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South Korean women protest against growing epidemic of spycam porn

On August 4, a 35-degree Saturday, 70,000 women gathered in the streets of Seoul wearing masks. Many were holding signs declaring “My life is not your porn”.<p>The South Korean women were speaking out in a fight against the country’s growing epidemic of spycam porn.<p>Have you visited TNW's hype-free …

South Korea

When Children Say They’re Trans

Hormones? Surgery? The choices are fraught—and there are no easy answers.<p>Claire is a 14-year-old girl with short auburn hair and a broad smile. She lives outside Philadelphia with her mother and father, both professional scientists. Claire can come across as an introvert, but she quickly opens up, …

Mental Health

‘Tokyo Idols’ on Netflix Examines Quirky (Some Would Say Creepy) Japanese Pop Phenomena

The film begins with glow sticks waving in the air as we’re told, “This isn’t a fad. It’s a religion.” A parade of young female pop singers prance …

Brain Scans of Transgender Youth Could Put an End to Gender Dysphoria

Brain imaging could change everything for transgender youth.<p>Approximately 1.4 million Americans are transgender. Despite scientific evidence to the …

How One Company Scammed Silicon Valley. And How It Got Caught.

<b>BAD BLOOD</b> <b><br>Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup</b><br>By John Carreyrou<br>352 pp. Alfred A. Knopf. $27.95.<p>In 2015, Vice President Joe Biden visited the Newark, Calif. laboratory of a hot new start-up making medical devices: Theranos. Biden saw rows of impressive-looking equipment — the company’s …

Silicon Valley

LGBT community cheers pope's 'God made you like this' remark

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis' reported comments to a gay man that "God made you like this" have been embraced by the LGBT community as another sign of Francis' desire to make gay people feel welcomed and loved in the Catholic Church.<p>Juan Carlos Cruz, the main whistleblower in Chile's clerical …

Pope Francis

All athletes have advantages, so why single out Semenya? | Kenan Malik

High levels of testosterone are no reason for the IAAF to ban Caster Semenya from middle-distance running<p>‘Why can’t a woman be more like a man?” asks Rex Harrison in <i>My Fair Lady</i>. For the IAAF, the governing body of world athletics, the problem is the opposite – certain women are, in their eyes, too …

Scientists Tested How Much Know-It-Alls Actually Know, And The Results Speak For Themselves

Some people have what's referred to as "belief superiority".<p>People who think their knowledge and beliefs are superior to others are especially prone …

Psychology

Forget Smartphone Addiction. Here's What Experts Are Really Worried About

Our phones are not the problem when it comes to gadget addiction. It's this.<p>It's not the smartphone in your hand. It's not the tablet or the laptop. Reports about shiny objects captivating us all day miss the mark by a long shot. Apple is not to blame for making a useful phone, and Google is not to …

Women are getting designer nipples to look more like Kendall Jenner

“My nipples never get hard,” complained one New Yorker, a 28-year-old hoping to walk away with breasts like Kendall Jenner. Lucky for her, designer …

I'm Raising A Biracial Daughter In Japan, Where She's Surrounded By Blackface

I live in Tokyo, in a homogenous society where 98.5 percent of the population is Japanese. My wife Haruki is Japanese, and my 4-year-old daughter Kantra is the only black girl in her preschool class. I remember when the Japanese delivery nurse called her Halle Berry immediately after my wife gave …

Parenting

Maybelline Still Allows Animal Testing on Products Sold in China – Let’s End the Cruelty Now!

Although it has been proven to be unreliable, and in many cases completely obsolete, animal testing is still carried out by a number of cosmetic …

The Tattooist for the Yakuza Explains Why Tattoos Should Never Be Seen

"When something becomes a fashion, it isn’t fascinating anymore."<p><i>This article originally appeared on VICE Australia</i>.<p>Growing up in a conservative Muslim household, if any of my cousins had tattoos they always had to keep them hidden. Tattoos were both a religious and cultural taboo. I remember when …

Oxfam was told of aid workers raping and sexually exploiting children in Haiti a decade ago

Aid agencies including Oxfam were warned that aid workers were sexually abusing children in Haiti a decade ago, The Independent can reveal.<p>Children as young as six were being coerced into sex in exchange for food and necessities, according to a damning report by Save the Children, which called for …

