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Nia Sanchez, winner of Miss USA 2014, is a black belt in taekwondo and has suggested women learn to defend themselves. Photo: Getty
Suggesting women learn self-defence is the opposite of victim-blaming
By Caroline Criado-Perez - 11 June 12:54

In a perfect world, no woman would need to defend herself from attack. But until that world arrives, learning self-defence is a solution that defies the patriarchy’s attempt to impose passivity and blame on women.

In Turkey, Erdoğan's attempt to block Twitter lasted barely two weeks. Photo: Getty
Social media has been privatised. Why do we treat it as a public space?
By Jillian C York - 11 June 12:15

Social media companies like Twitter and Facebook have essentially erected new borders where such borders did not exist before.

A march for transgender equality at Madrid Pride in 2010. Photo: Getty
It’s time to end divisive rhetoric on sex and gender and create a trans-inclusive feminism
By Tim R Johnston - 10 June 19:08

Sheila Jeffreys’s new book, Gender Hurts: A Feminist Analysis of the Politics of Transgenderism, is a divisive and poorly-researched work. But it provides an opportunity to leave the divisive rhetoric behind, and create a truly trans-inclusive feminism.

England captain Charlotte Edwards poses with the Women's Ashes trophy in Australia in February. Photo: Getty
Why is the media still erasing women’s achievement in sport?
By Carrie Dunn - 10 June 15:15

Within sport, women athletes are finally gaining the professional recognition they deserve. Yet the media continues to assume that “the England team” is shorthand for “the men’s team”.  

Wedding rings. Photo: Firemedic58 on Flickr, via Creative Commons
Equality on marriage certificates will be worth every penny
By Caroline Criado-Perez - 09 June 16:42

Every single instance of inequality is worthy of our time, and compared to other things the government chooses to spend our money on, £1.5m is a small price to pay for it.

An inmate peers from behind a wall as a guard walks by in the infamous Evin jail. Photo: Getty
For the Bahá'ís imprisoned in Iran, freedom and human rights seem remote
By Nazila Ghanea - 06 June 10:09

Seven Bahá'ís – members of Iran’s largest non-Muslim religious minority, persecuted by the government for decades – have now spent six years in prison for practising their religion.

Juan Carlos I in Mallorca in 2011. Photo: Getty
Can Spain's monarchy survive the abdication of Juan Carlos I?
By Fernando Rosell-Aguilar - 03 June 10:14

The smooth succession from father to son was put in doubt after thousands of people took to the streets to call for a referendum on the future of the monarchy.

Graduate prospects are rising, but for some it's too late
Graduate prospects are improving, but some may already have left Britain for good
By Lucy Fisher - 02 June 17:04

The UK's graduate job market is getting better, but Britain may already have lost a selection of its most talented youth to foreign climes.

ATTARD, MALTA - MAY 21: England celebrate after winning the UEFA Under 17 European Championship 2014 final against Netherlands (Photo by Sascha Steinbach/Bongarts/Getty Images)
England’s schoolboy success only adds to sense of confusion
By Cameron Sharpe - 29 May 15:50

Were FA’s ‘old school’ methods the right approach all along?

A placard from a 2008 human rights protest in Karachi, Pakistan. Photo: Getty
The stoning of Farzana P
By Bina Shah - 28 May 15:07

The death of a 25-year-old pregnant woman at the hands of her family was not an “honour killing”. It was murder.

Football stand. Photo: Getty
Punk football: how the rise of fan ownership could save the sport
By Martin Cloake - 28 May 10:58

A new book charting and questioning the rise of football's supporter governance movement predicts a bright future for fan ownership of football clubs.

What happens to your town once a far-right party comes to power?
By Philip and James Kleinfeld - 27 May 15:05

In March’s local elections, the French far-right party the Front National took control of new towns in the rust-belts of the north and south. What has changed there since they came to power?

A mother walks her children to school. Photo: Getty
Down the rabbit hole: single parenthood in austerity Britain
By Rebecca Omonira-Oyekanmi - 27 May 10:55

The government’s punitive measures have made it harder to get out of poverty. And austerity is making it worse.

Thai police stand guard outside a military compound before former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra arrives to report to Thailand's ruling military. Photo: Getty
Myths that have kept Thailand together now risk tearing it apart following military coup
By Matthew Phillips - 23 May 13:15

The danger now is that myth, not sense, will come to define Thai citizenship in the wake of the army’s latest intervention.

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The real problem men face today is not the rise of women
By Edward Smith - 22 May 15:37

Men worry about feminism, as if a culture of women's rights is about to stamp out male identity. But really, it's men who are their own worst enemies.

