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.
The Delhi bus gang-rape conviction is not the only example of lax cultural attitudes to sexual violence
10 September 2013 12:46 PM
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
01 September 2013 12:00 AM
The vote on Syria was dogged by memories of 2003
25 August 2013 12:00 AM
For too long we have sent mixed messages to the dictator in Damascus
11 August 2013 12:00 AM
Tories on the right regard David Cameron as modern, but wearing shorts is not enough
04 August 2013 12:00 AM
How can we believe that men who abuse women online aren't also raping partners?
28 July 2013 12:00 AM
You wouldn't know it from the deference of the royal baby coverage, but a poll this month showed more than half of us weren't bothered
21 July 2013 12:13 AM
This country has a very poor record on the prevention of female genital mutilation. A new approach from the police could change that. But they need help
14 July 2013 12:00 AM
07 July 2013 12:00 AM
As British police swoop in six years on, Kate and Gerry McCann face weeks of press chatter
30 June 2013 12:00 AM
Whenever anyone sets about compiling a list of great figures in British history, Henry VIII is a cert. A few years ago, he was at number 40 in a BBC poll of 100 great Britons, and more recently he's played a leading role in Hilary Mantel's prize-winning historical novels. The final instalment of the trilogy will have to deal with Henry's decision to execute Mantel's hero, Thomas Cromwell, who was despatched on the same day Henry married his fifth wife, Catherine Howard. She lasted less than two years before following Cromwell to the scaffold, and I'm not remotely surprised to hear that Henry has now been diagnosed as a psychopath.
New theory could prove how life began and disprove God
This is what it's like to be dead, according to a guy who died for a bit
'Jihadi John': CAGE representative storms off Sky News accusing Kay Burley of Islamophobia
Ukip would cut billions from Scottish budget to fund English tax cuts
End of the licence fee: BBC to back radical overhaul of how it is funded
Russia's roadmap for annexing eastern Ukraine 'leaked from Vladimir Putin's office'
- 1 End of the licence fee: BBC to back radical overhaul of how it is funded
- 2 Raif Badawi, the Saudi Arabian blogger sentenced to 1,000 lashes, may now face death penalty
- 3 PornHub turns masturbation into energy in bid to save the planet
- 4 Dakota Johnson's 'It's only Isis' Saturday Night Live sketch sparks controversy
- 5 The remarkable archaeological underwater discovery that could open up a new chapter in the study of European and British prehistory