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Why has America approved this controversial contraception app?

Dec 9, 2019 by Hamza Sheraz.

The Natural Cycles app has come under fire in Europe, yet America has just given it the green light. This is especially worrying for a country fighting for birth-control rights, says Rachael Sigee.  The headline of Jezebel’s report of an incredible new birth-control app being FDA-approved in the US includes the caveat: “But it’s being investigated for unintended pregnancies.” That does rather bring you back to earth with a bump. I felt for US women today, scrolling through their morning news alerts and having their interest pricked by the promise of problem-free contraception. No life-altering side effects, agonising insertions or...

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Why have young people become so dangerously casual about STIs?

Dec 9, 2019 by Hamza Sheraz.

A recent survey found that one in five 18-24-year-olds doesn’t actually understand what an STI is. Isn’t it time we talked about that, asks Radhika Sanghani. “I know that STIs are dangerous,” says Maya. “I know there are serious risks. I know that I need to use a condom with someone new. I know this. But for some reason, I still occasionally have sex with one-night stands or – most recently – holiday flings without using a condom.” Maya is 28. But pretty much every sexually active twenty-to-thirtysomething I know has admitted to doing this at least once in their...

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what is the point of a body that looks good but can’t do much?

Dec 9, 2019 by Hamza Sheraz.

A few weeks ago, I had the misfortune of getting a bus around school time. The first thing I noticed was that boys in general have zero awareness around personal space. Manspreaders-in-training, they flap their arms about, stretch out their legs and generally occupy every possible inch. The girls, by contrast, were almost hyper aware about how much room they took up. Since this kind of behaviour isn’t determined by our DNA, I remain fascinated by the unconscious conditioning we receive from birth that slots girls into a smaller pen and gives boys the run of the field. But as...

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Sometimes, I cry when I work out

Dec 9, 2019 by Hamza Sheraz.

It’s a Tuesday night and I’m running on the treadmill, steadily climbing up what feels like a mountain, but is actually just a 4% incline. I’m no runner and, while I’m struggling, today feels no harder than any other day that I venture into the gym. I am panting a bit. My legs sting at their core. But I am coping; I am fine and bolstered by the satisfying thought of completing what I set out to do. Until, suddenly, I feel an all-too-familiar prick behind my eyes. I quickly catch myself. Am I about to... cry? Inevitably, the prickles...

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Where is the #fitspo for fat, fit women? 5 MIN

Dec 9, 2019 by Hamza Sheraz.

Last week, I signed up to run a half-marathon. This doesn’t sound like much, but let me give you some context: I signed up a mere 12 hours after I did the very first session of Couch To 5K (an app that aims to help unfit people start running), which I have tried and failed roughly eight times in my life. I currently have to lie down and pant after running a mere 3km and in five months I have to run seven times that distance. There are a couple of reasons I did this incredibly stupid thing. First, I’m...