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.

'Queer' is so much more than what's found in the theory books.
Queer is the question
By Nayla Ziadeh - 08 September 10:25

‘Queer’ is not something that ever stays still; it is transient and, in that sense, in a constant state of becoming.

Mickey Rooney playing a Japanese landlord in Breakfast at Tiffany's.
"Yellowface" is funny, according to a bevy of non-east Asians
By Anh Chu - 08 September 10:04

No matter the degree, racism hurts, regresses and divides, but it needn't conquer.

Friday's Daily Telegraph front page (courtesy of @suttonnick on Twitter).
The campaign against sex-selective abortion is a cynical effort to take choice away from pregnant women
By Sarah Ditum - 07 September 12:27

Sex selective abortion is abhorrent, and it must be prevented. But there is no evidence of widespread sex-selective abortion in the UK. By campaigning against it, the <em>Telegraph</em> is able to recruit the support of people who would normally stand ver

A banner at an abortion demonstration in Mexico in 2011.
Pro-choice means just that: misogyny and the response to gender-specific abortions
By Glosswitch - 07 September 9:24

A selective cry of “misogyny” for anti-choice ends contributes to a culture which does not see people with female reproductive systems as full, equal human beings. The only person who can decide whether or not a pregnancy should continue is the person who

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”. We must remember to take into account those of us for whom the very lack of objectification is used as a weapon against us.

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.

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