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Sat, 19 Jan 2019 00:00:49 GMT
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Fri, 18 Jan 2019 12:20:53 GMT
Ultrarunner Jasmin Paris on her gruelling 83-hour win: ‘I just had one job to do'

The winner of the brutal Montane Spine Race on how hiking with her baby helped her to smash the men’s record – despite having to express milk along the way

It is Britain’s most brutal running race – 268 miles non-stop along the Pennine Way, from Edale in Derbyshire to the Scottish Borders, in January. Jasmin Paris, who is still breastfeeding her 14-month-old daughter Rowan, and was expressing milk along the way, this week beat 136 other competitors – including 125 men – from 15 different countries, to win the Montane Spine Race outright. In the process, on Wednesday, she smashed the men’s course record by more than 12 hours.

Paris, who is a vet working at the University of Edinburgh and studying acute myeloid leukaemia, told the Guardian she had planned to wean her daughter before the race began, but two back-to-back viral infections meant baby Rowan refused to take anything except milk for five days, and so by the time of the race she was still breastfeeding to avoid mastitis.

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Tue, 15 Jan 2019 07:00:11 GMT
When escaping an abusive employer is a crime: the trap Britain sets for Filipino domestic workers

Enticed to the UK with promises that never materialise, many women face exploitative or abusive employers – and a government that just wants to deport them

You see them sometimes in the kitchens and nurseries of wealthy people – women, mostly Filipino, rarely introduced by name. They come to the UK with a promise of income and regular hours, working as housekeepers or nannies to send money back home to their own families; but for many of them the reality is shockingly different.

There are nearly 19,000 people on overseas domestic visas in the UK, according to a Freedom of Information request from the Home Office seen by the Guardian; and together they make up, like the Windrush generation, a population of migrants under threat.

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Mon, 14 Jan 2019 17:54:45 GMT
Another day, another reason to be elated by congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

The newly sworn-in Democrat has taken aim at CBS News for its lack of black journalists. She is exactly what the world needs.

Another day, another reason to be elated by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. This time the newly sworn-in congresswoman – who in a matter of weeks has reshaped the political conversation in her own party and a country hit by the longest government shutdown in US history – aims squarely at CBS News. For its lack of black journalists.

Tweeting to her 2.4 million followers, Ocasio-Cortez wrote: “This [White House] admin has made having a functional understanding of race in America one of the most important core competencies for a political journalist to have, yet CBS News hasn’t assigned a *single* black journalist to cover the 2020 election.” In true AOC style – bold, snappy, forthright, instantly meme-able – she added: “Unacceptable in 2019. Try again.”

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Tue, 08 Jan 2019 12:00:08 GMT
Life's better with Retta: How TV's 'treat yo self' queen conquered comedy

She turned a bit-part on the sitcom Parks and Recreation into TV stardom – all part of a plan she cooked up while working as a chemist

It’s lunchtime at a stalwart Beverly Hills steakhouse when the door swings open and the room lights up. Retta has arrived. The comedian and actor who spun a background part on the sitcom Parks and Recreation into major roles on two TV series – the heist drama Good Girls, and the fizzy and ferocious Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce – plus her recent book of essays, So Close to Being the Sh*T, Y’all Don’t Even Know, sits down at a table. Across from us, industry titans Ron Howard, Judd Apatow and Brian Grazer split a shrimp cocktail.

Retta – full name Marietta Sangai Sirleaf – orders a caipirinha. She so adores the Brazilian cocktail that the writers for Girlfriends’ Guide put the drink in the show. The waiter doesn’t know what a caipirinha is, but he’s game to give it a try. For Retta, anything.

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Mon, 07 Jan 2019 18:32:25 GMT
Januhairy is great, but why is it always about women’s armpits – and not nipple hair?

I was a young, hairy girl and I hated it. It is time we got serious about women’s sideburns, ’taches and all the other unexpected sproutings

Women, throw down your razors: Januhairy is here. This month-long body-hair amnesty is the new Veganuary. Which is the new Dry January. Which, bless, is so retro it doesn’t even get a neologism. And even Brexit got one of those.

