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.

Louise. All pictures reproduced with her permission
Being me: what it really means to be disabled
By Louise Page - 25 January 11:54

Louise Page, who has had four amputations, explains how her disability hasn't changed her essential feeling of who she is.

New Statesman
Squeezed Middle: I’m a child of the cheap-credit era
By Alice O'Keeffe - 24 January 10:24

Though I try to fight it, at heart, I’m still an obedient little consumer.

A woman walks past an advertisement outside a fast food outlet
Deflating the Big Fat Lie with Big Fat Facts
By Alex Andreou - 24 January 8:58

Anna Soubry, Minister for Public Health, says she can tell somebody's background just by looking at their weight. Such claims are not evidence-based, they are prejudice-based, and shouldn't be allowed to inform policy.

Nothing makes me want to break fingers more than a dud television show
By Nicholas Lezard - 24 January 8:30

Nicholas Lezard's "Down and Out" column.

Shopping in Waitrose is generally considered to be a very middle-class thing
The middle-class snobbery about being middle class
By Rachael Jolley - 21 January 9:54

A third of the most well-off, high status people in society consider themselves to be working class. Maybe it's time for some new definitions?

The helplessness of the redundant
By Caitlin Leyshon - 19 January 12:48

Before letting rip at HMV staff, remember that while you have lost your £10 gift card, the person you are screaming at has lost their livelihood.

By the age of fifteen my PS3 was my entire world
The dangers of an adolescent, abusive relationship with gaming
By William Hazell - 18 January 11:58

We need a proactive and empathetic understanding of why some teenagers seem glued to their screens.

Supporters of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender groups
Trans people and the current feminist movement
By Petra Davis - 18 January 10:17

Don't be fooled: feminism is about exploring gender, not policing it.

The majority of the public isn't aware of the issues around moving beyond gender
Non-binary: An introduction to another way of thinking about identity
By Sky Yarlett - 18 January 9:35

Do not assume you can tell someone’s gender identity just by looking at their gender presentation.

Roman re-enactors march through the streets on Saturnalia
The parties were better back then, when Roman armies roamed the city at night
By Will Self - 17 January 8:30

All other New Year's Eve celebrations will pale by comparison.

A researcher handles vials of blood for testing
Police demand DNA samples from gay men
By Peter Tatchell - 16 January 12:02

Men convicted of victimless homosexual offences three decades ago are threatened with arrest if they refuse to provide samples for the national DNA database.

A gay activist silhouetted against the LGBT flag at a rally at the University of
Trans people, pronouns and language
By Juliet Jacques - 16 January 8:30

When it comes to pronouns or gendered descriptors, it's better to allow people autonomy over their identities rather than impose your own preconceptions.

A young boy swings on a climbing frame in Brockwell Park, London.
Parenting gimmicks: crushing the individuality of children and guilt-tripping adults
By Glosswitch - 15 January 9:58

The mean and narrow-minded advice in Steve Biddulph’s “Raising Girls”.

Everything you've always wanted to know about trans issues (but were afraid to ask)
By Jennie Kermode - 15 January 8:30

Writing for NS Trans Issues Week, Jennie Kermode outlines the facts about trans issues and language - an area where prejudice and confusion so often get in the way.

New Statesman
Swedish surround-sound coffin set to entertain the dead
By Rae Boocock - 14 January 18:17

Putting the life back into death.

The gates to BBC Television Centre
Savile: Denialism and the "grooming the nation" delusion
By Martin Robbins - 14 January 14:32

The myth that Savile "groomed the nation" is pure denialism - pretending that the problem isn’t about us but some other group.

Squeezed Middle: Cheesed off and strapped for cash
By Alice O'Keeffe - 10 January 10:38

Broke-ness crept up on me stealthily, like adulthood.