How are rape jokes different from murder jokes? Let me count the ways
By Sophia McDougall - 06 September 12:58

If murder was so common that in any medium-sized mixed group I could be pretty sure someone there had been directly affected by murder, you are damn right I wouldn’t make any jokes about murder, writes Sophia McDougall.

Girls shouldn't feel like they have to "perform like pornstars"
By Frances Ryan - 03 September 14:15

A problem which affects all of society has its roots in classrooms and on the internet, writes Frances Ryan.

How "mummy feminism" can get it wrong
By Glosswitch - 03 September 10:04

The shock of having children can make us pine for our privilege in a way that alienates others. We need to be more vigilant and we need to be more self-aware.

A missing trick: Non-alcoholic beer
By Irfan Allana - 02 September 9:19

Why non-alcoholic beer could be a golden market in the UK’s capital.

What it's like to be an ugly feminist
By Emma Burnell - 28 August 11:27

I have been told I am “too ugly to rape” and “too fat to live”. Great campaigns have been run to combat the sexual objectification of women, but we must also take into account those of us for whom the very lack of objectification is used as a weapon to ke

We don't need to make exams a battle of the sexes
By Glosswitch - 23 August 9:26

Every time exam grades are discussed, it inevitably ends up with boys pitched against girls. Well, Glosswitch is sick of it.

Couple in bed.
"I want a fur coat and a villa and a cat": The art and agony of the English marriage
By Richard Davenport-Hines - 22 August 11:00

Using details from the huge Mass Observations archive at Sussex University, a new book "The English in Love" charts the changing meaning and reality of marriage since 1945.

A to B: Flying home, wherever home may be
By Alex Andreou - 20 August 16:22

When Alex Andreou boarded a plane from Greece, he knew it would be nine years before he saw his home again.

A woman going Ssh.
Spreadsheets: No one needs an app to make them better in bed
By Rhiannon and Holly - 14 August 11:58

A new app says that the optimum decibel level for sex is somewhere between a snowmobile and a flute. We say it's time to get over this competitive attitude to getting it on.

How many teenagers are using Ask.fm to self-harm?
By Hazel Robinson - 14 August 11:25

Some of the young people experiencing online abuse will be sending it to themselves, writes Hazel Robinson. That doesn't make their pain any less real - but it should inform how we approach the subject.

Straight Pride: finally, someone is standing up for the oppressed heterosexual majority
By Alex Andreou - 12 August 17:59

"Coming out as heterosexual in today's politically correct world is an extremely challenging experience," claims a new lobbying group. Perhaps it is . . . in Opposite Land.

Selfridges Birmingham.
Birmingham or Manchester: Which is Britain's second city?
By Joe Collin - 08 August 17:00

Obviously, it's Birmingham.

A statue of Nelson Mandela.
The less we remember about Nelson Mandela, the more we love him
By Will Self - 08 August 10:00

Will Self's "Madness of Crowds" column.

A homeless Detroit native with his possessions.
Letter from Detroit: "All there is now is crackhouses and churches"
By Mark Binelli - 06 August 11:00

With Motor City finally declared bankrupt, the Midwest’s industrial powerhouse has turned into a production line for drink, drugs and deprivation.

Domestic violence: how to help without doing harm
By Anne Payne - 04 August 10:12

Domestic violence is the abuse of power over one person by another. Employers can use their power to support people in need of help, says Anne Payne.

Is there ever a right time to have a baby?
By Sian Lawson - 01 August 15:05

If the media is to be believed, the answer is no. But do the casual assertions that fly around about women's reproductive choices have any basis in fact?

Ellie Cosgrave returned to the scene of the crime to dance in protest
What not to say to someone who has been groped in public
By Rhiannon and Holly - 24 July 12:20

As Ellie Cosgrave had proved, dancing is as good a way as any to deal with sexual assault.

Every opinion piece you're about to read about the royal baby
By Rafael Behr - 23 July 10:31

In predictable fashion, anyone with a column to fill in the next week is going to write about the new royal arrival. Rafael Behr saves you the trouble of reading them.

Why the feminist movement has to be inclusive
By Charlie Webster - 23 July 9:49

In her experience, TV presenter Charlie Webster has found that discussions about modern feminism can become confused and fragmented among all the divisive discourse about who belongs or doesn’t to the feminist movement.

The babies we don't care about today
By Laurie Penny - 22 July 15:38

Of all future subjects of our new infant overlord, none are more scapegoated than teenage single mums. Let's not forget about them and their children today.

Empty shoes.
Trading torture for poverty
By Bithia Large and Joe Collin - 17 July 11:33

As the Freedom from Torture charity publishes its report on the poverty of torture survivors, its clients have published photographs documenting their living conditions.

I oppose tax breaks for marriage – why should I subsidise other people’s weird lifestyle choices?
By Laurie Penny - 09 July 14:07

There’s no reason anyone should be herded into an archaic arrangement that does not work for everybody.

A woman and her dog dress up as unicorns for Halloween in New York.
Why is the happily childless woman seen as the unicorn of society?
By Rhiannon and Holly - 03 July 9:36

Non-mothers are often told they'll "change their mind when they meet the right person". Between that and being forced to worry who will visit you in your old age, it's no wonder society seems to believe the happily childless woman is more myth than realit

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge
The Marriage Tax Allowance is an expensive way of harnessing resentment and feelings of superiority
By Glosswitch - 03 July 9:01

David Cameron's proposed tax break for married couples is an expensive way of saying that some people's lives are better than others.

Lez Miserable: "I want a gigantic, champagne-drenched, public celebration of same-sex love"
By Eleanor Margolis - 03 July 8:29

The instinctive urge to get married is a hard one to rationalise, finds Eleanor Margolis, but she could do without being judged by other members of the gay community.

New Statesman
I was a Manic Pixie Dream Girl
By Laurie Penny - 30 June 9:35

Men grow up expecting to be the hero of their own story. Women grow up expecting to be the supporting actress in somebody else's.

Caitlin Moran on what makes us human: Sorry, snow monkeys – we win
By Caitlin Moran - 27 June 9:39

Continuing our What Makes Us Human series, Caitlin Moran says that having fun - and having access to fluffy towels - makes all the difference.

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