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How to make sex better in the summer

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Sex is good. Summer, if you’re a sun-lover, is good.

But putting the two together can be very, very bad.

Hot weather can make you so sticky, sweaty, and irritable that the last thing you want is another human’s body smushed up against yours. It’s too hot in bed to get raunchy. You try sticking a fan on and end up with an uncomfortable breeze on your bum.

It doesn’t make sense to cancel sex the second the weather gets hot though, no matter how superior snuggly sex in the colder months may be.

You’re wearing summer outfits, spending the day out in the sun showing off your… Read the full story

How my obsession with the ‘clean eating’ trend spiralled into an eating disorder

What?s the difference between disordered eating and an eating disorder? - for eating disorder week (Frances) (Picture: Erin Aniker for Metro.co.uk)
I kept repeating the pattern until almost every food group had disappeared from my diet (Picture: Erin Aniker for Metro.co.uk)

It sometimes seems as if you can’t glance at a computer, wander around a book shop or pass an advertising billboard without seeing some variant of what has come to be known as ‘clean eating’.

*Content warning: This article contains frank discussion of eating disorders and eating disordered thoughts*

And they really do make it look and sound very appealing. After all, why would I not want to eat clean food?

How amazing,… Read the full story

Taleedah Tamer is the first Saudi model to walk at Paris Couture Week

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This week 17-year-old Taleedah Tamer opened the Antonio Grimaldi couture show in Paris.

That’s a big deal for any model, but especially so for Taleedah – the first Saudi model to walk a couture runway in Paris.

Born and raised in Jidda by an Italian mum and a Saudi dad, Taleedah didn’t think the world of fashion was open to her. Now she’s appeared on the cover of Harper’s Bazaar Arabia and has walked a major catwalk show.

‘When I was younger, it didn’t cross my mind not to see Saudi women on magazine covers or in fashion shoots, but as I got older, I thought “why do these women… Read the full story

These are the seven most common sexual fantasies

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What do you fantasise about to get off?

Being able to have sex with a clone of yourself? Dressing in full on bondage gear? Bloody well having some peace and quiet?

Our sexual fantasies are varied and personal, and that’s what makes them special.

But there are certain sexual fantasies that unite us in lust.

As part of his new book, Tell Me What You Want, social psychologist Dr Justin Lehmiller surveyed more than 4,000 Americans to find out the most common sexual fantasies people hold.

He hopes that by sharing these, he’ll make people… Read the full story

Wearing a tie to work might be limiting your thinking skills

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Maybe it’s time to pack in the formal dress codes and just let people work in clothes they find comfortable.

Think about how much more you could get done without the pain of wearing heels or having to sweat through a suit.

Some evidence to bring up to your boss: According to a new report published in Neuroradiology, wearing a tie might be limiting workers’ creative abilities.

It’s thought that wearing a tie squeezes the neck veins and limits the blood flow, potentially slowing down the brain’s processing and limiting your thinking skills.

Scientists at the University scanned the brains of 30 healthy young men,… Read the full story

How the World Cup affects your sex life

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Football’s coming home. It’s coming.

But are you?

In the midst of summer, when you’re feeling frisky and up for following up an afternoon in the beer garden with a slow, ice-drizzled bone sesh, the World Cup has arrived.

It’s either going to heat up your sex life or put a spanner in the works, but it’s likely to have an effect. It’s a huge cultural moment.

But exactly what effect it has differs wildly depending on the team you’re supporting (or who you’ve got in the sweepstakes) as well as your relationship.

Amy*, 27, isn’t a football fan (same, Amy), so when her boyfriend watches matches at the pub she… Read the full story

People share why London Pride is still so important in 2018


It’s London Pride – an inclusive celebration of the LGBTQ+ community.

It’s a day of fun, of glitter, signs, glorious outfits. But it’s also a day of protest, of continuing to fight against discrimination, exclusion, and judgement.

Everyone deserves to feel safe and respected. No one should ever feel scared to love someone else or express who they are.

That’s why Pride is still important in 2018.

We asked some attendees of London Pride why they’re taking part.


