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Masturbation Month: Women share why they masturbate

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There’s still this strange myth floating around that women don’t masturbate.

You know, because women don’t have sexual desire* and on the rare occasions we do, we need a penis in our vaginas to get off**.

*We do.

**We do not.

As it’s masturbation month, we chatted to a bunch of women who masturbate for two important reasons. Firstly, to prove that yes, women do masturbate, and secondly, to find out why women masturbate. Because we imagine many people are curious.

Here’s what some women told us about why they masturbate.

Names have been changed, because not everyone wants to chat about… Read the full story

Britain’s favourite sandwich filling is, *drum roll*, cheese

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There is any number of exciting sandwiches out there these days.

Hoisin duck. Curried chickpea. Coronation chicken (grim).

And yet, Britain’s favourite sarnie filling is possibly the most beige option of all.

Warburtons surveyed 2,000 Brits about their sandwich preferences and found that over half of them rated plain cheese as their filling of choice.

That was followed closely by ham and cheese, ham and sausage.

So despite all the culinary advances this country has made in the past 50 years, we still love the most basic of sandwiches.

Britain's top five sandwich flavours

  1. Cheese
  2. Ham and cheese
  3. Ham salad
  4. Sausage
  5. Cheese and onion
  6. Egg mayonnaise

Despite how fancy and picky we’ve become with our food choices… Read the full story

The best fake tan and self-tanning products 2018

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It’s true that many of us feel we look better with a tan. A little glow can help define bone structure, camouflage pigmentation, age spots and unevenness on the skin.

However, it’s also important to note that a real suntan can actually cause or exacerbate the last three factors on that list – so faking it is the best route to looking sunkissed without lasting skin damage.

With mousses, creams, sprays and lotions available, the world of self-tanning can feel overwhelming and knowing which one to pick can be tricky.

So whether you’re a fake tan first timer or addict, you’re after a vegan fake tan or a gradual tanner to… Read the full story

Why imposter syndrome makes me feel like I’m faking my mental illness

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Why imposter syndrome makes me feel like I'm faking my mental illness Mental health depression sad cry woman mask fake pills illness sick Picture: Liberty Antonia Sadler for Metro.co.uk
‘There is a fear of being found out and banished’ (Picture: Liberty Antonia Sadler for Metro.co.uk)

I’m still not sure I even have a mental illness.

I had a nervous breakdown that led me to scream at my work colleague over the location of some tomatoes, drive on the wrong side of the road during a driving lesson and sob uncontrollably in the taxi home after watching The Tree Of Life in the cinema.

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You can now get this Instagram-famous watermelon soft serve in London

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When it’s so hot our bare legs stick to chairs and we can feel sweat dripping down our necks, there are three things that are suddenly very necessary.

A cold drink, a slice of watermelon, and ice cream.

We can’t offer all three in one, sadly (unless you make your own vodka spiked watermelon and cover it with ice cream), but here’s the good news: Dominique Ansel Bakery has combined two of these deeply refreshing things in one glorious package.

Behold the What-a-Melon Soft Serve.

Is houmous good for you?

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There really isn’t anything more satisfying than dipping a salty crisp into a cool, creamy pot of houmous.

Possibly the Middle East’s best export, houmous is one of the most versatile, delicious dips on the planet.

Have it as a snack, a side, a condiment. You can even get it in pudding form (sounds gross but chocolate houmous is genuinely incredible).

But houmous is also pretty nutritionally dense.

 

What’s houmous made out of?

Houmous is incredibly simple to make. It’s basically just crushed chickpeas, tahini (sesame paste) and olive oil.

Of course, buying a tub of the stuff from the supermarket will probably contain a load of extra ingredients but… Read the full story

What am I supposed to wear to a funeral?

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Funerals are hard enough without worrying what you’re supposed to be wearing.

However, funerals – much like weddings – are often difficult to dress for, as the formality of the occasion pushes people out of their comfort zone.

