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Month: October 2021

The invention of ‘heterosexuality’

One hundred years ago, people had a very different idea of what it means to be heterosexual. Understanding that shift in thinking can tell us a lot about fluid sexual identities today, argues Brandon Ambrosino. The 1901 Dorland’s Medical Dictionary…

The rape of Uganda

Men on the back of a timber carrying truck in Uganda. Photo: Eric Nathan/Alamy Stock Photo Uganda’s natural resources base, one of the richest and most diverse in Africa, continues to be degraded, jeopardising both individual livelihoods and the country’s…

Suffering in silence: The poetry of Parwana Fayyaz

Women walking in a blue burka on a dirt road with a juvenile with a dress showing in Kabul, Afghanistan. Photo: Gregory Maassen / Alamy Documenting the lives of women in Afghanistan, Forty Names by Afghan poet Parwana Fayyaz is…

The problem of censorship is part of larger ones about the use and abuse of freedom

On 15 October 1971, in the depths of the Cold War, the feted British poet Stephen Spender wrote an impassioned appeal for the Times Literary Supplement in which he highlighted the threat of a world without creativity or impartial news…

The nihilism of Neil Gorsuch

Judge Neil Gorsuch testifies during the second day of his Supreme Court confirmation hearings in 2017. | Drew Angerer/Getty Images Trump’s first Supreme Court appointee’s radical vision to remake America, explained. Neil Gorsuch was ready to blow up the US…

The state of infrastructure talks in Congress, explained

President Joe Biden walks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), as he arrives to meet with House Democrats at the US Capitol on October 1, 2021 in Washington, DC.  | Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images Democrats dealt with the infighting….