Katy Guest

Katy Guest is the literary editor of the Independent on Sunday

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The actress Ashley Judd was recently bombarded with hateful messages after she tweeted about a game of American Football

Some of the activity on Twitter last week made me wonder: were people always so mean?

What can we do to pour oil on all of this boiling rage? I wish that someone would sort it out soon - it's making me feel so cross…

Emma Watson is an ambassador for the United Nation’s HeForShe campaign

Chivalry is dead, long live common courtesy

If you're on a date with Emma Watson and she offers to buy dinner, just grin and bear it

International Women's Day 2015: Maybe I'm amazed at the wonder of women

Ginger Rogers did everything Fred Astaire did, but backwards and in high heels

Woman taking a shower, rear view

Women: there's nothing wrong with not washing every day

I can’t wait to see the surveys about whether men should go back to work after having children

Beyonce in her video for 'Pretty Hurts'. Last week, leaked photos emerged of what Beyoncé looks like before digital retouching. Many fans were horrified.

Beyoncé isn't a goddess made out of unicorn dust? How horrifying

Retouching is insulting to real women and damaging to young girls

Read all about it: Novelist and playwright Michael Arditti

Michael Arditti interview: 'From the Church to the newspapers... What shall I do next, the NHS?'

Moral dilemmas are always at the heart of Michael Arditti’s novels and his latest book Widows & Orphans is no different

Pity the lot of the poor souls who adapt novels for the screen

When it comes to adapting the classics, I'd much rather rely on novelists such as David Nicholls to honour the spirit of the original literature

Mark Rylance plays Thomas Cromwell in the BBC's 'Wolf Hall'

Off with their heads: We don't live in the 1550s, you know

I'll support anyone's right to have religious views, however batty I think they are, but I won't join them in the 16th century

At last, you can be bad at sport and still love it

If I'd been offered rugby at school, instead of boring, boring netball, I might have got into playing in the mud with friends

Mr Bolland has failed to work out what M&S is there for on the high street

Another spot of unfortunate sexism at Marks & Spencer proves there are dinosaurs in the boardroom, not just on their T-shirts for 'boys'

It's only a year since M&S bowed to consumer pressure and agreed to stop segregating toys by gender, and already they're trying to put children back in blue and pink boxes

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