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Britain isolated is Britain undone. When will Eurosceptics realise that the era of the nation state has ended?

One of the most depressing features of British politics in 2013 is the unstoppable rise of political isolationism. This applies to public hostility …

Israeli teen activists say no to army draft

A group of Israeli teenagers have told Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that they will refuse to serve in the military because of its role in the occupation of Palestinian land.<p>"The main reason for our refusal is our opposition to the occupation of the Palestinian territories by the army," about …

Birth of a 'Brony': A Queer Man Watches My Little Pony

I'm a queer man with a queer antenna. I can feel it rise anytime a piece of pop culture sheds light -- purposefully or, more delightfully, inadvertently -- on our society's conflations of bodies, gender identity, expression, and sexuality.<p>I feel a tingle when media is particularly clever in …

My Little Pony

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Fuck George Zimmerman and the Culture He Rode In On

For the rest of my life, there won’t be a February that goes by where I won’t reflect on the life of Trayvon Martin and how he went from a boy to a …

Take that, Putin! Watch 2,000 Swedes show support for the LGBT community

The video, filmed in the Stockholm Olympic Stadium, features rainbow flags and the Russian national anthem<p>The Winter Olympics in Sochi are almost here. Russia's notorious campaign against LGBT citizens (and stray dogs) continues.<p>Sweden, meanwhile, continues to be awesome. It's awesome at Olympic …

This Is Your Brain Online: How Twitter changed the word 'rape'

<i>In the first of a regular column on the effect of social media on society, Carl Miller looks at the increased prevalence of the word 'rape' online -</i> …

Morocco repeals 'rape marriage law'

Morocco's parliament has unanimously amended an article in the penal code that allowed a rapist to escape prosecution if he married his underage victim.<p>The amendment to Article 475 of the penal code, first proposed by the country's Islamist-led government a year ago, was amended by lawmakers on …

One Husband Can't Save a Low-Income Woman from Poverty—She'll Need Three or Four

Left-leaning poverty experts are all in a tizzy this week about conservative arguments that the answer to poverty is marriage — to “stay in school, …

After 500 Years, A More Machiavellian World Than Ever

<b>TURIN</b> — Half a millennium after the publication of Niccolò Machiavelli’s <i>The Prince</i>, one of the most brilliant books ever written on political theory, …

Father Christmas granted a walk-on part in the Bible

One in 10 people aged 25 to 34 in modern Britain think that Father Christmas is mentioned in the Biblical account of the birth of Jesus<p>For centuries Christians have been taught that wise men from the east brought gifts for the baby Jesus.<p>But, according to polling, one in 10 young adults in Britain …

African migrants march on Jerusalem

More than 100 African migrants have abandoned an "open" Israeli detention centre to try to march on Jerusalem in protest at a law allowing authorities to keep them in custody indefinitely, activists have said.<p>The march through Sunday night and into Monday is in defiance of the new detention centre, …

Countries with poor rights records win seats on UN Human Rights Council

China, Russia, Saudi Arabia and Cuba have all won seats on the United Nations Human Rights Council.<p>Their admission to the UN’s top rights body has been criticised by some groups who contest the new members’ poor human rights records at home.<p>Fourteen positions on the 47-seat council were up for …

Obamacare makes men pay for maternity care, and this is absolutely fair.

The Affordable Care Act says that women cannot be charged higher rates for insurance than men are. This has led to predictable carping from …

Chomsky: America has become a one-party rogue state

The celebrated intellectual unloads on the U.S. government for shirking the international community<p>In a new article at AlterNet, Noam Chomsky describes the United States as a "rogue state" operating under the leadership of a "one-party" system. He recommends that the global community …

Swedish cinemas take aim at gender bias with Bechdel test rating

Movies need to pass test that gauges the active presence of women on screen in bid to promote gender equality<p>You expect movie ratings to tell you whether a film contains nudity, sex, profanity or violence. Now cinemas in Sweden are introducing a new rating to highlight gender bias, or rather the …

Forget London... visit Birmingham: New York magazine tells readers that England’s second city outdoes the capital

The citizens of Birmingham are keenly aware of the snobbery and accent-mocking humour about their beloved home, emanating mostly from London’s …

Do Muslim Women Need Saving?

A moral crusade to rescue oppressed Muslim women from their cultures and their religion has swept the public sphere, dissolving distinctions between …

Gavin McInnes says women work because they are “forced to pretend to be men.”

Last week, <i>Vice</i> co-founder and conservative jerk Gavin McInnes threw a sexist temper tantrum on HuffPo Live, insisting that ambitious women are mostly …

Fox News: Women should be charged more for insurance because they are women!

Or maybe because they are hypochondriacs? Fox News’ John Stossel can’t decide<p>Fox News' John Stossel thinks women should pay more for health insurance because "women go to the doctor much more often than men," possibly because "they're hypochondriacs," the Fox Business host posits.<p>“But, John, you’re …

10 worst right-wing statements of the week — lesbian cookie edition

Pastor Kevin Swanson isn’t buying sweets from his local Girl Scouts — and he doesn’t want you to either<p><b>1. Kevin Swanson is begging you not to buy those lesbian Girl Scout cookies</b><p>How, you might ask, can a cookie be lesbian? And which one is the most lesbian? Is it the famous chocolate covered Thin …

New row between LSE and BBC as ex-EDL leader Tommy Robinson turns up to film lecture

A new dispute has erupted between the London School of Economics (LSE) and the BBC, after former English Defence League (EDL) leader Tommy Robinson …

Two trans guys have a son. Are they raising him gender-neutral?

A couple of years ago, when my son Stanley was quite small, there was a media firestorm that started in Toronto and blew across the world about a …

Is it sexist to offer a pregnant woman a seat?

A pregnant politician stays standing — and a feminist debate erupts<p>From time immemorial – or least the late '60s – one of the great criticisms leveled against feminism has been that it will somehow eradicate the basic niceties between men and women, dragging us all into a society in which the act …

Why do the Saudis think they can lecture the United Nations about human rights?

A curious lack of prominence, this week, given over to the news that Saudi Arabia has rejected the chance of a two-year seat on the UN Security Council. Mainly, the Saudis are miffed that nobody has bombed Syria yet. According to the Saudi Foreign Ministry, this inaction sanctions<p>“the mechanisms of …

Mango mousse recipe: The next best thing to a perfectly ripe mango.

Relax: I’m not about to claim that any mango recipe is better than a fresh mango at peak ripeness. Soft, juicy mangoes are pretty much the best thing …

Piraha: Cognitive anumeracy in a language without numbers.

The Pirahã are an indigenous people, numbering around 700, living along the banks of the Maici River in the jungle of northwest Brazil. Their …

A lesson in cause and effect: Drunk women do not cause rape. Rapists cause rape.

The fight against rape culture feels like an uphill struggle. Our victories are largely incremental: tweaking the discourse a little here; changing a …