For the women who have been unwittingly celebrating Januhairy since the moment they caught a glimpse of their leg hair in the wintry split-second between removal of jeans and pulling-on of pyjama bottoms and thought: “Fuck it” 
 well done. You are ahead of the curve. And probably someone who, like me, reacts to any month-long initiative that is ostensibly designed to improve us, but often results in more shame, in much the same way as misogynists react to a woman with hairy legs.

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Fri, 04 Jan 2019 10:00:11 GMT
My life in sex: ‘Penetration is excruciating’

The woman with a dry vagina

Whenever I hear about a couple over a certain age enjoying an active sex life, I marvel about one aspect that is never talked about. The menopause is now a “woke” topic. Celebrities are making a cause of it. Men in offices are advised to say “menopause” three times a day to develop empathy for female co-workers. Hot flushes and night sweats are discussed in newspapers. But the worst symptom is never mentioned: there’s a post-menopausal elephant in the bedroom and its name is Dry Vagina.

Dear younger women, do not underestimate this. I breezed through all other aspects of the menopause. Hot flushes? Wear layers. Night sweats? Drink water. But a desiccating vagina? A person can apply only so much lubrication. Even then, penetration is excruciating, second only to the stinging afterwards when you need to urinate and have to steel yourself not to cry out loud. So, what are all those other post-menopausal, sexually active women doing? Have they miraculously escaped?

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Fri, 18 Jan 2019 16:57:12 GMT
Women's March: 30 countries set to take part in third global protest

Women to march against violence and austerity with UK rally likely to have anti-Brexit tone

Women in more than 30 countries around the world are expected to gather on Saturday as part of the global Women’s March, to protest against violence against women and the impact of policies of austerity.

In London thousands are expected to gather outside Portland Place in central London at 12.30pm and march to Trafalgar Square by 1.30pm, ending in a two-hour rally.

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Fri, 18 Jan 2019 13:33:39 GMT
Woman denied abortion in Dublin despite new legislation

Hospital’s decision has raised questions over introduction of abortion services in Ireland

A hospital in Dublin has refused an abortion to a woman with a fatal foetal abnormality, raising questions over Ireland’s recent introduction of abortion services.

The Coombe hospital, a leading maternity facility that has signed up to the service, reportedly declined to terminate the pregnancy because it did not “fall neatly” into a fatal foetal abnormality diagnosis.

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Fri, 18 Jan 2019 12:51:00 GMT
Women's March to take to streets after controversy divides movement

Saturday’s event set to be smaller after several major sponsors withdrew following allegations of antisemitism

Just two years after leading the largest recorded protest in US history, the third annual Women’s March on Saturday is set to proceed under a cloud of controversy.

Related: Theater project lets women who accused Trump tell their stories

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Fri, 18 Jan 2019 05:55:40 GMT
Victim-blaming outcry as Japan pop star says sorry after alleged assault by fans

Band manager criticised for silence after Maho Yamaguchi, a singer with NGT48, said she was attacked at her home

Japan’s harsh treatment of its female celebrities has again come under scrutiny following outcry over the music industry’s handling of an alleged assault on a member of a popular girl band.

Social media users and TV commentators have joined the barrage of criticism targeting AKS, a music management agency, after Maho Yamaguchi, a singer with NGT48, went public this month with allegations she had been assaulted by two obsessive fans at the end of last year.

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Mon, 14 Jan 2019 06:00:30 GMT
What would make a woman go back to Boko Haram? Despair | Azadeh Moaveni
In northeastern Nigeria, the militant group exploits a broken social system. There are lessons here for the rest of the world

Zahra and Amina seem like lucky survivors of the scourge of northeastern Nigeria, the jihadist movement known as Boko Haram. Both were wives of fighters. Zahra escaped by agreeing to detonate an explosive vest that the militants strapped to her. After walking miles to her intended target, a government checkpoint, she turned herself over to soldiers. Amina fled with her three children after her husband was killed in battle.

Today, both women live in a camp for survivors of the conflict in the northeastern city of Maiduguri. When I met them on a recent research trip to the city, the last thing I expected to hear was that they wanted to rejoin the insurgents. Conventional thinking and security policies that aim to dissuade women from extremist groups tend to focus on ideology, presuming that only brainwashing could compel them to voluntarily join radical, violent militias. But here in the northeast, some women have largely been compelled to affiliate with Boko Haram by social and political conditions. Perversely, the group offers them respite from insecurity and the limited opportunities afforded them in a deeply patriarchal society riven by poor governance.

