Six people who prove capitalism is broken in America

Over the last few years, the Guardian talked to many people for whom capitalism isnt working here are a few of their stories Work hard, get paid, thrive. Thats the way the system is supposed to work. If youre not thriving, according to this logic, youre simply not working hard enough. But thats not the reality many people live, even in wealthy, industrialized nations like the United States. For many Americans, long hours and unrelenting dedication to their job are not enough to save them from homelessness, debt, and other humiliations. In 2018, the worlds richest 2,200 billionaires saw a 12% increase in wealth, cornflakes and, on the other, the many employees of billion-dollar companies who struggle to pay rent. …

I returned to work four months after having twins and never felt guilty | Hadley Freeman

A newspaper column trots out the tired assumption that mothers should feel bad about working. Im not buying it Last week you wrote about the popular trope of the but man. Is there a similarly widespread but misleading stereotype for female characters that bleeds into real life?Charlotte, by email Very glad you asked, Charlotte, because there are many female stereotypes from pop culture that people either take far too literally or too much for granted: the up-for-it younger woman, the desperate single woman, the daffy mother, the embittered old crone (consider those your four ages of womanhood, ladies). But one in particular has for too long got a free pass: the guilty working mother. It is now taken as such …

Robert Winston calls for cycle number plates after street assault

Labour peer claims he was kicked and abused by a cyclist who was riding on pavement Prof Robert Winston, the Labour peer and fertility specialist, has called for cyclists to be required to have number plates after he claimed he was kicked and abused after challenging a woman not to ride on the pavement. In a letter to the Times, Lord Winston, 78, said he encountered the cyclist on Wednesday riding on the pavement in Bloomsbury, central London. After he pointed out that she was breaking the law, the woman became abusive, grabbed my phone and attempted to damage it. She subsequently assaulted me by repeated kicking. He was helped by fellow pedestrians while the cyclist rode off. He identified …

I had a huge swelling: why my life as a female cyclist led to vulva surgery

Why has there never been any research into better saddles for female cyclists, asks Hannah Dines, who has endured years of pain and swelling caused by friction as she rides The plastic surgeon, in that particularly endearing way of surgeons, was trying to reassure me that although he had never operated on an endurance cyclist before, he had seen presentations like mine. Ive seen chronic inflammation and long-term trauma to the vulva like this. You know he paused, in patients who compulsively rub up against bedposts. Silence. I decided against explaining that the relationship with my bike saddle did not, perhaps, deserve to be in among the psychiatric cases in his cognitive filing system. However, he had a point. While …

From the grime MC to the model: five men on what masculinity means to them

Musician D Double E, broadcaster Jon Snow, reality star Jack Fowler and others reveal the influences that shaped them My dads given me everything from my calmness to facial expressions: Double E, 39, musician In my head, Im not masculine because Im not big, and Im not physically strong. But Im powerful as a man in my own way because I know what I want and I know how I want to be. Im a lot like my dad, I dress like my dad, we walk the same, I think hes given me everything from my calmness to facial expressions. He was everything I am, just not an artist. He was famous in the end, had the deepest swagger, 20 …

Our goal is to halve the male suicide rate: why no-frills therapy works for men

Every week, around the country, groups of men meet for some straight-talking therapy. Could this be the answer to the male mental health crisis? A stranger has just thrown a ball at me and asked me how my week has been. Its Monday night, and Im sitting in a circle of a dozen men in a chilly community centre. This ball obliges me to tell the gang about my current emotional state. I have spent my entire adult life carefully avoiding situations like this. I came to Andys Man Club with my eyes open, thinking I was ready to share. But thats because I expected a different sort of group therapy session; a place where normal blokes could open up …

Experience: I didnt hit puberty until I was 19

It was assumed I was just a late bloomer, but the longer it went on, the more my confidence suffered As a kid, I was always small and never as strong as my peers, but what set me apart was that I had no sense of smell. At school, if somebody farted in class, I would be the only person who remained oblivious. Consequently, I always got the blame. Knowing something wasnt right, I told my mother, but she was working her guts out single-handedly to support three children. Because of my size, I was bullied almost daily. I went to a weight-training class and I could barely lift more than the bar. I enjoyed baseball and football, but lacked …