abuse

The best way to escape my abusive family was to write novels

17 February 2018 9:00 am

Early on in Amy Tan’s 1989 bestseller, The Joy Luck Club, a Chinese concubine slices a chunk of flesh from…

Girl, interrupted: Rooney Mara as Una

Moral maze

2 September 2017 9:00 am

Una is a psychological drama about a woman who was abused by a man when she was 12, and who…

A film that dares to suggest that paedophile priests may be capable of holiness

26 March 2016 9:00 am

A feature film about priests who abuse children is being released on 25 March. Which happens to be Good Friday.…

Why the next Tory leader is likely to be in the ‘Leave’ camp

13 February 2016 9:00 am

Here is a thought for all those Tory MPs calculating their personal advantage in the forthcoming EU referendum: unless the…

Sorry, but the Bullingdon Club really doesn’t help your career

29 October 2015 9:00 am

I’m getting a lot of abuse on Twitter for saying that having been a member of the Bullingdon is more…

I’m utterly sickened by this story of a man trying to talk to a woman on a train

29 August 2015 9:00 am

What can we as a society do about the relentless harassment of women by terrifying men? Menacing men, threatening men,…

The serried ranks of an El Sistema youth orchestra in Caracas, 2012 — a ‘miracle’ that’s turned very sour

Sex, lies and El Sistema

6 December 2014 9:00 am

The two trendiest words in classical music are ‘El Sistema’. That’s the name for the high-intensity programme of instrumental coaching…

Is clicking on Jennifer Lawrence’s naked pictures really as bad as hacking and distributing them?

6 September 2014 9:00 am

‘If you click on Jennifer Lawrence’s naked pictures,’ said the headline on the Guardian’s website, ‘you’re perpetuating her abuse.’ That…

Stirring the imagination into overdrive: ‘The Sinner’ by John Collier (1904)

Sex, secrets, and self-mortification: the dark side of the confessional

1 March 2014 9:00 am

I have a confession to make. I really enjoyed this book. It’s been a while since I admitted something of…