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Crude, racist textbooks have no place in todays education system | David Lammy

Dont teach children that Caribbean fathers are largely absent, teach them about slavery and exploitation, says Labour MP David Lammy I remember sitting in geography in my Peterborough classroom in the 1980s, cringing and feeling embarrassed whenever we were shown images of Africans in mud huts, or another depiction of what might have been referred […]

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Instagram influencers show how ads have changed. We need to catch up | Suzanne Moore

If its hard to decide what constitutes an ad now, its because YouTube vloggers and the Kardashians changed the rules, says the Guardian columnist Suzanne Moore When is an ad not an ad? When it works so well you dont actually know that it is one? As in so many areas of life, regulators are […]

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Of course US birth rates are falling this is a harsh place to have a family

The US is one of only four countries in the world with no government-subsidized maternity leave while 36% of the workforce are contract laborers with no access to benefits Americas birth rate has fallen to a 30-year low, let the hand-wringing and finger-pointing begin. Its those selfish women, wanting careers before kids! Or, gasp, not […]

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Aisling Bea: My fathers death has given me a love of men, of their vulnerability and tenderness

The comedians father killed himself when she was three. She was plagued by the fact he made no mention of her or her sister in the letter he left. Then, 30 years after his death, a box arrived My father died when I was three years old and my sister was three months. For years, […]

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Qatar Airways plane forced to land after wife discovers husband’s affair midflight

Woman reportedly made such a ruckus after discovery that plane had no other choice but to make unscheduled landing A Qatar Airways plane has been forced to land midflight after a woman who used her sleeping husbands thumb to unlock his smartphone discovered he was having an affair. The couple and their child were flying […]

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Dove apologises for ad showing black woman turning into white one

Brand says it missed mark after being accused of racism in campaign promoting body lotion Dove has apologised after publishing an advert on its Facebook page which showed a black woman turning into a white woman. The brand was accused of racism over the online advertising campaign and it later admitted it had missed the […]

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Men, you want to treat women better? Here’s a list to start with

Over the last week, theres been a lot of talk about how women are treated in the workplace and elsewhere. TV writer Nicole Silverberg argues that if men want to step up, they can Hey men, what are you planning to do better? Because you need to do better. Here are ideas on how you […]

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UN calls on Nepal to investigate civil war case of gang-rape and torture by soldiers

Landmark move marks first time UNs human rights group has intervened in an individual case, yet campaigners say Nepals government is unlikely to act The UN human rights committee has urged Nepal to investigate the gang-rape of a woman during the countrys civil war in a landmark decision that is the first to deal with […]

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‘We hate the headscarf’: can women find freedom in Tehran’s female-only parks?

Parks exclusively for women are popping up in Iranian cities, but critics are divided over whether this is just another ploy to keep them hidden in public I love to take off my headscarf, says Laleh, 47, a hairdresser from Tehran. Shes sitting with a group of friends around one of the many picnic tables […]

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Cynthia Nixon and the city: ‘a lot of people would like me to run’ for New York governor

Sex and the City actor has criticised incumbent Andrew Cuomos handling of public education, saying gap between rich and poor has never been greater The Sex and the City actor

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