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.

Bathtub acrobat David O'Mer during a performance
Trying to start afresh this year? Have a bath. No, really
By Martha Gill - 09 January 9:29

Martha Gill's "Irrational Animals" column.

As the #transdocfail hashtag showed, many trans people are afraid of their doctors
By Charlie Hallam - 09 January 8:48

Trans patients should not have to please medical staff before they can access treatment, writes Charlie Hallam.

New Statesman
Blue plaques hit a brick wall
By Rae Boocock - 08 January 17:43

English Heritage budget cuts threaten the future of London's 150 year old commemorative scheme

The debt collector's hammering at the front door. Will this be a wake-up call for Westminster?
By Rowenna Davis - 07 January 15:24

Unexpected people are struggling. The middle is getting closer to the bottom. So what is the way out?

Telling women how to feel about their bodies is nobody's business
Ladies: Accept your body, know your place
By Glosswitch - 02 January 9:18

"Celebrating" female self-esteem assumes it's been destroyed in the first place - why not protect it instead?

Dys4ia, the game.
Game Theory: talking videogames at the New York Times
By Helen Lewis - 31 December 12:44

Games as ballet, a playwright on the medium, and (sorry) me talking about ladies, again.

Feminist campaigners protest outside the UK offices of News International.
2012: The year in sexism
By Laura Bates - 30 December 9:52

Twelve months of disgraceful discrimination.

2012 in review: The New Statesman on... identity
By George Eaton - 28 December 13:05

From the new patriotism to Ed Miliband's Jewish heritage, the best NS writing on identity.

Tess Billington demonstrating at the House of Commons in 1906.
Why feminists sometimes forget to say thank you
By Glosswitch - 20 December 8:56

We have to change the mindset that says women's choices must be “won” or “awarded”.

In praise of stridency
By Josie Long - 19 December 6:22

Josie Long recalls the student protests, UK Uncut and her activism over two years of Tory government, and celebrates the joy of “coming out” as a feminist.