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I cant write about a world without rape because I dont live in one

Women read and write crime fiction as a way to understand real experience. I was raped and being told by the Staunch prize that books like mine are preventing justice is outrageous That rape cases are hard to prosecute is no shocker, but the claim that crime writers are partly to blame shocked me. The […]

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How to tell your best friend youre in love with them by those who have taken the plunge

Popular culture is littered with examples of great love blossoming from platonic beginnings. But in real life, falling for your best friend doesnt always go so smoothly It was supposed to go the way things do in the movies. Nora would tell her best friend that she loved him, he would feel the same way […]

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‘I see pain in her eyes’ the 3.6m masterpiece that went to jail

A powerful painting by Artemisia Gentileschi, depicting the torturing of Saint Catherine, is touring Britain. What did the women of Send Prison make of the chilling work? Two women are chatting in front of a painting of Catherine of Alexandria, a saint martyred in the fourth century. The figure is shown leaning on a wheel […]

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Stalk of the town: the shaky science behind the ‘global celery movement’

Anthony William, who calls himself the Medical Medium, preaches the juices healing powers as sales of the vegetable jump 400% despite having no medical training Anthony William is the Jesus Christ of celery. has it that at the tender age of four, William realized he was gifted with the ability to read peoples medical conditions […]

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Growing up fast: why parenting in your 20s is the new punk

With the average age of first-time parents over 30 and rising, having kids in your 20s is increasingly unusual. So what is it like swapping nights out with friends, for endless night feeds? When she was a teenager, Maya Dupre wanted more than anything to be an actor, like her idol, Emma Watson. By the […]

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From overlooked extra to Spike Lee star: how I beat Hollywood’s colorism

DeWanda Wise was offered roles of criminal, addict or prostitute. Then Spike Lee insisted on hiring an actor with her skin tone. Now shes a leading lady Growing up in the DC metro area, I was cute with a caveat: I had chocolate skin. When I was six years old, a close relative quipped that […]

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Don’t use it as an alarm clock! Five ways to cut down on phone use

Many of us rely on our devices for everything from rousing us in the morning to staving off boredom. But there are ways to break the habit Keep your phone out of the bedroom Get yourself an alarm clock. Photograph: Image Source/Getty Images Many of us use our phones as alarm clocks, meaning they are […]

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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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