“It's not only steps that keep us out”: mainstream feminism must stop ignoring disabled women
By Frances Ryan - 20 May 16:15

In matters of sex, sexuality and political campaigning, the resurgence of mainstream feminism overlooks disabled women, who are left with the “half-life” of slicing their identity.

Emily Letts, a 25-year-old American clinic worker, filmed her surgical abortion and posted the video on the internet. Image: YouTube
Laurie Penny on abortion: it should be free, safe and legal – for everyone
By Laurie Penny - 19 May 16:13

Nobody should have to play the frightened victim to make basic choices about her future.

More than a number: Benjamin argues that we can't escape the facts of ageing. Photo: Muir Vidler
Marina Benjamin: what it means to be a woman aged 50
By Marina Benjamin - 13 May 10:30

As she prepares for her 50th birthday, the author and journalist reflects on what it means to be “middle-aged” – and on a journey she knows never ends well.

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Is perseverance the key to coping as an LGBT employee?
By Jo Lloyd - 09 May 13:29

There is evidence to suggest that a high level of psychological flexibility, something LGBT employees often need to develop at work, can help people cope better, and indeed flourish, in the workplace.

Rising up: a jellyfish in sea of the Farne Islands, England. Photo: Getty
Jellyfish McSaveloy and the social mobility of surnames
By Sophie McBain - 08 May 10:00

Tracking the movement of second names shows how they can affect our life chances.  

Rupert Everett in Soho. Photograph: William Baker/Channel 4
Rupert Everett’s prostitution documentary, Love for Sale, seeks fantasy not reality
By Meghan Murphy - 05 May 17:58

In reality, prostitution is not the world’s oldest profession – it is one of the world’s oldest oppressions. 

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Why I refuse to get married until we have equality on the certificate
By Caroline Criado-Perez - 01 May 11:49

Marriage certificates only include your father’s name – to reinvent marriage as a twenty-first century institution, this must change.

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True reproductive justice is more than being allowed to become a mother at an older age
By Glosswitch - 30 April 16:23

Simply having the choice to have children later than before isn't a sign of greater freedom - it's simply a sign of greater privilege under the same old patriarchy.

A group of German girls out walking, with musical accompaniment from mandolin and guitars, 1930s. Photo: Getty
For folk’s sake, I was supposed to be a mandolin virtuoso by now
By Eleanor Margolis - 30 April 10:00

When you approach 25, it suddenly hits you that you’re never going to be an astronaut. Or an architect. Or a folk sensation. 

Austrian beauty: Conchita Wurst, Austria's 2014 entry for Eurovision who has caused controversy in Russia.
Can a bearded Austrian drag queen give Putin the bird?
By Thomas Calvocoressi - 28 April 18:28

Austria has incited anti-gay and transphobic rhetoric in Russia by entering Conchita Wurst into Eurovision. Can she do for drag what Dana International did for trans people?

Cross faces: children with St George's flag painted faces at the England-Belgium friendly match, 2012. Photo: Getty
St George’s Day is no time to ignore how people feel about being English
By Michael Kenny - 23 April 16:33

The past 20 years have seen the growth of a more deeply felt and prominent sense of English identity, going beyond a chauvinist form of nationhood.

Two children sitting at workstations in 1963. Photo: Getty
Why do our offices make us so miserable?
By Juliet Lapidos - 23 April 13:50

The unhappy history of the workplace.

It was supposed to be my sanctuary: two women get into a British-made taxi in New York, 1960. Photo: Getty
“You’re a lesbian, then?” asks the cabbie. I’m not in the mood
By Eleanor Margolis - 17 April 16:04

This is supposed to be my tiny bit of luxury, a protective bubble sparing me, this once, the stultifying, sexist harassment of traversing London in the wee hours. 

Peaches Geldof's death caused ripples on social media. Photo: Getty
Laurie Penny on mourning in the digital age: Selfies at funerals and memorial hashtags
By Laurie Penny - 14 April 16:20

There is nothing we can do to make normal or “appropriate” the death of a dear friend, or a beloved public figure.

A sex shop in the Pigalle in Paris. Is it time to be more open and honest about sexual urges? (Photo: Getty)
Lust and public policy
By Alexander Stevenson - 03 April 18:05

Misdirected lust costs billions and creates misery for millions. It is time for policy makers to take it seriously.

