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Why do I earn less as a woman than I did as a man?
By Vanessa Austin Locke - 14 February 15:05

Rebekah Cameron is a 46-year-old trans woman working in one of the most male-dominated environments known to woman – construction. Since transitioning, she has found it necessary to price her work lower than before.

Facebook introduces choice of 50 genders – but why can't we write in our own?
By Abigail Brady - 14 February 9:54

The move has been acclaimed as a big step forward, but it was a deliberate and recent policy decision by Facebook to have imposed a gender binary, and the new options still don't give you the chance to write in your own.

Disabled people left in limbo while vital benefit decisions drag on
By Richard Kramer - 13 February 12:09

Of the 229,700 new claims made since the Personal Independence Payment was introduced in April last year, only 43,800 decisions have been made.

Gender and meaning: how do we talk about sex and equality?
By Roz Kaveney - 13 February 11:15

A response to <a href="http://www.newstatesman.com/lifestyle/2014/02/i-dont-feel-i-match-my-gen... piece</a> about how she experiences gender as a trap.

Avery Edison: how could Canada consider sending a trans woman to a male prison?
By Paris Lees - 12 February 17:44

A Briton detained by immigration officials in Canada was repeatedly referred to as "he" and sent to a male prison, despite holding a female passport. In 2014, why are so many authorities still so bad at dealing with trans people?

Why criminalise the possession of rape pornography?
By Clare McGlynn and Erika Rackley - 12 February 14:34

It is time for a new law which places the cultural harms of pornography at its centre.

A prison made of flowers: how Valentine's Day sells us patriarchy disguised as romance
By Meghan Murphy - 12 February 12:25

After three waves of feminism, we're now being told subservience is "romantic". You can't be too hard on yourself, but you have to acknowledge the problem: so I will take those flowers and my boyfriend's coat, but I will keep my name, my goals, and my ind

Calm, classless, striving for beauty: Yes, Scandinavia really is all it's cracked up to be
By Andrew Mellor - 05 February 12:42

British commentators have been dismissing Scandinavian culture and politics using selective statistics and un-contextualised observations. But from smart young people to art and happiness: the qualities of Nordic life are well established.

Russell Brand is wrong – if you don’t vote, you just won’t matter
By Toni Pearce - 05 February 9:40

Should the government ignore your job? Your education? Your family? If you don’t vote, that’s exactly what they will do.

What use is Gross Domestic Happiness to Bhutan's 106,000 global refugees?
By Prajwal Parajuly - 05 February 9:30

In Aberdeen, outside a takeaway called The Gurkha Kitchen, I met a Bhutanese refugee called Landless. Landless was eager to talk.

Creationism and the “conspiracy” of evolution: inside the UK's evangelical schools
By Jonny Scaramanga - 05 February 9:02

Teaching creationism is unquestionably harmful, but should we be trying to ban it? Jonny Scaramanga, a former pupil at an evangelical school, examines how we are failing to hold such institutions to account.

How many models will speak out against Terry Richardson before the fashion industry cares?
By Harriet Williamson - 04 February 11:08

Allegations abound that the photographer behaves inappropriately on shoots. But he continues to be booked by fashion magazines and brands.

Don't trust the government's citizenship-stripping policy
By Matthew J Gibney - 03 February 10:30

Even if depriving dangerous individuals of their citizenship can be right in principle, can we really trust governments to use such a power prudently in practice?

Why we must end the detention of female asylum seekers in the UK
By Caroline Criado-Perez - 30 January 17:20

We must believe these women when they tell us they would never have left their home, their family, their country, if they had a choice, and we must demonstrate this belief by telling our government that they must not be locked up.

How to get ants to solve a chess problem
By Graham Kendall - 30 January 14:59

Ants use a certain pattern, or algorithm, to forage for food, and this can be used to solve the famous “knight’s tour” chess problem.

The politics of black hair
By Emma Dabiri - 29 January 14:48

Mainstream conversations about feminism usually proceed from the standpoint of middle-class white women - but they need to know their experiences aren't universal, including when it comes to hair.

The dangers of public shaming, mob justice and scolding on the internet
By Tauriq Moosa - 29 January 11:26

Even when people are obviously wrong, is shaming them on the internet a good way to improve the world?

South Africa’s emerging new left: the birth of a new socialist party
By Martin Plaut - 27 January 12:09

The aim is to create a movement similar to the United Democratic Front that fought the apartheid government.

“I have been waiting for him to come home for 27 years, 3 months and 10 days”
By Marita Maharaj - 27 January 10:09

For more than half of his time in prison, Marita Maharaj's husband Kris was on death row. His sentence was commuted in 2002, but he still faces life imprisonment.

The future of the UK's tech industry is in the hands of thirteen-year-old girls
By Belinda Parmar - 24 January 15:12

If Martha Lane Fox is right, and the UK needs to fill one million technology jobs by 2020, then we're going to have to change the perception of technology careers among teenage girls.

Why don't young people want to join trade unions?
By Charlie Brinkhurst-Cuff - 22 January 16:29

Everybody needs representation to fight against the inequalities caused by capitalism.

If you don’t want to, say No: a porn star's guide to sexual consent
By Stoya - 22 January 14:03

Stoya can't give talks in high schools, because she makes porn films. If she could, here's what she'd say about respecting other people's boundaries during sex.

Tough Young Teachers.
A lesson in appreciation: why don't we care about teachers?
By Ruby Lott-Lavigna - 17 January 17:00

"Tough Young Teachers" on BBC 3 has exposed some of the difficulties of life in the classroom. So why do we still undervalue a profession from which we've all benefited?

Hollande and the French kiss goodbye to era of private presidential affairs
By John Gaffney - 15 January 10:27

When things are going well, the “private life” is deliberately on display for all to see. That is how the French presidency thrives.

New Statesman
From Nayla to Tommy: my life as a "Drag King"
By Nayla Ziadeh - 02 January 11:57

It’s more a question of going about my everyday life while experiencing something of what it is to be in a man’s skin.

New Statesman
The London clinic fighting back against female genital mutilation
By Natasha Tsangarides - 21 December 10:17

Natasha Tsangarides visits the West London African Women's Community Centre, which carries out "reversal" surgery for FGM survivors and campaigns for stronger protection for women.

Older people will always need support
Cutting the budget for social care is a false economy
By Sue Brown - 16 December 9:44

Social care is higher on the political agenda than at any time during the last few Parliaments, and yet disabled and older people now face a worse situation than when it was a low-profile issue.

New Statesman
Why the UK needs to help deliver on women’s rights in Afghanistan
By Caroline Wright - 10 December 9:15

Caroline Wright tells the story of a fellow gynaecologist, “Dr D”, an Afghan health professional who has experienced death threats and attacks on her family in Afghanistan.

Don't abandon the women of Afghanistan
By Sandra Osborne - 03 December 12:20

The Afghan government’s move to consider reintroducing stoning for adultery may be a sign of things to come. Britain must act now to protect the women of Afghanistan.

Why Channel 4's Gogglebox is the best thing on television
By Jenny Landreth - 29 November 15:42

It reminds me that TV executives can get things right, which is bloody annoying.

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