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Sophie Heawood: why I won’t condemn Chrissie Hynde

‘You can’t blame Chrissie Hynde for blaming herself for the assault on her as a young woman, or the whole cycle of non-empathy continues’

The thing about having your sense of self demolished by a group of depraved men is that you don’t always think the right things about it afterwards. So when the rockstar Chrissie Hynde spoke last week about something that had happened to her when she was 21 and high on drugs, and said that it was “all my doing and I take full responsibility”, she might not have used the best words. She was not the motorbike gang who said they would take her to a party, but instead drove her to an empty house. She was not the one who forced herself to perform sexual acts and threatened herself with violence – they were. They were the predators, she their prey. So, a controversy has begun.

Hynde has written about the incident in her new memoir, Reckless, and when asked about it went on to say that women who dress provocatively and put themselves in the way of dodgy men have to understand what might happen to them; that if they “don’t want to entice a rapist”, they’d better be good at running.

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‘Necrophilia legislator’ on a crusade to outlaw loophole of arcane era

Massachusetts bans crimes against chastity, morality, decency and good order but does not include sex with a dead person – Aaron Vega wants to change that

Necrophilia, the act of having sexual intercourse or sexual contact with a dead body, is still technically legal in many American states. In Massachusetts, one politician is trying to get that changed.

Aaron Vega, a 45-year-old state representative from Massachusetts, did not particularly want to go down in history as the “necrophilia legislator”, but when a captain in his local town’s police force came to him with what he calls a couple of “loopholes in the law”, he felt he had no choice but to risk the stigma.

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Star Wars toys: the sales force awakens

Frenzied response from film fans around the world as first tie-in products from seventh film in franchise go on sale

If you notice Imperial Stormtroopers, Jedi knights and bounty hunters congregating around toy shops, don’t worry. It’s not a rip in space-time linking us to a galaxy far, far away … it’s just Force Friday.

The first tie-in products from Star Wars: the Force Awakens, the latest instalment of the sci-fi saga, went on sale in stores around the world from just before midnight BST on Thursday.

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The guy I’m seeing is still using dating sites. What should I do?

Swipe Right is our advice column that tackles the tricky world of online dating. This week: what to do if the person you’re dating can’t quit the scene

  • Got your own online dating quandaries? Send ’em to Eva: askevaguardian@gmail.com

Dear Eva,

I’d been cheerfully single for about 3.5 years, and wasn’t looking for anyone when I met a wonderful man. We started seeing each other initially as friends – we have a lot of shared interests – and then one day he jumped on me and the relationship became increasingly physical. So far, so good – until we were both looking at something on his laptop, and a dating website came up as one of his most visited sites.

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Men’s grandad shirts: the wish list – in pictures

For this season’s alternative to the classic pointed-collar shirt opt for a grandad collar. It’s stylish with a relaxed edge, perfect to loosen up a classic suit – and simple to throw on untucked with linen trousers or layer under a jumper for autumn

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Writer accusing Vivienne Westwood of plagiarism claims win

Paul Gorman says publisher admits plagiarism by adding citations to biography while Picador rejects ‘unjustified claims’

A writer has claimed a small victory in a plagiarism battle with the fashion designer Vivienne Westwood – but has pledged that his legal fight is not over.

Paul Gorman alleges that Westwood filled her autobiography with sections lifted from his 2001 book The Look: Adventures in Rock and Pop Fashion.

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NHS workers to be offered health checks and yoga classes

Simon Stevens, NHS England’s chief executive, will launch initiative to improve staff health and cut amount of sick leave

NHS staff are to be offered health checks, yoga and Zumba classes while at work as part of a major drive to improve the wellbeing of the country’s biggest workforce.

Health professionals will also be given the option of having a session of physiotherapy or a talking therapy for psychological problems.

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The 20 autumn fashion trends you need to know about

Where can you get a decent maxi coat? What is school-bully hair and should you be scared? And which decade are you supposed to be chanelling? Here is our guide to the clothes that will fill the shops this season – and what you will actually be wearing

If you’ve seen any of the following in Zara or Topshop – shaggy faux-fur coats, pussybow blouses or floral dresses that look like 1970s upholstery – then you’ve already spotted the beginnings of the Guccification of the high street. This is all thanks to the brand’s new creative director, Alessandro Michele, who has transformed Gucci from a purveyor of bling-tastic yacht chic to a haven for glamorous geeks, and has won the hearts of the fashion industry in the process. High-street homages are everywhere; spectacles and a bobble hat are the finishing touches.

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New San Francisco restaurant replaces humans with iPads

Eatsa in the city’s financial district offers iPad-based ordering, with meals prepared by people whom customers never have to see

Those sick and tired of having to deal with their fellow humans all the time have a new respite – a fully automated restaurant in San Francisco.

Customers at Eatsa in the Financial District will order from an iPad, sending the order to the kitchen. When the meal is ready, it appears in a small glass compartment. The food is prepared by real people, but the patrons never have to see them.

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Pope Francis tells priests to pardon women who have abortions

Pontiff overrules traditionalists within the Catholic church, but Vatican clarifies it does not ‘condone abortion nor minimise its grave effects’

Pope Francis has opened the door for women who have received abortions – an act considered a grave sin by the Catholic church – to be absolved if they express contrition and seek forgiveness from their priest.

“The forgiveness of God cannot be denied to one who has repented,” the pontiff wrote in an extraordinary letter that was released by the Vatican on Tuesday.

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