Kimberlé Crenshaw with Eve Ensler.
Kimberlé Crenshaw on intersectionality: “I wanted to come up with an everyday metaphor that anyone could use”
By Bim Adewunmi - 02 April 11:18

Intersectionality – the theory of how different types of discrimination interact - has brought law professor Kimberlé Crenshaw global attention. Here, she talks to Bim Adewunmi about how both feminist and anti-racist campaigns have left “women of colour invisible in plain sight”. 

New-born babies in a hospital in India. Photo: Getty
The myth of choice: some ways of giving birth aren’t “more feminist” than others
By Glosswitch - 02 April 11:10

Childbirth is just one of the areas in which modern-day feminist beliefs can end up being appropriated by neoliberal and neoconservative agendas. Unless accompanied by structural change, “choice” is too often only meaningful for a small elite.

Victims of spite: acid attack survivors at an anti-violence rally in Dhaka. (Photo: Rex Features)
Acid attacks: a horrific crime on the increase worldwide
By Samira Shackle - 01 April 12:10

Around 1,500 cases are recorded every year but the real figure is probably far higher.

The first challenge to the ban on same-sex marriage at Westminster Registry Office on 19 March 1992. Photograph: Stephen Mayes
It was a long fight for equal marriage – finally, it’s here
By Peter Tatchell - 28 March 14:52

Peter Tatchell looks back on decades of campaigning that have finally resulted in the first same-sex marriages.

Mannequins are a reflection of the way we see our ideal selves. Photo: Getty
Size 16 shop mannequins are bad for women’s health – but not in the way you think
By Sarah Ditum - 28 March 10:56

The way we present the female form spreads the idea that physical pleasingness is the primary guarantee of a woman’s acceptability to society.

Bare face: singer VV Brown keeps it real. (Photo: VV Brown/Twitter)
Reaction to no make-up selfies reveals how most of us really feel about cosmetics
By Alex Jones - 25 March 18:10

It's official, women really are more attractive with less.

Feminist allies: Bulgarian men wearing high heels run during "Walk a Mile in Her Shoes", in Sofia, on 8 March, as part of an international awareness campaign over rape. Photo: Getty
Laurie Penny on the men who think feminists and foreigners want to wipe them out
By Laurie Penny - 25 March 10:00

The mindset that believes, against all evidence, that governments are just desperate to give money to anyone who isn’t white, male and a citizen.

John Kelly performing in Graeae’s production of Reasons To Be Cheerful. (Photo: Alison Baskerville)
Back to basics: the government’s grim decision to kill off the Independent Living Fund for disabled people
By Frances Ryan - 14 March 12:00

Two years ago John Kelly, an artist and long-term wheelchair user, was singing at the Paralympics Opening Ceremony. Without the ILF this would never have been possible.

A rainbow over a Yorkshire dale in around 1965. (Photo: Getty)
A mine romance: remembering Maurice Dobson and Fred Halliday
By Ian McMillan - 13 March 10:02

In a South Yorkshire mining village in the 1960s, a gay couple were not just accepted but celebrated by their community.

 Dancer Ann Argent practices her routine while doing the housework. Photo: Orlando /Three Lions/Getty Images
Why is housework a forgotten feminist issue?
By Glosswitch - 12 March 9:53

The unequal distribution of unpaid domestic labour isn’t a frivolous side-issue. It’s dull, yes, but it’s related to depression, poverty and domestic abuse.

Future job stealer: a baby at the Rio carnival. Photo: Getty
They come here, taking our jobs... Worried about immigration? Wait till I tell you about young people
By Hopi Sen - 10 March 18:00

The East End used to be all immigrants. Now it is full of creatures in beards and confusing trousers. This has to stop.

Do you feel empowered yet? Photo: Getty
“Sex-positive” feminism is doing the patriarchy’s work for it
By Glosswitch - 07 March 10:51

All that stuff we used to call oppression? We’re totes cool with it now.

A Burberry show at London Fashion Week in 2013. Photo: Getty
It's time to ban the phrase “real women” for good
By Rhiannon and Holly - 04 March 11:03

It’s restrictive, it’s insulting and it’s downright weird.

Activists at UK Feminista's lobby of Parliament in October 2012. Photo: Getty
How to make yourself feel happier about feminism
By Rhiannon and Holly - 27 February 15:46

If you're fed up with Twitter storms, there are a few more practical things you can do to further the feminist cause.

Susan Greenfield: “I worry that we are becoming a dysfunctional society’’
By New Statesman - 19 February 10:43

The Labour peer and senior research fellow at Lincoln College, Oxford, takes the <i>NS</i> Centenary Questionnaire.

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