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The Woman Who Could Write, But Couldn't Read

A recent stroke left one 40-year-old woman with some unusual symptoms.<p>One morning, a kindergarten teacher was about to take attendance for her class when she realized she couldn't read the paper in her hands. She tried looking over her lesson plans, but like the attendance sheet, they seemed to be …

Employment

Porn controversy, twerking and feminism: the hits and misses for women in 2013

From sex scandals in Westminster, to twerking, to a woman stripping naked for Danish TV only to be analysed by two blokes, our interactive graphic explores the highs and lows for women and girls in 2013. Was it a good year for women? Judge for yourself...<p>In a year where '<b>penis beaker</b>' became 'a …

World's leading authors: state surveillance of personal data is theft

More than 500 of the world's leading authors, including five Nobel prize winners, have condemned the scale of state surveillance revealed by the whistleblower Edward Snowden and warned that spy agencies are undermining democracy and must be curbed by a new international charter.<p>The signatories, who …

Men stroked in their pants to shed light on chemistry that bonds relationships

Researchers have shed light on the chemistry that bonds one person to another by taking brain scans of men being stroked while in their underpants.<p>The Finnish study found that gentle stroking – which was not in sexually arousing areas – changed levels of opioid brain chemicals which work behind the …

Courtney Love Says She Deserves 'a Second Chance'

Courtney Love is back – and she’s letting loose in a new interview, riffing on everything from facelifts to failed love affairs and fashion.<p>The …

Photographer Captures Beautifully Authentic Moments Between Father and Son

My husband and I always talk about how nothing can prepare you for parenthood: The highs and lows, the moments of total frustration and total happiness, the excitement you feel when you experience your child's “firsts.” We've only been parents for about 19 months and yet we're still surprised by …

Dining Rooms

Why young women are going off the pill and on to contraception voodoo

I have a twentysomething friend in the US who, for purposes of preserving our friendship, I'll call Mary. As Mary is a human being, she likes to have sex. One thing Mary does not like, however, is contraception. Being on the pill made her "crazy"; getting an IUD felt, she says evocatively, "like …

Eleanor Catton: 'Male writers get asked what they think, women what they feel' http://gu.com/p/3jtkk/fb The 2013 Man Booker-prize winner on the unfair treatment of female writers and why her book The Luminaries riled male critics of a certain age Photograph: Murdo Macleod for the Guardian

Twilight of the scribblers?

TONY BLAIR once called the British press a “feral beast”. The insult would have been bolder had it not come at the very end of his ten-year …

Florida: Charges in Rebecca Sedwick 'bullying death'

<b>Two girls in the US state of Florida have been arrested in connection with the death of another girl who authorities say took her own life after months of relentless online bullying.</b><p>The two girls, ages 12 and 14, have been charged with felony aggravated stalking, and are said to have bullied …

Florida

The music industry has a "culture of demeaning women" that forces stars to sell themselves as sex objects, singer Charlotte Church says. Speaking at BBC 6 Music's annual John Peel Lecture, she said young female artists were routinely "coerced into sexually demonstrative behaviour in order to hold on to their careers". http://bbc.in/1cQukFq Her comments come amid a heated debate over the sexual imagery used by pop stars like Miley Cyrus and Rihanna. Is Charlotte Church making a fair point?

Breastfeeding won't seem normal until we see more pictures of it From cliched poses to Facebook bans, society has a problem with realistic images of breastfeeding and postpartum bodies: http://gu.com/p/3jgg6/fb

How children's books thrived under Stalin

At the trial of the three Pussy Riot performers in August 2012, one of the accused, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, made a closing statement in their defence. She spoke of Pussy Riot's admiration for those writers and artists who had suffered under Stalin's purges, and in particular for a group of avant …

Experience: I disappeared for 30 years 'A bad trip was the catalyst for unexpected change.' http://gu.com/p/3j4ac/fb Photograph: Murdo MacLeod for the Guardian

Makeup Artist Transforms Women in Stunning Before and After Photos

Russian hair and makeup artist Vadim Andreev shows what a little (ok, maybe a lot) of hair and makeup can do. While we've featured our fair share of artists on My Modern Met, this is one of the few times where we've shined the spotlight on a makeup artist. Using only cosmetics, and not any post …

Lips

E-readers tried and tested: gadget size v library range

Over the past couple of years, I've read more books than my flat can hold. I judged the Orange Prize for Fiction in 2012 and the Man Booker Prize in 2013 and the latter alone had a submissions list of 151 books. Throw in the rereading of the longlists, the re-rereading of the shortlists and the …

What Humans Can Learn From A Simple Kiss

At a basic level, kissing is a biohazard. What is love then, if not the willingness to expose yourself to a host of nasty diseases lurking in your partner's mouth?<p>But could kissing also be a tool with a purpose?<p>Psychology graduate student Rafael Wlodarski, from the University of Oxford, wanted to …

Are Americans dumb? No, it's the inequality, stupid

Are Americans dumb? This is a question that has been debated by philosophers, begrudging foreigners and late night TV talk show hosts for decades. Anyone who has ever watched the Tonight Show's "Jaywalking" segment in which host Jay Leno stops random passersby and asks them rudimentary questions …

Miley Cyrus: what women her age think about her

Fleur Simon, 18, London<p>Her fame is really scary – people know who Miley Cyrus is and don't know who the Rolling Stones are. I saw her in a music video the other day and she was wearing white pants and I thought: "she's really pulled herself in there, she's not wearing hold-ups or anything like …

Why Do Doctors Abuse Drugs?

A study tracks the confessions of doctors in treatment for substance abuse.<p>Why do doctors abuse drugs? For many of the same reasons their patients do, a new study finds. A team of researchers followed 55 drug-addicted physicians through their treatment programs and found the doctors reported using …

Drug Addiction