For women like me, postponing the menopause would be a blessing | Sonia Sodha

Scientific advances that prolong fertility can only be a benefit to many would-be mothers Let us imagine for a moment that we lived in a world where male fertility dropped off a cliff by the time men hit their mid 40s, leaving a group of men who wanted to have children but couldnt. When would science have produced a fix? I am going to hazard a guess that it would have been quite some time ago. But it has taken until 2019 for a fledgling treatment to delay the menopause by up to 20 years to be offered to women, even though the idea has been around for treatment involves removing and freezing a small piece of ovarian tissue from …

Sunbathing topless should be a pleasure we can all enjoy | Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett

Its sad that younger women are covering up on the beach for fear of harassment, says Guardian columnist Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett According to sexual liberation movement. For me and other women growing up in a culture of British discomfort with all things bodily, these confident French women in Cannes or St Tropez seemed glamorous and worldly. A teenage obsession with French cinema helped me to discover the work of Franois Ozon; in come to seem change the rules in Malmo in 2009). After all, the chair of the citys sports and recreation committee wryly noted, many men have larger breasts than women. More recently, cultural and political movement is called during the recent heatwave after they were asked to cover …

Wheres the advice for men on how to propose? | Daisy Buchanan

Asking for a womans hand in marriage is traditional, but without guidelines too many men are coming a cropper, says columnist and features writer Daisy Buchanan The greatest curse of womanhood is also its biggest blessing. If youre a woman, its easy to find strong opinions and instructions that will inform you exactly how you are expected to conduct yourself during any given occasion. Plenty of the advice is useless, contradictory and mad, but if you want to live a peaceful, uneventful and rather dull life as a woman in the 21st century, you can get by if you use the following terms as broad instructions: Dont make a scene and midi dresses. Men, on the other hand hoo boy. …

The new 007 is a black woman don’t make her a Bond girl

Online joy over Lashana Lynch inheriting James Bonds codename may be premature. White men wont give up their hero status so easily Fans have been hoping for a black actor to play first rumoured as a possible successor to Lashana Lynch is going to be the new 007. There was much celebration on social media, which is understandable. But it may be a little premature. Casting black female actors as legacy characters is a great step towards rectifying the historical racism and sexism that has led to a disproportionate number of those characters being white men. But its only a step. Black women also need to be written with respect; they have to be presented as natural, worthy heroes who …

Don’t hate the Instagram engagement stunt ‘branded’ love began long ago | Arwa Mahdawi

Viral videos posted by social media influencers has drawn a lot of ie, but many traditional rites of romance are based on ad campaigns Surprise! We live in influencer hell Dearly beloved, we are assembled here today to witness a heartwarming story of modern #love. I hope youve got tissues at the ready because its guaranteed to bring a tear to your eye. The story starts in New York with a glamorous heterosexual couple: Marissa Casey Fuchs and Gabriel Grossman. Fuchs is a director of brand partnerships at Goop and a fashion influencer with almost 200,000 followers; Grossman is an investment banker. (Please dont immediately hate them because of their jobs, wait a few paragraphs and hate them because of …

My ex was charming but critical. Now Ive lost all my confidence | Dear Mariella

Work out why you were so susceptible to him and pursue only what appeals to you, says Mariella Frostrup The dilemma Im a woman in my early 30s and six months ago I was dumped. Our relationship was long distance, developed quickly and was the most intense of my life. He is 10 years my senior and is a unique, charismatic, charming man who makes a good impression on everyone. In private, however, he could be unkind, judgmental and emotionally distant. He could also be demanding, controlling and critical. During our relationship he pushed me to enter his world of ideas, books, films and art. If I didnt show enough interest, he would become disappointed and irritable. He would often …