Good sex irons out the wrinkles
February 27, 2015
Sexy old women: mutually exclusive terms, some would say, unless you’re referring to “cougars”, whose legendary prowling gives them their beastly nickname. This species is female, middle-aged and…
Beyond 50 Shades: The reality behind 3 myths about BDSM
February 27, 2015
Those four little letters can cause quite the stir. They have been colourfully portrayed in film, television, and music in various ways. There are clandestine whispers about them…
Why reading and writing on paper can be better for your brain

My son is 18 months old, and I’ve been reading books with him since he was born. I say “reading”, but I really mean “looking at” – not to mention grasping, dropping, throwing, cuddling, chewing, and everything else a tiny human being likes to do. Over the last six months, though, he has begun not …

Binge-beating Banting: Why Tim’s take is hard to stomach

“The thing about carbohydrates is: they make you feel good,” Noakes says. “Modern scientists have shown that there are pathways in the brain that light up when you eat sugar and it’s exactly the same pathways – all the pleasure centres – that light up with drugs or alcohol. So sugar is like alcohol or …

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Georgina Guedes
Jonathan Franzen and Jennifer Weiner: Comparing apples with high-heel shoes
Jonathan Franzen is grabbing headlines (again), in literary circles, for his comments about fellow author Jennifer Weiner in an interview given to Butler University’s literary journal Booth. If you’ve not heard of this great literary feud before now, allow me to summarise: Weiner has repeatedly tweeted complaints about the New…
Susan Tolmay
Not having children is a gift to the planet, so not that selfish after all
In his recent address to an audience in St Peter’s Square, Pope Francis told people who choose not to have children that they're "selfish". He said “The choice to not have children is selfish. Life rejuvenates and acquires energy when it multiplies: It is enriched, not impoverished.” I am not…
Mandy Collins
Parenting schmarenting
I am so incredibly fed up with seeing people who have chosen to be parents, and who have a perfectly comfortable life and perfectly normal children, whining on and on about how haaaaaard parenting is. Frankly, suck it up, cupcake. This is not a magazine shoot. It's not Top Billing.…
Tiffany Markman
You know you’re a full-time working mom when…
1. Your daily mood and productivity are directly proportional to the strength and reliability of your Wi-Fi. 2. You harbour an unreasonable level of hatred for parents who schedule their kids’ birthday parties for 2pm on weekday afternoons. 3. You have fantasised once or twice about a painless and temporary…