• Elon Musk and Grimes should leave their baby out of their constant need to troll us
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    The Independent

    Elon Musk and Grimes should leave their baby out of their constant need to troll us

    Most people will likely know Elon Musk more recently for his use of Twitter missives than for his exploits as an entrepreneur with Tesla and his SpaceX programme.From the liberal left, Professor Neil Ferguson to even shareholders in one of his own companies, Musk is never shy of ploughing his own path and courting the media controversy that involves. The tycoon is obviously aware of the rewards, and the pitfalls, of such an approach for his brands. Whether he is doing it for his businesses or for his own entertainment is clearly of little consequence.

  • We are not ‘all in this together’ until the government steps up to protect domestic abuse victims
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    We are not ‘all in this together’ until the government steps up to protect domestic abuse victims

    “Stay at home, protect the NHS, save lives.”When your home isn’t a safe place to be, that vital public health message must seem like an incredibly difficult one to hear.

  • If you’re home schooling your children this summer, you can’t just forget about sex education
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    The Independent

    If you’re home schooling your children this summer, you can’t just forget about sex education

    With Britain’s families suddenly stuck in household lockdowns that span generations, one silver lining is that some of us are able to use the opportunity to enjoy unprecedented amounts of family fun. Cheerful gangs of relatives are getting up to mischievous raw egg japes and Les Mis-style singalongs. It’s all good wholesome intergenerational bonding.But if you find yourself struggling for a family friendly activity to fill some of the hours, how about having some conversations about sex?

  • Meghan and Harry were pushed away by us – if we’re feeling any loss right now, we deserve it
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    The Independent

    Meghan and Harry were pushed away by us – if we’re feeling any loss right now, we deserve it

    I don’t think you have to be a memorabilia-clutching royal super-fan to be a little bit sad that today marks Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's last official engagement for a while.The couple will join the queen at the Westminster Abbey Commonwealth day service, a day designed to celebrate the cultural links between former territories of the British Empire – although it used to be the less politically correct “Empire Day” – in other words, a day dedicated pushing a sense of British superiority onto the rest of the world...

  • It's time for feminist men to start practising what they preach and do 'women's work'
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    It's time for feminist men to start practising what they preach and do 'women's work'

    I regularly attend meetings where a group of women talk politics while a group of men look after our children. They cook and serve us a meal, and do the washing up, too. The meetings are of the Women’s Strike Assembly, a collective that – as part of a growing international movement – is struggling towards a red feminist horizon, “dismantling the capitalist patriarchal systems of power that oppress us all.”The global women’s strike movement calls upon all women able to refuse to work – we’re building a strike fund to support those who otherwise couldn’t – to do so on 8th March, International Women’s Day. Our strike won’t look like traditional industrial action, because most of the work women do is unpaid: preparing kids’ food (and picking it up when they spill it), washing bedsheets, remembering appointments, keeping husbands happy. Where “women’s work” is paid, it is often performed by women of the Global South, and therefore underpaid and undervalued.

  • Being a new father is hard. We should be supporting men, not demonising them
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    The Independent

    Being a new father is hard. We should be supporting men, not demonising them

    It’s not easy being a bloke. On the one hand we want them to show their emotions more, speak up, not to bottle things in, but on the other hand we still expect them to be the “strong” ones when life rattles and we all go tumbling down.Remember the Friends episode where Rachel goes out with Bruce Willis and he’s a super macho man who never makes himself vulnerable with her? She pushes him to emote, then dumps him after the dam breaks, and he spends the entire evening sobbing in her arms about every little detail of pain he has suffered over the years. How deeply unsexy we all agreed it made him, sympathising with Rachel. In a society where the biggest killer of men under 40 is suicide, that scene may not stand the test of time.

  • Harry and Meghan's millennial oversharing is forcing the royals to be more transparent – it will be the monarchy's undoing
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    The Independent

    Harry and Meghan's millennial oversharing is forcing the royals to be more transparent – it will be the monarchy's undoing

    Rarely has a headline writer’s coinage proved as bankable as "Megxit". The parallels between the two news events are unending: a seemingly snap decision that anyone looking hard enough should have spotted a mile off; outrage from the corners of society that precipitated the crisis; an outpouring of anger that, for some, smacks heavily of racism and xenophobia.The only difference between the UK’s withdrawal from the EU and the Sussexes’ decision "step back" from royalty is that Harry and Meghan, at least, seem to know what they are doing.

  • The Male Beauty Industry Boom Is A Sign Of Regression – Not Equality
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    HuffPost UK

    The Male Beauty Industry Boom Is A Sign Of Regression – Not Equality

    Corporations are getting better at imbuing the same anxieties into men that women have about their beauty and bodies, says writer Dejan Jotanovic.

