 December 10:08

Anyone who has raised a child on their own knows it's a tough job. Why is there such a stigma attached to single parenthood?