Gay Pride in London 07/07/2018
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‘I’m here to fight to be able to hold hands in public.’


Couples who spend more on their weddings are more likely to get divorced

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Judging by the number of celeb marriages that end in catastrophe, it might come as no surprise to learn that the more you spend on a wedding, the less likely it is to last.

Economics professors Andrew Francis-Tan and Hugo M Mialon have been surveying 3,000 married people, looking for any characteristics that may increase the chances of getting a divorce.

One of the standout conclusions were that the more cash spent on an engagement ring, the more likely the relationship was to end in divorce – especially once the cost of the ring exceeds more than £1,500.

It says: ‘Specifically, in the sample of men, spending between $2,000 and $4,000 (£3,000)… Read the full story

I’ve learned to embrace my afro with confidence but employers are still discriminating against black hair

Tobi is proud of her afro hairstyle (Picture: Tobi Oredein)

The perception of black hair has seemingly come a long way in recent years.

When I was growing up in the 90s and noughties, short sleek haircuts with finger waves and long weaves seemed like the only hairstyles that black women could wear, that were also accepted by society.

Afros were still seen as unkempt and unprofessional, while cornrows were synonymous with the word ‘ghetto.’

Now, thanks to the internet and social media, I, along with many other black women, have learned to embrace my afro with confidence.

It would be easy to believe that employers have become more accepting of… Read the full story

Woman perfectly hits back at body-shamer who accused her of being a catfish

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The problem with uploading anything to social media is that it everyone thinks you want their feedback.

And when Talia Gargan uploaded a bikini pic to her Snapchat, that’s exactly what she received from some troll who accused her of ‘catfishing’ (i.e adopting a false persona online).

The body-shamer said she had a ‘bit of a belly’ before going on to say ‘really glad you uploaded this btw, would’ve been annoying meeting wasting time to be catfished’.

Talia, however, wasn’t prepared to be put down and fired back saying that she ‘wasn’t made to impress’ the troll, and shared the conversation on Twitter – where everyone agreed that she looked banging.

Giving… Read the full story

Constance Hall receives backlash for a picture with her newborn

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New mums have it tough. There’s always a troll or two (sometimes disguised as friends) telling you you’re holding the baby all wrong or not feeding properly.

Australian blogger Constance Hall is the latest mum to find herself at the end of some good old mummy-shaming.

After giving birth, she uploaded a black and white picture of herself, newborn son Raja, and her husband.

But people had a problem with the pic as she was on her phone and not holding her newborn, while the dad fussed over the child.

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The ‘stuck up’ comments have since been deleted from the post… Read the full story

Sky Sports presenter Anna Woolhouse on boxing and why more women should get into the ring

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Anna Woolhouse won’t be a stranger to any avid boxing fan.

She’s a boxing presenter on Sky Sports, having started out concentrating on netball and ice hockey.

And if you needed any inspiration for ramping up your workouts to include the odd bout of pad-work, then Anna is it. She’s seriously ripped.

But why boxing? In an incredible male-dominated industry with very few big female names, just how hard is it to be taken seriously?

And does watching boxing all day ever tempt Anna to get into the ring herself?

We chatted with Anna about her love of big fights, sexism in sport and why more women should think about getting into… Read the full story

I lost my parents 10 years ago. I’m now heavily pregnant and I don’t know how I’ll do it without them

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He’s late. A week late now, as I type this. Our firstborn son seems reticent to leave his safe haven and come into the world during the heatwave.

What do most nervous first-time mums do in this situation? Ask their mums I suspect, but I don’t have mine any more. Both my mum and dad passed away about 10 years ago when I was in my mid-20s. Before I was thinking of becoming a parent myself. Before I had met my wonderful husband. Before I had really grown up. Looking back I would definitely say that they passed away when I was still a child.

I… Read the full story

Burberry is collaborating the ‘original British punk’, Vivienne Westwood

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Riccardo Tisci hasn’t even dropped his first collection for Burberry since taking over from Christopher Bailey, and he’s got a superstar collaboration underway.