  • I'm a GP registrar – here's what's going to happen to the NHS now
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    The Independent

    I'm a GP registrar – here's what's going to happen to the NHS now

    You may be forgiven for thinking this election began and ended with three words: “Get Brexit done”. But as an academic clinical fellow in general practice, I was left wondering: what does the Tory majority mean for the future of our NHS?Somewhat buried in election coverage was the news this week of the longest A&E; waiting times since records began – 12-hour trolley waits are five times what they were in 2012. This on top of the worst cancer referral and treatment waiting times on record. It’s been repeated so many times it’s almost lost its meaning, but the NHS is in crisis.

  • I’m a full-time parent to a one-year-old son. Where’s the support for me at this general election?
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    The Independent

    I’m a full-time parent to a one-year-old son. Where’s the support for me at this general election?

    In the great election giveaway, our main parties are outbidding each other to offer more free childcare, but neglecting parents who wish to care for their own young children at home. Free childcare encourages parents to entrust their babies and toddlers to professionals and return to work. It penalises parents who would prefer to do the job of raising their children themselves. These policies reveal a failure of imagination and threaten to skew parental choice.I’m a first-time mum to a one year old and I’ve experienced for myself the chasm of social support between the end of parental leave and the start of the school term following a child’s third birthday, when they become eligible for at least 15 hours of free childcare per week (more if both parents are working). Aware of parents facing the crunch, the parties are now vying to narrow this gap. Labour says it will extend paid maternity leave to one year. The SNP matches this pledge and wants to extend overall shared parental leave too.

  • The Clemmie Hooper Instagram scandal is proof there’s no place for children in the world of influencers
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    The Independent

    The Clemmie Hooper Instagram scandal is proof there’s no place for children in the world of influencers

    Facebook’s “report abuse” function has long been a go-to in sibling arguments and friendship groups around the world. For me, it was a weapon my sister regularly used to counter attack my uploading a photo of her not looking her best. (Ok, fine, looking pretty atrocious.)We laugh about it, but conversations around social media rights always come back to the same, not very funny, question for me now. Who are the people that don’t get that choice? Who don’t get to, jokingly or not, “report abuse” on their brother, sister, mother, father, or friend’s photo if they don’t want it to be shared online. And the answer is always the same – children.

  • Keanu Reeves is being called a hero just for dating a woman (almost) his own age. How depressing
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    The Independent

    Keanu Reeves is being called a hero just for dating a woman (almost) his own age. How depressing

    How low is the bar set for men these days? The bar is the floor, Keanu Reeves just casually walked over it and now people are rushing to scream his praises all over social media.The notoriously reclusive actor hasn’t been pictured on the red carpet with a romantic partner in years. Cue surprise and admiration when he was photographed on 2 November in Los Angeles holding hands with artist Alexandra Grant.

  • TI’s ‘virginity test’ for his daughter is disgusting – but the real tragedy is how many other men would do the same
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    The Independent

    TI’s ‘virginity test’ for his daughter is disgusting – but the real tragedy is how many other men would do the same

    Sometimes I’m thankful that there are people out there who are so deeply misogynistic that they will openly admit to it – even brag about it – for all the world to hear. Because without them, things stay silent and hidden and people say things like: “I just think feminism’s gone too far now.” I don’t think anyone will be saying that today, after reading TI’s comments about his adult daughter’s sex life.The rapper admitted on a podcast that he takes his now 18-year-old daughter Deyjah to a gynaecologist every year after her birthday, asks her to consent to her confidential medical information being shared with him, and then demands a doctor confirms that her hymen remains intact.

  • Entertainment
    The Independent

    Celebrating Adele's weight loss isn't a compliment – it's fatphobia

    This week, pictures emerged of a slimmer looking Adele, as the singer arrived at rap star Drake’s birthday party.Instantly people were tweeting and sharing the photos, congratulating her on her “revenge body” – a reference to her ongoing divorce with Simon Konecki. Across my social media feeds, it seemed that everyone was sharing headlines that discussed her "sensational new look”, posting her “before and after” snaps. The resounding reaction was: “She looks so good now!”

  • My autistic son struggles on public transport – now I'm fighting to change the way we travel
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    The Independent

    My autistic son struggles on public transport – now I'm fighting to change the way we travel

    As a parent, there’s nothing worse than hearing your child is in distress or unhappy. So when my son Archie was diagnosed with autism earlier this year, I'll be completely honest, I cried.They were tears of relief, as the diagnosis had taken years to get. After lengthy waiting lists and being pushed from pillar to post, I’d resigned myself to never knowing why Archie was struggling. But they were also tears of fear. Like any parent in my situation, I instantly worried about what happens next and how my child would cope.

