The Guardian view on Saudi Arabias reforms: not just a battle for women | Editorial

Editorial: Relaxation of the guardianship system is long overdue. But more change is needed, and the credit for these reforms should to the women who have fought for them not Riyadh The jubilation of women in Saudi Arabia was real and understandable. Last Friday, the kingdom abolition. Other laws still hold women back. And as warned: When women become equal to men, Saudi Arabia is still going to remain an authoritarian dictatorship that violates countless human rights. These guardianship changes, like the lifting of the ban on womens driving last year, form part of the crown princes promise to modernise the kingdom. Mohammed bin Salmans Vision 2030 plan calls for a rise in womens participation in the workplace, from 22% …

From Thelma and Louise to Animals: how female friendships on screen got real

Animals is the latest film to explore womens lives in a refreshingly realistic way. Why did it take Fleabag and Girls for cinema to realise there is more to a narrative than marriage? When did you last see a film with a friendship between two women that felt real, a friendship that didnt play second fiddle to romance in the narrative arc, that was not trampled over or cast aside in the quest for true love? Love stories about female friends are vanishingly rare. But this summer, Olivia Wildes gorgeous coming-of-age story Booksmart arrived on screen. Now comes Animals, the director Sophie Hydes hedonistic Irish comedy about two best friends, underemployed graduates in their early 30s working as coffee-shop baristas. …

Beyonc’s crash diet plan sells an impossible, damaging ideal | Laura Snapes

In promoting an expensive vegan diet plan, the singer has described confronting her weight as every womans nightmare. She is irresponsibly stoking an evil diet culture but is also a victim of it B2018 Coachella headline set was a feat of meticulous preparation. She conceived a show that would pay tribute to the culture of historically black colleges and universities. Having just given birth to twins, she worked for months on the exacting choreography and arrangements. And she went on a demanding vegan diet that also eschewed sugar, carbs, dairy and alcohol. Im hungry, she says in The video advertising Beyoncs diet plan. We see her dancing, doing battle ropes, sit-ups, intensive stretching and squatting in resistance bands. Borges tells …

Is this the end of wellness?

After a trend of magical thinking and quick fixes, science-based solutions may not be so dull, says Eva Wiseman Like a worm cut in half, its head regenerating into a new, even angrier worm, the wellness trend is one that refuses to die. But this week, its wiggle appeared to wane. A certain weariness had set in. Is this the end of wellness? The evidence: I was a huge fan of Gwyneth, one attendee of Goops recent wellness summit in London told website Page Six, Now I feel like I have lost my faith in God. GP [Paltrow], said another, is a fucking extortionist. These were people who had spent up to 4,500 on weekend tickets, getting off the tube …

Author Lisa Taddeo: I wanted to explore desire, not sex

In her extraordinary book Three Women Lisa Taddeo charts the intimate lives of real American women. Below, we print an extract In 2010, a young American writer called Lisa Taddeo published Gay Taleses notorious 1981 exploration of sex culture in 1970s America (Talese, a pioneer of new journalism, ran a massage parlour as part of his research; during the writing of the book, he stayed at a clothing-optional resort). Taddeo, conscientious but curious too, went to see Talese, by then in his late 70s, at his home in New York. It was the first of what would turn out to be several false starts. He said the only way I could come close to matching his so-called masterpiece would be …