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Joan Smith

Known for her human rights activism and writing on subjects such as atheism and feminism, Joan Smith is a columnist, critic and novelist. An Honorary Associate of the National Secular Society and a regular contributor to BBC radio, she has written five detective novels, two of which have been filmed by the BBC.

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Dominique Strauss-Kahn: ‘simple libertine activity’

Those French bastards. Will they never learn?

Maybe they should reflect upon why so few men boast about paying for sex

Russell Brand’s political thoughts amount to little more than ‘Hello trees, hello sky’

Joan Smith: Spare us the vacuous talk and go back to Hollywood

To some people, Russell Brand's adolescent waffle sound likes informed opinion – but his pride in refusing to vote is foolish and dangerous

Al-Madinah in Derby, free faithbased school criticised by Ofsted

Faith schools must not be funded by us

Why should we allow governors to promote religious segregation?

The Daily Mail editor-in-chief, Paul Dacre

Which stories will we not be allowed to read?

Joan Smith says her profession has nothing to fear from the new plan to regulate the press

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There are reports of ships failing to stop if they see migrant boats in trouble

Crude display: Why should women be put up with being objectified every single day?

Porn has changed – for the worse. Even men have noticed

The former editor of a lads' mag has changed his view of pornography, because of the possible effect on his son, but he has forgotten something

In the White Widow we are watching the creation of a modern myth

The media finds Lewthwaite fascinating, as with all female terrorists

The demand of a small number of Muslim women to hide their faces must not usurp the rights of others

Let's face it – the niqab is ridiculous, and the ideology behind it weird

Why everyone is being so polite? Religious expression is not an absolute right, and should be limited if it affects the rights of others

Prince William is taking a year off at a time

Special perks for Duke of Cambridge: Who but Prince William gets a year’s paternity leave?

He is taking a year off at a time when millions of people are struggling to hold on to their jobs

The Delhi bus gang-rape conviction is not the only example of lax cultural attitudes to sexual violence

A study showed almost a quarter of men in the Asia-Pacific region admit rape. It seems sexual violence is regarded by some men as an acceptable part of relations with women

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