  • Sorry vegans, you can't just spend your way to paradise – so don't let Taylor Swift tell you otherwise
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    The Independent

    Sorry vegans, you can't just spend your way to paradise – so don't let Taylor Swift tell you otherwise

    Outsiders still think that veganism is radical, but it’s only when you are inside the community that you see how consumerist many vegans have become. As chain after chain – and even major brands such as them musician Taylor Swift – try to cash in on veganism’s growth, plant-chompers now seem to believe that we can simply spend our way to animal liberation. They say all we have to do is descend on supermarkets and restaurant chains, stuff our trolleys and tummies with vegan products and – tada! – the human race will suddenly decide to stop exploiting animals.But that is the stuff of fairy tales: you don’t end exploitation by handing your money to the exploiters. All you do is bankroll further exploitation.

  • I paid $110,000 to give birth. Stop telling me it's a miracle I'm alive
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    The Independent

    I paid $110,000 to give birth. Stop telling me it's a miracle I'm alive

    They say you can’t put a price tag on life. Our healthcare system begs to differ. The cost of my 40-week pregnancy with complications – none of which were caused by pre-existing conditions or lifestyle – was $111,712.83.In November 2018, much to the surprise of my husband and I, I fell pregnant after being told I was infertile. Though we were absolutely shocked and overjoyed, at five weeks pregnant I became very ill. It seemed as my belly grew with a new bursting life inside me, so did the complications, the illness, and the bills.

  • Schools can be a hotbed of sexual abuse for vulnerable young girls, yet no one is protecting them
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    Schools can be a hotbed of sexual abuse for vulnerable young girls, yet no one is protecting them

    A few months ago, in a school workshop session about sexism, gender stereotypes and future aspirations, I asked a group of children aged 13 and 14 how their lives might be different if they were the opposite sex.

  • Boohoo's sales growth says heaps about our environmental priorities – but avoiding fast fashion is easier than you think
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    The Independent

    Boohoo's sales growth says heaps about our environmental priorities – but avoiding fast fashion is easier than you think

    In a month over-saturated with virtue signalling, from Veganuary displays to #ecoresolutions pledges, why aren’t we challenging how we consume fashion? Fast fashion is deeply problematic: there are issues abound concerning garment workers’ rights and wages, water pollution, and landfill, to name a few.

  • Lena Dunham's latest apology is too little, too late – and shows her white feminism up for what it is
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    The Independent

    Lena Dunham's latest apology is too little, too late – and shows her white feminism up for what it is

    Writer and actor Lena Dunham, known for creating the hit TV show Girls, is no stranger to controversy. The most recent example of this troubling tendency is her onstage and in-print apology to Aurora Perrineau. Last year, Perrineau accused the Girls writer Murray Miller of raping her when she was 17 years old.

  • This is what it’s like to try to get help for a child with mental health issues
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    The Independent

    This is what it’s like to try to get help for a child with mental health issues

    In children aged five to 15, one in eight have been found to have a mental health disorder. Statistics show that the vast majority of mental health problems are established at a young age and I worry that vulnerable kids like Alex will suffer lifelong problems. What’s more, I worry that the stretched mental health system will leave this new generation of youngsters with no support at all.

  • Alcohol is killing women at an alarming rate – so why aren’t we talking about it?
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    The Independent

    Alcohol is killing women at an alarming rate – so why aren’t we talking about it?

    There is still a lot of taboo when it comes to having productive discussions about the soaring rates of alcohol addiction amongst women – and for the past two years, I’ve been on a journey to uncover why. Through my own experiences of alcoholism and subsequent sobriety, I have also uncovered some unsavoury truths that add to this collective attitude towards women’s relationship with booze. As a society, we tend to ignore the very genuine issues that are affecting women in the 21st century, and this is especially evident when it comes to alcohol addiction.

  • The Harry and Meghan show is a right royal turn-off
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    The Guardian

    The Harry and Meghan show is a right royal turn-off

    Hey everybody, did you realise that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex were touring Australia? Is this a royal tour or a Disney animation – why aren’t bluebirds circling their heads? If you knew a couple who were constantly making you look at their holiday snaps and videos, you’d be crawling under windowsills to pretend that you weren’t home or answering the phone in a Swedish accent.

  • If you're angry about mental health services, don't waste your chance to make a difference
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    The Independent

    If you're angry about mental health services, don't waste your chance to make a difference

    It’s World Mental Health Day, and with it will no doubt come the usual remarks from critics around there being “more need for services than conversations” and how “mental health has become a trend”. Of course simply talking about mental health does not magically increase services – but given that MPs rely on popularity, surely awareness days can be used to actually effect change. Considering the number of people involved in supporting World Mental Health Day, I’d say that activists have got a pretty captive audience to engage with.

  • Make-up on the train: Why is women doing their face on public transport such an issue?
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    Yahoo Style UK

    Make-up on the train: Why is women doing their face on public transport such an issue?

    Apparently, the idea of women doing their makeup on public transport is actually rather triggering for some.