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?

Dove's new campaign.
Laurie Penny on beauty: I don’t want to be told I’m pretty as I am. I want to live in a world where that’s irrelevant
By Laurie Penny - 11 May 9:26

Beauty is about class, money, power and privilege - and it always has been.

Laurie Penny on sexual violence: This is not the "persecution of old men". This is the prosecution of rapists, and we should applaud it
By Laurie Penny - 10 May 10:52

It’s not just about Jimmy Savile, or Stuart Hall, or the BBC, or the Socialist Workers’ Party, or two American high-schoolers crying in court, or three young women chained in a basement in Ohio, or one dead girl in a hospital in Delhi. After too long, pe

CAPITAL LETTERS, affectedly boisterous sex, little girl voice: internet feminists all write the same. This is a problem
By Martha Gill - 09 May 13:20

The perils of Groupthink - Martha Gill's "Irrational Animals" column.

Leader: How to reform a society in which parentage dictates progress
By New Statesman - 08 May 16:02

A society in which birth determines destiny is not only absurdly unjust, it is economically damaging.

New Statesman
Eton eternal: How one school came to dominate public life
By Jason Cowley - 08 May 14:41

New Statesman editor Jason Cowley speaks to Anthony Little, headmaster of Eton College, about the role of public schools, the new crop of Etonians ruling public life and Gove's education reforms.

Making your employees wear a uniform is trying to blend them into sameness and insignificance
By Sarah Ditum - 08 May 14:41

Stay strong, women of Virgin: no one should have the power to dictate your underwear, says Sarah Ditum.

New Statesman
Laurie Penny on Iceland's elections: A shattered fairy tale
By Laurie Penny - 08 May 13:58

After the financial crash of 2008, Iceland refused to bail out its banks and overthrew its government. But five years on, has its flirtation with an alternative to austerity ended?

New Statesman
34 Photos of Richard Branson That Will Make You Go Hmm
By Alex Hern - 08 May 12:09

We aren't surprised Richard Branson introduced <a href="http://www.scotsman.com/lifestyle/fashion/female-virgin-trains-uniforms-... see-through tops</a> for the female staff at Virgin Trains. We thought a little photo-essay might

What's the point of a "feminism" which attacks mothers?
By Glosswitch - 08 May 11:43

If feminism winds up assuming “someone else” will raise the kids while “we” get on with the real work, it's just become what it was fighting.

'Catafalque' by British Artist Sean Henry in the grounds of Glyndebourne.
Culture is what separates us from the rest of the living world
By A C Grayling - 08 May 10:03

A C Grayling: What makes us human?