• A midlifer's guide to sex education
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    A midlifer's guide to sex education

    So they are modernising sex education. Finally. Making it more inclusive. FINALLY. But here are some lessons and truths that we really think should be included in the curriculum. Since sex is so confusing. For teenagers. And everyone else. Oof. Here are some bits and pieces that may help ‘frame’ the action. Because everything in life is about sex. But sex is always about something else... See? Confusing.

  • Tube etiquette: How to ride the Underground with style
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    Tube etiquette: How to ride the Underground with style

    There's a familiar sound on the Tube that belies collective contempt for those who don't know the rules. It goes: "Eye roll, tut, tssk". The unwritten etiquette guide for the Underground ensures that every passenger can travel anonymously, without undue attention. If you break it, you are thrust front and centre stage as punishment.

  • Is our fate decided the moment we're born? Why free will may be a (necessary) myth
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    Is our fate decided the moment we're born? Why free will may be a (necessary) myth

    Pretty pleased with yourself? Won the war with your waistline, picked the right partner, scaled the career ladder and formed some unassailable political views along the way? Bad news. You can take less credit for your life choices (and even those beliefs you hold dear) than you might like to think.

  • Midlife career switchers: how more professionals are starting again
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    Midlife career switchers: how more professionals are starting again

    After a bank holiday weekend, it is easy to find your mind drifting towards the prospect of pastures new: training in something entirely different, perhaps, switching the office for life as an architect or engineer, gardener or restaurateur.

  • Davina McCall: 'I've been on dates – but why can't a woman be single and happy?'
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    Davina McCall: 'I've been on dates – but why can't a woman be single and happy?'

    She’s newly divorced and enjoying life like never before. Davina McCall discusses dating, G-strings, and that killer body with Louise Gannon

  • Women are more risk averse when it comes to investing, finds biggest UK study into wealth
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    Women are more risk averse when it comes to investing, finds biggest UK study into wealth

    Leaders from Britain’s biggest financial institutions have pledged to make the finance industry a better place for women following a revealing report on how women approach wealth.

  • Women in Poland are posting #bananaselfies in support of banned 'suggestive' art
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    Women in Poland are posting #bananaselfies in support of banned 'suggestive' art

    There’s a reason why your Instagram feed is probably flooded with images of people posing with bananas, and no, it’s not because the fruit has fallen prey to an awkward fashion trend. Polish protesters have been taking to social media to share their bananaselfies after artwork featuring bananas was deemed obscene by Poland’s authorities and removed from the National Museum in Warsaw.

  • Harriet Harman: 'Dear employer: Women are being treated badly as working mothers - this has to stop’
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    Harriet Harman: 'Dear employer: Women are being treated badly as working mothers - this has to stop’

    What would you say to your employer - current or previous - if you could? For tens of thousands of women in Britain, it would undoubtedly be something about motherhood.

  • I married myself and it was truly empowering
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    I married myself and it was truly empowering

    The idea to marry myself came to me in January last year, when I was at work one day. Three weeks before, on Christmas Eve, I had received a text message from my boyfriend of five and a half years: “I can’t do this any more, it’s over,” it said. I was a 42-year-old with two children and I had already been divorced twice. It was devastating and left me in a funk, unable to eat, sleep or smile. 

  • The midlifer's guide to... having your photo taken
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    The midlifer's guide to... having your photo taken

    We are the most well-documented generation in history. There are so many photographs of us; too many photographs of us. Some good. Many ugly. Others shaming. Best not to think about it too much. Actually, let’s...

  • Take the Stella poll
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    Take the Stella poll

    The Stella poll is sent out weekly to subscribers of the Stella Daily newsletter.

  • My friend Lyra was killed by a terrorist's bullet. We'll never remember her as a victim
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    My friend Lyra was killed by a terrorist's bullet. We'll never remember her as a victim

    I want to tell you about my friend Lyra McKee. By now, you’ve probably read about her senseless murder on the streets of Derry on Thursday night during riots ahead of this weekend’s commemoration of Irish independence. Her death has drawn condemnation from all sides of Northern Ireland’s fractious political spectrum, and has left a gaping hole in the lives of everyone who knew her. She was just 29; a beloved friend, sister, aunt, daughter, and partner.

  • The moment I came face to face with a polar bear
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    The moment I came face to face with a polar bear

    Nothing quite prepares you for the moment you find yourself face to face with a polar bear. In my long career filming nature documentaries, I have encountered grizzly bears in Alaska and silverback mountain gorillas in Uganda and Rwanda, one of whom knocked me to the ground when he thought I threatened his family. But that didn’t make it any less frightening when I was stood less than ten metres from a polar bear, perhaps the most dangerous predator in the world.

