Japanese zoo mourns anime-loving celebrity penguin

Warren Fyfe

Image copyright Tobu Zoo Image caption Grape (L) and Hululu (R): A match made in heaven A celebrity penguin, which made international headlines after forming an attachment to a cardboard cut-out in a Japanese zoo, has died at the age of 21. Tobu Zoo in Japan’s central Saitama prefecture announced Grape’s death through its Twitter [...]

Who’s ‘allowed’ to tell a black trans woman’s story?

Warren Fyfe

Image copyright Netflix While Marsha P Johnson may not be a household name, a fiery digital debate has started about who is “allowed” to bring her story to the screen. Johnson was a black transgender woman and outspoken advocate for transgender rights in the 1960s. Most famously, she was a key participant in the 1969 [...]

Why are some women boycotting Twitter?

Warren Fyfe

Image copyright Jemal Countess/Getty Images Image caption Model Chrissy Teigen is among those participating in the boycott Many women have declared they will boycott Twitter on Friday, in solidarity with Rose McGowan, whose account was temporarily suspended. The actress is among the alleged victims of disgraced film producer Harvey Weinstein and one of the first [...]

Should a white man tell a black trans woman’s story?

Warren Fyfe

Image copyright Netflix While Marsha P Johnson may not be a household name, a fiery digital debate has started about who is “allowed” to bring her story to the screen. Johnson was a black transgender woman and outspoken advocate for transgender rights in the 1960s. Most famously, she was a key participant in the 1969 [...]

The UK city where sex work is banned, but hasn’t stopped

Warren Fyfe

Image copyright Hull News Pictures Hull is the UK’s only city to have banned sex workers from its red light district, effectively making prostitution illegal. The council says the policy is working, but Millie, who once worked on the streets herself, says it increases the danger for the women involved. Sex work “slithered” into Millie’s [...]

Anime hero joins Japan’s antibiotics resistance campaign

Warren Fyfe

Image copyright Japan Health Ministry Image caption Superheroes: The perfect metaphor for mankind’s greatest problems Japan’s health ministry has enlisted characters from cult anime series Mobile Suit Gundam in its campaign against the overuse of antibiotics. The new campaign twists Gundam hero Amuro Ray’s catchphrase “Amuro ikimasu!” (“Amuro launching!”) into “AMR taisaku ikimasu!” (“AMR countermeasures [...]

The online bots behind Vladimir Putin’s birthday wishes

Warren Fyfe

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Russian President Vladimir Putin pictured on holiday in Siberia in August When President Vladimir Putin turned 65 on 7 October, he was not short of online well-wishers. But how many were real? A hashtag which translates as “Happy Birthday President” began trending in early that day in Russia. One [...]

Saudi Arabia bans ‘nightwear’ in sport stadiums

Warren Fyfe

Image copyright @fi9_z/Twitter Image caption This diagram illustrating the ban has been widely shared on Twitter Saudi Arabia’s sports authority has banned anyone “inappropriately dressed” from entering stadiums or facilities. Since the ban was announced on 10 October, the hashtag “banning nightwear in stadiums” has been used close to 60,000 times on Twitter. The decision [...]

Students skate 352 miles during Chinese holiday week

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Image copyright SINA WEIBO Image caption Two students travelled 352 miles (567 kilometres), the same distance from London to Sheffield and back A couple of Chinese students opted to avoid traffic jams during the Golden Week holiday by travelling 352 miles (567 kilometres) to their destination by roller skate, it’s reported. According to Beijing Youth [...]

Donna Karan defends Weinstein, suggests women ‘asking for it’

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Image copyright Mireya Acierto/Getty Images Image caption Donna Karan subsequently apologised for her comments Fashion designer Donna Karan has defended Harvey Weinstein, who was fired from his own movie company following accusations of sexual harassment spanning several decades. Speaking on Sunday, the designer suggested women could be “asking for it by presenting all the sensuality [...]