Whats causing women to join the NoFap movement?

A Reddit forum dedicated to abstaining from masturbation has over 450,000 members and about 5% of them are female From a sunny sitting room, 26-year-old she explains. I think I [now] look better and I think more positively Ive been told how much more attractive Ive got. Later, she will intercut the video with photographs of herself taken over the previous eight months, her skin growing noticeably more radiant, her hair changing from lackluster to glossy. But with her before-and-after shots, Kristel isnt documenting a weight-loss journey or a new skincare regime. Instead, she credits her new glow to a movement that has lurked in corners of the internet for several years. Kristel is a follower of founded in 2011 …

Mid-year burnout: does it exist or are we all just permanently tired?

Halfway through 2019, Guardian readers report feeling more exhausted than previous summers. Whats behind the malaise? Louise set herself two New Years resolutions for 2019: to start yoga, and to keep a journal. She did better than most people, sticking to both for five months. About six weeks ago, however, she recognised something was off. During May, I noticed all I kept writing was how lethargic, below average or ill I was feeling. Writing in her journal in the first week of June, the 30-year-old from Nottinghamshire wondered if hitting the six-month mark and the downwards slope to winter was taking its toll. I was ready to brush it off as irrational, she said, until I saw this. This was …

Victoria Hamilton: ‘Women can now carry shows without faces full of Botox’

She donned a specially modified swimsuit to play the Queen Mother in The Crown. Now shes a spy-busting gay senator in Deep State and revelling in its love story Shortly before Im due to interview her in a hotel room, I run into Victoria Hamilton in the loo. I wouldnt have recognised her from The Crown, in which she plays the Queen Mother, even though she swears they did nothing to her appearance except make her wear a swimsuit that had tits built into my stomach. Then theyd take all my makeup off and put a grey wig on my head. I would have recognised her from Deep State, because Id only just watched an episode: a hot, gory spy …

Tears, honesty and flirty games: how we escaped our married sex rut

After 15 years and three children, my husband and I found ourselves stuck in an intimacy impasse. Could a therapist help us sizzle again? Its usually when I have my head in the dishwasher that my husband will come up and say, Hey love, do you fancy a cuddle tonight? I dont know how, but somehow cuddle has, over the years, become the cute (but loaded) word for sex in our house. And I, often wanting just a cuddle one that doesnt involve an erection, merely a straight up, PG cuddle often simply clam up. We have a shared craving for closeness but opposing strategies to reach it. While Jim would happily shag his way to a chat, I want …