Paris Lees.
Paris Lees: Why I won't be sending you a father's day card
By Paris Lees - 16 June 10:01

When I tell people I no longer speak to you, they assume it’s because of my difficult and lengthy transition from male to female. That frames me as the problem. I don’t speak to you because I don’t share your values and I don’t like the way you treat people.

Terraced houses.
The poor are still paying more for basic utilities and financial services
By Katie Schmuecker - 15 June 10:25

Payment structures and price plans in utilities and financial services continue to inflict higher costs on the poorest in society. Regulators and the government need to do more.

New Statesman
Don't feel sorry for the estate agent
By Alice O'Keeffe - 14 June 14:28

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

A woman looks at pornographic videos and DVDs
Laurie Penny on the porn debate: the genie of unlimited filth is out of the bottle and no law can stop us polishing our lamps
By Laurie Penny - 13 June 12:18

The worst thing about this debate is that it turns a real-world, complex problem into a simple moral choice.

Julia Gillard "on the menu": Three cheers for a bit of in-your-face, no-frills sexism
By Glosswitch - 13 June 8:59

The party fundraiser menu that offered to "serve up" parts of Australian PM Julia Gillard was offensive, no doubt about it. But it's refreshing to see some honest, in-your-face sexism for a change, rather than the kind that flies under the radar.

A couple wrapped in the Scottish flag look down on the Scottish Parliament
Amnesty, human rights and the criminalisation of sex work
By Melissa Gira Grant - 12 June 9:51

A controversy involving a bill before the Scottish Parliament and a rogue submission by its Paisley Branch has forced Amnesty to clarify its position on the criminalisation of sex work.

Top ten things you will do as a parent that you will not like
By Eeh Bah Mum - 10 June 9:06

You think you won't, but you will.

Stephen Fry at the premiere of the latest Star Trek film in May 2013.
Reporting suicide: Journalists must resist the temptation to make it a "better story"
By Willard Foxton - 07 June 12:28

As the reporting of Paris Jackson and Stephen Fry's suicide attempts has shown, the media has a chronic problem with the quality of reporting around suicide.

How the Disability Living Allowance is being reformed
By Esther McVey - 06 June 9:23

A response from the Minister for Disabled People.

A foreclosed house for sale
There is a war on ordinary people and feminists are needed at the front
By John Pilger - 06 June 9:05

Once again, it’s time to ask: whose side are you on?

Equal marriage could only threaten gender roles if it magically turned everyone gay
By Nelson Jones - 04 June 16:12

The modern basis of marriage is partnership and equality rather than innate difference.

Lez Miserable: "The fundamental problem with 'Straight Pride' is that homophobes have no idea how to party"
By Eleanor Margolis - 04 June 12:36

For Eleanor Margolis, Gay Pride will always be Out Pride - a day when gay people are proud of who they are in spite of what the most conservative elements of society want them to be.

A woman holds a placard aloft during a Slutwalk march in Melbourne in 2011
Maria Miller's "information packs" for the parents of daughters won't end inequality
By Rhiannon and Holly - 03 June 12:46

Sexism in society isn't the result of individual women failing to have ambition. And as benefit systems are slashed and women are disproportionately affected, the parenthood pamphlet and the boardroom dream seem small compensation.

Playboy bunnies in 2011, before the launch of the new Playboy Club in Mayfair
Are Playboy bunnies feminism’s biggest paradox?
By Tabatha Leggett - 30 May 10:19

If modern feminism is about freedom of expression, then there’s nothing wrong with choosing to be viewed as a sexual object.

Emily Wilding Davison.
Laurie Penny on the suffragettes: Emily Wilding Davison made the only choice she could bear
By Laurie Penny - 28 May 11:06

She made herself intolerable to a system she found impossible to tolerate.

The assessment for PIP requires claimants to attend face-to-face consultations,
The transition from DLA to PIP will harm disabled claimants
By Erin Mee - 22 May 11:14

Causes for concern from a care worker.

Krista Siegfrids, Finland's Eurovision entry, locks lips on stage
Lez Miserable: "Every time I kiss a woman in public, I risk homophobic abuse."
By Eleanor Margolis - 21 May 10:29

This is a time in which we gays should be kissing and holding hands anywhere and everywhere.

Why women’s bodies can’t do anything right
By Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett - 21 May 8:11

Enviable curves v skinny self-control.

Ed Miliband with his wife Justine Thornton and his two children.
From the Tories' "feckless dads" to the "crisis in masculinity": can Labour go father?
By Glen Poole - 17 May 11:04

Jon Cruddas and Diane Abbot have argued this week that Labour must value the roles that fathers play in modern families. But first, it must stop policies which disadvantage men.

Ralph Steadman: Drawing the unsayable
By Philip Maughan - 16 May 15:43

“He isn’t a cartoonist, really. He’s a fine artist.”

How social mobility got stuck
By Danny Dorling - 16 May 15:05

Britain's poor were absolutely and relatively better off until Thatcher was elected in 1979. Since then, the bottom half of society is worse off than it was in 1983.

The writing on the wall
By Dawn Foster - 16 May 14:08

The cultural heart of a community is under sustained attack.

My mother didn’t have any say in her divorce - I did.
In a generation, everything has changed for British Muslim women
By Irna Qureshi - 15 May 17:33

My mother and I both married men from Pakistan. Both marriages ended in divorce, but their circumstances and our attitudes towards them could not have been more different: it is a sign of how much has changed.

Lift up your voices: The century-long battle for women's freedom
By Natasha Walter - 15 May 16:27

The <em>NS</em> of 1913 may have been in the vanguard for women’s rights yet its tone was hectoring, even patronising. But today’s popular feminists should not forget that the pioneers’ concerns still have weight.

Toronto Pride.
Israel row: The bid to defund Toronto LGBT Pride is straightforward censorship
By Peter Tatchell - 15 May 12:17

The bid to ban pro-Palestine group Queers Against Israeli Apartheid as well as the slogan “Israeli apartheid” is a direct attack on freedom of speech and the right to protest.

Food: It's Not For Girls
By Rhiannon and Holly - 15 May 11:33

Pot Noodle joined the list of brands which seem determined to drive away women. They should realise that ironic hipster sexism is still sexism.

The animal onesie: the fluffy scourge of Generation Y
By Eleanor Margolis - 14 May 10:21

Adults, myself included, are regressing to childhood - moving back in with their parents, job-hunting in between porn-viewing sessions and eating bowls of Frosties for dinner. Who could blame us?

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