Venus at her Mirror by Spanish artist Diego Velazquez
Desire that dare not speak
By Katherine Angel - 20 September 6:13

For too long female sexuality has been defined by men. It’s time for its story to be told.

An honour killing with a difference
By Julian Sayarer - 14 September 11:59

A Turkish woman takes the law into her own hands and kills the man who raped her.

A nice, non-invasive, picture of the Duchess of Cambridge
The Kate Middleton topless photos are the grossest invasion of privacy
By Steven Baxter - 14 September 10:00

If you buy into the worst kind of paparazzi antics, you are throwing away your own privacy too.

Permitted assisted dying could increase protection for vulnerable people
By Nelson Jones - 13 September 17:15

The only person who can decide if a life is worth living is the one living it.

Reconnecting the power supply
By Matthew Taylor - 13 September 14:53

The full text of Matthew Taylor's annual lecture at the RSA.

Barack Obama
In a world that glorifies extroverts, let’s hear it for the quiet man
By Ed Smith - 12 September 16:31

Ed Smith's "Left Field" column.

The ghost town of Bodie, California
On a visit to a Californian ghost town, I understand why the crowd abhors reason
By Will Self - 12 September 16:12

Will Self's "Madness of Crowds" column.

The BBC News report of the latest government statistics
We mustn't over-interpret suicide statistics - every one is an individual tragedy
By Steven Baxter - 12 September 9:24

New government figures show middle-aged men are at greatest risk of suicide.

Naomi Wolf's "Vagina" is full of bad science about the brain
By Neuroskeptic - 05 September 9:58

Given that she's written a book about the vagina, Wolf seems to mention the brain a lot.

Women having fun on a night out in Newcastle
Theories about "hookup culture" are just another way of telling us what to do with our lady parts
By Rhiannon and Holly - 03 September 10:45

Which is more offensive - being called a "slut", or being slotted into a sweeping cultural theory?

"Showing off her bump" - the vanishing identity of a pregnant woman
By Caron Lindsay - 31 August 12:58

A pregnant woman is more than just a bump with a woman attached.

Your columnist is about to go on holiday for the first time in ages
There’s no way I’ll be jamming in the small hours with that Tory MP again
By Nicholas Lezard - 29 August 16:20

Today I am in frisky mood, for I am packing my bags to go on holiday for the first time since a long weekend in Paris at the beginning of May.

Bridgewater Foundry
Nature: Dark satanic mills
By John Burnside - 29 August 15:29

John Burnside's nature column.

The Apollo spirit, Prince Harry’s bottom and banning Orwell
By Peter Wilby - 29 August 15:28

Before Neil Armstrong (who died on 25 August) set foot on the moon, science-fiction writers had often envisaged the first visit by human beings to another world.

High house prices are putting off couples from having children
By Anna Wilson - 28 August 13:17

Shelter research shows 63 per cent more families are feeling the squeeze.

The fully zoomed-out map.
UCL maps London surnames by ethnicity and popularity
By Alex Hern - 28 August 11:06

James Cheshire's map reveals the pattern of London immigration over the years

Who are we to judge Rihanna's reaction to domestic abuse?
By Rhiannon and Holly - 28 August 9:22

The singer is not a "bad role model" for staying friends with her ex-lover, Chris Brown.

Can men be feminists?
By Caroline Criado-Perez - 24 August 10:14

Men have to be part of feminism, but that doesn't mean they have to run the show.

So close to catastrophe, I glimpse an even more desperate parallel self
By Nicholas Lezard - 23 August 10:21

Well, that’s it, the book is done and you will hear no more about it from me in this column. Apart from this. It so nearly didn’t get done. Or, to be precise, so nearly didn’t happen.

Neanderthal sex and lesbian albatrosses: the perils of populist science
By Michael Brooks - 23 August 7:45

Michael Brooks on the misinterpretation of eye-catching research.

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange speaks from the balcony of the Ecuador embassy
Leader: We must not dismiss or diminish allegations of rape
By New Statesman - 22 August 15:47

Rape happens everywhere. It is happening today in Syria, as the Assad government’s thugs rampage and humiliate, and as a weapon of war in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo. It happened in mass rape camps in Bosnia in the 1990s. It happens to women and to men and to children.

Why do we let the Prudocracy police our sexual fantasies?
By Martin Robbins - 20 August 13:33

I masturbate. You masturbate. Let's not get our knickers in such a twist about it, says Martin Robbins.

Dominique Strauss-Kahn
What people who talk about "legitimate rape" really mean
By Naomi McAuliffe - 20 August 13:08

At the heart of both the Julian Assange and Todd Akin debates are some very questionable assumptions about what constitutes rape.

A drug user injects heroin
Crises and radical thinking on drug policy
By Kasia Malinowska-Sempruch - 16 August 9:29

Reform has always been a “two-steps forward, one-step back” undertaking.

Not quite this many ants
The Hovel is crawling with ants. Where have they all come from?
By Nicholas Lezard - 15 August 11:15

The ant in the home is a particular problem, an outrage against human civilisation.

Benedict Cumberbatch
Posh-bashing: Enough to make you want to leave the Bullingdon Club
By Glosswitch - 15 August 10:07

Benedict Cumberbatch should realise that being sneered at for being posh just isn't that bad.

New Statesman
This week's New Statesman: The new patriotism
By Alice Gribbin - 09 August 11:59

What the Olympics tell us about modern Britain + Fiction special

Leader: The London Games and the rise of the new patriotism
By New Statesman - 08 August 16:56

The Games have reminded us that a new, post-imperial British patriotism already exists.

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