Gender and meaning: how do we talk about sex and equality?
By Roz Kaveney - 13 February 11:15

A response to Glosswitch's piece about how she experiences gender as a trap.

Drinking alcohol during pregnancy “could be ruled a crime” – can women be held responsible?
By Glosswitch - 04 February 12:49

Pregnancy can be difficult, lonely and dangerous, and life doesn't stop just because you've conceived. Should pregnant women be forced to care for themselves in a way that others are not required to?

Without showing them misogyny, how do we teach our sons respect for women?
By Glosswitch - 31 January 13:26

Children are subject to an onslaught of confusing messages about their place in the world. We want to teach our sons about consent and respect for women, but how this is possible without teaching them what men as a class do to women?

The politics of black hair
By Emma Dabiri - 29 January 14:48

Mainstream conversations about feminism usually proceed from the standpoint of middle-class white women - but they need to know their experiences aren't universal, including when it comes to hair.

Lez Miserable: Gays aren't the only people for whom making babies is a conundrum
By Eleanor Margolis - 23 January 10:13

Before one of them came out of my sister, the best I could hope for around babies, speech-wise, would be an awkward “Hello, small person thing.” Now, I'm having thoughts . . .

Squeezed Middle: Was it worth giving up a career for a home life?
By Alice O'Keeffe - 23 January 10:11

My dreams of career ambitions today, quite unexpectedly, touch a nerve.

Women can still have babies and remain perfectly functioning cogs in the capitalist machine
By Glosswitch - 22 January 11:06

Sex discrimination in the workplace is not eradicated - and it's not just to do with having children.

Campaigns against sex-selective abortion are misogyny disguised as feminism
By Frances Ryan - 16 January 15:17

We should be asking why women feel pressured to abort female foetuses, not descending into an anti-choice panic about sex-selective abortion without evidence.

The biggest lie of the anti-choice movement is that it is they who deal in harsh realities
By Glosswitch - 15 January 9:48

Pope Francis's positioning of abortion as part of a “throwaway culture” shows how little respect there is for a woman's right to control her own body.

If we spent less time thinking about breasts, we could probably end sexism
Why having a woman’s body under patriarchy is a job in itself
By Frances Ryan - 10 January 15:50

"Deodorant for breasts" is the latest addition to the shame cycle of having a female body.

I've seen a terrifying vision of the future, and it looks like a boy driving a pink toy car
By Glosswitch - 19 December 12:17

As Marks and Spencer ditches dividing its toys into girls and boys' categories, Glosswitch wonders when this gender-neutral hell will ever end.

The cup and the knife: the reality of caring for someone with dementia
By Rose George - 11 December 14:32

My mother struggled to cope as her husband's personality and ability disintegrated as his brain rotted and shrank, until she contemplated committing suicide. In the end my dad died of dementia, but also because dying was the easiest way to treat him.

New Statesman
Tinder is the dating app with many matches but no spark
By Holly Baxter - 28 November 12:44

Go on a Tinder date and chances are you’ll get what I got: one free drink and an evening with a man called Aristoteles who spoke in hipster-cliche speak as if he was a living dating profile.

New Statesman
What counting dead women tells us that Clare's Law cannot
By Holly Baxter - 25 November 14:44

Drawing connections between the murders of women by men is surprisingly rare. Attempting to accurately calculate women who died because of a sexist culture is even harder.

New Statesman
How the legacy of Victorian times still looms over single mothers
By Ben Gwalchmai - 23 November 12:53

No single mother I’ve known could be called a "shirker" - and yet the discriminatory influence of the 19th century continues.

A mother and daughter walk in the park
Feminism and the Mummy Mystique: Why being a mother isn't the "full stop" on my life
By Sarah Ditum - 11 November 16:20

If you see yourself as a mother to the exclusion of all other roles, I think you become dependent on your children. You need them to need you.

