Sophie Heawood

Sophie Headwood is a journalist who writes for the Times, Independent and Guardian

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Amazon should be paying more tax, so let's boycott them until they do

Buy Nothing Day is a good reminder of the power of the boycott, especially at a time when large corporations are paying less than their fair share

A Guide to the future of feminism

When I first heard that Julie Bentley had called the Guides "the ultimate feminist organisation", I thought steady on. Then I realised how true this is

The study shows heavy drinking during the first three months increases the risk of a premature baby

I was scared into not drinking during pregnancy. So you can be too

A new survey might be the final word in the matter - babies and booze don't mix

All hail, the new suffragettes. But let's not try to fight too many battles

Do you prefer 'Suffragette', 'suffragist', 'feminist' or just 'pro-woman'? As the Pankhursts then and now remind us, it's deeds, not words that count

Jeremy Hunt and his magic water

Hunt and homeopathy were made for each other - this government’s ideology could be considered homeopathic.

Thinker, soldier, spy: Claire Danes and Damian Lewis star in 'Homeland'

Homeland or Downton Abbey: it’s decision time

This is the great ideological clash of Sunday nights at 9. Domestic staff or domestic security - there's no sitting on the fence, only deranged lunatics watch both

Sophie Heawood: Can a colour be brought to heel?

Red isn't a word, a design, or a fragrance composed of secret ingredients

Burning ambition: Campaigners say smokers can quit, with incentives

Sophie Heawood: The new cool is... ciggies with no logo

Dedicated slight smoker our writer finds a guilt-free way to light up

Sophie Heawood: Suddenly, excellence is the new normal

I thought we were all in this together. I thought it was understood that if you were a British woman, healthy enough, you'd make all the right noises about getting fit but then sit on the sofa chain-scoffing Pringles, promising to go to aerobics or Zumba twice next week instead.

Sophie Heawood: Boring! Capturing yourself in the act is too normal and too easy

Tulisa Contostavlos has broken the mould - she does not need to sell sex to get to the top

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