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.

A police officer stands in front of a burnt out Carpetright shop in Tottenham
Tale of a city: For richer, for poorer
By David Lammy - 25 July 17:38

David Lammy questions whether London can be a place for all.

Evgeny Lebedev
Tale of a city: See, hear, taste, touch
By Evgeny Lebedev - 25 July 17:28

As a Russian émigré, Evgeny Lebedev appreciates the freedom and joy of being a Londoner (and having Boris as mayor) more than most.

New Statesman
Take a pinch of salt with your fish and chips
By Will Self - 25 July 17:05

And make sure it’s all soaked in pea wet.

The first rule of financial regulation? Bankers should learn more history
By Ed Smith - 25 July 16:30

The scandals in banking, the media and politics are not due to there not being enough experts in these fields, but to there being too many.

People admiring 'The Crucifixion of St Andrew' by Caravaggio
Tale of a city: A life in art galleries
By Vivienne Westwood - 25 July 16:16

Vivienne Westwood on London's passion and fury.

Marie Staunton with Namala
Female genital mutilation: what the UK can learn from overseas
By Marie Staunton - 25 July 14:05

We would do well to learn from the openness, engagement and attitude change in Mali.

Presenter Stacey Dooley
The BBC3 documentary that broke all the rules on reporting suicide
By Chris Atkins - 24 July 17:05

Stacey Dooley's programme was ill-judged and offensive, says Chris Atkins.

If the coalition is committed to families, why are maternity services being cut?
By Heather McRobie - 24 July 8:37

The strain of austerity is beginning to show on maternal care provision.

Six things we’ve learnt from Sue Akers at the Leveson Inquiry
By Thais Portilho-Shrimpton - 23 July 18:18

We've found out that News International withdrew co-operation with the police, and the sheer size of the challenge facing the Met, says Hacked Off's Thais Portilho-Shrimpton.

With Magic Mike, Hollywood has become an equal opportunities objectifier
By Rhiannon and Holly - 23 July 8:33

This film leaves you craving character development as much as cock shots.

Guns don't kill people - Americans do, says Michael Moore
By Helen Lewis - 22 July 17:12

The Bowling For Columbine director responds to the Aurora shootings.