• This Is The First Ad In The UK Ever To Show Realistic Period Blood
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    This Is The First Ad In The UK Ever To Show Realistic Period Blood

    Marketers may think they're making periods more palatable by sanitising them in this way, but they're also telling women and girls that their natural bodies are dirty, shameful and unfit for public (read: male) consumption. While Bodyform told Refinery29 that they didn't use genuine period blood for health and safety reasons (but rather a substitute made from corn syrup and food colouring), the move is an admirable step in the right direction.

  • How The Term "Serial Killer" Came To Be
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    How The Term "Serial Killer" Came To Be

    In the first episode of Mindhunter, Bill Tench (Holt McCallany) connects the string of patterned murders sweeping the country into a unified phenomenon. Now, we’d call the perpetrators of those crimes “serial killers.” But back in the ‘70s, the time when serious research on these individuals was just beginning, the phrase “serial killers” hadn’t been invented. In Mindhunter, Tench is the guy who coins the term “serial killer.” It happens in episode 9, when Wendy Carr (Anna Torv) cites the necessity for a new vocabulary to describe someone like Edmund Kemper.

  • The Sex Scenes In Mindhunter Are Very, Very Telling
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    The Sex Scenes In Mindhunter Are Very, Very Telling

    The David Fincher-produced series reveals how these serial killers’ sexual foundations eventually lead them to kill (and usually rape) their women victims. Over the course of the psychothriller’s first season, viewers see how interviewing serial killers for a living completely changes who Holden is and how he views sex.

  • The French Instagram Star Whose Style We Can't Get Enough Of
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    The French Instagram Star Whose Style We Can't Get Enough Of

    Having worked in fashion for eight years, I’ve come across my fair share of gorgeous, stylish women. The whole value of casual sophistication is in the authenticity and ease with which women like Jane Birkin, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Caroline de Maigret, Léa Seydoux and Anne-Laure Mais put together a simple T-shirt and jeans. Another one of these women is 25-year-old French model, actress, photographer and It Girl Jeanne Damas.

  • How To Master The At-Home Blow Dry
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    How To Master The At-Home Blow Dry

    For many women, when it comes to feeling polished, nothing beats a glossy, bouncy blow dry. A properly executed blow dry is as practical as it is chic, and ideal for the colder months, when social calendars are packed and lie-ins precious. “It depends on how your hair holds the style but generally, on thicker hair, a professional blow dry can easily last four days,” says Alice Smithson, senior stylist at popular London blow bar, Duck & Dry.

  • It's Time To Rethink Monogamy
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    It's Time To Rethink Monogamy

    Rosie Wilby, comedian and author of Is Monogamy Dead? is describing love-affair friendships – platonic relationships that come with the heady beginnings of a new romance and then weather the dips and peaks that you experience in a long-term, romantic relationship. As Wilby points out, in modern relationships we’ve adapted our understanding of the word to mean having one romantic partner at a time – rather than for life – with many of us practising serial monogamy. It means ‘many loves’, an idea that Wilby researched for her book in both its sexual and platonic sense.

  • How The Kardashians Helped Me Feel Beautiful When No-One Else Did
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    How The Kardashians Helped Me Feel Beautiful When No-One Else Did

    Sitting on the sand, I looked to my right and saw a herd of girls sprinting down the beach, iPhones clutched tightly in outstretched hands, racing to get a picture of one of the Kardashians. Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, Jennifer Aniston, Cindy Crawford, Kate Moss – those were the kinds of women all over the magazines and mainstream media.

  • Why "Me Too" Has The Power To Break Open The Culture Of Silence
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    Why "Me Too" Has The Power To Break Open The Culture Of Silence

    On Sunday afternoon, actress Alyssa Milano kicked off what is sure to go down in record books one of the most powerful social activism hashtags this year. Milano posted a Tweet encouraging those who have experienced sexual harassment and abuse to reply “Me Too” to raise awareness of the problem's vastness. If you’ve been sexually harassed or assaulted write ‘me too’ as a reply to this tweet.

  • Men In France Could Soon Be Fined For Wolf-Whistling
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    Men In France Could Soon Be Fined For Wolf-Whistling

    With Hollywood having the global influence that it does, the scandal surrounding Harvey Weinstein has triggered an avalanche of debate about sexual harassment the world over. In France, a new law is being discussed that could make it much more difficult for sexual predators to operate as normal. Under legislation proposed by the country's gender equality minister, Marlène Schiappa, men could be fined on the spot for catcalling and other lecherous behaviour in public.

