50 years of pickup artists: why is the toxic skill still so in demand?

Teaching men how to approach women they dont know is a $100m industry. But does it help men find their dream mate – or just encourage street harassment? In an upmarket bar near Oxford Circus in London, I am watching two men hit on women with all the desperation of a doomed cavalry charge. But without the heroism. Mike and Raj (not their real names) circle the bar, scanning for women, drinks held at an awkward right angle to their chests. When they identify a target, they approach. The women stiffen, their smiles tightening. They swirl drinks with straws and chit-chat politely before mentioning boyfriends real or imagined. The men retreat, regroup, identify fresh women. Advance, engage, retreat. On and …

Miscarriages change our bodies as much as childbirth. Can we talk about that? | Jessica Zucker and Sara Gaynes Levy

Women who have miscarried have seen their bodies change exponentially, but with no baby to prove why. It can all feel so futile In recent years, a zeitgeist shift surrounding the way we talk about postpartum bodies has stormed through culture. The preoccupation with bouncing back after the birth of a baby, while not completely erased, has begun to fade. In its place, a dialogue borne mainly through social media encourages grace, acceptance, and self-love for women whose bodies have changed in the wake of growing a human. You made a person. Of course things are different. Wear these changes with pride, the messages say. Its a well-intended and much-needed societal shift women neednt expect themselves to return to their …

Third of Japanese women with mental health issues blame workplace harassment: report

(CNN)A little over a third of Japanese career women with mental health issues say their suffering was caused by some form of harassment at work, according to a government survey published Tuesday. Of the 740 women who took part, 19.7% said they were victims of sexual harassment and 16.6% of harassment, bullying and abuse of power by superiors. Another 21.9% of the women said their mental health issues were caused by a traumatic event, such as witnessing a serious accident or a natural disaster. The survey was published as part of a government white paper on the prevention of death by overwork. Japan, known for its “salaryman” culture and punishing work hours, has struggled for years to tackle the impact …

We are in the midst of a mental health crisis advice about jogging and self-care is not enough | Suzanne Moore

Physical exercise can help, but we need to understand what it is about the way we live that makes so many of us ill, writes Suzanne Moore Is there a problem in this sad old world that cant be solved by physical jerks? I find myself muttering this, because wherever I go someone is coming up behind me, breathing heavily: a runner. Some of my best friends are joggers pushing themselves up hills, finishing marathons it keeps depression and mood swings at bay and its free. Its a good thing, but I cannot be alone in finding underwhelming the advice about looking after ones mental health as if it is physical health. For example, there is the jo@samaritans.org or 1-800-273-8255. …

Jonathan Safran Foer: why we must cut out meat and dairy before dinner to save the planet

Animal products create more greenhouse gas emissions than the entire transportation sector, but we dont want to confront this inconvenient truth: our eating habits are a problem Our planet is facing a crisis. But even when we know that a war for our survival is raging, we dont feel that it is our war. Although many of climate changes accompanying calamities extreme weather events, floods and wildfires, displacement and resource scarcity chief among them are vivid, personal and suggestive of a worsening situation, they dont feel that way in aggregate. The distance between awareness and feeling can make it very difficult for even thoughtful and politically engaged people people who want to act to act. So-called Al Gores An Inconvenient …

‘I was non-stop Juuling up a storm’: 10 college students on their vaping addictions

(CNN)The CDC, FDA, White House and a who’s who of officials in suits want young people to stop using e-cigarettes amid a mysterious outbreak of hundreds of vaping-related lung illnesses. “You’re buying them illegally, so who knows what’s being put in them,” she said. “It’s funny because when you hit it, you can feel that it’s hurting your lungs. It doesn’t feel like hitting a joint or hitting anything. It hurts you. “But we just told ourselves for so long that it’s fine, it’ll be fine, it’s weed, it can’t hurt you. And then this stuff comes out and it’s like, we knew this all along.” Kesnig said she started smoking marijuana at about 15 but moved to vaping THC …

The average crowdfunding campaign for cancer care asks for $20,000 — but only gets about $5,000

(CNN)The cost of cancer treatment has gotten so high that patients and their families are turning to crowdfunding websites, like GoFundMe. But a new study found that cancer patients raising money on GoFundMe are only reaching about a quarter of their goal on average. “Although the Affordable Care Act reduced the uninsured rate, cost containment measures have not been realized by all patients,” the study noted. Medical fundraisers make up 1 in 3 of GoFundMe campaigns, and bring in more money than any other category, the company CEO Rob Solomon told MPR News last year. If a GoFundMe campaign doesn’t reach its goal, the fundraiser can still collect the amount that’s raised.

