The tree of secrets, shadows and scents
By John Burnside - 26 March 14:58

In praise of the magnolia.

The Steubenville trial is over, but what drove a group of teenagers to “live-blog” a rape?
By Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett - 22 March 16:44

For many people, the internet doesn’t just confirm your existence: it is your existence.

Illustration by Julien Picaud.
Generation X-rated owns the net: can politicians stop children watching porn?
By Rafael Behr - 21 March 8:30

Never has it been so easy for young children to watch violent pornography. Can politicians who grew up in the analogue age do anything about it?

Laurie Penny on the F-word in modern Britain: feminism
By Laurie Penny - 16 March 9:21

It’s not enough for us to sit back and wait for the system of power to become a little more equal.

Young women hiking on the Chiltern Hills
You don't have to wear tweed and cry "tally-ho" to enjoy the outdoors
By Aisha Gani - 14 March 18:51

Young women from BME backgrounds are discovering that there's more to hiking than the white middle class stereotype.

A death on my road
By Michaela Young - 14 March 15:27

The murder of Joseph Burke-Monerville in Hackney.

New Statesman
Huhne and Pryce went to jail despite their privilege, not because of it
By Alex Andreou - 12 March 11:24

Chris Huhne and Vicki Pryce broke an important law and, after a fair trial, got rightly sent down for roughly the right amount of time. It's as simple as that, writes Alex Andreou.

28 Dates Later, by Willard Foxton: Part Ten, the Cougar
By Willard Foxton - 12 March 9:48

In which Willard dates an older woman.

Should feminists lay off Rihanna?
By Sarah Ditum - 11 March 10:20

The pop star gets criticised for her hypersexual persona - and for returning to the man who abused her. But before you attack her choices, work out what you'd do if someone you actually knew was making the same mistakes.

In defence of JK Rowling's The Casual Vacancy
By Sarah Ditum - 10 March 9:32

Rowling is often presented as a stultifyingly middle-class and cosy writer. That's unfair, says Sarah Ditum: her adult fiction makes a clear political point in a way few modern novels do.

Why are some university debating societies havens of misogyny?
By Willard Foxton - 07 March 14:31

The heckling experienced by female debaters at Glasgow University Union is an unwelcome reminder of a previous age where personal insults were fair game. And anyone who disagrees is a dickless baboon.

Losing Lorelei
By Yo Zushi - 07 March 5:10

Closing night at a Soho institution.

New Statesman
The rise in housing benefit is driven by a rise in need. No more, no less
By Declan Gaffney - 06 March 8:43

It's not greed, it's not fraud, it's just more people needing help to live their lives, writes Declan Gaffney.

Chancellor George Osborne and Bank of England Governor Mervyn King.
An elite of clowns
By Darius Guppy - 01 March 17:29

Not a single prominent financier or politician either predicted the economic disaster or has put forward any measure that has the remotest prospect of resolving the crisis.

Spot the difference: the largest human gathering on earth and a vicarage tea party
By Will Self - 28 February 13:16

Will Self's "Madness of Crowds" column.

Squeezed Middle: The horrors of house-hunting
By Alice O'Keeffe - 28 February 12:41

"Quarter of a million quid for a wreck," he huffs…

Lord Rennard (r), who denies the allegations against him, with Menzies Campbell
Laurie Penny on the "Lord Grope" case: a system that discriminates against women
By Laurie Penny - 28 February 7:37

Systematic abuse happens when the system is abusive.

What the “brown recluse” spider can tell us about the condition of modern celebrity
By Sophie Elmhirst - 27 February 12:34

A local news channel in Evansville, Indiana recently reported a story about a family who moved into a new house in south-east Missouri and found it infested with spiders. “I’ve counted over a hundred in the house right now,” said Darren Bockhorn, the new owner.

We have a problem with a lack of women following STEM careers.
Since when were science toys just for boys?
By Tricia Lowther - 26 February 8:56

Every time a girl sees a shelf of science-related toys under a sign that says "boys", she is being told that the world thinks science is not for her.

Laurie Penny on Kate Middleton: benefit scrounging mother moves into palace at taxpayer's expense
By Laurie Penny - 21 February 15:34

Britain only permits two types of outrage today: dog-whistle disgust for the extremely poor and spanielish devotion to the aristocracy.

Women gathered in Tahrir Square, Cairo.
Stella Creasy: One Billion Rising and boldy going were no woman has gone before
By Stella Creasy - 14 February 8:53

Dancing in the streets, a despondent David Cameron and the final frontier for women.

Sweet dreams are made of free duvets
By Alice O'Keeffe - 14 February 6:37

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

Will Self identifies quite strongly with Peep Show's Super Hans.
You should march with the left and dine with the right, but beware of statistics
By Will Self - 14 February 6:33

Will Self's "Madness of Crowds" column.

The Age of Entitlement
By Bryan Appleyard - 07 February 7:05

The new super-rich have no allegiance, obligation or connection to wider society. They live in a mirror-lined bubble – and a legally entitled one. Can anything beyond another crash change things?

Loren Cowley and Michelle Ricketts after their wedding in Sydney
Why is same sex marriage so controversial?
By Nelson Jones - 05 February 9:58

Its opponents may well have a darker motivation than they admit.

Rihanna during the 2012 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show
Laurie Penny on Rihanna: Can watching videos turn a girl into a knicker-dropping strumpet?
By Laurie Penny - 05 February 6:17

We're experiencing a sexual counterrevolution that encompasses a backlash against women’s sexual and reproductive freedom.

Children colouring in a pattern.
Is Michael Gove in danger of fixating too much on adoption?
By Alan White - 31 January 14:41

While fostering and adoption are undeniably important, focusing on them at the expense of early intervention is a false economy, say charity leaders.

Parenting wars: Tiger moms versus helicopter parents
By Jane Shilling - 31 January 8:23

The multimillion-pound industry devoted to telling you how to raise your child.

A residential street in Newport, Wales
Introducing... Generation Rent
By Anita Sethi - 31 January 6:36

The first rung of the housing ladder is unreachable for too many people.

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