Helen Lewis is deputy editor of the New Statesman. She has presented BBC Radio 4’s Week in Westminster and is a regular panellist on BBC1’s Sunday Politics.
Activism is utterly impossible if you have no way of keeping track of your fellow activists and of forming even weak ties with them.
Helen Lewis meets the illusionist and secret portrait painter.
Be careful if you watch Blackfish, a 2013 documentary that tells the story of orcas in captivity, framed around the experiences of a 33-year-old male called Tilikum. By the end, you’ll want to stop people in the street to warn them not to visit marine amusement parks.
A seriously ill patient’s condition affects not just their immediate family and friends but the next circle out, their children’s spouses, say, and the one after that, of those spouses’ friends.
Most of us will have had the sensation, at one time or another, of feeling as though we were dressed up as someone else. A new book and an exhibition explore what it means to be a "woman in clothes".
What happens when a satirist becomes a superstar? His targets have to get bigger, too – as Tim Minchin is finding out.
The fightback against online abuse reminds me of the screenwriters’ adage: no villain knows he’s the villain. He thinks he’s the hero in a different film. So if you want to fight trolls, you have to counter the narrative they are pushing about what trolling is.
Offering sky-high “affordable” rents instead of building more social housing is absurd. For the younger generations locked out of buying, the consequences are catastrophic.
The toll exerted by caring – and how little a capitalist society values such a vital activity – should be one of the key issues for feminism.
Lena Dunham’s Not That Kind of Girl is a confessional book where you cannot be sure if the confessions are true: it’s either a brilliantly ironic subversion of the form, or a deeply wearying put-on by someone who has no sense of who they are when no one is watching.
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