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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.

Phoenix night: Conchita Wurst holds her trophy aloft after winning Eurovision 2014: Photo: © Andres Putting (EBU)
Eurovision: A continent divided in sexual attitudes – or perhaps not?
By Alan Renwick - 12 May 12:49

Anti-gay petitions ahead of the contest suggested eastern countries would give winner Conchita Wurst nul points. But while their juries’ votes reflected this, public votes were encouragingly pro-Wurst. 

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Is perseverance the key to coping as an LGBT employee?
By Jo Lloyd - 09 May 13:29

There is evidence to suggest that a high level of psychological flexibility, something LGBT employees often need to develop at work, can help people cope better, and indeed flourish, in the workplace.

Two people accompanying a person in a wheelchair. Photo: Getty
Two-thirds of us are uncomfortable talking to disabled people: we need time, money and effort to get over the awkwardness
By Frances Ryan - 08 May 9:36

According to new research by disability charity Scope out today, 67 per cent of people feel uncomfortable when talking to a disabled person. This awkwardness stems from ignorance and fear, and the awkward truth is we'll need time, money and whole lot of effort to change attitudes.

Rupert Everett in Soho. Photograph: William Baker/Channel 4
Rupert Everett’s prostitution documentary, Love for Sale, seeks fantasy not reality
By Meghan Murphy - 05 May 17:58

In reality, prostitution is not the world’s oldest profession – it is one of the world’s oldest oppressions. 

A woman holds a placard aloft during a Slutwalk march in Melbourne, Australia. Photo: Getty
We live in a culture riddled with rape-supportive beliefs about consent
By Jane Clare Jones - 02 May 11:52

The comments by the judge in the case of Adam Hulin, who was last week convicted on two counts of sexual assault, demonstrate that the judiciary still seems to have enormous problems wrapping its head around the personhood of women and girls.

Chris Grayling is the first politically-appointed Lord Chancellor who has never been a lawyer. Photo: Getty
Operation Cotton and the 23 pages which skewered Chris Grayling’s legal aid reforms
By Adam Wagner - 02 May 10:12

A judge has halted a high-profile fraud trial after the defendants were left unrepresented because of legal aid cuts.

World Bank Vice President for the Africa Region Obiageli Ezekwesili delivers a speech. Photo: Getty
Why is there such a culture of misinformation surrounding the case of Nigeria’s kidnapped girls?
By Emma Dabiri - 01 May 14:54

The tragedy of the two hundred girls kidnapped in Nigeria won’t be as high-profile a story as individual western kidnap victims – and the Nigerian authorities aren’t helping.

Two hands wearing wedding rings. Photo: Getty
Why I refuse to get married until we have equality on the certificate
By Caroline Criado-Perez - 01 May 11:49

Marriage certificates only include your father’s name – to reinvent marriage as a twenty-first century institution, this must change.

Corpus Christi Catholic College pupils make their way home passing tributes to teacher Ann Maguire. Photo: Getty
The stabbing of Ann Maguire was not an isolated incident – it’s part of a trend of fatal male violence against women
By Karen Ingala Smith - 01 May 10:41

The murder of Leeds teacher should Ann Maguire should horrify and upset us, but no more or less than the killings of the other 49 women in the UK this year before her.

Tony Blair with some of the 100 new Labour women MPs elected in the 1997 general election. Photo: Getty
It’s 2014 – yet media and politics is still a man’s game

An archival study of newspaper coverage of female MPs since 1992 has revealed that the way women in politics are covered by our press is getting worse, not better.

His and hers mugs sit on the side of a swimming pool. Photo: cart_wheels on Flicker, via Creative Commons
Screw the fairy tale, it’s time to rethink monogamy
By Helen Croydon - 24 April 15:10

The current model of lifelong, cohabiting monogamous partnership has never been such an outdated ideal.

The singer Tulisa Contostavlos took action against an ex-boyfriend for releasing a sex tape after their break-up. Photo: Getty
Revenge porn has become too profitable to go away
By Gordon Fletcher - 24 April 12:25

The constant presence of digital technology in our lives is commercially profitable but at the cost of what we understand to be “private”.

Holy trinity: English triplet babies are held by their grandmother, vicar and mother following their christening, 1942. Photo: Getty
The World’s Toughest Job may or may not be being a mother
By Amy Hawkins - 23 April 11:04

Being a mother is hard – but we don’t need a greetings card company to tell us that.

The chained fist of the statue celebrating the emancipation of slaves in the US. Photo: Getty
Much of Britain's wealth is built on slavery. So why shouldn't it pay reparations?
By Priyamvada Gopal - 23 April 10:09

The benefits of slavery have accrued down the generations, so why are we so nervous about the responsibility for the slave trade doing the same?

Venice seen from the air. Photo: Getty
All is not what it seems with Venice’s separatist vote
By Anna Cento Bull - 22 April 11:20

A flash in the pan, or the start of something big?

Oscar Pistorius in court. Photo: Getty
After Pistorius, South African media won't be the same again
By Anton Harber - 17 April 11:15

With cameras in court, new 24/7 news channels and no-holds-barred commentary on social media, the trial of Oscar Pistorius has shaken up the South African media.

Pro-life protesters in Washington, DC.
Pro-life organisations are sneaking in to the lives of vulnerable women
By Amy Hawkins - 16 April 13:53

Women with unwanted pregnancies need support, not biased misinformation.

The London skyline from Hampstead Heath
Young creatives continue to flock to the capital, despite all the reasons not to
By Amy Hawkins - 16 April 10:12

An enduring feeling of “cool” and a certain pack mentality mean that London is still the place to be for young and broke twenty-somethings.

Jeremy Kyle with his wife Carla Jermaine
When will Jeremy Kyle's day be done?
By Amy Hawkins - 16 April 10:03

The Jeremy Kyle Show has been given a slap on the wrist by Ofcom, but will this signal the show's demise? One can dream.

Young women in Somalia take part in a discussion on FGM, February 2014. Photo: Getty
Zero-tolerance on FGM doesn’t have to be an attack on multiculturalism
By Reema Patel - 11 April 16:45

The problem is that many feel they have to pick a side. But we know that cultures are not as fixed and unchanging as powerful advocates within them may like to make out.

Yarl's Wood Immigration Centre.
The #SaveAnne campaign: trying to stop a lesbian asylum seeker being deported to Uganda
By Ashley Cowburn - 09 April 12:23

Anne Nassozi, who is currently detained in the Yarl's Wood Immigration Centre, will be deported to Uganda this evening despite the country's anti-gay legislation.

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