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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

New Statesman
When will abortion become legal for women in Northern Ireland?
By Frances Perraudin - 28 September 10:00

Protestors gathering for the International Day for the Decriminalization of Abortion want better reproductive rights for women in developing countries, but few are aware of the problems faced by women in Northern Ireland.

A girl spray paints figures of male and female couples
Violence against women starts with school stereotypes
By Nancy Lombard - 26 September 13:23

If we are ever going to combat the attitudes and behaviour that can lead to violence, we have to prevent early stereotypes from taking root.

New Statesman
Why I couldn't care less about being important
By Alice O'Keeffe - 19 September 9:00

Alice O'Keeffe's "Squeezed Middle" column.

High street.
Crap Towns is nothing but an exercise in laughing at neglect
By Daniel Gray - 16 September 11:57

Why don't we love our neglected towns? When he returned to England to research his latest book, author Daniel Gray found the country's towns a haven of the beautiful and bizarre.

Couple eating ice creams on Heath.
The best things in life are free – unless Hampstead’s horrible hedgies get their way
By Nicholas Lezard - 12 September 10:43

A parked Bentley with the number plate I H8 TAX summarises everything that's going wrong with our beloved Heath.

New Statesman
Socially useless activity by socially useless people
By Peter Wilby - 12 September 8:58

Peter Wilby's "First Thoughts" column: the day I dined with David Frost, why we should stay out of Syria, and who will really benefit from Vodafone selling its stake in Verizon Wireless.

A policy of banning all sex in prison will not work
By Michael Amherst - 09 September 9:25

A blanket ban on sex in prison leads to prisoners failing to report rape or sexual assault for fear of punishment.

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