The Gap in State Gun Laws, Apple Card Is Sorta Here, and More News

A report outlines the link between gun laws and mass shootings, Apple's new credit card has arrived for a select group of users, and WIRED has some pocket camera suggestions for you. Here's the news you need to know, in two minutes or less. Want to receive this two-minute roundup as an email every weekday? Sign up here! Today's Headlines The looser a state's gun laws, the more mass shootings it has A report in BMJ compared the strictness of state-level gun laws to the annual rate of mass shootings, and the results are sobering: States were scored from 0 (very restrictive) to 100 (very permissive) based on 13 factors surrounding their gun laws. And for every 10-point relaxation in …

Period pain linked to nearly 9 days of lost productivity a year

(CNN)The real impact of menstruation on women and society is underestimated, researchers say, as a new study suggests period pain is linked to nearly nine days of lost productivity a year in workplaces and schools. “Women said that they weren’t as productive as they could be while at work — they needed to go to the toilet every hour or they had a headache and couldn’t concentrate,” said Theodoor Nieboer, an author of the report and a gynecologist at the Radboud University Medical Center in the Netherlands. He added that women under the age of 21 were around three times more likely than older women to say they had taken time off because of their menstrual symptoms. Still a taboo …

Chinese medicine: The next step in cancer recovery?

(CNN)Karen Kwai-Ching Li, known as KC, has lived in fear of her osteosarcoma, a cancer of the bone, for almost 28 years. To get through her treatment and the range of side effects of chemotherapy, KC turned to a seemingly contrasting practice: traditional Chinese medicine. Each time she had chemotherapy, her body seemed weak, she said. Friends and family recommended the plant root ginseng, whose benefits are believed to include boosting energy, with recent studies supporting that claim. When her family prepared ginseng for her to drink, she felt “more energized and regained a little more strength,” she explained, which led her to use it after each chemotherapy session. But she took it with Chan’s blessing — because Chan is …

As New York struggles to undo the lies of anti-vaxers, moms step in to help

(CNN)There’s no question: The ongoing measles outbreak in New York is in a league of its own. New York’s effort thus far “doesn’t feel sufficient anymore,” a federal health official told CNN. “You’ve had eight months of sustained transmission and most people would agree you’re not ahead of it.” While observers said New York officials have worked long and hard at quelling the outbreak, they pointed out some areas where there have been missteps. First, public health experts criticized the state for allowing children to go to school even if they’re not vaccinated. Second, some say health authorities in the state waited too long before asking the federal government to send in help. Third, there are concerns state authorities botched …

‘I wouldn’t be the refugee, I’d be the girl who kicked ass’: how taekwondo made me

The long read: When she arrived in the US as a 10-year-old refugee, Dina Nayeri found it hard to fit in. But that all changed when she hatched a plan to get into Harvard by becoming a taekwondo champion When I was 13, three years after arriving in the US with my mother and brother, I devised a plan to get into the Ivy League. I was a refugee kid with no money and I lived in Iran, she had done horse-riding and tennis. But then the revolution happened, and her sporty body was draped and forgotten. Banned from public exercise, she took to pounding her ass against walls to get that chic, saddle-flattened effect of the late 70s. Sometimes …

China’s tech workers burn out mentally and physically in the ‘996’ rat race

Beijing (CNN)Wang Shichang works 12 hours a day, often for six days a week. The newlywed is so busy he says he barely has time for his wife. The topic has prompted heated debate on social media, with many tech tycoons and entrepreneurs weighing on the merits of long and stressful working hours. Jack Ma, founder of e-commerce giant Alibaba and one of China’s richest men, drew criticism earlier this year after he endorsed long work hours, calling them “a blessing.” Wang doesn’t agree with Ma — and he’s not the only one. Many others have been voicing their complaints on Github, an online forum known in the tech world for code-sharing. They also share “anti-996” memes that poke fun …

Kenyan court upholds law making gay sex illegal

Nairobi, Kenya (CNN)In a blow to the LGBTQI movement in Africa, Kenya’s High Court ruled Friday that a colonial-era law banning same-sex relations should remain in place. The decision was not unexpected. Before the ruling, Waruguru Gaitho, a human rights lawyer at the National Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (NGLHRC), had said: “We are prepared for it to be a protracted struggle. We are well aware that the court process is very long and we are well aware that this is a heavily contested issue. Allows multiple appeals. So we will continue to make our case for equality. “ Thirty-eight out of 55 African countries have enacted laws that make it illegal to be gay. In Somalia and South …

British people get drunk more often than anyone else, survey finds

(CNN)British people get drunk more than any other nationality, according to a new global survey. And drinkers around the world should consider cutting down to benefit their health, Winstock said. “Deaths due to alcoholic liver disease and cancer due to excessive alcohol consumption are on the rise, along with obesity and poorer mental health,” he said. “Drinking too much makes all these worse; drinking less make them better.” Researchers spoke to 123,814 people from more than 30 countries in preparing the report, and they found that people on average got drunk 33 times in the previous 12 months. The results reflect the number of times that survey respondents said they got drunk, rather than the amount of alcohol consumed. Those …

Why we are addicted to conspiracy theories

The long read: Outsiders and the disenfranchised have always embraced the existence of wild plots and cover-ups. But now the biggest conspiracy-mongers are in charge In January 2015, I spent the longest, queasiest week of my life on a cruise ship filled with conspiracy theorists. As our boat rattled toward Mexico and back, I heard about every wild plot, secret plan and dark cover-up imaginable. It was mostly fascinating, occasionally exasperating and the cause of a headache that took months to fade. To my pleasant surprise, given that I was a reporter travelling among a group of deeply suspicious people, I was accused of working for the CIA only once. The unshakeable certainty possessed by many of the conspiracy theorists …