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Ai Weiwei: My Art Was Used To Sell Cars – But I’m Fighting Back
An advert for Volkswagens that featured my artwork about refugees illustrates corporations’ focus on profit over people
The Guardian3 min read
Revealed: 21,000 US Women Order Abortion Pills Online In Past Six Months
Thousands of American women have obtained abortion pills online in the past six months, according to figures that highlight the escalating difficulty in accessing safe abortions on the ground. Data shared with the Guardian reveals that 21,000 women r
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'I Even Loved His Twankey': Dench, Hopkins, Mirren And More On Ian McKellen At 80
Wild parties, stunning performances, silhouette erections and marrying Patrick Stewart twice. As the actor turns 80, friends including Derek Jacobi, Janet Suzman, Michael Sheen, Bill Condon and Stephen Fry pay tribute
The Guardian2 min readSociety
'Stop It!' Japanese Women Turn To App To Stop Groping On Trains
Almost two decades after the introduction of women-only train carriages, female commuters in Japan are turning to technology to tackle molesters on packed rush-hour trains. The Digi Police app enables victims of groping to activate a voice shouting “
The Guardian4 min readSociety
I Tried To Sexually Harass Siri, But All She Did Was Give Me A Polite Brush-off | Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett
Virtual assistants are millennial Stepford Wives. But perhaps there’s an upside for real women
The Guardian2 min read
Against The Grain: Anger Grows At Spike In 'Sand Graffiti' By Tourists In Japan
Tottori prefecture to install more foreign-language signs urging visitors not to vandalise dunes
The Guardian2 min readSociety
Why Bella Hadid And Lil Miquela’s Kiss Is A Terrifying Glimpse Of The Future | Arwa Mahdawi
An advert featuring the human and virtual models is late-capitalist hell, ‘queerbait’ and digisexuality all at once
The Guardian5 min read
From Billie Eilish To Hall & Oates: The Best US Summer Festival Lineups
Across America, this summer will bring with it a variety of genre-spanning live music events, featuring a range of diverse artists
The Guardian3 min read
Why Is Everyone Suddenly Using The C-word? | Stan Carey
From viral videos about Tommy Robinson to Game of Thrones, there are signs the taboo is lessening – for some
The Guardian2 min read
Belgian Monks Resurrect 220-year-old Beer After Finding Recipe
It has taken more than 220 years but an order of monks at Grimbergen Abbey, producers of a fabled medieval beer whose brand was adopted by mass producers in the 1950s, have started to brew again after rediscovering the original ingredients and method
The Guardian6 min read
Are Hurricanes Getting Stronger – And Is The Climate Crisis To Blame?
As the Atlantic season nears, we look at whether destructive weather events are getting worse – and how they get their names
The Guardian3 min readPolitics
Austria's 'Ibiza Scandal': What Happened And Why Does It Matter?
Deputy chancellor and head of far-right party has resigned after video sting operation Europe’
The Guardian3 min read
Hip-hop Schools And Graffiti Art Saved Medellin. Can They Do The Same For Paris?
Urban planner Daniel Carvalho says embracing youth culture can transform France’s poorest suburbs
The Guardian2 min read
Susan Sontag Is Just The Latest Woman Known To Have Had Her Work Stolen By A Man
Women are increasingly taking control of their narratives, but we will need a lot more books and films to right all the wrongs
The Guardian3 min read
'A Little Miracle': Dutch Statesman's Diary Found 200 Years After It Was Lost
Johan van Oldenbarnevelt is arguably the greatest Dutch statesman, as one of the founding fathers who helped liberate the Netherlands from Spanish rule, but for 200 years the whereabouts of a diary chronicling his final months before he was beheaded
The Guardian8 min read
Lesley Manville: ‘I Want To Go Dancing And Drink Too Much – And I’m Over 60’
The Bafta nominee has been discovered by Hollywood after 47 years as an actor. She talks about ageism, losing her anonymity and spa trips with her Mum co-stars
The Guardian3 min readTech
We’re Deluged With Images Of ‘Beauty’. No Wonder So Many Of Us Feel So Bad | Dawn Foster
Adverts constantly bombard us on social media, undermining our self-confidence. We know the cost – this can’t continue
The Guardian3 min readSociety
A Sex Strike Is Not Enough: Women Need To Down Tools Completely | Suzanne Moore
The idea proposed last week by Alyssa Milano won’t cut it. To assert their worth, women should refuse to fulfil the unpaid labour expected by society
The Guardian19 min read
Literature Provides Shelter. That's Why We Need It | Arundhati Roy
In her Arthur Miller Freedom to Write Lecture, published here, Arundhati Roy asks what it means to be a writer in a world that is rapidly hardening
The Guardian4 min read
Want To Read More? Choose An Extremely Long Book | Juliet Lapidos
Our 21st-century attention spans require a new approach to literacy. I’d like to propose one here
The Guardian4 min read
From New York’s Fake Heiress To Donald Trump, We’re Living In The Age Of The Scam | Hadley Freeman
Unless you are Bob Dylan in the 60s, or Bret Easton Ellis in the 90s, it is very hard to capture the zeitgeist when you are still living through it. But while I have yet to write my The Times They Are A-Changin’ or American Psycho, I’m going to descr
The Guardian4 min read
What We Can Learn From Tina Fey’s Workplace Comedies
They say “write what you know” and Tina Fey knows a lot about work. Specifically, working in live TV (she was on Saturday Night Live from 1997 to 2006). She turned that experience first into the Emmy-winning 30 Rock, and later brought it to her produ
The Guardian5 min read
Thirty Years On, The Tiananmen Square Image That Shocked The World
Photographer Jeff Widener explains how a series of mishaps meant it was almost the picture that got away
The Guardian13 min read
The Schoolgirls Who Defied The Stasi: 'Someone Said, "What If We Take Him Across The Border?"'
They were West German teenagers on a school trip. He was a young man desperate to escape from East Germany. Thirty five years later, they tell their story
The Guardian3 min read
Public Libraries Are Not Just About Books. At Their Heart, They Are About Social Equity | Nicola Heath
Working in libraries I learned so much about the city I lived in. We lose nothing by making them a safe space for the community
The Guardian3 min readPolitics
Mystery Of The Missing Whale: Is It A Russian Spy Or Child Therapist?
Beluga with Russian harness found off Norwegian coast – but no one has publicly announced they’ve lost a whale
The Guardian4 min read
Patagonia Founder Yvon Chouinard: ‘Denying Climate Change Is Evil’
The octogenarian entrepreneur, who prefers gardening to meetings, says capitalism is destroying earth
The Guardian4 min readPolitics
Tiananmen Square: China Steps Up Curbs On Activists For 30th Anniversary
Government’s critics say controls are more severe: ‘They know the 30th anniversary means a lot’
The Guardian2 min read
We’re In A Golden Age Of Feminist TV, And Don’t Even Need The Bechdel Test To Prove It
Killing Eve, Derry Girls, Glow, Big Little Lies, The Bold Type, Claws: with this sort of variety, female-led shows no longer have to speak for every woman
The Guardian3 min read
'Ireland Is Changing': Booze-free Bar Opens In Dublin
The Irish writer Brendan Behan made a famous declaration that he drank only on two occasions. “When I’m thirsty and when I’m not.” Many compatriots adopted the quip as a defiant motto, an embrace of the stereotype of the boozy Irishman swaying on a b
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