Are pets really good for us or just hairy health hazards?

Many animal-lovers think a cat or dog can help you live a longer, happier, healthier life. But does the science back them up? My childhood dog was called Biff. Biff was a handful. He was a loud, cocky shetland sheepdog who oozed bravado and bravery. Yet, underneath it all, he struggled with the dog version of impostor syndrome. Biff was a bag of masked insecurity. He was like the kid in school who says he has seen all the scary movies, but refuses to go to any sleepovers where scary movies are played; the kid who has a girlfriend at another school. It was that fragile side I especially loved about Biff during my teenage years. We shared an insecurity …

Does thinking about things ‘on a spectrum’ make us more enlightened?

The concept has changed the way we think about everything from autism to homelessness. But it has its drawbacks Black and white thinking may die hard, yet never has society been quite as comfortable with the concept of the spectrum than the present. According to researchers at Merriam-Webster, use of the word spectrum, in a wide range of contexts, has grown dramatically within the current decade. Coined by Isaac Newton in 1672 to describe refractions of light, today referencing a spectrum is almost always shorthand for acknowledging a metaphorical range of nuances. While the word is most commonly used in relation to autism spectrum disorder, political ideologies and gender expression, theres really no end to things that have been described …

Its #TwentyBiTeen, girl-on-girl culture is peaking and its about time

Bisexual chic from Bella Hadids virtual kiss to Ariana Grandes hits is having a moment and the mainstream is embracing it This Pride season, big-name sponsors such as Mastercard, Diet Coke and T-Mobile, and even straight-identifying individuals, take up the cause, the line between inclusion and co-option gets blurrier every year. lesbian sex party for straight women that trivializes queer womens sexuality, Skirt Club is now more explicitly bisexual than ever. According to founder Genevieve LeJeune, members range from decidedly straight to completely gay, though most consider themselves bi-curious and prefer not to label their sexuality at all. LeJeune always openly identified as bisexual, but when she founded Skirt Club, she wasnt looking to get political, and neither were most …

Blind date: I thought the waiter was my date, and greeted him warmly

Gary, 23, publicist, meets Adam, 26, civil servant Gary on Adam What were you hoping for?My only hope was to have a nice time and maybe come away with a good story. First impressions?I was relieved he wasnt the guy who had walked past me minutes earlier. My second impression was that he seemed lovely, if a little nervous. What did you talk about?His work, Twitter, and the peaks and troughs of Lizzo and steak. Any awkward moments?Prior to Gary arriving I thought the waiter was my date, and greeted him very warmly until I was informed that he was a member of staff. Good table manners?Very good we were able to successfully split tuna steak and duck breast. Best …