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When it comes to blusher don’t be bashful | Funmi Fetto

Sat, 10/19/2019 - 19:30

Not just for the young, rouged cheeks can revitalise your complexion

There is something “girlie” about blusher. Hence, there is an idea it has an age limit. Total nonsense, of course, as shown at Chanel AW19. Yes, it has youthfulness written all over it, but it is magic for a complexion that needs resuscitation. Nailing technique, shade and texture is key. For definition, without the faff of contouring, circular strokes of a powder blush on the cheekbones blended up and out is best. For ease, less density and a freshness that is unsurpassed, go for a cream. Pinks are flattering – paler shades, paler skin; deeper shades, deeper skin – but orange will give you a warm glow. Go easy, otherwise you’ll look like an actual orange.

1. Nars Hustle Cheek Palette £36, narscosmetics.co.uk
2. Shiseido Minimalist Whipped Powder Blush £32, lookfantastic.com
3. Dolce & Gabbana Blush £34, harrods.com
4. Smashbox Planetary Cheek Palette £28, boots.com
5. Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Sheer Colour Stick N°25 £35, chanel.com

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Channel 4 launches menopause policy for employees

Thu, 10/17/2019 - 13:01

Women will have access to flexible working arrangements, and cool and quiet workspaces

Channel 4 is launching its first menopause policy in an effort to normalise the “taboo” subject.

The policy will support employees experiencing menopausal symptoms such as hot flushes, anxiety and fatigue, giving women access to flexible working arrangements and paid leave if they feel unwell because of the side-effects.

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I thought I knew about feminism – then I started work in a women’s prison

Wed, 10/16/2019 - 23:00

I wanted to teach the inmates about female empowerment. Instead, they overturned my views on everything from sex work to marriage

I thought I knew about feminism. I had the word “FEMINIST” written in black marker pen across the front of my homework diary aged 15, along with an anti-war sticker that incongruously involved a cupcake. I had graduated from the “girl power” of my primary school years to reading Germaine Greer on a beanbag in the college library. I felt sorry for the girls in sixth form getting Brazilians, who, unlike my enlightened self, clearly hadn’t clocked that waxing was a tool of patriarchal oppression. I studied feminist theory, went to feminist gatherings and listened to feminist podcasts. I had spent several evenings sitting cross-legged at a “collective” organised by other middle-class, university-educated women talking about intersectionality and Frida Kahlo. By the time I graduated from university, I had firmly absorbed a list of the correct ideas and words that I needed to be a “proper feminist” (but was probably not someone you wanted to invite to a dinner party).

In 2015, two years after graduating, I began a job working in a high-security women’s prison. I had read enough statistics and policy reports before I started to know that women in prisons were in desperate need of a little female empowerment. But what I quickly learned was that my feminist education had a thick wedge of information missing: namely, the part where it connected to actual women being very fundamentally oppressed because of their gender. Confronted by someone whose cervix had been plugged with four egg-sized capsules of crack cocaine on the behest of a controlling boyfriend who would reap the profits, I found it difficult to work out quite how my Frida Kahlo T-shirt and mansplaining radar were going to help things.

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Abortion rights used to get DUP to back Brexit deal, says Stella Creasy

Wed, 10/16/2019 - 11:49

Labour MP accuses government of willingness to let Stormont be in control of abortion laws

Labour MP Stella Creasy has accused the government of preparing to hand back control of abortion rights to Stormont to help curry favour with the DUP at a critical moment in the Brexit talks.

Creasy led a successful push in the Commons earlier this year to extend abortion rights to Northern Ireland – the only part of the UK where it remains illegal except in a very narrow set of circumstances. MPs amended the Northern Ireland (executive formation) bill, to say that the government in Westminster would be required to extend the right to abortion if the Northern Ireland assembly and executive at Stormont are not up and running by 21 October.

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Nasa plans historic first all-female spacewalk in coming days

Wed, 10/16/2019 - 09:46

Christina Koch and Jessica Meir to make history after delay over suit sizes available at station

Nasa is planning the first ever all-female spacewalk as early as Thursday, the space agency has announced.

The walk, or float, will be conducted from the International Space Station by the astronauts Christina Koch and Jessica Meir, who have been living in space since March and September respectively. The news was communicated by the Nasa administrator Jim Bridenstine, via Twitter.

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'Calm down dear, it’s only an aneurysm’ – why doctors need to take women’s pain seriously

Wed, 10/16/2019 - 06:25

Female heart-attack victims are half as likely as men to receive treatment. Is ‘hysteria’ still being used to deny women adequate medical care?

Though arising from the #MeToo movement, the phrase “believe women” is applicable anywhere. Believe women when we say the office is too cold, when we say we’re being paid less and especially when we say we’re in pain.

