Phil Gardner

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Let teenagers have their kicks. They are only doing what comes naturally

British teenagers are an increasingly responsible and sober bunch. Teen pregnancies are at an all-time low, drug-fuelled dance culture is vanishing, careers are planned from a tender age, and preparations are made for a lifetime of tuition fee loan repayments and pension contributions. Most of the …

Over 3,000 US prisoners serving life without parole for non-violent crimes

At about 12.40pm on 2 January 1996, Timothy Jackson took a jacket from the Maison Blanche department store in New Orleans, draped it over his arm, and walked out of the store without paying for it. When he was accosted by a security guard, Jackson said: “I just needed another jacket, man.”<p>A few …

Toys R Us pledges to stop marketing toys exclusively for boys or girls

<b>Retail giant Toys R Us has pledged to stop marketing its products exclusively for boys and girls amid concerns about sexual stereotyping.</b><p>The toy firm …

Quentin Tarantino Lists the 12 Greatest Films of All Time: From Taxi Driver to The Bad News Bears

<i>Creative Commons image via Wikimedia Commons</i><p>Any list of the most respected American filmmakers of the past half-century would have to include Stanley …

Debates

Representing the sides<p>Moderator<p>Lena Schipper, The Economist<p>Lena Schipper is Seoul bureau chief for <i>The Economist</i>. Previous to this role she worked as …

Human Rights

An Amazonian warrior princess with a boomerang tiara, indestructible bracelets and a lasso of truth - Wonder Woman is coming back and Grant Morrison has some big plans for the superhero http://t.gu.com/o7Cfx (via Guardian culture) Photograph: Everett Collection/Rex Features

The buy-to-let boom will bring no social benefits

"The danger is," said Stephen Lewis, an economist at Monument Securities, "that when a flood tide of mortgage finance meets a chronic shortage of housing, the result will be an escalation of house prices."<p>The amusing thing is that he seems to be talking about some indeterminate time in the future: …

Kick-Ass 2 star Chloë Moretz on Carrie, controversy and other C-words http://gu.com/p/3hph8/tw

President Obama's disastrous counterterrorism legacy | Michael Boyle

A president who came into office pledging to take the 'war on terror' out of the shadows plunged it deeper into those shadows<p>When future historians look back on the presidency of Barack Obama, they will conclude that counterterrorism was the policy area with the biggest gap between the hopes of his …

Lads' mags will be killed off by the market, not 'modesty bags'

Today's news that Zoo and Nuts have thrown their sex toys out of the pram and are to boycott the Co-op following its announcement that it will be introducing modesty bags for lads' mags has me a little stymied. For reasons that have already been outlined on this website, the term "modesty bag" has …

Misogyny runs so deep in this society, it is even used against abused children

"The girl is predatory in all her actions and she is sexually experienced." So said the prosecution lawyer, Robert Colover QC of the Crown Prosecution Service. He was not even the defence lawyer, but the lawyer representing us, the state. Because the 13-year-old victim had been abused before, that …

Hannah Smith suicide: MPs call for education in social-media awareness

The government has been accused of not doing enough to tackle online abuse directed at children, following the death of a 14-year-old Hannah Smith, who became the latest child to kill herself after being bullied online.<p>A cross-party commission into cyberbullying must be urgently established in …

Psychiatrists: the drug pushers

A psychiatrist who once "treated" me used to recite this rueful little mantra: "They say failed doctors become psychiatrists, and that failed psychiatrists specialise in drugs." By drugs this psychiatrist meant drugs of addiction – and his "treatment" of me consisted of prescribing Temgesic, a …