  • What To Say When Someone Tells You They've Been Sexually Assaulted Or Harassed
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    What To Say When Someone Tells You They've Been Sexually Assaulted Or Harassed

    There's a good chance you saw someone you know post the hashtag #MeToo on social media this weekend. In response to the growing number of women coming forward about Harvey Weinstein, people have been using #MeToo as a way to share their own experiences with sexual assault and/or harassment, and to "give people a sense of the magnitude of the problem," as Alyssa Milano wrote on Twitter. Using the simple hashtag gives people an opportunity to share their experiences without disclosing all the details of what happened to them, which can be empowering for some people, says Rachel Goldsmith, LCSW-R, associate vice president for the Domestic Violence Shelter Programs at Safe Horizon.

  • 79-year-old Jane Fonda stuns in unretouched magazine cover
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    79-year-old Jane Fonda stuns in unretouched magazine cover

    Fonda looked flawless in a white open-collar shirt, oversized circular earrings and a chunky chain necklace.

  • Alicia Vikander may have worn a casual cotton dress for her rumored wedding
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    Alicia Vikander may have worn a casual cotton dress for her rumored wedding

    The rumor mill is churning —  Alicia Vikander and Michael Fassbender reportedly got married in Ibiza on Sunday. The Oscar-winning actress and the Assassin’s Creed actor were photographed by the Daily Mail wearing bands on their wedding fingers over the weekend. Prior to Sunday, Vikander was photographed wearing a white Zimmermann Prima Dot Broiderie Day Dress while spending time with friends and family on the beach-town island. The actress accessorized with playful heart-shaped sunglasses and simple nude slides. While it’s not been confirmed that this white bohemian dress is the actual   wedding dress Vikander wore to marry Fassbender, it’s a possibility. Vikander and Fassbender met on the set of the 2014 film  The Light Between Oceans.  The pair have been very private during their three-year relationship, so a secret-wedding rendezvous in Ibizia is not too far-fetched. But if you are inspired by Vikander’s island wedding look, click through the gallery to shop the Zimmermann dress and other similar beach-inspired wedding dresses. Read More from Yahoo Lifestyle: • The complete Fashion Week trend guide for Spring 2018 • Why is Jennifer Lawrence wearing a wedding dress? • Size 14 model called ‘an icon for a new generation of girls’ after walking in India Fashion Week Follow us on Instagram , Facebook , and Twitter for nonstop inspiration delivered fresh to your feed, every day.

  • The New BBC Show Challenging Our Views About Abortion
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    The New BBC Show Challenging Our Views About Abortion

    Despite the media attention gifted to the likes of Jacob Rees-Mogg, and the persistence of anti-abortion protesters on our streets, 2017 marks the 50th anniversary of the Abortion Act, the groundbreaking legislation that made abortion available across England, Wales and Scotland. Thankfully a new BBC documentary, Abortion on Trial, delves deeper into the issue than we're used to and weighs up whether the old legislation is fit for purpose. While the campaign to completely decriminalise abortion has gained traction and looks increasingly likely to succeed, a poll commissioned by the show found that more than two-thirds of people (69%) believe it's already completely legal on demand if a woman wants one.

  • What You Really Need To Know About PCOS & Insulin Resistance
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    What You Really Need To Know About PCOS & Insulin Resistance

    Polycystic ovary syndrome is often described as a circle of symptoms. Complicating matters further is the fact that, while PCOS affects an estimated 10-20% of women worldwide, the syndrome manifests differently from case to case. Sometimes referred to as “insulin insensitivity,” this is a condition in which the body fails to properly respond when insulin is released, leading to improper metabolisation of carbohydrates and therefore elevated blood glucose.

  • This Is Truly Our Moment & We Will Not Be Silenced
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    This Is Truly Our Moment & We Will Not Be Silenced

    Gretchen Carlson is an acclaimed television journalist and female empowerment advocate. My first thought when I heard about Harvey Weinstein? The bad news is that sexual harassment is back in the headlines, with tales of another powerful man preying on women, insulated by enablers and victims too ashamed to come forward.

  • The Funniest Twitter Reactions To The #Redsun Across England
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    The Funniest Twitter Reactions To The #Redsun Across England

    Strange red sun at 11am !! today Leasowe Wirral @Wirral_Weather @WirralNews @WirralLive @photoweather1 @MoretonWeather @bbcweather pic.twitter.com/50yb9WmGAP— ILoveThatPhoto (@WirralCheshire) October 16, 2017

  • This Is Where Generation Rent Is Moving To After Being Priced Out Of London
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    This Is Where Generation Rent Is Moving To After Being Priced Out Of London

    The cost of renting in London is a notoriously unfunny joke. Ten years ago, more than half (51%) of London renters upped sticks in order to buy a property, but that figure now stands at just over a fifth (22%), according to the data from Countrywide. More than 50,000 people have left London in the last year to cut their rent – so where are they all going?