Scepticism toward the latter is costing lives: according to a study led by the University of Edinburgh and funded by the British Heart Foundation, women who had gone to A&E after experiencing chest pain (and were later found to be suffering from a heart attack) were half as likely as men to receive the recommended medical treatment. The research comes after it was revealed that entering identical heart symptoms for women and men on Babylon, a virtual GP app praised by the health secretary, Matt Hancock, resulted in different diagnoses. Its artificial intelligence tells a 60-year-old female smoker who reports chest pain and nausea that she is simply having a panic attack. A 60-year-old male smoker with exactly the same symptoms is told that he might be having a heart attack and is advised to go to A&E. Here’s hoping that the researchers from the University of Edinburgh are predominantly male, so that their research is taken more seriously than the anguished cries of women that have rung out since the beginning of time.

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Congratulations, Esther Duflo. The world needs more female economists | Jill Priluck

Wed, 10/16/2019 - 00:00

The long history of bias, discrimination and underestimation of women in the field of economics is why Duflo’s prize is a such a great step forward

This week, MIT’s Esther Duflo became the second female economist to win a Nobel prize. She and her husband, Abhijit Banerjee, also of MIT, and Michael Kremer of Harvard University, shared the award “for their experimental approach to alleviating global poverty”.

In Poor Economics: A Radical Rethinking of the Way To Fight Global Poverty, Duflo and Banerjee studied the poor not as “cartoon characters” but as human beings “in all their complexity and richness”. In 2003, they founded the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab at MIT to study poverty.

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Team older feminist: am I allowed nuanced feelings about #MeToo?

Tue, 10/15/2019 - 19:00

After #MeToo, I wondered if my real problem with young feminists was how little they seemed to need us older ones. As far as I could see, they didn’t even want to know us

I remember a woman who screamed like a feral animal. She was leather tan and sinewy. Spiked bleached blonde hair, sculpted biceps, low-slung cargo pants with Doc Martens, veins bursting from her neck, eyes bugging from her drawn face.

She stood on the sidewalks of New York City with a folding table covered with poster-size images from hardcore pornography: women wearing dog collars, women on leashes, women leaned over and viewed from behind, their backs crosshatched with scars. Much of the time she displayed a blowup of the famous Hustler magazine cover showing a naked woman being fed upside down into a meat grinder.

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Testosterone boosts women's athletic performance, study shows

Tue, 10/15/2019 - 12:30

Research confirms increase in endurance as IAAF imposes upper limit on trans female athletes

Boosting testosterone levels significantly improves female athletic performance, according to one of the first randomised controlled trials.

The findings come as the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) announced on Monday it would impose an upper limit for testosterone levels on trans female athletes competing in middle-distance events.

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Does Labour really want to elect a female leader? | Suzanne Moore

Mon, 10/14/2019 - 07:40

John McDonnell is calling for a woman to succeed Corbyn, but it feels as though the party is being embarrassed into it

Not now, darling. There are really more important things than women. And the Labour party. There is Brexit, the Queen’s speech, voter suppression, almost every other issue – and the unfettered egos of Boris Johnson and the posh bouncer Dominic Cummings. And there is the Brexit party on the sidelines, with its Stepford Wives view of femininity.

This is not the time to think about that “single issue” of female representation, because everything else is more urgent. Except, actually, there is no policy that doesn’t affect the majority of the population – women. And there is no future for Labour unless it attracts women voters. When John McDonnell spoke of shortening the working week, which is great, I wondered how this plays out in the double shift of paid work and domestic work that is most women’s lives. Jeremy Corbyn’s power is leaking away. No simple chant can bring it back – and if you want to call me a Tory for saying so, more fool you. Polls, schmolls.

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Westminster progress on toxic culture ‘still too slow’ two years on

Sun, 10/13/2019 - 19:00

Reports continue about inappropriate behaviour despite helpline and series of changes

Hundreds of callers have contacted a Westminster hotline set up to help advise people who have experienced inappropriate behaviour in parliament in the aftermath of the “Pestminster scandal”.

The specialist helpline was part of a series of changes MPs introduced after widespread claims of bullying, harassment, sexually inappropriate behaviour and abuse on the parliamentary estate.

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'Glacial change': film industry is slow to reform despite #MeToo

Sun, 10/13/2019 - 19:00

Progress towards equality in the entertainment industry has been patchy, say campaigners

Two years ago, the entertainment industry became the primary focus of discussions over abuse, harassment and decades of ingrained sexism after allegations against Harvey Weinstein rocked Hollywood and kickstarted the wider #MeToo movement.

While a raft of initiatives have been introduced, including Time’s Up, a group that provides legal support to victims, and 50/50 x 2020, a gender parity pledge that all major film festivals have signed up to, industry experts said change has been glacial.

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Helping the victims of domestic abuse | Letters

Sun, 10/13/2019 - 07:52
Jan Williams highlights the importance of civil protection, and Simon Davis voices support for the domestic abuse bill

Davina James-Hanman rightly identifies austerity policies, including legal aid cuts, as contributing to an average of three women a week being killed by their partners or former partners (‘There’s no secret abuser’s handbook. It’s called mainstream culture’, 10 October).

