Woman Undressed

Woman Undressed is an ongoing series which explores, unpacks and addresses politics surrounding young women and social issues which affect black African women. It is an open space where young black women are encouraged to speak out against hegemonic, patriarchal and racists structures. The series also explores the complexities in the creation of the young…

No pets, no kids, no flights: How readers are reducing their carbon footprint

English speakers are the least optimistic about humanity’s chances of avoiding dangerous climate change, according to a survey of readers in English, French, German and Italian conducted by the Guardian, Le Monde, Süddeutsche Zeitung and La Stampa. Among those who answered the questionnaire in English – mainly respondents in the UK, but also some from…

Religious children are meaner than their secular counterparts, study finds

Children from religious families are less kind and more punitive than those from non-religious households, according to a new study. Academics from seven universities across the world studied Christian, Muslim and non-religious children to test the relationship between religion and morality. They found that religious belief is a negative influence on children’s altruism. “Overall, our…

H&M makes rights pledge to 1.6m textile workers

Swedish retail giant H&M on Tuesday signed an agreement promising better labour rights for 1.6 million garment workers at its suppliers’ factories. The deal, reached with international union IndustriALL Global Union and Sweden’s IF Metall union, covers workers employed in 1 900 factories in “countries such as Cambodia, Bangladesh, Myanmar and Turkey”, the three organisations said in…

This Instagram star is deleting thousands of photos to prove ‘nothing you see is real’

For anyone who ever peered at the sun-kissed photo of some Instagram “star” and thought, “This just can’t be real life,” this should be validating: Essena O’Neill, one of Instagram’s bright, beautiful stars, has decided to quit social media — and, in the process, expose how what we see isn’t always what it seems. O’Neill, 18, an…