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My living room is shaking – yes, developers have moved in next door

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Enjoy schadenfreude? Well, lucky you, there’s an oversized slice of it coming up – prepared entirely at my own expense. Earlier this year, I wrote about how my family had moved from a cramped one-bedroom flat in Manha...

Restoring US abortion access won’t be easy – but we need leaders who will try

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After several weeks of twiddling their thumbs, reciting poems, and breaking out into song, the Democrats have finally done something halfway useful about the rightwing assault on reproductive rights. On Friday Joe Bid...

To my wife’s annoyance I am getting obsessed with litter – is this what middle age feels like?

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I have been having some very dirty thoughts lately, and it’s been driving my wife bonkers. “Just look at all the litter!” I’ll exclaim numerous times a day. “Why is there so much rubbish on the street? Why aren’t ther...

Need an abortion? Better hope you have a generous boss

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Not so long ago, shortly before everything went to hell, employers wooed workers with perks such as ping-pong tables and free snacks. Now, in a sign of increasingly dystopian times, they are offering all-expenses-paid...

Abortion ruling highlights the war against women in America. Time to fight back

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Well, it finally happened. The fact that we all expected it, that we have spent the last few weeks waiting for this to happen, didn’t blunt the shock of it. On Friday the supreme court issued a decision in Dobbs v Jac...

The world’s coolest party was happening five minutes up the road in New York – how did I miss it?

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Until recently, I lived in what was probably the least cool area of New York City: a cluster of housing cooperatives in a tucked-away corner of Manhattan’s Lower East Side classed as a Naturally Occurring Retirement C...

Will anti-abortionists use ‘uterus surveillance’ against women in the US?

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If you are looking for a cheerful column that will make you giggle and distract you from everything that is wrong with the world, click away now. This week I have nothing but doom, gloom and data trackers for you. If ...

JD Vance is firmly against banning guns – but he’s keen on banning porn

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Like all Republicans, JD Vance thinks that banning guns is a very bad idea. On Thursday the Republican Senate candidate and bestselling author of the memoir Hillbilly Elegy tweeted a long explanation as to why Joe Bid...

Being open about pay would make it harder to hire minorities? That sounds like corporate BS to me

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An average job description these days reads something like this. Duties: Everything from editing short films to creating pivot tables in Excel to wowing clients with interpretative dance! Hours: Every single hour in t...

The US may not share Britain’s obsession with class – but it hates women every bit as much

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You have to be careful about letting women into politics, you really do. You give them a few rights and then they start clamouring for more. Worse still, they start using their womanly wiles to get their way, crossing...

I’ve left New York – and I’m legally obliged to tell you about it

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After more than a decade spent considering myself a New Yorker I have finally left Manhattan for cheaper pastures (Philadelphia). I am, of course, obliged to tell you all about it. One does not get out of Metropolis q...

Tucker Carlson suddenly has questions about Ketanji Brown Jackson’s credentials – I have questions about his

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What does it mean to live in a democracy? Well, according to the Fox News host Tucker Carlson, it means having the right to harangue Black women and force them to show their papers. On Wednesday Carlson went on a tira...

Feminism is inextricably tied to economic inequality – but Democrats don’t see it

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Here’s a thorny philosophical quandary for you: if you’re a politician who shapes policy and is privy to confidential information that will impact the stock market, should you and your immediate family be able to tra...

Should you ask for a pay rise? Not according to the former Pepsi CEO

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Money is so tacky, darling, don’t you think? Indra Nooyi, who was one of the highest-paid CEOs in the world during her tenure at PepsiCo, certainly seems to take that view. In an interview this month with the New York...

Surprised that Ivanka was almost head of the World Bank? You shouldn’t be

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It’s no secret that Donald Trump has something of a soft spot for his eldest daughter, Ivanka. He’s constantly tooting her horn and gushing over her talents. Not only does Ivanka have a “very nice figure”, Trump has b...

Does the Elizabeth Holmes trial spell the end of the #girlboss era?

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A brown man made her do it! Elizabeth Holmes, the disgraced founder of blood-testing startup Theranos, was once seen as a maverick thinker and a fearless feminist icon. Now that she is standing trial for fraud, howeve...

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