They bleached, waxed and spent jobseeker's allowance on foundation. Then Holly Baxter and Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett created feminist blog – and now book – The Vagenda. Here they explain why the beauty myth is more pernicious now than ever
Historian with a sympathetic understanding of common people in 16th- and 17th-century England
Writer reveals campaign of hate she had to endure after a public lecture she gave on the commodification of royalty
David Adam's punchy explanation of the mental torment of OCD is well-intentioned, but lacks subtlety. By Jenny Turner
Husband of Facebook COO and author of Lean In reveals household chores are distributed between them 'more like 60/40'
Alison Flood: Sue Townsend's spotty comic creation was the same age as me – his cul-de-sac growing pains struck a poignant chord
The working class has no sense of itself any more. It needs to get it together. Selina Todd's cliche- and nostalgia-free history will help. By Suzanne Moore
We cannot help but react to numbers, but why are odds masculine and evens feminine? Why were Levi's 501s and WD-40 given those names? And is number 3 really 'warm' and 'friendly'? Alex Bellos does the maths
Scientist Sharon Moalem says we will soon be able to alter our children's lives with genetic manipulation – would you do it if you could?
Poet laureate and authors Julian Barnes, Ian McEwan and Mark Haddon want to meet justice secretary to discuss restrictions
Regulations introduced by the justice secretary Chris Grayling that stop people sending books to prisoners in England and Wales, have caused outrage among writers, teachers and prison experts. But what titles would they send?
Leading human rights lawyer Geoffrey Robertson QC intervenes against Chris Grayling as Nick Clegg backs book-sending ban
Richard King's timely study shows that insults have never had such potency, writes Sam Leith
Neurosurgeon Henry Marsh has written a brutally honest account of his work, and bungling NHS bureaucracy, writes Euan Ferguson
Poet laureate joins actors and writers at London prison to campaign against decision to stop inmates' access to books