01/02/2014 07:36 GMT | Updated 03/04/2014 06:59 BST

Beyond the Front Pages

Beyoncè made front pages the world over this week, thanks to her seriously raunchy Grammys' performance with husband Jay-Z, with columnists getting their knickers in a twist (pun intended) over the appropriateness, or not, of her La Perla ribbons and Saint Laurent sparkly tights.

On the HuffPost blog, however, the heat wasn't about Bey's outfit, but the lyrics instead. Writer and rape victim charity worker Ellie Slee demanded to know why a reference to Tina Turner suffering domestic abuse at the hands of Ike Turner wasn't omitted for the performance, prompting hundreds of comments from our readers, and thousands of social media shares.

Maybe it's controversy like this that prompted Rutgers University to add a course dedicated to the R'n'B singer this spring. 'Feminist Perspectives: Politicizing Beyoncé', and will apparently use her performances as a lens through which to "explore American race, gender, and sexual politics".

Offering a Beyoncè degree is certainly one way to keep kids in school. Alternatively, you could just scare the bejeezus out of them, which is the strategy the Learn for Life Foundation has taken in Australia. We're not entirely sure what to make of this video - the message of which appears to be 'stay in school or, die a hideous, grisly death' and which I don't suggest you watch if you're at all squeamish - although the makers insist the client "absolutely loves it".


Thanks to Caroline Criado-Perez's campaign last summer to reinstate women on Bank of England notes, getting the fairer sex mobilised behind movements is now the norm rather than the exception. This week saw a new petition launched on by Ailsa Burkimsher Sadler, demanding that mothers' names be added to marriage certificates.

At the time of writing, more than 15,000 signatures had been added to the petition, which states "Marriage should not be seen as a business transaction between the father of the bride and the father of the groom.

"This seemingly small inequality is part of a much wider pattern of inequality."

"Women are routinely silenced and written out of history."


Blogging turns 20 this month, a rather monumental occasion, but one that had totally passed me by until the Guardian took it upon itself to remind the world.

The format might be one of the glues that hold the Internet together (along with cat videos and porn, one could argue), so it's astonishing to think how far it's come. As one of the Guardian's contributors points out, back when blogging was first conceived, most bloggers felt more than comfortable divulging their inner most secrets, secure in the knowledge no one would find out. Most of us have wised up to that by now.

Wish you could go back to the good old days? Wouldn't you know it; there's an app for that!


Finally this week came the heart-warming news that Jonny Benjamin had found his 'Mike'... although it turns out Mike is actually called Neil.

For those who haven't followed the story, Jonny was saved from suicide six years ago by a stranger who convinced him not to jump from Waterloo Bridge.

Last month he appealed to the public to help him find 'Mike', with the help of the charity Rethink Mental Illness, who hoped to use the search to raise awareness about suicide, which is tragically the number one cause of death in young men in the UK today.

In an emotional reunion on Tuesday, Jonny said he felt like he had "won the lottery."

Neil, who was alerted to the public campaign by his fiancée, told reporters: "I didn't feel it was that big a deal, I did what anyone would do. I wasn't trying to fix his problems that day; I just listened."

"Hand on heart that Jonny is one of the nicest people I have ever met, it's brilliant to see him

smiling again."