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AFP
South Sudan women suggest sex strike to end war
October 24, 2014
A group of South Sudanese women peace activists has suggested that men in the civil war-torn country be denied sex until they stop fighting. The suggestion emerged after…
M&G
Invite his penis in? Seriously?
October 24, 2014
If you’re having a party in your panties, please invite the penis. My vagina is a playground for men. This is the impression of sex I have gleaned…
AFP
Pollution in pregnancy linked to lung damage in child

Women exposed to high levels of traffic pollution during the second trimester of pregnancy are at higher risk of giving birth to a child with weak lungs, researchers said Monday. In a long-term study, investigators in Barcelona enrolled 1 295 pregnant women who attended pre-natal clinics in Sabadell, in Catalonia, and at Gipuzkoa in the …

AFP
Why I stopped reading/hearing/watching the news. And why you should too

I am convinced that reading the news is worse than not reading anything at all. There is no proof that it makes us wiser, better decision makers, better informed, better citizens; nothing — if anything, entirely the opposite. If you are anything like me, you’ve already stopped consuming news without even making a conscious decision about it. …

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Blogs

Jane English
Freezing the eggs: Is this for you or your boss?
So, you are young, with a great future, which you hope will include a family, but not yet. You have landed a plum job and your employer makes an offer: funding to freeze your eggs. Wow. An opportunity to climb the career ladder as you wish for as long as…
Georgina Guedes
Lies disguised as online activism
Were you horrified by the furore about that child bride in Norway last week? Well, you should have been, but not because it was true. Last week, my Facebook timeline filled up with images of a young, blonde girl, under the headline that she was to become Norway’s first official…
Jenny Goodrick
Surviving deadlines
Why do I write? Because I like pens and the smell of fresh paper. I love new ideas and dictionaries. And I write because it reminds me of my father. James Eric Lamb was the weekly garden columnist for The Friend and Die Volksblad in Bloemfontein, the heart of South…