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.

Will Self: Is there nowhere I can escape the tyranny of muzak?
By Will Self - 08 August 13:44

All right-listening folk despise this piped sonic sewage.

Mexico's drug war: the battle without hope
By Malcolm Beith - 08 August 12:01

Beheadings, torture, shootings uploaded to YouTube – the “war on drugs” has ravaged Mexico. But as the US considers treating the cartels as terrorist threats, the one solution it won’t consider is decriminalisation.

Anna Piaggi: 1931 - 2012
By Helen Lewis - 07 August 15:34

The Vogue Italia writer has died at the age of 81, leaving the fashion world a more drab place.

"Honour killings" are just murder - it's as simple as that
By Samira Shackle - 07 August 9:52

The tragic murder of Shafilea Ahmed reminds us how limiting the term "honour" is when it comes to crime.

How "sex tips for girls" are ruining sex
By Rhiannon and Holly - 06 August 11:33

Is letting someone lick Nutella off your nipples really so different from ‘lie back and think of England’? Or are they just different ways of going through the motions?

Censorship and porn week
By New Statesman - 06 August 8:28

A themed week on the NS blogs.

The poster from the film 'Femme de la Rue'
Street harassment and the power of hard evidence
By Caroline Crampton - 03 August 15:53

A Belgian documentary featuring hidden camera footage of men harassing women in the street has made the problem much harder to ignore.

A couple flirting beside a Christmas tree, December 1955
Feminism doesn’t mean learning to play the game - it’s a total game-changer
By Caroline Criado-Perez - 01 August 16:40

Women shouldn't have to "emulate male behaviour" to get ahead.

Sherlyn Chopra
Just joining the boys' club doesn't give all women success in the workplace
By Rhiannon and Holly - 30 July 9:29

We need to rewrite the rulebook, not just obey the rules.

Barbara Castle in 1974
We're solving the pay gap - the wrong way
By Gavin Kelly - 30 July 8:49

Time for a better debate about what is happening to the pay of women and men.

New Statesman
This week's NS: The London issue
By Alice Gribbin - 26 July 16:00

Summer double edition: essays, fiction, art and photography inspired by the capital.