Jessica Biel denies she is an anti-vaxxer after opposing California vaccination law

The actor said she was not against vaccinations despite joining prominent anti-vaxxer Robert Kennedy Jr in opposition to a bill intended to reduce medical exemptions Jessica Biel denied suggestions she was a supporter of the anti-vaccination movement after spending the day lobbying lawmakers in the US with advocate Robert F Kennedy Jr. After news emerged of her opposition to a vaccine bill which seeks to limit medical exemptions in California and make it more difficult for parents to bypass the rules requiring children to be vaccinated before enrolling in school, Biel wrote on social media: I am not against vaccinations I support children getting vaccinations and I also support families having the right to make educated medical decisions for their …

Tony Gum’s best photograph: the emotional toll of abortion

Women need to be equipped for how gruelling an abortion can be. It does mess with your mind. I was trying to put myself back together again This image, Sweet Saboteur, was inspired by a painting I did last November, during a particularly difficult time in my life. The year before, I had fallen pregnant and, unable to keep the baby, I had had an Free da Gum (2016), was much sweeter, sincere, young and bright. But then going through life and experiencing things and having relationships and falling out of them, and going through the termination itself, and dealing with the fallout that all resulted in this darker, grungier, bolder work. Here, I wanted to give the viewer a …

Fit in my 40s: I love parkour, but running at walls is even harder than it looks | Zoe Williams

Anything that is too high to vault, you have to approach with a cat leap Andy Pearson, the founder of London Parkour, maintains that anyone can do parkour if they want to enough. I have always seen it somewhat differently, as a kind of street version of Cirque du Soleil, suitable for only the skinniest kid with a death wish. Walking towards a cul-de-sac full of low walls, I am disbelieving. Even someone carrying a lot of extra weight? Yes, as long as you start with what they are able to do safely. Even the strongest man on Earth? Yes, as long as you allow for his muscle ratio. We come to some walls. Pearson wants to start with focus …

Danielle Steel is a prolific writer, but is that to be envied? | Oliver Burkeman

Working all the time, shes written 179 books. But compulsive productivity has a flip side The novelist Danielle Steel has written 179 books, releasing them at the rate of seven a year and for all I know, shell have released a few more in the days between my writing this column and you reading it. But how? In an she works all the time. No, I mean, all the time: for at least 20 hours a day, with a full 24-hour day a few times a month, and one weeks holiday per year. I know the question youre about to ask, and the answer is: like Margaret Thatcher. I dont get to bed until Im so tired I could sleep …

Astrology superstar Susan Miller: ‘I can really respond to people online’

Astrologer Susan Miller has 17m followers, a figure set to double this year. So how has she made the ancient pseudo-science of fortune-telling a world-wide phenomenon? If youre not one of the 17 million readers of Cameron Diaz, who allegedly consulted her for advice before buying a house, Justin Theroux, Pharrell Williams and Alexa Chung. Miller clearly enjoys the reach and power of her online predictions. It makes me feel accomplished and I am grateful that people hand their hearts to me, she says. But ask Miller the real reason she believes she appeals to a younger generation and she insists its not completely down to her. The internet. Thats what has made astrology so popular, she says. In the …

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 …