However, I wonder if she has considered the devastating impact of the ill-considered Domestic Violence, Crime and Victims Act 2004 which made breach of a family (civil) court non-molestation injunction a criminal offence. Implemented in 2007, this egregious example of a law of unintended consequences actually weakened the protection such orders afforded victims, by prohibiting judges from attaching powers of arrest. Prior to this, when an applicant reported breach, the police had only to arrest the respondent and return him to court the next working day, for immediate contempt proceedings. With up to two years’ custody for breach, 90% of orders were obeyed, providing essential calm while the court resolved the issues keeping victims trapped – long-term living arrangements, finance, divorce, and, crucially, children. Now, on breach, victims lose the court’s protection, and their legal aid, to rely on criminal proceedings – if there is enough evidence and if they can face these.

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The lord provost was only guilty of trying to look good for Glasgow | Kevin McKenna

Sat, 10/12/2019 - 23:00
A personal allowance comes with the job and Eva Bolander didn’t even spend all of hers. The shame is on her critics

‘Optics”, like its close brethren “toxic” and “woke”, belongs to a dismal suite of words that contribute to the modern idiom of mob outrage on social media. These words are detached from their original environment and made to perform the task of harnessing indignation. Thus, if an action isn’t illegal or even unethical but seems questionable nonetheless, its “optics” are deemed to be bad.

Eva Bolander, the lord provost of Glasgow, now finds herself in the crosshairs of these aggressive optics. Last week, it was revealed that she had run up a bill of £8,000 spread over a period of more than two years on a number of items of clothing and personal grooming including dresses, lipstick, shoes and underwear. This has elicited a vindictive and tawdry response designed to cause maximum humiliation with a careful measure of titillation because, well… she’s a woman and a woman’s choice of foundation garments is so much more tantalising than men’s and thus worthy of exposure.

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Shows with traumatic plotlines are shifting the national debate | Eva Wiseman

Sat, 10/12/2019 - 22:00

TV shows and books dealing with rape and sexual assault make for upsetting and unsettling viewing and reading, but at least the grim stories are propelling us towards the possibility of social change

We are nearing the finale of season three, when the storyline twists and characters evolve and we are invited to question all we thought we knew. In the same way that it’s harder to care about statistics (like the proportion of rapes being prosecuted in England and Wales dropping to just 1.7%) than stories (like the new book by Chanel Miller, a blistering account of her sexual assault), perhaps it is easier to think of rape in these terms. As a horror show, unfolding.

Yesterday over lunch I read the news that, as Carl Beech was jailed after fabricating claims of historical rape, a former High Court judge concluded that the “instruction to believe a victim’s account should cease.” “Sure,” I said aloud, darkly over tea. This came after the End Violence Against Women coalition (EVAW) pointed out that, judging by the woefully low rate of prosecutions, rape appears to have been decriminalised, an idea that continues to roll around my mind like a marble. Along with the ancient image of a thong.

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'You don't have to settle': the joy of living (and dying) alone | Keli Goff

Sat, 10/12/2019 - 22:00

Data confirms more women have realized there are far worse things than dying alone, which is bad news for the patriarchy

Not long ago I had a discussion with a friend about why she married, and ultimately divorced, someone she knew wasn’t right for her. She said she bought into society’s deafening message that being with a man – any man – is better than being alone, and certainly better than dying alone, which is allegedly the worst fate anyone, especially any woman, can suffer.

When I told her that I’ve never feared dying alone, and in fact have sometimes feared the opposite, she told me I was incredibly lucky. Because this meant I wouldn’t end up settling for a life that doesn’t actually make me happy, even if society tells me it’s supposed to.

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The uproar over AOC's hair is a reminder that women can't win under the patriarchy

Sat, 10/12/2019 - 03:00

Women simply can’t play by the patriarchy’s rules – which is why we need to stop and lean all the way out

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Women hit by pension age changes to appeal against court ruling

Fri, 10/11/2019 - 03:15

Backto60 group ‘incandescent’ at decision not to compensate women born in 1950s

Women born in the 1950s are appealing against the high court’s decision last week to dismiss their claim for compensation over pension changes they say have caused homelessness and destitution.

“We’re rock solid,” said Joanne Welch, a member of the Backto60 campaign group bringing the appeal. “All the 50s women are incandescent at being told that they should not have expected to be notified and that this is not discrimination.

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Thousands of Iranian women watch football match for first time

Thu, 10/10/2019 - 07:37

Tickets for Iran-Cambodia match sell out in minutes after four decades of near-total ban

More than 3,000 Iranian women have crammed into a special section of a Tehran stadium to watch a World Cup qualifier against Cambodia, after they were allowed to buy match tickets for the first time in four decades.

Fifa and human rights campaigners increased the pressure on Iran’s sports authorities to let women into games after the death of a fan last month.

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Supreme court's Lady Hale becomes star of children's book

Thu, 10/10/2019 - 05:00

Equal to Everything celebrates judge’s journey from a girl in Yorkshire to UK’s highest court

Lady Hale, the supreme court’s first female president, has attained greater public prominence than any contemporary judge thanks to Brexit legal battles, the formidable clarity of her rulings and attention-grabbing brooches. Now her profile is set to rise further as she stars in a children’s book.

Equal to Everything – Judge Brenda and the Supreme Court, published on Thursday, celebrates the journey of a young girl from Richmond in North Yorkshire, who travels to the highest court of the UK in Westminster.

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