Save the Children

'Strong' Black Woman? 'Smart' Asian Man? The Downside To Positive Stereotypes

During my senior year of high school, I started dreading calculus. Every time my teacher slapped our tests face-down on our desks, I would peel up the corner of the page just enough to see the score, circled in red. The numbers were dropping quickly: 79, 64, 56.<p>My classmates and I were not coy …

Lab monkey deaths raise questions about animal testing in the US

“Cruel and Unnecessary”<p>A study examining nicotine addiction has been shut down by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) after four squirrel monkey …

Scientific research shows gender is not just a social construct

When my colleague Corinne Purtill bought her doll-loving daughter an engineering kit, she had to laugh when the then-three-year-old used the present as a hairbrush. For all Corinne’s efforts at gender-neutral parenting, her daughter clearly enjoyed some traditionally feminine toys.<p>A study published …

Has my Uber data been breached? How to see if hackers stole your info

Uber has admitted that hackers stole the personal information of 57 million Uber users including their names, addresses and mobile phone numbers.<p>This …

The Nationalist's Delusion

Trump’s supporters backed a time-honored American political tradition, disavowing racism while promising to enact a broad agenda of discrimination.<p>THIRTY YEARS AGO, nearly half of Louisiana voted for a Klansman, and the media struggled to explain why.<p>It was 1990 and David Duke, the former grand …

Worlds of Islam, Michael Jackson collide in Egyptian film

CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian ultraconservative Muslim preacher hears on his car radio news of the death of Michael Jackson, the pop singer he idolized in …

Michael Jackson

Boys for Sale – gaining a community’s trust to shoot a two-year documentary project in Japan

Boys for Sale is a feature documentary about urisen, mostly straight male sex workers in Tokyo’s Shinjuku 2-chome, an area with connections to the …

Shinjuku

Emirati filmmaker unsettles traditions, exposes hidden lives

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — An Emirati filmmaker is pushing boundaries and bypassing state censors by delicately unraveling a story about a …

Saudi Arabia

A quiet 'women's spring' is taking over the Arab world

On July 26, Tunisia voted to criminalize sexual harassment and discrimination against women. On Aug. 1, Jordan's Parliament voted to scrap a law that allowed rapists to escape punishment if they married their victims.<p>Lebanon and Iraq now look to follow suit later this year and end their …

Human Rights

Teen suicides now outnumber homicides — and smartphone use could be playing a major role

In 2011, for the first time in more than two decades, suicide began killing more teenagers than homicide.<p>And according to research presented in a recent article in The Atlantic, excerpted from a book written by Jean Twenge, a psychologist at San Diego State University, smartphones and social media …

Social Media

The nuclear bomb didn't beat Japan — Stalin did

The U.S. use of nuclear weapons against Japan during World War II has long been a subject of emotional debate.<p>Initially, few questioned President Truman's decision to drop two atomic bombs, on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. But, in 1965, historian Gar Alperovitz argued that, although the bombs did force …

Xi Jinping and Vladimir Putin behave like the best of buddies

ON JULY 21st three Chinese warships sailed into the Baltic Sea for China’s first war games in those waters with Russia’s fleet. The two powers wanted …

Hatred of LGBTQ people still infects society. It's no time to celebrate | Owen Jones

Fifty years on from the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality, gay and trans teenagers are still tormented by bigotry. Fury, not gratitude, is the proper response<p>• Owen Jones is a Guardian columnist<p>Anger, searing fury, not gratitude: that’s how the 50th anniversary of partial decriminalisation …

After disapproval, award-winning Singapore cartoonist gets official congrats

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Singapore officials on Monday congratulated the cartoonist who swept the international comic industry's "Oscars", having withdrawn his grant two years ago for portraying the country's history in a very different way to the version taught at school.<p>Sonny Liew won three Eisners, …

'Living Drug' That Fights Cancer By Harnessing Immune System Clears Key Hurdle

A new kind of cancer treatment that uses genetically engineered cells from a patient's immune system to attack their cancer easily cleared a crucial hurdle Wednesday.<p>A Food and Drug Administration advisory committee unanimously recommended that the agency approve this "living drug" approach for …

Cancer

A young researcher could go to jail for sharing a scientific paper

If you've been following the case of Diego Gomez, you'll know the answer is much closer to yes than you might otherwise have imagined.<p>And if Gomez, whose multiyear legal battle is likely to reach a head later this month with a verdict expected on May 24, does land behind bars, the chilling effect …

Ice Age