Ellen Whyte

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Twenty-six words we don’t want to lose

After academics picked out 30 words that have been ‘lost’ from the English language, self-confessed ‘word geek’ Paul Anthony Jones reveals obscure yet delightful terms that also need to be saved from falling into disuse.<p>He sits next to a bookcase, flicking through titles long out of print. Like a …

Language

How the fantasy of the lady bachelor rose and fell over the mid-20th century

It has long been my belief that the greatest advice book ever published is Marjorie Hillis’s 1936 tract <i>Live Alone and Like It</i>. And now, there’s a companion to Hillis’s wisdom. In <i>The Extra Woman: How Marjorie Hillis Led a Generation of Women to Live Alone and Like It</i>, historian Joanna Scutts puts …

American Philosophy

Almost two million UK adults have experienced domestic abuse in the last year

The latest Office for National Statistics figures on domestic violence, estimate that almost 2m UK adults (1.2m women, 713,000 men) aged between 16 …

Domestic Abuse

Here's the truth about false accusations of sexual violence

Why didn’t these women speak up sooner? This was asked time and time again during the recent public furore around sexual harassment, violence and …

explicit

Is apple cider vinegar really a wonder food?

Folk medicine has favoured apple cider vinegar for centuries and many claims are made for its supposed benefits.<p>Apple cider vinegar is made by …

Nutrition

10 Surprising Ways Senses Shape Perception

Every bit of information we know about the world we gathered with one of our five senses. But even with perfect pitch or 20/20 vision, our …

Mental Floss

Women surgeons are punished more than men for the exact same mistakes, study finds

The analysis helps explain the gender wage gap.<p>Earlier this year, the BBC sparked an international discussion about pay equity following the release of an embarrassing report on the salaries of its staff. Men at the organization were being paid 9.3 percent more than women on average. What’s more, …

Gender

11 Things People Don’t Realize You Are Doing Because Of Your Anxiety

1. Decline invites even when you really want to go.<p>Sometimes, anxiety can be so debilitating, that you can’t muster enough energy to go out. No …

To Hell With the Witch-Hunt Debate

The post-Weinstein moment isn’t a war on sex. It’s a long-overdue revolution.<p>One of the principle pleasures of <i>Mad Men</i>, on rich display beginning with the pilot episode, was looking at all of the crazy things people used to be able to do in offices: smoke, drink, and—if they were male—grope and …

Al Franken

What if consciousness is not what drives the human mind?

Everyone knows what it feels like to have consciousness: it’s that self-evident sense of personal awareness, which gives us a feeling of ownership …

Consciousness

Ten victims of rape share their shocking stories in film

All ten of these victims — nine women and one man — tell their stories in a shocking and perhaps ground-breaking Channel 5 film called Raped: My …

The healthcare gender bias: do men get better medical treatment?

A study this month found that women are less likely than men to be given CPR – but it is not the only way in which they are given short shrift in an industry where female pain is serially misdiagnosed<p>You are walking down the street, minding your own business, when suddenly you see someone collapse …

Gender

It’s Time for Online Media to Pivot From Advertising

Print media has been in decline for more than 15 years, its business model obsolesced by the ubiquity of free online content and the rise of online …

Journalism

Read This If You Feel Like You’re Falling Behind Everybody Else In Life

Every time an engagement photo pops up on my Facebook feed I die a little bit inside. Everyone is moving on with their lives, and here I am, stuck. …

Age-of-consent laws don’t reflect teenage psychology. Here’s how to fix them.