  • Girl Suffered Collapsed Lung After Screaming At One Direction Concert
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    Girl Suffered Collapsed Lung After Screaming At One Direction Concert

    One Direction may not be around any more but, for one fan, they had something of a lasting effect. In a paper published last week in the Journal of Emergency Medicine, a Dr J. Mack Slaughter from Dallas, Texas, related an interesting incident, thought to be the first of its kind. Three years ago, he dealt with a patient who appeared to have ripped a hole in her lung by screaming at a One Direction concert.

  • The #MeToo Hashtag Is Raising Sexual Violence Awareness
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    The #MeToo Hashtag Is Raising Sexual Violence Awareness

    In the days since The New York Times published a report detailing sexual misconduct allegations against Harvey Weinstein, women and men everywhere have begun to share their own stories of being sexually abused. The hashtag #MeToo is currently trending on Twitter and it illustrates just how widespread the problem is and how many people's lives have been affected by sexual violence. The "Me Too" Twitter moment is an excellent opportunity to come together with other survivors and let them know they're not alone and they have nothing to be ashamed of.

  • Music To Make You Feel Okay When The News Is Emotionally Exhausting
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    Music To Make You Feel Okay When The News Is Emotionally Exhausting

    It's also only the tip of the iceberg, with more stories and takedowns in other industries to come, I suspect. Since then, she's stated publicly that she is in favour of gun control and hopes other artists in country "become braver on their stances with it." Sadly, this is a track she wrote in 2015, after the mass shooting in Charleston, SC.

  • The Simple Skincare Routine That Helped Me Get Rid Of My Hormonal Acne
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    The Simple Skincare Routine That Helped Me Get Rid Of My Hormonal Acne

    First came Epiduo, an over-the-counter topical treatment that uses adapalene and benzoyl peroxide to dry out spots (and every other inch of skin). Like a lot of teens, I gave up, and from 18 onwards, the acne got a little better as my raging hormones seemed to mellow. Desperate times called for desperate measures and I did the only thing I'd ever known – made an appointment with my GP – only to be given the option of a contraceptive pill that could potentially make my acne worse (not to mention mess with my mental health) and Duac, yet another antibiotic-benzoyl peroxide cream.

  • 6 Reasons Why You Should Add Some Heritage Check To Your Autumn Wardrobe
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    6 Reasons Why You Should Add Some Heritage Check To Your Autumn Wardrobe

    Cast your mind back to Balenciaga's SS17 collection, where creative director Demna Gvasalia showcased deconstructed and oversized proportions in grey checked blazers, coats and skirts. Bella Hadid donned a cropped box jacket, thigh-split pencil skirt and matching slouch boots at Off-White, Zimmermann gave us loose-fitting checked macs, and Mulberry stayed true to its heritage aesthetic with a Town & Country -esque skirt suit. Alexander Wang gave the look an edge with black stomping boots and leather sleeves, and Ralph Lauren turned the fabric into a fitted bandeau top and co-ord trousers (topped off with fierce stilettos).

  • 6 Of The Most Mesmerising Cake Makers On Instagram
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    6 Of The Most Mesmerising Cake Makers On Instagram

    Sure, you could spend your commute staring at the same old sunset and wedding pics, but wouldn't you rather watch the creation of a six-tier chocolate truffle cake or a watermelon freakshake cupcake? This ridiculously talented baker is only 15 years old, but is clearly wise beyond his years. Clearly nothing is beyond this lovely London-based baker.

  • James Corden Apologises For Making Harvey Weinstein Jokes
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    James Corden Apologises For Making Harvey Weinstein Jokes

    Not everything is a laughing matter. It's a lesson late-night host James Corden is learning the hard way. While hosting the amFAR gala in Beverly Hills on Friday, Corden tried his hand at making jokes about Harvey Weinstein, the film mogul accused of sexually harassing, assaulting, and raping multiple women.

  • This Scene In The Meyerowitz Stories Makes An Important Point About Sexual Assault
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    This Scene In The Meyerowitz Stories Makes An Important Point About Sexual Assault

    This post contains spoilers for The Meyerowitz Stories. The Meyerowitz Stories — Noah Baumbach’s film about a dysfunctional New York family that hits Netflix Friday — is a classic dramedy. Parts of it — any scene which combines Emma Thompson and cold, gooey shark soup — will make you laugh, while other moments are truly moving.