  • 10 signs that you're a midlife risk taker
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    10 signs that you're a midlife risk taker

    Life sometimes feels as though it’s all about risk management. And this is because risk – though unnerving – is the magical thinking, the component in our most subliminal calculations that tells us relentlessly: go on, do it. Or lose the chance. So maybe that’s why we go and do crazy stuff like this? Never let it be said that we are not rock stars…

  • Introducing The 51 Per Cent: Our new straight-talking women's newsletter
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    Introducing The 51 Per Cent: Our new straight-talking women's newsletter

    Already, 2019 has been a momentous year for women.

  • Dame Kelly Holmes: You can’t prepare anyone for grief, but over time it becomes more manageable
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    Dame Kelly Holmes: You can’t prepare anyone for grief, but over time it becomes more manageable

    We asked the 48-year-old Olympian what her younger self would make of her life today...

  • Cheryl: ‘You spend ages looking for the right man. Then he turns out to be the wrong man’
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    Cheryl: ‘You spend ages looking for the right man. Then he turns out to be the wrong man’

    Just over a year after her split from Liam Payne, Cheryl is a new woman. Frank, focused, fired up – and ready to talk. She tells Louise Gannon about break-ups, breakdowns and how motherhood has helped her find happiness at last

  • How many of these Easter eating habits are you guilty of?
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    How many of these Easter eating habits are you guilty of?

    Because if you eat chocolate sitting on the sofa in your lying-down-wear then, despite all your best attempts to embrace the body-positivity movement, you will feel calorie guilt. On top of the ‘Jesus died on the cross for us and look what we are doing to the planet’ guilt. However we all know that if you lean up against the counter and annihilate a Caramel Egg it doesn’t count. In fact, you are probably burning calories with the strength it takes to stand up for long periods of time these days.

  • Dr Katie Bouman: The remarkable 29-year-old woman who showed world the black hole
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    Dr Katie Bouman: The remarkable 29-year-old woman who showed world the black hole

    Dr Katie Bouman, the 29-year-old scientist who this week created the first ever picture of a black hole, is humble about her achievements.

  • What happened when I caught my husband of 16 years on Tinder
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    What happened when I caught my husband of 16 years on Tinder

    The profile read, simply: ‘Mike S, 45’. It took me a moment to realise that the screenshot of a Tinder dating profile that my friend Emma* had sent me showed my husband, Mike*. There he was, standing with his pride-and-joy Jaguar saloon, looking for a date. Stunned and shaking, I ran out of my office into the toilets, just as my phone pinged again. It was Emma. ‘Sorry for the shock, but is this your Mike?’ I slumped to the cubicle floor and threw up.

  • Like the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, this is how you too can have a ‘woke’ baby shower
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    Like the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, this is how you too can have a ‘woke’ baby shower

    Having celebrated an ultra-lavish and highly exclusive baby shower in February, co-organised by Serena Williams and Amal Clooney (no big deal), rumours of a second UK-based affair to mark the imminent arrival of the Royal baby are now in circulation - and it seems the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s fans want in on the action.

  • Why we're launching Primadonna, the inclusive literary festival that will make our world a better place
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    Why we're launching Primadonna, the inclusive literary festival that will make our world a better place

    The only way to build a better future is to imagine that future. I’d always envisaged a democracy that worked for everyone by representing the whole population, so four years ago I co-founded the Women’s Equality Party. Now I’m collaborating with 16 great women, including my WE co-founder Sandi Toksvig, and two titans of festivals, Jude Kelly and  Joanna Baker , to create the Primadonna Festival, a riotous three-day event that, as the name implies, tilts the balance in favour of work by and about women.

  • Jill Dando's brother: What I think really happened to my sister
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    Jill Dando's brother: What I think really happened to my sister

    Nigel Dando was in the newsroom of the local Bristol newspaper where he worked, when he got a call about his younger sister, Jill, from a colleague in the national press. “He said, had I heard Jill had been involved in an accident in London?” he recalls. “I said no. I rang her phone and couldn’t get any reply. Then the colleague called me back and said, ‘have you spoken to Jill? Because I think it’s more serious.’ Panic bells started to ring.”

  • Sexual assault victim launches campaign calling on Government to install CCTV on London Underground trains
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    Sexual assault victim launches campaign calling on Government to install CCTV on London Underground trains

    A 23-year-old woman sexually assaulted on a train to work, is today launching a campaign for all carriages to have CCTV. The communications executive was groped and assaulted on a packed commuter train on London's Central Line, as she travelled just after 8am on Tuesday, March 19.