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Society makes it impossible to raise your kids as gender-neutral – but that doesn’t mean you should give up trying

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Why is gender-stereotyping still so rife? (Picture: MMuffin)

‘What did you just say?’, I asked my four-year old daughter incredulously.

She repeated her line: ‘Boys,’ she said, ‘are smarter than girls. But girls are beautiful, not smart.’

Let’s introduce gender-neutral toilets – but we need to keep separate men’s and women’s loos too

I couldn’t quite believe my ears.

I have always tried to raise my three young children, Charlie, nine, Edward, six and Jemima, four, in a relatively gender-neutral way.

The term, in this age of supposed equality, has become quite popular, thanks to celebrities such as Paloma Faith, Adele and Pink claiming… Read the full story

Woman uses diaries to keep track of her twelve personalities

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Lauren Stott, 23, has dissociative identity disorder, a condition in which a person’s psyche divides into two or more distinct personality states.

She lives with 12 personalities, and copes with them all by keeping journals full of the thoughts and feelings of each fragmented piece of her identity.

DID is typically triggered by trauma and has been referred to as an extreme form of PTSD. Doctors believe Lauren’s condition stems from an unidentified trauma between first and second grade, which has resulted in her multiple personalities acting as a survival mechanism.

Lauren was officially diagnosed in August 2017, a year after seeking psychiatric treatment following a suicide attempt in August 2016.

Since… Read the full story

Brace yourselves for freckling, the dating trend to watch out for this summer

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(Picture: Ella Byworth for Metro.co.uk)

You’ve heard of cuffing season, the time of year when people feel the chill and have a sudden desire to couple up and get snuggly, and clearing season, when you’re so lonely and miserable after Christmas that you lazily sleep with someone you already know but don’t actually like that much.

Now, brace yourselves for freckling season.

According to the people over at AskMen, freckling is the dating trend you need to watch out for as the weather heats up.

Freckling is the distant cousin of the summer fling or holiday romance, as just like those joy-filled experiences, it packs your summer with flirting and… Read the full story

Underwear company makes vibrating knickers to try to get women interested in the World Cup

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There’s so much wrong here.

Mexican lingerie company Vicky Form has created a pair of knickers that vibrate every time a goal is scored, because obviously, women need clitoral stimulation to be able to enjoy sport, called the Siente el Juego.

The underwear brand unveiled the new product on Thursday ahead of the World Cup kick off with an advert that begins with the spurious stat that ‘every year four million couples separate because of football’. It goes on to show a couple arguing because the man… Read the full story

Meghan Markle’s evening wedding dress: How and where to buy the exact Stella McCartney replica

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(Picture: Steve Parsons – WPA Pool/Getty Images)

As you can probably tell from all the sold out accessories and clothes, what Meghan Markle wears, we all want to wear.

Nothing is more coveted than her wedding dresses, and although both the ceremony and reception ones were couture, it looks like there might be a way to steal her style.

It’s going to cost you an arm and a leg, but for true Markle fanatics, perhaps it’ll be worth it.

Comb nails are the latest bizarre manicure trend

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Scary comb nails
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These creepy comb nails are just one in a long and distinguished line of terrifying nail art trends.

The trend was created by Russian salon Nail Sunny, responsible for giving the world the entirely unnecessary ‘Kim K’ manicure where a little figure of the celebrity holding a gargantuan bum clad in small white knickers out to the viewer, is glued to the nail. It also features long, blonde fake hair.

The comb nails were revealed in a tutorial video by the salon, showing the tiny combs brushing through hair. They’re created using extensions, with the gaps for the comb teeth drilled out.

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Please behold Chubbs, a very large cat who’s looking for a home

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Meet Chubbs, an absolute unit of a lad.

Chubbs is a cat who weighs in at 29lbs (that’s 13kg, metric pals). He’s too big to fit in a kennel at The Pasadena Humane Society, where he’s currently hanging out.

The Himalayan cat was taken into the shelter when he was found walking down a busy street alone.

When he was picked up, Chubbs was covered in dirt and had severely matted fur, causing him pain and discomfort. It took the shelter hours to shave through the tangles and clean him up.

