Bake up or break up?

In recent years, Iran has seen a massive increase in its divorce rate (with a 4.6% rise in divorce cases and a 4.4% decline in marriage) – what’s more, the ‘divorce party’ seems to have become popular. A recent report in the conservative newspaper Jomhuri-ye Eslami outlined the extravagant preparations that go into these parties: …

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Child Bride Awaits Execution for Killing her Abusive Husband

For decades, Iran has been violating international law by sentencing young offenders to execution by hanging; the majority of them are young Iranian women who have been victim of abuse in forced marriages and who turn to violence as the only means to escape their dire circumstances.

Plastic surgery apps for girls

Last week, Google and iTunes stores released a new (free download) game for girls: “Plastic Surgery & Plastic Doctor & Plastic Hospital Office for Barbie Version.” Unsurprisingly, is release initiated quite the on-line storm, with no wonder: The game allowed girls to perform liposuction on a hapless large blonde woman.

Jezebel puts a $10,000 tag on Lena Dunham’s body

So, Lena Dunham finally got the Vogue cover she has been coveting since she was eleven years old. It looks beautiful, and the feature is pretty good, too. Of course, since we are talking Vogue, the images are photoshopped: this was hardly breaking news; that is, until Jezebel offered the internet $10,000 for the un-retouched …

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Facing the figures: women are more prone to mental illness

On Boxing Day 1851, Charles Dickens gave up an evening at the Pantomime to attend a very different kind of holiday celebration: the patient’s dance at London’s St Luke’s Hospital for the Insane. Describing his visit in an article for Household Words, he highlighted the sex and class of the majority of inmates at St. …

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Angelina Jolie shares experience of double mastectomy to raise awareness

In a bid to raise awareness, Angelina Jolie has publically announced that she has had a double mastectomy to reduce her chances of developing breast cancer. Jolie, whose mother died of breast cancer at the age of 56, has a defective gene, BRCA1, which significantly increases her risk of developing breast cancer. She says that …

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Keeping Merida Brave

The creator of ‘Brave’, Brenda Chapman, has criticised Disney for their recent re-design of the character of Princess Merida for their new toy line. She says that Disney’s new ‘sexualised’ figure sends the message that the ‘original, realistic girl is inferior’.

Working Women in a Double Bind

Can a woman’s beauty make her professional success more tolerable? “If you ask men why they did a good job, they’ll say, ‘I’m awesome. Obviously. Why are you even asking?’ If you ask women why they did a good job, what they’ll say is someone helped them, they got lucky, they worked really hard.” Sheryl …

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Bodice-ripping feminism?

Everywhere I turn, bookstore shelves are flaunting ‘bodice-rippers’. Granted, this is no new thing – the romance genre has always been a best-seller. The sales of romance outdo all other genres, accounting for up to 40 per cent of all mass market paperback sales. More than one out of every four books sold is a …

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Eating your way to sexy: The Milf Diet

Mother’s Day is approaching – and a new diet is on the scene to help all you mothers out there capture your ‘Milf’ status. The word ‘Milf’ has become commonplace, designated to make those rare women who retain their attractiveness after becoming mothers stand out from the crowd of bland and passé women, too busy …

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