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Sat, 12 Jan 2019 14:00:00 GMT
Psychologists' warning over masculinity offends the right | Arwa Mahdawi

The APA’s sensible concern over the danger posed by traditional gender roles will save lives

Last August the American Psychological Association (APA) released its first-ever guidelines for therapists working with men and boys. Nobody paid much attention to these for several months, but they went viral this week. This was largely due to the APA condensing its academic report into a tweet explaining that the key takeaway is that traditional masculinity is harmful and socializing boys to suppress their emotions causes damage. Suddenly everyone on the internet was an armchair psychologist and conservatives were up in arms about war on men.

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Fri, 11 Jan 2019 18:25:17 GMT
The Guardian view on Andy Murray: great Scot, great guy, great backhand | Editorial
The former Wimbledon men’s singles champion is a man who reshaped the game, on and off court

Andy Murray, who has signalled his retirement from tennis, is a sports revolutionary. His claim in history was to be Britain’s first Wimbledon men’s singles champion in many decades, a feat he achieved in 2013 and 2016. He won two Olympic golds and is the only person to have been voted BBC Sports Personality of the Year three times. He was also the first British tennis player to be knighted. But these achievements, remarkable as they are, don’t make him a revolutionary.

Three things make him a man who really shifted the dial. The first is the way he changed how he himself was seen. When he first came to notice, Mr Murray was a gifted but introverted player who found it hard to win over the public. His outsider’s awkwardness was often contrasted with the establishment entitlement of his predecessor as British number one, Tim Henman. Mr Murray was Scottish and had not risen through the system, training in France. “Tory Tim”, as some commentators dubbed him, was blazered and southern – and rose through the very traditional Lawn Tennis Association.

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Thu, 10 Jan 2019 15:33:56 GMT
Ocasio-Cortez has shown ‘shameless’ women are a powerful force | Suzanne Moore
Of course the rising Democratic star terrifies men who would oppress her – she has shown she is unafraid of them

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has feet. And she washes sometimes. In order to do this she takes off her clothes, the brazen hussy. I presume this to be the case, although the picture of feet in the bath that the Daily Caller published seems to have been falsely ascribed to her. Experts have been brought in to analyse the length of the toes in the image, because this is clearly the biggest issue in America right now.

This quite insane attempt to shame her is so bizarre after the video of her dancing on a rooftop at college backfired and she responded by dancing into her congressional office. She is more popular than ever. She excites the left because of her youth, her passion and her politics. She excites the right because she has a body – and, God knows, she may even enjoy that fact. This must be highlighted as sinful, over and over again.

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Tue, 08 Jan 2019 13:52:47 GMT
The sexism in surgery is shocking – from 'banter' to discrimination | Daniella Donato-Brown

More diversity is needed in every way. Hopefully those changes are starting to be made
‱ Daniella Donato-Brown is a general surgery registrar

In 2016 58% of people applying to medicine and dentistry courses were women. However, according to the Royal College of Surgeons of England, only about 12% of consultant surgeons in 2018 were women. Why? A small survey in the BMJ medical journal points to the level of discrimination. As a general surgical trainee, I have been shocked by the experiences reported by some female colleagues. The discrepancy in the number of women applying to medicine and those going on to become consultant surgeons can partly be explained by the higher dropout rate. Could inherent gender discrimination within surgery itself play a part in that?

Female colleagues with children have struggled to be accepted and are seen as less than full-time surgeons, despite working similar hours in hospital to those surgeons with part-time hospital and research commitments. A female surgeon returning from maternity leave didn’t dare tell colleagues that she had a 10-month-old baby at home, fearing that she would be viewed as lacking “commitment to speciality”. Female surgeons are continually asked about their family plans. I was even asked at an international conference if colorectal surgery would be the correct career path if I plan to have children. These aren’t challenges that are unique to surgery – or to women, with more men taking longer paternity leave – yet the stigma seems more entrenched in surgery than other specialities.

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