1. Scotland has voted No to independence

    See the full results, and our round-up of what happens next for all the key players.

    [Image: © Terry Vine/J Patrick Lane/Blend Images/Corbis]


  2. Sometimes, it’s OK to care only about how a game play, says Phil Hartup.


  3. We are drowning in stories that privilege the perspectives of white males; in spite of ourselves, we buy into the view that the world as they see it is all that there is. I know there are arguments against demands for more female viewpoints: some of the most prolific crime writers are women; women write about women dying; not every female writer is a feminist by default. I know all this yet I still think it matters that women write, and that young people get to read women writing, whatever the subject matter. It matters because women have stories, too, and all too often ours get cut short. When narration is seen and experienced as male, so, too, is real life.

  4. New research from the National Union of Students into lad culture and sexism on campus has revealed that one in four students experience unwanted sexual advances. NUS President Toni Pearce writes:

    To my knowledge, no university (Plymouth being the notable exception) seems to think it plays a role in tackling a campus culture that permits a “Fresher’s Violation” club night advertised with a video of a male student saying he would rape a female peer. Or university students going out in casual rape T-shirts and playing “it’s not rape if…” drinking games. These are not isolated occurrences but part of a larger culture that has a serious negative impact on students’ academic experiences.

    Read the rest of her piece here.


  5. I don’t think that in my lifetime (I’m 39) I’ve ever seen public, popular feminist discourse more robust than it is now. When I was in high school, college, and first in the professional world, feminism – or any open interest in what was once called “the women’s movement” – was totally scorned. I was raised in deep backlash days. Sassy-style feminism lurked on the margins, but there was little larger acknowledgment by my peers, and certainly not within mainstream popular culture or in politics, that gender inequity remained a relevant issue. When I was in college in the mid ’90s, you could be attending the vegan potluck for the Campus Leftists, and if you asked whether anyone there identified as a feminist, not a hand would go up. It felt like the stereotype of the hirsute, humourless activist had fully won out in the wake of the Second Wave.

  6. Only a heart of concrete could fail to be a little moved at the sight of the Friends apartment, now empty and bare. We have all seen the places where we spent our twenties stripped down to meaningless walls and floors. The show ends, inevitably, with a wisecrack, but at least it’s a good one. Let’s go for a coffee, someone says as they lug their possessions downstairs and into middle age. “Where?” asks Chandler. We do not see Central Perk again, and you suspect that the Friends won’t, either – if they do, they’ll be occupied by rampaging kids or mentally absent, texting and tweeting. It was a poignant final thought in 2004 and more so in 2014, when even the people who are there for you might not really be there at all.

    Andrew Harrison looks back at the way Friends shaped the way we live now, 20 years after it first aired.

    [Photo: Matthew Perry and Jennifer Aniston set the tone and hairstyle for the Nineties. Jon Ragel/Corbis Outline]




  9. “Historical fiction can restore the juice of forbidden fruit.” Lionel Shriver reviews The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters.

    [Image: An erotic postcard, c.1920. Popperfoto/Getty Images]


  10. The abuse of women on the internet, like the hacking of female celebrities’ naked photos, is not just intended to hurt the individuals involved. These are deliberately outrageous acts designed to create a spectacle and to instil fear in a target population - in other words, terrorism.

  11. In the Frame: The Last Resort

    tomhumberstone's weekly comic.



  13. Two of our columnists, Laurie Penny and Nick Lezard, talked to Helen Lewis about their enduring love of Doctor Who.

    [Above: Doctor Lezard and his companion Captain Penny. Photograph: Charlie Forgham-Bailey]


  14. If you follow Doctor Who on social media – and I cannot recommend their joyful and incredibly fan-positive Tumblr highly enough – then you’ve seen slices of the world tour: Capaldi and Jenna Coleman in increasingly sharp outfits, strange-looking lost-in-translation moments onstage (Capaldi doing a very shy version of the twist in South Korea; Capaldi holding a sombrero in Mexico), and, most importantly, endless queues of fans. Sonic screwdrivers and fezzes, long brown coats and rainbow scarves, Weeping Angels and Cybermen and TARDIS dresses that never fail to inspire my deepest envy – we saw pictures of crowds around the world all looking pretty much the same, united by their love of a single thing: a British cultural institution, half a century old now, but with the potential for endless regeneration.

  15. I found empirical support for the idea that the Harry Potter series influenced the political values and perspectives of the generation that came of age with these books. Reading the books correlated with greater levels of acceptance for out-groups, higher political tolerance, less predisposition to authoritarianism, greater support for equality, and greater opposition to the use of violence and torture. As Harry Potter fans will have noted, these are major themes repeated throughout the series. These correlations remained significant even when applying more sophisticated statistical analyses – when controlling for, among other things, parental influence.