But he’s clearly not been a stray for very long, unless he’s managed to… Read the full story

Oasis’s new advert for a double-ended bottle looks a bit rude

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Twitter @oasis_drinks
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Double ended drink anyone?

Whether it’s because the bottle is double ended or because there’s some slurping from each end, this Oasis advert definitely looks a bit sketchy.

It’s not going to be released in shops so you don’t need to worry about the risk of backwash, but we can’t get the double ended dildo comparison out of our heads.

Imagine actually drinking from this. You’d need to be roughly the same height as the other person, then one of you would need to uncap your end of the bottle and start drinking before the other person could unscrew the lid and chug theirs.

It would be a total pain to… Read the full story

Dreamy photographs will make you see East London in a new way

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(Picture: Chris Dorley-Brown)

If you’re a Londoner, you probably have a solid idea of what the eastern bits are like.

Hipsters, popups, ‘interesting’ fashion, that kind of thing.

Chris Dorley-Brown’s photographs offer an alternative view, turning East London into a faded, dreamlike vision.

He knows the area well, having lived and worked in East for more than 20 years.

In his third book, The Corners, Chris captures portraits of East London by taking smaller pictures on a Nikon DSLR that are later composited on a screen, then uses around 20 images to create the background, and adds further details such as passersby and pigeons.

That means that the photograph doesn’t actually capture… Read the full story

Poppy Delevingne is releasing a bath collection with Jo Malone

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Jo Malone
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Budget-friendly, it is not.

Model and actor (and sister of Cara) Poppy Delevingne has collaborated with designer Jo Malone to create a collection of luxury bath products, including bathroom candles and bubble bath.

Delevingne says that she wanted to curate the range because bathing is her ‘favourite thing in the whole entire world’.

Same, girl. Although sleeping might come joint first.

The collection is called ‘Queen of Pop’ is packaged in a black, pint and gold colour scheme, complete with stripes and ’60s pop art-eque polka dots.

Someone’s combined a chicken nugget and a doughnut to create the Donug

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A chicken nugget has been mixed with a donut to create the donug.
Crag Carrick is the man behind the Donug. (Picture: PRESSTEAM/Instagram)

We’re suckers for a great food hybrid.

We’re still not over the cronut, the tacro seems pretty genius, and chouxnuts sound like something we’d like to get in our mouths immediately.

So the Donug is already a winner, simply by appeasing to our millennial need to eat two delicious things at once.

The Donug is the mashup between a doughnut and a chicken nugget.

That means it’s free range chicken in a doughnut shape, topped with cornflakes and panko crumb before being deep-fried.… Read the full story

How do hormones affect our mental health?

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Every month, in the run-up to my period, my mental health takes a turn for the worse. My mood dips, my anxiety skyrockets, and my thoughts become increasingly dark.

I’m not alone in feeling like this. According to research by the American National Institute of Mental Health, 64% of women who suffer from depression say their symptoms get worse during the premenstrual period.

It’s an illustration of just how powerfully our reproductive hormones can affect our mental health.

‘There are many studies linking hormones to mental health problems,’ Laura Peters, manager of the advice service at the charity Rethink Mental Illness, tells Metro.co.uk. ‘These relate… Read the full story

People share stories of sex and romance at work

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(Picture: Ella Byworth for Metro.co.uk)

Workplace romances can be messy affairs, either ending in love or – as in my case – disaster.

Especially that time I had a fling with my boss’s intern back in 2010.

I’ve met many a men at the office and when I worked in hospitality, an industry notorious for its naughty behaviour.

Yet meeting at work is still preferable to the incessant swiping on dating apps or picking someone up in a bar, according to a recent study by totaljobs.

The research suggests 66% of those surveyed have indulged in sex or dating in the workplace, and over half of participants said they’d suffered office gossip as… Read the full story

Father’s Day is just a gimmick, but I’m still looking forward to my first one as a parent

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**ILLUSTRATION REQUEST** The first month of being a Dad – The partying has stopped, but the late nights haven’t (Jamie Roberts)
I know I’m going to have a first Father’s Day to remember (Picture: Ella Byworth for Metro.co.uk)

Father’s Day: the chance to spoil the big guy while lining the pockets of retailers by buying a load of tat.

