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A pro-choice campaigner in Spain. Photo: DANI POZO/AFP/Getty Images
Like 95% of women, I don't regret my abortion - it was the happiest day of my life
By Marina Strinkovsky - 21 July 12:02

A recent US study found that more than 95 per cent of women say they don’t regret their abortion. Perhaps, like me, they were brought by the terrifying realness of a pregnancy to a place where they knew, perhaps for the first time, what the right thing for them was.

A Saudi woman gets into a taxi. Photo: Getty
Why doesn’t patriarchy die? Time to break away from parochial arguments about feminism
By Rahila Gupta - 16 July 13:44

If we are going to talk about how feminism is too white, Anglocentric and insular, we have to put our money where our mouth is.

A yes campaign poster in Dublin. Photo: Getty
Will Ireland make history and vote for same sex marriage?
By Aoife Moriarty - 20 May 11:23

This referendum has brought a clear dichotomy in Irish society into sharp focus: the divide between traditional Catholicism and a more progressive, global outlook.

1876's version of naughty pictures. Photo: Getty
Yes, the government has the ability to restrict our ability to see porn online. But would it ever dare to?
By Gilad Rosner - 06 April 20:48

The Tories want to restrict online porn to adults if they win the election. The age verification system needed is possible - but are we happy to let our credit card providers know what we're looking at online?

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Don't ask if porn "empowers" women - instead, ask if your feminism does
By Pandora Blake - 10 March 11:51

We don’t demand that waitresses feel "empowered" in their jobs for us to recognise their agency in choosing the work, and we don’t tell other workers who serve male customers that they can’t be feminist.

An IWD protest in Brazil. Photo: Getty
On International Women's Day, let's ask men why progress towards equality is so slow
By Stella Creasy - 07 March 16:02

Men need to do more than ask for gratitude for being an ‘ally’ or say they think equality is a ‘good thing’ in principle. They need to feel real anger - and help make a change.


Less than fortnight from Ceres, the two strange bright spots on its surface are now clearly visible in the latest image from Dawn. Photo: NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA/MPS/DLR/IDA
Bright lights and the possibility of life add mystery to Nasa's Ceres mission
By Tosin Thompson - 25 February 16:01

With only days to go before the first probe goes into orbit around this surprisingly interesting dwarf planet, further mysteries – including two strange bright spots in a crater – are coming into focus.

People, please don’t go to Mars - you’ll die
By Tosin Thompson - 19 February 14:58

The Red Planet is bad for humans in all kinds of ways, and being first there may be little consolation if you die before you even reach the surface.

Senator Joe McCarthy. Photo: Getty
Are you now or have you ever been a TERF?
By Terry MacDonald - 16 February 16:39

The term TERF - "trans exclusionary radical feminist" has become internet shorthand for "transphobic bigot". The odd thing is that most people hold beliefs which could see them labelled a "TERF". 

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Feeling blue on Valentine's Day? Fixing heartbreak with science is possible - but risky
By Tosin Thompson - 14 February 15:00

Can science cure a broken heart? In theory, yes - but the side effects can be rather unpleasant.

The coal-burning Clinch River Power Plant, one of the largest air polluters in Virginia. Photo: Matt Wasson/Flickr
Hacking the climate instead of reducing emissions is “irrational and irresponsible”, report finds
By Tosin Thompson - 12 February 17:42

A major new study of geoengineering techniques finds them an unrealistic distraction from more immediate action to tackle climate change.

An anti-fracking protester. Photo: Getty
How do we save the world? Greg Barker and Caroline Lucas on climate change
By Lily Cole - 11 February 17:18

Lily Cole talks to the former climate change minister Greg Barker about emissions targets, fracking and carbon taxes – then puts the same questions to Caroline Lucas of the Green party.

Google's motto is "don't be evil" - but with so much power over our lives, can we trust it and other tech companies to be? Photo: Getty Images
How to stop the tech giants turning us into techo-serfs
By Martin Moore - 09 February 17:21

We need to learn to live with the big companies which dominate the internet - but right now our only policy responses are state control or free market monopoly.

How do we bring FGM to an end in Britain?
By Aisha Gill - 06 February 15:34

It is changing attitudes to FGM, rather than high profile trials, that will finally bring the practice to an end.

Rohingya children play by a relief tent at Bawdupah's Internally Displaced People camp on the outskirts of Sittwe. Photo: Soe Than Win/AFP/Getty Images
The Rohingya crisis in Burma has become “a protracted, squalid, stateless status-quo”
By Oliver Griffin - 06 February 14:56

The status of Burma’s Rohingya people has devolved to the point where even naming them has become controversial. We need to do more.

French police at the Jewish supermarket in Paris where several people were taken hostage.
Slavoj Žižek on the Charlie Hebdo massacre: Are the worst really full of passionate intensity?
By Slavoj Zizek - 10 January 21:31

How fragile the belief of an Islamist must be if he feels threatened by a stupid caricature in a weekly satirical newspaper, says the Slovenian philosopher.

