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Why our bar for what constitutes good sex is too low (and how it's harming young women)

“He totally objectified me,” a 20-someting woman told me of her encounter with a customer who addressed her breasts rather than her face. I get a case of the warm and fuzzies when I hear such talk, not because I want to see women objectified, but because sexist behaviour is being labelled for what it is. Far from the problem that has no name, women are using the full vocabulary to describe their experiences of sexism. Once confined to the tutorial room, words and phrases such as “patriarchy”, “misogyny”, “gender…

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Serena Williams' postpartum story shows other moms it's okay to take your time

New mom Serena Williams’s decision to bow out of the Australian Open was not lost on other moms also finding their way back to fitness after childbirth. “I think that sets a great example, the fact that she’s listening to her body and not pushing through,” said Anne Mauney, a registered dietitian and blogger. “Someone so talented and athletic sending a message that it’s smart to be cautious is great.” Mauney, who gave birth to her first daughter in November, delivered her daughter, Riese, via Cesarean section. She was surprised…

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It's my hair. So why are you offended if I change it?

Ever since the first time I cut my hair short (that is, ear length, when I was about 16), I’ve never been overly precious about my hair. I’ve been a model for hair shows, where they dyed the underneath layer magenta and the top black. I’ve had a pixie cut, which has been growing out since late 2013. I’ve even gone the Rihanna, circa mid-2014, shaving the underneath of my short bob.  I’ve been blonde, bronde, salmon, rose gold, chocolate, peach and bark. Viola Davis wore her natural hair to the…

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It's time we stop tolerating the royals

Don’t get me wrong. I love Harry and Meghan as much as the next person. I teared up watching their engagement interview. I laughed when Prince George gave his first royal wave in Canada. I read articles on Kate Middleton’s latest outfits with religious zeal.  But it’s time to face it. The royals are bad. They’re racist, they’re outdated – and yet we do nothing about it. We tolerate – even love! – them despite every piece of evidence that suggests we should be more critical.  Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II and…

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“It's been a LONG time coming” – Shane Long ends goal drought in Crystal Palace game

Long’s strike gave Saints the lead in their home match against Crystal Palace Tuesday, January 2, 2018 Stop what you’re doing! Shane Long has finally scored a goal.  The striker ended a run of 1,320 minutes without a goal in the Premier League since he last netted for Southampton in February 2017.  Long has been in wretched form since but it appears he has finally put his demons to rest when he expertly found the net in Saints’ clash against Crystal Palace.  His team-mates rushed to congratulate him as Long broke…

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Bono, it's time to stop using 'girly' as a negative term

If you thought that U2 dropping their unsolicited album onto every single IPhone was the most unwanted noise Bono could gift you with, think again. In an interview with Rolling Stone, the 57 year-old thought it appropriate to provide comments, fitting to the year that was. The frontman, whose weepy ballad All I Want is You reached number one in Australia, lamented that male musicians no longer have an outlet for their rage because the industry has become too feminised. Although that’s not the word he used. Bono’s comments enraged large parts of social media. Photo: AP “I…

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Why it's ok to hate meditating (and still be good at it)

Do you suck at meditating? Do you give up on mindfulness techniques in less than a minute because your mind is too, um, full? Does failing to ‘clear your mind’ leave you feeling more frustrated than before you tried to chill out? Well, the good news is IT IS IMPOSSIBLE TO FAIL AT MEDITATION (yes, yelling). Just one, deep conscious breath is meditative. And a crappy attempt at stillness is far better than no attempt at all. You don’t need to achieve zero thoughts and nirvana-esque heights to reap the…

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