‘My Love Life in Your Hands’

An anonymous journalist in the UK is putting his love life in the hands of strangers in a new column for the UK’s Guardian newspaper. The column ‘My Love Life in Your Hands’ is proving popular here in the UK, as the newspaper’s readers vote on what the author should do next. The reason behind this guy putting himself under such scrutiny and, frankly, risk? A poor past history when it comes to making decisions about women. He writes: ‘Left to my own devices, I know... Read More

Is Society Afraid of Sex Workers?

An elementary school teacher from the Bronx, New York, has been reassigned for publically revealing her past as a stripper and prostitute. The question this story has thrown up is whether the teacher’s demotion, as well as the coverage the story has received in the press, confirms that society is afraid of sex workers. My view? Yes it does. Melissa Petro has been teaching art at the PS70 elementary school in the Bronx for three years, and has been very open about her... Read More

‘Women Should Aspire to be a Size 14’

The UK’s new Equalities Minister, Lynne Featherstone of the Liberal Democrat Party, has said that all women should aspire to be a UK size 14 (US size 10/12) with a buxom, hourglass figure. Ms. Featherstone has stated that women should not be made to feel inadequate by stick-thin models staring out at them from advertising billboards and magazines, and has suggested that all too often women are made to feel wretched about their size as they constantly compare themselves... Read More

Starbucks Introduce the ‘Trenta’

Given that America loves coffee, and also loves super-size portions (I think, though in fairness I’m not American and this may be a sweeping generalisation), I suppose it was inevitable that Starbucks would marry the two and start to sell mammoth-sized cups of everyone’s favourite beverage. And so they have – this week they revealed their latest offering – the massive new ‘Trenta’ cup size, which holds an enormous 917ml of drink – more than one and a half... Read More

The Human Foetus ‘Cannot Feel’ Before 24 Weeks

The UK’s Guardian has reported that a major review of scientific evidence has found that the human foetus feels no pain before 24 weeks gestation. According to the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, the connections in the foetal brain are not fully formed at this point. In addition to this, the studies show that, before 24 weeks, the foetus is not conscious. The findings of two reports, commissioned by the Department of Health, can be seen as a major blow to... Read More

Pear-Shaped = Poor Memory in Old Age?

So  apparently, a woman’s body shape may play a significant role in how good her memory is in later life. According to research recently released from Northwestern Medicine at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, the more an older woman weighs, the worse her memory. The research found that the effect of excess weight on the memory is more pronounced in women who carry more weight around their hips (pear shapes), rather than women who carry weight around their waists... Read More

Should Cleopatra be Played by a Black Woman?

Film producer Scott Rudin has reportedly purchased the film rights to upcoming biography Queen of the Nile, Cleopatra: A Life, and has confirmed that the film is being developed with Angelina Jolie in mind for the leading role. Rudin’s casting decision has caused controversy. Essence recently featured an opinion piece that strongly criticises the casting decision and argues that the role should have gone to a black actress. The author of the piece, Shirea L. Carroll, writes: ‘Honestly,... Read More