Why the world revolves around Drake

Sport, Toronto, politics, cinema, TV and even a meme of his own … Drake’s fame and influence spreads far beyond hip-hop. Read more

Photograph: Graeme Robertson for the Guardian

Youth subcultures: what are they now?

Mods, punks, soulboys, metallers, goths, hippies: there was a time when young people made it clear what tribe and music they were into by the way they dressed. Not any more, writes Alexis Petridis. Read more

Photograph: Nils Jorgensen/Rex Features

Generation Y: the demographic the budget forgot

Age: Newborn.

Appearance: A red box of broken dreams and orphans’ tears.

Oh dear, I’m not going to like this, am I? Well, it depends – are you a pensioner?

No. Do you have a job?

I’m applying for lots of them. Do you have thousands of pounds in savings?

Course I bloody don’t. Then no, you’re not going to like it.

Ugh. Lay it on me. It’s a budget “for savers”, and people with savings tend to be old people. In fact, scratch that – given that times are hard all round, people with savings tend to be rich old people.

I’m amazed a Tory chancellor would only cater to the old and rich. Indeed. This budget is an absolute dream for pensioners.

Does a growing global youth population fuel political unrest?

Young people under 30 are the majority in many countries in the Middle East and South America, yet politicians do little or nothing for them. Is the demographics of the ‘youth bulge’ enough to explain the huge rise in disaffection? Patrick Kingsley reports

Pictured: Yemenis shout slogans during a rally in the capital, Sanaa, on 18 September 2013. Photograph: Mohammed Huwais/AFP/Getty Images

Sex in real life isn’t like sex on screen – and that’s a good thing

Don’t have sex outside like Cate Blanchett and Andrew Simpson did in Notes on a Scandal, because you’ll get your trousers dirty and you won’t be able to think up a decent excuse when you get home. And, for god’s sake, never ever have sex on a piano like Julia Roberts and Richard Gere did in Pretty Woman. Because, you know, it’s a piano. Pianos are noisy, and some of us are trying to sleep. This isn’t a film, you know. Read more

Pictured: Sharon Stone and Michael Douglas in Basic Instinct. Photograph: Sportsphoto/Allstar/Tristar

Social porn: why people are sharing their sex lives online

From PornTube to Pinsex to Pornostagram, sex websites are following the lead of social networks, allowing users to like, share, repost and comment on each other’s pornography. Read more

Photograph: Fabrice Lerouge/Getty Images/Onoky

“When two people try any form of cuddling in the “spoons” arrangement, the rear party invariably ends up with an “awkward arm”, which, wherever they put it, will be crushed beneath one body or the other. “It usually leads to wishing arms could be pulled off and then put back on afterwards,” says lilyrandall. Specially made beds with arm holes in them might be a more practical solution.”

Things you wanted to know about trans people and were rude enough to ask

I would predict that every trans person who has ever come out has been asked a variation on the question, “But what was your old name?” Or the ruder version, “But what’s your real name?” Or the slightly bizarre, “But what was your birth name?” I’d like to know how many of us are born with names.

The problem is signified by the “but”, stated or implicit. It implies that I’m lying or at best being evasive. The questioner becomes a detective and with me as their case study. Read more

Illustration: Bill Roundy

The sex bloggers give their advice

Why hasn’t he called? Monogamy or polyamory – what’s the best kind of relationship for me? Are my genitals normal? Five experts answer these and other frequently asked questions. Read more

Photograph: Alamy 

Why is Generation Y having less sex?

Sex is pretty good, isn’t it? Not just because it is useful for making babies, but also recreationally. It makes you happy. In a lot of ways, it keeps you sane, makes you feel excellent about yourself and reinforces your love of others.

So, it might come as a bit of a shock that, statistically, young people are doing a lot less of it. Stop reading this and go get some (but read this first)

Photograph: Alamy