If you live in jeans and a tee shirt in your everyday life, it’s perfectly normal to feel unsure of what to wear in more formal situations.

However, you’ll be going through a lot of emotions on the day so it’s important that your clothing doesn’t add unnecessary stress.

We’ve answered some questions you may be having about an upcoming funeral service, to help alleviate any concerns.

Do… Read the full story

Tesco to launch vegan steak that can ‘hardly be distinguished from real steak’

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If you’re veggie or vegan and have been craving a good old juicy steak, then your prayers may well have been answered.

Tesco is set to launch a 100% plant-based steak that looks, tastes and smells like the real deal.

The product is manufactured by Dutch company Vivera and is made from wheat and soy.

It’s been touted as a product that everyone can enjoy, from vegans to carnivores looking to cut down on meat consumption, whether that’s for environmental, health or ethical reasons.

The company expects to produce several million of the steaks in 2018 – testament to Read the full story

7 tips for brides who want to give a wedding speech like Meghan Markle

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(FILES) In this file photo taken on April 25, 2018 US fianc??e of Britain's Prince Harry, Meghan Markle, talks with Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge (L) as she arrives to attend a service of commemoration and thanksgiving to mark Anzac Day in Westminster Abbey in London. Thomas Markle, who has rocked Britain's royal family with a "will he, won't he" drama over his attendance at daughter Meghan's wedding to Prince Harry, is a shy recluse, thrust into the limelight against his wishes. The 73-year-old initially said he was too unwell and embarrassed to walk his daughter down the aisle on Saturday, according to US celebrity news site TMZ, after allegedly staging… <a href=Read the full story

‘Things are improving immensely’: Here’s what happens at a mental health support group

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Here?s what happens at a mental health support group Mental health support group talking help Dave Anderson for Metro.co.uk
What does a typical meeting involve? (Picture: Dave Anderson for Metro.co.uk)

With loneliness having a negative impact on mental health, mental health support groups are available for people to find solace in.

Mind, the mental health charity, suggests that peer support groups can improve emotional health, well-being and help people to feel a sense of belonging.

How teachers are fighting to teach young students about mental health in primary schools

There are now a wide range of groups available across the UK that… Read the full story

La Roche-Posay is crowned the ‘world’s best sunscreen’ for a fourth year in a row

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The UK’s been going through an unusually hot spring, and that’s meant only one thing: sunburn.

We’re just so unprepared for sun. Even when we are wearing sunscreen, the SPF is either not high enough or the cream gets sweated off.

If you’re really serious about avoiding skin damage, there’s only one solution (apart from hiding indoors).

The results of the Annual Sunscreen Guide by the Consumer Report are in and it’s found that La Roche-Posay Anthellos SPF 50 Comfort Cream is the best suncream out there.

It gained a 100%  perfect score when tested against 72 other products.

As well as having a super high SPF, it protects against… Read the full story

You’ve only got two more days to buy your royal wedding sick bag

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Does the thought of watching the royal wedding have you wretching with republican bile? Or are you sick with excitement at the prospect of watching two people you don’t know tie the knot?

Either way, we’ve got you covered.

Because artist Lydia Leith has designed a royal wedding sick bag, for just £3.99 (wait, aren’t they usually free?).

It’s being sold on Baltic Shop, under the description: ‘Another Duke to Make You Puke’.

‘Ah, it only seems like seven short years ago that Kate & William tied the knot and now, about twelve kids later, the Royal family are gearing up for another significant wedding occasion,’ the website reads.

‘Wills’ wilder little… Read the full story

Mum shares honest photos to show what motherhood really looks like

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What does being a mum look like?

As any parent will tell you, it’s not like the dreamy crafts you see on Pinterest or every perfectly posed portrait of the kids in their best outfits.

Parenting is hectic. It’s messy.

