The winner of the brutal Montane Spine Race on how hiking with her baby helped her to smash the menâs record â despite having to express milk along the way
It is Britainâs most brutal running race â 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 â including 125 men â from 15 different countries, to win the Montane Spine Race outright. In the process, on Wednesday, she smashed the menâs 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.Continue reading... [ + ]
Enticed to the UK with promises that never materialise, many women face exploitative or abusive employers â and a government that just wants to deport them
You see them sometimes in the kitchens and nurseries of wealthy people â 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.Continue reading... [ + ]
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 â 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 â aims squarely at CBS News. For its lack of black journalists.
Tweeting to her 2.4 million followers, Ocasio-Cortez wrote: âThis [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 hasnât assigned a *single* black journalist to cover the 2020 election.â In true AOC style â bold, snappy, forthright, instantly meme-able â she added: âUnacceptable in 2019. Try again.âContinue reading... [ + ]
She turned a bit-part on the sitcom Parks and Recreation into TV stardom â all part of a plan she cooked up while working as a chemist
Itâs 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 â the heist drama Good Girls, and the fizzy and ferocious Girlfriendsâ Guide to Divorce â plus her recent book of essays, So Close to Being the Sh*T, Yâall Donât Even Know, sits down at a table. Across from us, industry titans Ron Howard, Judd Apatow and Brian Grazer split a shrimp cocktail.
Retta â full name Marietta Sangai Sirleaf â orders a caipirinha. She so adores the Brazilian cocktail that the writers for Girlfriendsâ Guide put the drink in the show. The waiter doesnât know what a caipirinha is, but heâs game to give it a try. For Retta, anything.Continue reading... [ + ]
I was a young, hairy girl and I hated it. It is time we got serious about womenâs sideburns, âtaches 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 doesnât 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: âFuck itâ âŠ 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.Continue reading... [ + ]
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 âwokeâ topic. Celebrities are making a cause of it. Men in offices are advised to say âmenopauseâ 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: thereâs 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?Continue reading... [ + ]
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 Womenâs 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.Continue reading... [ + ]
Hospitalâs 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 Irelandâs 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 âfall neatlyâ into a fatal foetal abnormality diagnosis.Continue reading... [ + ]
Saturdayâs 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 Womenâs March on Saturday is set to proceed under a cloud of controversy.Continue reading... [ + ]
Band manager criticised for silence after Maho Yamaguchi, a singer with NGT48, said she was attacked at her home
Japanâs harsh treatment of its female celebrities has again come under scrutiny following outcry over the music industryâs 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.Continue reading... [ + ]
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.Continue reading... [ + ]
The APAâs 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.Continue reading... [ + ]
Andy Murray, who has signalled his retirement from tennis, is a sports revolutionary. His claim in history was to be Britainâs first Wimbledon menâs 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, donât 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 outsiderâs 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. âTory Timâ, as some commentators dubbed him, was blazered and southern â and rose through the very traditional Lawn Tennis Association.Continue reading... [ + ]
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 â and, God knows, she may even enjoy that fact. This must be highlighted as sinful, over and over again.Continue reading... [ + ]
More diversity is needed in every way. Hopefully those changes are starting to be made
âą 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 didnât dare tell colleagues that she had a 10-month-old baby at home, fearing that she would be viewed as lacking âcommitment to specialityâ. 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 arenât challenges that are unique to surgery â or to women, with more men taking longer paternity leave â yet the stigma seems more entrenched in surgery than other specialities.Continue reading... [ + ]