Neelam, a 14-year-old schoolgirl from Madhya Pradesh, India.
When Neelam started her period, she thought she was dying like her mother
By Rose George - 09 November 17:11

The subject of periods and menstruation is even more taboo for India's girls than defecation - many have no idea what is happening when the bleeding starts.

Mohammad Zafar (R) and wife Zaheen Akhtar
Acid attacks in Pakistan: A sorry litany of male egotism
By Samira Shackle - 09 November 9:15

Samira Shackle interviews Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, one of the directors of the Oscar-winning documentary "Saving Face".

New Statesman
Toronto’s ‘Graffiti Management Plan’ adds fuel to the street art debate
By Kamila Kocialkowska - 08 November 17:08

The escalating cultural merit of street art is causing legal wrangles in cities campaigning for its removal

An actual tiger mother.
Tiger mothers will disagree, but you can’t manufacture a prodigy
By Ed Smith - 08 November 8:52

Ed Smith's "Left Field" column.

NKarl-Heinz Hille at the Beards and Moustaches World Championship
My daughter says my tache makes me look like a Chuckle Brother. My sons just laugh
By Nicholas Lezard - 08 November 8:51

Nicholas Lezard's "Down and Out in London" column.

New Statesman
Finding female experts - doing the BBC's job for them
By Caroline Criado-Perez - 05 November 9:05

Women are underrepresented on the airwaves. Broadcasters say they can’t find female experts. The founders of "The Women's Room", a new index of female talking heads, say they're just not looking hard enough.

Stonewall's "Bigot of the Year" Award is offensive and out of date
By Nelson Jones - 02 November 16:01

By continuing to have a Bigot of the Year award, Stonewall is indulging in playground politics that sits ill with its new role as a facilitator of best practice in the public realm.

Children at a summer camp in 1967
When children were seen and not heard
By Talitha Stevenson - 01 November 8:24

Songs of Innocence - review.

Jimmy Savile after receiving his OBE in 1972
After the Savile scandal, it’s time for the BBC to remove its red nose
By Will Self - 01 November 5:58

Will Self's "Madness of Crowds" column.

Conrad Black earlier this year
What scares Conrad Black? Being forgotten
By Sophie Elmhirst - 01 November 5:25

Sophie Elmhirst has coffee with the last tycoon.

The anorexic statement
By Rachel Cusk - 31 October 17:33

Trust me, notice me, feed me: every female body conveys a message. So, when a woman starves herself, what is she saying?

Illustration by Aron Vellekoop León
The dying of the middle-class dream
By Rafael Behr - 31 October 17:27

Millions of households have suffered a fall in living standards in these past few years. So when the politicians are seen to collude in what feels like a rip-off . . .

Models pose in pink at the launch of this year's Breast Cancer Campaign
Breast Cancer Awareness Month is a terrible thing
By Caroline Crampton - 31 October 16:02

There are many, many reasons why the "pink ribbon" campaign isn't always a force for good.

New Statesman
Generation next: a photo essay
By New Statesman - 25 October 18:28

Four rising stars of Chinese photography give a glimpse into the country's youth culture and fashion scene.

Alt-na-reigh, the cottage owned by Jimmy Savile
The silence of Jimmy Savile’s lambs
By Brian Moore - 25 October 10:28

The writer and former England rugby international Brian Moore says he isn’t at all surprised the DJ’s victims didn’t speak up earlier. As long as victims live in fear of not being listened to, they won’t talk.

The other Hitchens boy
By Tom Cook - 23 October 11:40

On "Mortality", journalism and Russell Brand.

The Southall Black Sisters demonstrate outside the Royal Courts of Justice.
"Intersectionality", let me Google that for you
By Ray Filar - 23 October 11:17

You don’t need an MA in Gender Studies to engage with feminist ideas, just an open mind and a willingness to learn.

In defence of Caitlin Moran and populist feminism
By Rhiannon and Holly - 22 October 9:41

Some educated women seem to want to keep feminism for themselves and cloak it in esoteric theory.

Who killed Charlotte Pinkney?
By Alan White - 20 October 11:37

The disappearance of a teenager in a small Devonian town still raises questions nearly a decade later, writes Alan White.

New Statesman
Missouri priest's homophobic speech has a surprisingly heartwarming twist
By Alex Hern - 20 October 10:17

Saying more than that would give the game away...

New Statesman
Tales of an unjust justice
By Teng Biao - 18 October 8:14

If it is true that you won’t understand Chinese society through Xinwen Lianbo (Chinese state television’s daily news programme), you should not build a picture of China’s legal system from its laws, either. In many cases, legal clauses have not been properly implemented.

New Statesman
My lesson in human rights
By Liu Xiaoyuan - 18 October 8:02

On the afternoon of 2 April 2011, Beijing police suddenly summoned me to the local police station. Without any legal procedure or permission, they turned on my computer and inspected my email account and QQ chat records. I was detained for more than ten hours.

10 things Mehdi Hasan learned from debating abortion on Twitter
By Mehdi Hasan - 16 October 10:36

A response to the reaction to my most recent column.

A banner carried during a march on the International Day of Abortion in Mexico
Abortion, reason and the left: Why Mehdi Hasan is wrong
By Caroline Criado-Perez - 15 October 8:51

It's a lack of consideration of women's lives, not gender or faith, that sours the abortion debate.

Many disabled people and carers derive comfort and support from their church
Disability should not be seen as a "punishment" for abortion or anything else
By Nicky Clark - 13 October 12:00

It is obscene to degrade and stigmatise disabled people as some kind of punishment for past wrongdoing.

An Evening Standard reader looks at in-utero pictures
Being pro-life doesn’t make me any less of a lefty
By Mehdi Hasan - 11 October 8:03

Abortion is one of those rare political issues on which left and right seem to have swapped ideologies.

New Statesman
This is class war! Between club class and economy, that is
By Nicholas Lezard - 11 October 7:40

Nicholas Lezard's "Down and Out in London" column.

Norman Tebbit
The secret Tebbit test
By Anthony Clavane - 11 October 6:52

The forthcoming Poland-England match is a test of whether formerly Polish Jews now see themselves as entirely English.