Model Lily Cole, seen here in 2012, aged 24, was scouted at the age of 14. Photo: Getty
Children’s bodies in adult clothes: fashion’s love affair with youth and size zero
By Harriet Williamson - 22 May 13:55

Why - even though fashion is aimed at adult women - does it use teenage models? Is it because their bodies are more child-like - or because they are more compliant? 

Flats and shacks on the outskirts of Cape Town. Photo: Getty
Fighting Cape Town’s notorious gangs
By Martin Plaut - 22 May 12:19

Martin Plaut meets the man taking on the gangs that are said to be responsible for 80 per cent of Cape Town’s crime.

Financial abuse is now a well-recognised feature of domestic violence. Photo: Getty
Child maintenance changes: is it right to give abusive fathers another weapon against their partners?
By Caroline Criado-Perez - 21 May 15:47

Single parents – 95 per cent of whom are women – who have failed to reach an “amicable” agreement with their estranged partners over child maintenance stand to lose financially under new government policy.

Mourners gather during the funeral procession of Mahmud al-Sayed al-Dakruri on 20 May. Photo: Getty
By trying to control civil society, the Egyptian government could fuel more social unrest
By Adam Pickering - 21 May 10:27

The leaders in Egypt have repeatedly failed to recognise that the campaigning of not-for-profits plays an important role as a pressure gauge that can release dissent in a manageable way.

The flag of South Sudan was raised at the UN for the first time in July 2011. Photo: Getty
“This is one of the worst places in the world to be a woman”
By John Plastow - 21 May 10:06

Three years on from the signing of the peace agreement in South Sudan, the heady optimism has disappeared.

Feminist protest. Photo: Getty
What’s driving the new sexism?
By Alison Phipps - 19 May 14:11

The combination of age-old forms of misogyny with contemporary free-market heartlessness has resulted in the perfect breeding ground for the most brutal types of bullying.

A contestant in a beauty pageant. Photo: Getty
Rebecca Reilly-Cooper on Naomi Wolf: How the beautiful are damned
By Rebecca Reilly-Cooper - 16 May 9:38

Naomi Wolf's anger is animated by the question: how much more could talented, ambitious women achieve, if they could only free themselves from the chains of beauty?

Beyonce has been criticised by bell hooks. Photo: Getty Images
Is bell hooks right to call Beyoncé a terrorist?
By Claire Hynes - 15 May 14:43

Writer and theorist bell hooks has labelled Beyoncé a “terrorist” for how she chooses to appear in her music videos – illuminating one of the thorniest debates in feminism. 

Judith Butler believed we were all performing gender. Photo: Getty
Caroline Criado-Perez on Judith Butler: What's a phallus got to do with it?
By Caroline Criado-Perez - 15 May 11:12

In the late 80s, a new theorist emerged on the scene. She was called Judith Butler, and she was to revolutionise gender theory so fundamentally, that to write a paper on gender in the 21st century that does not at least reference Butler, is to almost place yourself outside of theoretical intelligibility.

Irigaray wanted to unlock the female imagination. Photo: Getty
Jane Clare Jones on Luce Irigaray: The murder of the mother
By Jane Clare Jones - 14 May 17:26

Luce Irigaray's public image consists largely of the fact that she once said something unfathomably silly about E=mc2 being a "sexed equation". But there is far more to her than that.

Audre Lorde directed her critical attention within movements for justice. Photo: Getty
Nathifa Greene on Audre Lorde: Dismantling the master’s house
By Nathifa Greene - 14 May 9:05

As a black lesbian feminist, Audre Lorde fought both white supremacy in the feminist movement, and misogyny among civil rights campaigners. 

A protester outside the Egyptian embassy in Paris. Photo: Getty
Marina Strinkovsky on Shulamith Firestone: The forgotten firebrand
By Marina Strinkovsky - 13 May 9:56

Shulamith Firestone's The Dialectic of Sex was a bestseller; an almost unimaginable feat for a book that called pregnancy barbaric, childhood a segregationist institution and heterosexual love “the pivot of women’s oppression”. 

Romanian women protest against domestic violence. Photo: Getty
Sian Norris on Marilyn French: Violence runs like an ugly vein through our society
By Sian Norris - 13 May 9:35

Marilyn French’s novel The Women's Room is a frank and unflinching portrayal of the violence done to women in a society that doesn’t value them as fully human. Forty years on, that violence still exists.

Germaine Greer. Photo: Getty
Melody Saracoglu on Germaine Greer: One Woman Against the World
By Melody Saracoglu - 12 May 15:35

Many criticisms of feminist analysis involve the complaint that questions were asked that never got answered - or a damning indictment was exposed, with little in the way of remedial action suggested. The Female Eunuch cannot be accused of this.

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