‘It’s just another day’, I’ve always thought, especially as my old man doesn’t even really appreciate Christmas let alone Father’s Day.

‘Don’t be daft,’ comes the regular palm-off from him whenever I ask what he’d like for any special occasion. So it’s safe to say I’ve never given this gimmick a second thought.

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Planning a gluten-free picnic? Here’s everything you’ll need

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Everything you need for a gluten-free picnic (Picture: To Good To Be/Beeps/Livia’s Kitchen/Skinny Brands)

Nothing quite says British summertime quite like a picnic in the great outdoors.

Unfortunately, for those of us who are gluten-free, putting one together can be a little tricky. So many picnic staples are full of gluten – sausage rolls, sandwiches, crisps, biscuits and beer are all off limits.

Luckily there are now plenty of gluten-free alternatives available.

If you’re keen to dine al fresco this weeken, here’s everything you need for your very own gluten-free picnic spread.

Crisps and dip

The best gluten-free places to eat in Dublin

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Admire Dublin’s bridges, then dive into its restaurant scene (Picture: Getty)

When you think of Dublin, Guinness and Irish dancing might come to mind, but the capital city of the Republic of Ireland has so much more to offer.

Glimpsing down the River Liffey, you’d be forgiven for mistaking Dublin for Scandinavia with its bridges dotted periodically from north to south.

It’s also a hub for drinking and eating – you only have to turn a corner to see another street lined with pubs, bars, cafes and restaurants.

But how well does it serve travellers seeking something gluten-free? Which restaurants and cafes will take your intolerance or allergy seriously?

We’ve rounded up some of the… Read the full story

How often should you wash your hair?

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Washing you hair is undoubtedly a pain if it’s any longer than a pixie cut.

If you use a hairdryer there are the arm cramps during the process, or if you’re a natural dryer you’re walking around with a sopping wet head.

Neither of these situations are ideal, but for the sake of clean hair we all just power through.

Do you know how often you actually should wash your hair, though? We have answers that might save you a lot of time.

Dog goes to groomer, gets transformed into a cloud of fluff

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Dog looks like a fluffy cloud
(Picture: Yorikokoro)

All dogs are good dogs, and thus all dogs are worthy of our deepest respect and admiration.

But we must pay special attention to Sesame, a dog who went to the groomers and returned looking like a walking cloud of fluff.

Sesame’s glorious transformation comes at the hands of Yorikokoro salon in Japan, a place that specialises in grooming dogs to fluffy perfection.

Their work on Sesame is getting a load of attention online, because they managed to transform the tiny dog into a stunning orb of fur.

Behold.

‘The hole they left grows a little bigger’: The invisible void on Father’s Day when you’ve lost a child

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ILLUSTRATION REQUEST: FATHER'S DAY: What it's like dealing with father's day when you've lost a child (Kelly Farleigh)
Father’s Day is harder than most (Picture: Ella Byworth for Metro.co.uk)

I spent two years interviewing men who have experienced the death of a child.

As you can imagine, I heard a lot of heartbreaking stories. All were different, and all were bad.

I also learned a lot about my own pain and the suffering caused by the aftermath of burying two children.

Those interviews, and my own hard lessons, are captured in my book Grieving Dads: To The Brink And Back.

I’ve tried to become an advocate of sorts for grieving dads.

My goal is to… Read the full story

So, Jollof rice sushi is now a thing and we’re here for it

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(Picture: African Chow/Instagram)

Jollof rice is a comfort food like no other.

Others might have their chicken soups and mac ‘n’ cheeses, but us west Africans are prepared to spend hours arguing over Jollof’s rightful origin because, well, it’s just so good.

So when someone comes along with a new way of serving it up, we’re not exactly overjoyed.

Take African Chow, for example.

The food channel dedicates its time to making incredible grub inspired by every corner of the continent and now they’ve come up with a ‘Jollof rice sushi roll’.

Understandably people were confused, outraged, baffled when African diaspora magazine One Tribe first pointed out the recipe

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