New Statesman
Do we need a better word for "butch'"?
By Nayla Ziadeh - 10 November 9:28

The only word that used to be available if you were non-straight and masculine presenting was "butch". Times have changed - and one woman has found that the term "Masculine of Center" strikes a chord with America's LGBTQ community.

Occupy Wall Street protesters picket during a May Day rally
Who are the new socialist wunderkinds of America?
By Max Strasser - 09 November 9:52

Every time I’ve come home to the US from my home abroad over the past four years, I notice a trend among people of my demographic: they have become increasingly politicised – and increasingly radical.

A four day old baby in hospital in Germany
On Germany's new intersex law and the dangers of our gender-obsessed culture
By Nelson Jones - 01 November 15:52

Germany has become the first European country to pass a law that lets a birth certificate to be left blank in cases where the child is neither obviously male nor female, but it will take far more than a bureaucratic fix to remove the stigma of "abnormalit

Boardroom.
Increasing diversity in business is not only morally right - it's the key to success
By Nigel Knowles - 25 October 11:40

Research has found that companies whose boards were made up of at least a third by women are 42 per cent more profitable - it makes perfect sense.

How deaf women are vulnerable to domestic abuse: the tragic story of Safiya
By Frances Ryan - 22 October 15:52

Deaf women are twice as likely as hearing women to experience domestic abuse. A disability, such as deafness, makes victims more vulnerable to abuse, and the same disability leaves them more vulnerable to not ever being able to escape it.

A female carer helps an elderly man in a care home
Ending the grey areas: Let's stop thinking of women as a resource to be exploited
By Sarah Ditum - 22 October 11:12

Whether in relation to rape, abortion or care, women are still viewed as something others are entitled to make use of. But it's time to do away with these grey areas of "duty" and recognise that the primary interest in what happens to a woman’s body belon

footprints in the snow.
The Maryville rape case: social media hurt Daisy Coleman - now it is helping her
By Holly Baxter - 19 October 10:06

Daisy Coleman is the latest in a series of girls to report that they were sexually assaulted and cyberbullied on social media. But we can't blame Twitter and Facebook for the existence of rape culture - and with #justice4daisy, they might have helped end

New Statesman
Clever women remain 'ugly' almost by definition, but this new film should give us hope
By Ray Filar - 16 October 14:27

The biopic "Hannah Arendt" credits Professor Arendt, responsible for some of the most publicly enduring theories in 20th century philosophy, with an intellectual interiority mostly reserved – at least in the public eye – for white men.

Black Girls.
Colourism: Why even black people have a problem with dark skin
By Elizabeth Pears - 15 October 11:24

When I was a child my skin was praised by both white and black women - but more by black women. A new film, <em>Black Girls</em>, is opening up the conversation on colourism, class and skin bleaching.

Delegates at the Integrate Bristol event his week.
Female genital mutilation: we can end this practice of silence now
By Sarah Ditum - 11 October 14:52

This terrible practice requires silence to continue. When girls name this abuse and speak out against it, they have the power to end it.

Laurie Penny on the Miley Cyrus complex - an ontology of slut-shaming
By Laurie Penny - 11 October 8:55

Sexual performance is still the only power this society grants to young women, and it grants it grudgingly, rushing to judge and humiliate them whenever they claim it.

New Statesman
Squeezed Middle: The milestones that passed me by
By Alice O'Keeffe - 10 October 12:54

I knew all along that Moe was beautiful, of course I did. It’s just that a lot of things were obscuring my view.

New Statesman
How do we talk about gang culture?
By Alan White - 04 October 10:40

In a climate where we still don't understand the London riots, we need to keep the dialogue about gang culture open in any way we can.

Alison Lapper.
The needs that make us human: "To love, to be loved, to be accepted, and to be respected"
By Alison Lapper - 03 October 11:30

Artist Alison Lapper was born without arms and was denied the affection she needed as a child. Here, as part of our "What Makes Us Human" series, she reflects on her experiences, and what they can tell us about humanity.

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