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.

A doctor performs a sonogram on a pregnant woman
The abortions we don’t talk about
By Glosswitch - 20 July 9:33

Why is there so much implicit judgment about what is never a straightforward moral issue?

Dairy cows graze in a field in Cheshire
The milk blockade is part of a far crueller story
By Alan White - 20 July 8:42

It's just an episode in a scandalous, decades-long tale of corporate greed.

Dame Kelly Holmes at Royal Festival Hall
National Portrait Gallery adds Dame Kelly Holmes to its contemporary idols
By Anna Lezard - 19 July 16:48

Dame Kelly joins the "heroes" in the NPG's range of celebrities.

The athletes' village at the Olympic Park in East London
The gypsies who lost their homes to make way for the Olympics
By Ros Wynne-Jones - 19 July 16:28

The construction of the athletes' village broke up a community that had been on the site legally since 1972.

New Statesman
My heart has been captured by a Jezebel
By Will Self - 19 July 9:29

The condition of the smartphone user is that of a dumb animal.

Clarissa Harlowe from the novel 'Clarissa, Or The History Of A Young Lady'
Forget Mummy Porn, read the 18th-century Fifty Shades of Grey
By Helen Lewis - 18 July 17:19

The debate about the erotic bestseller Fifty Shades of Grey has focused on its newness – but it’s better understood as a throwback to the 18th century.

Parminder Nagra: “Los Angeles oozing Indian culture? No way”
By Alice Gribbin - 18 July 15:15

The actress talks to Alice Gribbin about ER, East London and planning for the future.

Newly-arrived Bengali women on Brick Lane in 1978
We still have a race problem
By Varun Chandra - 17 July 16:53

Finding a shared British identity is vital to overcoming racial tensions.

Ingrid Bergman in the 1944 film Gas Light
Using "because I’m a man" as an excuse for an "inevitable" response is just plain sexist
By Nichi Hodgson - 16 July 12:48

Gaslighting and self-reflexive sexism aren't something we can let slide.

Tulisa leaving the Royal Courts of Justice in London
The only ones shocked by Tulisa's sex tapes are the adults
By Rhiannon and Holly - 16 July 8:19

The way to guarantee teenagers access porn is to ban it outright.

Classical music should be about more than elite parties and private schools
By Andrew Mellor - 15 July 11:04

Exclusion in the classical music world stretches far beyond race.

Why so many ex-soldiers end up in prison
By Alan White - 15 July 10:16

One in ten inmates is a former soldier.

Mark Serwotka: Why Ed Miliband is right to speak at Durham today
By Mark Serwotka - 14 July 11:51

We need a united opposition to coalition policies that are wrecking Britain.

A member of activist group La Barbe onstage at a recent event.
How France’s sexual harassment law took a five-week hiatus
By Heather McRobie - 13 July 11:12

The suspension of the old law created a "dangerous void".

Notebook - Crossing into Gaza
By Salam Kanaan - 12 July 11:44

Salaam Kanaan works for Save the Children in the occupied Palestinian territories. She shares notes from a busy week, amid overcrowding so bad, it makes you feel you’re suffocating.

Praise worth receiving
By Nol Janis-Norton - 12 July 11:15

When our children and teens are at their best, it’s easy to enjoy them and not too hard to guide them into good habits. When they are uncooperative, argumentative, disrespectful or whingeing, however, we all know how easy it is to become irritated.

A Soho prostitute waits for some custom.
The taxman vs the prostitutes
By Alan White - 12 July 9:20

Prostitutes have to pay tax on their earnings, so why isn't their business entitled to same protections as everyone else?

A baby looks up at its mother on a street in Beijing
China's one-child policy puts a price on human life
By Samira Shackle - 12 July 8:29

A woman forced to undergo a late-term abortion receives 70,600 yuan in compensation.

Former National Front member Matthew Collins
The Books Interview: Matthew Collins
By Daniel Trilling - 11 July 17:30

The author of "Hate: My Life in the British Far Right" explains what drives people towards extremist groups like the BNP and the National Front.

Chris Brown onstage during the 2012 BET Awards in Los Angeles
Chris Brown’s smashing post-assault comeback
By Heather McRobie - 11 July 10:45

The media who are glossing over his past abuse send the message that assaulting women is little more than an inconvenience to your career.

David Mitchell
Why can't British people talk to celebrities?
By Alan White - 09 July 17:13

Experiencing extreme social awkwardness on meeting a minor celebrity seems to be a peculiarly British talent.

Rio Ferdinand's tweet flirts with Contempt of Court laws
By New Statesman - 09 July 13:29

Footballer tweets about "Liar Liar" as the court case between his brother Anton and John Terry begins.