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Women still don’t cut it in Chris Rock’s Top Five
January 30, 2015
Chris Rock is intelligent, and has never been afraid to step out from behind the veil of comedy to interrogate the issues that have made for excellent stand-up…
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Measles threat puts Ebola to shame
January 30, 2015
The year 2014 saw one of the scariest infectious disease outbreaks in recent history. Ebola has so far claimed about 8 600 lives of the nearly 21 700…
AFP
Nutella not a girl’s name, French court rules

A French court has barred a couple from naming their daughter Nutella after the popular hazelnut chocolate spread. The unusual choice of name by the couple from Valenciennes, in northern France, was noticed by the registrar who recorded the baby’s birth last September. He alerted the local prosecutor who referred the case to a family …

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Menstruation: The last great sporting taboo

Heather Watson went out of the Australian Open on Tuesday. Big deal, you might say: British tennis player disappoints in the first round. But what makes Watson’s performance surprising is that her poor performance was due to the misalignment of her menstrual cycle and the tour calendar. And she said so: “I think it’s just …

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Claudia Hirtenfelder
Pastor: 10 women Christian men should not marry
Last night I stumbled upon a blog entry that made me both cringe and laugh and then sigh in exasperation: 10 women Christian men should not marry. I struggled to take this article seriously and I pray that Christians looking to get married do not have views as sexist and…
Claudia Hirtenfelder
Small steps towards a healthy heart and ending street harassment
I did something brave the other day -- and stupid but also brave, but yes stupid. You see I recently got a pedometer and am really excited about it. I am trying to get to 10 000 steps a day for a healthy heart -- that’s as good a New…
Natasha Clark
Crime, there is nothing I can do about it…
It's past midnight and I am afraid to fall asleep. When I lay awake I try to rationalise with myself, like a child. "The doors are locked" or "It's late" and "It's okay, the alarm is on". I know that none of these precautions matter. We build the walls higher,…
Kagure Mugo
Nude selfies are not your friend
Selfies, Instragram, iPhone, Snapchat. We live in a world where if you didn't take a picture of it, it didn’t happen. People won’t believe you ate that burger unless you take a picture and type #YumYum. Those in the technology industry have recognised this so now any Tom, Dick and…