Photographer and stay-at-home mum Giedre Gomes, who runs Pictures By GG, has captured that brutal reality of motherhood brilliantly in a series that show moments her family – made up of Giedre, her husband Kelvio, and two boys called Mario, 5, and Rocco, 3 – experience, capturing other mums in situations that aren’t so picture perfect.

The resulting photos were released for US Mother’s Day, to give an… Read the full story

How eczema affects your relationship: 5 people share their stories

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ILLUSTRATION REQUEST: How eczema affects your relationship: 5 people share their stories (Amara Howe - new)
‘The itch can get so bad I’ve found myself going into another room to do it’ (Picture: Liberty Antonia Sadler for Metro.co.uk)

Skin conditions can be incredibly hard to deal with, not only because they affect your physical health but also your mental health.

Eczema is one of the most common skin conditions with about one in 12 adults in the UK suffering from dry, itchy, red, cracked skin.

For those affected by eczema, it can be an extremely draining condition taking over all aspects of life.

From work life to night life, family events to friend’s… Read the full story

10 Royal Wedding gifts for your dog because apparently that’s a thing?

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If you’ve got royal wedding fever, you’re not alone.

People across the world have been going crazy buying condoms, sausages, and sofas themed for the big day.

And since we’re a nation of dog lovers, it’s only logical that we get our dogs in on the act, and buy them presents too.

Yes, very logical. Here are our top picks.

Dog bone

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People are planting flowers in cities from here to Toronto

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Not only can potholes look awful but they can also be pretty dangerous (try cycling over one and you’ll soon understand why).

And it can take local councils ages to repair them.

Which is why guerilla gardeners have been taking over and planting flowers in holes from here to Toronto.

In Brussels, people have been going around planting flowers in potholes as a protest against the poor state of the city’s roads, while in Benfleet, someone’s been turning holes into miniature gardens so that people don’t drive into them.

If the council are slow to act, you’ve got to take action yourself

Dog flower girl steals limelight from bride by pooing in her wedding pics

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Hazel the dog photobombing the wedding photo
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A canine flower girl has made a set of wedding photos very memorable by pooing in the background.

Golden retriever Hazel decided she wasn’t getting enough attention during Demi and Luke Bishop’s first dance, so decided to pop a squat and lay a golden one – while staring right at the groom.

The newlywed couple were enjoying their romantic dance to Carrie Underwood track Inside Your Heaven after their sunset beach ceremony in Treasure Island, Florida last weekend.

However, friends and family began to snigger when they clocked three-year-old Hazel taking a rather unscheduled toilet break.

Dressed in a tutu, the dog did… Read the full story

‘It’s almost as if I was dead inside’– how being diagnosed with labyrinthitis changed my life

Model Alliance outlines a new plan to stop abuse in the fashion industry

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The past few months has seen the fashion industry come in for a fair amount of criticism over its treatment of models, assistants and creatives.

Tales of sexual abuse, assault and harassment are all too common but are only just coming to light, thanks to the #MeToo movement.

And to make sure this recent surge of activism and openness doesn’t dry up, New York’s Model Alliance is calling for a new programme to ensure the safety of models.

It’s launched a new RESPECT programme, which hopes to set guidelines as to how employees should be treated and how they can move forward.

In an open letter to the fashion industry, Model Alliance writes: ‘As… Read the full story

Masturbation Month: What women think about when they masturbate

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**ILLUSTRATION REQUEST** Exercising the vagina feature (Olivia Cassano)
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So we know women masturbate, we know why they masturbate, and we know their routines for masturbating.

But what do women think about when they masturbate?

Are we using porn? Are we thinking about equal pay to send us to rocketing orgasm? Are we thinking only of our loved ones?

New research from Tenga reveals that the majority of women tend to use their minds when they masturbate, with 54% of women of the 2,000 UK adults surveyed reporting they immerse themselves in a sexual fantasy in order to masturbate.

That’s more common in women than men – 44% of men say… Read the full story

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