In a series of Instagram posts, the creative director announced that Burberry will be teaming up with the ‘original British punk’, Dame Vivienne Westwood.

‘Vivienne was one of the first designers who made me dream to become a designer… I am SO honoured to announce a new Burbs collaboration with the original British PUNK,’ he said.

‘She is a rebel, a punk and unrivalled in her unique representation of British style, which has inspired so many of us. I am so incredibly proud of what we will… Read the full story

Single parents, gather, Match.com and Pizza Express are hosting a speed dating night for you


Dating is hard for loads of us, especially when everyone’s using apps or following dodgy trends.

For single parents, however, it can be even more difficult; not only is there a narrower dating pool but you’ve also got to find someone to watch your kids.

To answer the prayers of single mums and dads in London who can’t catch a romantic break, Match.com has come up with a speed dating night.

And instead of paying some freckled teenager from down the road to look after the kids, you can bring them with you.

That’s because the night is in partnership with Pizza Express who will be taking care of youngsters while the adults go about trying to charm the socks off one another.

Parents can meet like-minded singles while their kids are kept entertained by creating pizza with fully qualified babysitters from service Yoopies.

Dad cries at wife giving birth because it’s the first time he saw her smile after so long

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Dads often get emotional when their partners give birth; it’s a heart-wrenching time for most people, whether it’s their first time or not.

One dad has gone viral after a picture showed him crying with happiness, not because of the arrival of his newborn, but because of his wife.

Kirstie Clark, a birth photographer from Dallas, Texas, captured the teary event and revealed why he was crying his heart out.

After a complicated pregnancy, it was the first time he saw his wife smile in ten months.

Meet the adorable rescue cat who looks like he has two noses

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This sleepy little feline is Doby.

He was born with Cerebellar Hypoplasia (CH) which means he’s a little wobbly on his paws. The most striking thing about him, however, is the fact that he looks like he has two noses.

In actual fact, Doby has a cleft nose.

He was taken in by The Cat House on the Kings sanctuary in California after being abandoned as a kitten.

It wasn’t long until a member of the Friends for Life Rescue Network came to visit the sanctuary and fell in love with Doby; they made a post about him on their Instagram and that’s how he found his forever family.

Doby’s new mum tells… Read the full story

This matchmaker has named the 60 worst single men in New York

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Dating apps can be such a chore sometimes.

If you only you could just hire a professional to trawl through all the unoriginal, dry, and the borderline creepy dudes on your dating sites?

Well, that’s exactly what psychologist and relationship expert Meredith Golden has been doing for the women of NYC.

And in the process, she’s happened to become virtually acquainted with the worst singles in New York City, which is quite the achievement.

The digital wing woman has now compiled a list of the worst 60 to look out for and is spreading it among her clientlist and other matchmakers.

Take a moment to look at these incredible martian-like acid pools in East Africa

PIC BY Neta Dekel / CATERS NEWS - (PICTURED ) These stunning images show the beauty and drama of Mother Nature at work. Captured deep in heart of the Danakil Desert in East Africa, the images show the acid pools near the Erta Ale volcano. Pools of brightly coloured acid can be seen amid the dramatic blast of volcanic ash. Taken by Neta Dekel, the Israeli photographer said that the acid pools were one of the most extraordinary sights he has ever seen. SEE CATERS COPY
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These incredible pictures may look like stills from some bizarre space-themed film, but they actually show a landscape much nearer to… Read the full story

ICYMI, John Galliano wants us to wear our iPhones in ankle holsters

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In case you missed it, the Paris Couture shows took place this week in the French capital.

And no show was more eagerly anticipated than John Galliano’s.

Sure, he’s had his demons but since taking over Maison Margiela in 2014, he’s been making the label his own in his uniquely creative way.

For AW18, he turned his attention to technology, and more crucially, wearable technology.

The clothes were ‘nomadic glamour’ – all kinds of futuristic materials bundled around models like explorers from some kind of alien planet.

But it was the accessories that garnered the most attention.

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Models wore VR headsets and iPhone holsters attached to… Read the full story

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