Trashy books clubs, cocktails and live music: 11 things to do without leaving home

Books, museums, concerts, cocktails theres an abundance of things to do despite coronavirus. We run down some of our best suggestions As most people head into their first full weekend of self-quarantine, it can seem that the worlds cultural horizons are shrinking. Dont let them. Here are 11 of the best cultural activities to try: 1) A private museum visit Theres no jostling and you dont have to struggle to read the interpretive label despite the tourists pushing in front of you. Set aside an hour, turn off your phone and social media, make yourself a hot drink, and embark on one of these surprisingly enjoyable online tours: The Musee dOrsay in Paris The Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam The Vatican and …

Do women feel guilt after having an abortion? No, mainly relief | Suzanne Moore

Most women dont regret their decision to have a termination and that outlook could help us protect reproductive rights, writes Suzanne Moore Women know themselves! Shock! Women can make the right decisions about their own bodies. Isnt that amazing? Though I and most of my friends who have had abortions know this, I guess thats just anecdata. You cant trust women when they tell you that the main feeling was relief and that they didnt really want a load of counselling about adoption or to wait another few weeks. Still, try to overturn Roe v Wade. Meanwhile, in the UK, anti-choice types focus on time limits. We can never be complacent about our rights. The myths the anti-choice brigade promulgate …

Hillary and Chelsea Clinton: We cannot give in. Thats how they win

Losing the 2016 US election was devastating, but Clinton is keeping up the fight. Mother and daughter talk about authoritarianism, inspiring women and why thrillers are the perfect escape If there is a prevailing message in Hillary and Chelsea Clintons The Book of Gutsy Women albeit perhaps not precisely the one they meant it is that making change for women and girls is painful, tough, and requires almost inhuman reserves of personal grit. The volume is a collection of mini-biographies of gutsy women, and its intended mood, I surmise, is upbeat and inspirational. The subjects range from the learned 17th-century Mexican nun Suor Juana de la Cruz to the bracingly named Cherokee politician Barbara Mankiller. But behind the celebratory gloss …

Taylor Swift cleared to perform old songs at AMAs after label backs down

Swift said Big Machine had blocked her from performing old tracks from first five albums, while high-profile Democrats attacked labels private equity backers Taylor Swift has been cleared to perform Shake It Off and her older hit songs at Sundays American Music Awards (AMAs) after her former record label backed away from an increasingly bitter row with the music star. Last week Swift said the new owners of her former music label, Big Machine, had told her she could not perform music from her first five albums at the AMAs, where she is due to receive the artist of the decade award. The dispute set off a firestorm on social media and dragged in politicians including Senator Elizabeth Warren and …