Every year thousands of adults sexually exploit teenagers — though rarely do these predators receive the notoriety that Roy Moore has achieved. Given the prevalence of the problem, it’s important to recognize how and why teenagers are particularly vulnerable to adult sexual predation, by drawing on …

Gloria Allred

Police Reach Out To Local Victim Of Domestic Violence With Powerful Messages On Twitter

Ileana is a writer on the Original Content team. She lives in Brooklyn, NY.<p>Every single day, people are abused and assaulted by their romantic …

Slavery

'She fought, she taught, she wrote': Black feminist icon Audre Lorde's essays back in print

'A Mighty Voice': Black feminist intellectual Audre Lorde's essay book is reissued<p>Originally published in 1988, "A Burst of Light," by the late influential Black feminist poet and essayist Audre Lord has been reissued.<p>by Sandra Guzman / Nov.20.2017 / 8:33 PM ET<p>Image: Audre LordeCourtesy of Audre …

Feminism

Thanksgiving Took Me and My Marriage to the Brink. Here’s How We Came Back From It.

Photo illustration by Lisa Larson-Walker. Photos by Thinkstock. A few years ago, I spent most of Thanksgiving dividing up the furniture in the house …

Parenting

Historically, men translated the Odyssey. Here’s what happened when a woman took the job.

“Tell me about a complicated man.” So begins Emily Wilson’s new translation, which reveals how the ancient story is relevant today.<p>The<i>Odyssey</i> is about a man. It says so right at the beginning — in Robert Fagles’s 1996 translation, for example, the poem opens with the line, “Sing to me of the man, …

Literature

How Not to Talk to a Child Who Is Overweight

I weigh my words (pun intended) every time I address the topic of a child’s obesity in the exam room. Yes, I know, you probably want to tell me that I shouldn’t use that word — “obese” — and I promise that I don’t. But in the child’s electronic medical record, that’s the official coding if the …

Parenting

Jelena Dokic's story of abuse shows links between elite sport and child labour

It’s impossible to read Jelena Dokic’s and other sport stars’ stories of physical, emotional and verbal abuse suffered at the hands of their parents …

Emotions

26 Tips That Will Make Finding A Therapist Less Miserable

Therapy is awesome. Finding a therapist that you click with can suck.

Mental Health

Selling Bad Therapy to Trauma Victims

The American Psychological Association (APA) just issued guidelines for treating trauma. Patients and therapists would be wise to ignore them.<p>The …

Research

Learn to Spot the Sneaky Psychological Tricks Restaurants Use

While dining out, you may have noticed (but perhaps didn’t question) some unusual features—like prices missing dollar signs, or burgers served on …

Thanksgiving

Neuroscientists have identified how exactly a deep breath changes your mind

Breathing is traditionally thought of as an automatic process driven by the brainstem—the part of the brain controlling such life-sustaining functions as heartbeat and sleeping patterns. But new and unique research, involving recordings made directly from within the brains of humans undergoing …

The Brain

Why incompetent people often think they’re actually the best

There’s a psychological phenomenon behind it: the Dunning-Kruger effect.<p>Maybe you’ve experienced this at school or work before: Dealing with someone who thinks he’s much better at his job than he really is. This can not only be really annoying, but it can lead to disaster as a group project is made …

Psychology

Connecting mental illness and mass shooting misses the point, experts say

Kevin Neal’s family knew he was mentally ill, but they never thought he would kill five people and attack an elementary school in rural northern California. But Neal committed both those acts on Tuesday, and it has left his family asking some very difficult questions.<p>"We got, 'I can't take it …

Gun Control

Report: black men get longer sentences for the same federal crime as white men

An analysis found black men’s sentences are 19.1 percent longer than white men’s, even after controlling for criminal history and other factors.<p>If you’re convicted of a federal offense, on average you will serve more time — for the exact same crime — if you’re black than if you’re white.<p>That’s the …

American Psychological Association

Women Waiting Tables Get Harassed Constantly, And We Know How To Stop It

Half of all American women work at a restaurant at some point in their lives, and there's a proven way to reduce the industry's shocking level of harassment.<p>What can we do about the epidemic of sexual harassment in American workplaces? Revealing the behavior of the worst, most predatory men in …

Gender

Battle of the Sexes: four decades after Billie Jean King's triumph, women still fight for equal billing in sports

In 1973, an unusual tennis match attracted an enormous amount of attention. Around 90m people around the world watched the women’s champion Billie …

Tennis