Turkish president Ergodan - he doesn't like it up 'im. Photo: Getty Images
Poking fun at power: Why dictators and despots hate political cartoonists
By Rachael Jolley - 18 December 13:29

Cartoonists around the globe are being told to tone down their art, or face massive fines and prison sentences, writes Rachael Jolley.

A health worker treats a child with ebola in Sierra Leone. Photo: Francisco Leong/AFP/Getty Images
Warnings over collapse of health system in the wake of ebola in Sierra Leone
By Karl Blanchet and Sara Nam - 12 December 11:20

Prior to the outbreak there were signs of progress in the country’s public health operation, which are now under threat.

166 silhouettes representing French women victims of violence in 2007. Photo: Getty Images
"I felt scared all the time": how children are the forgotten victims of domestic violence
By Tom Rahilly - 08 December 15:11

>We need to help victims get away from abusive partners - but we also must recognise that children often need support and therapeutic help while they are still in these toxic environments.

An anti-abortion protestor in Belfast in 2012. Photo: Peter Muhly/AFP/Getty
It’s time Northern Ireland put an end to the climate of fear around abortion
By Grainne Teggart - 28 November 11:40

The proposal to impose ten-year jail sentences on any woman who has an abortion in a non-NHS clinic in Northern Ireland would plunge women’s rights into the dark ages.

The Home Office has renewed Serco's contract to run the Yarl's Wood detention centre. Photo: Getty Images
Why has Serco been awarded the contract to continue running Yarl’s Wood?
By Caroline Criado-Perez - 27 November 15:14

The detention centre in Buckinghamshire, where 400 women await deportation, has been dogged by allegations of mistreatment - so why has the company which has run it for the last seven years been awarded a new contract?

A feminist protest. Photo: Getty
Why feminism needs trans people and sex workers
By Alison Phipps - 24 November 17:42

Feminists of all stripes share a desire to make women’s lives better. But in order to do that, we need to listen to what all women have to say.

Mark Wahlberg as real-life Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell in Lone Survivor. Photo: Universal
Lone Survivor: just because a film shows the ugly side of war, doesn't mean it's an anti-war film
By Sam Moore - 24 November 16:49

Anti-war films often aren't because they still glamourise combat, or fail to ask questions about the wider political reasons for nations to go to war.

Peruvian andean women victims of forced sterilizations during the administration of Peru's former President Alberto Fujimori, protest in Lima on February 13, 2014. Photo: Getty Images
The artistic campaign to help 300,000 Peruvian women sterilised against their will
By Iain Aitch - 24 November 11:39

During the 1990s, hundreds of thousands of poor women in rural areas of Peru were forcibly sterilised, often without their knowledge - and ahead of the next presidential election, artists are helping campaigners finally find justice.

People protesting the bedroom tax outside the High Court in London in February 2014. Photo: Getty
How can you charge the bedroom tax on a stalked woman’s panic room?
By Caroline Criado-Perez - 20 November 12:34

Under the bedroom tax regime, a panic room built to keep a woman and her son safe from abuse has been deemed a “spare bedroom”.

There is more to the poppy hijab that there initially appears. Photo: Gabriel Bouys/AFP/Getty
The poppy hijab is just Islamophobia with a floral motif
By Chris Allen - 03 November 12:32

The poppy hijabs have become a politically correct way of airing a suspicion that all Muslims are “basically terrorist sympathisers”. The wearing – or not wearing – of a patriotic hijab becomes a shrouded loyalty test.

Guy Scott, who has just taken over as Zambia’s interim president. Photo: Monirul Bhuiyan/AFP/Getty Images
Zambia’s new president is white – and we need to get over it
By Martin Plaut - 30 October 10:53

The appointment of Guy Scott as Zambia’s interim president has been welcomed by the country's citizens. We should follow their lead.

New research puts London behind New York, Beijing and Tokyo for women’s safety on transport. Photo: Oli Scarff/Getty Images
The right to feel safe: women should be able to use public transport without fear
By Monique Villa and Laura Bates - 29 October 9:42

Despite the high levels of incidents, sexual harassment remains mainly unreported. Women tend not to report the majority of incidents, sometimes amid concerns that they would not be taken seriously. This has to change.

Students at work in a university library. Photo: Getty
Why UK universities must steer clear of trigger warnings
By Pam Lowe - 24 October 13:07

It is important for staff to assist and support students while teaching and learning sensitive issues, but we should not be sanitising the curriculum for them.

People walk past an ebola treatment centre in Monrovia, Liberia. Photo: Getty
How translators can help stem the ebola crisis
By Lori Thicke - 14 October 13:16

Ignorance about ebola can be as fatal as bodily contact with an infected person. The problem is that most information about how to prevent ebola is not available in the languages understood by the people at risk.