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Old Wives' Tales

feminism, motherhood, writing

New Statesman: When men remind feminists that grooming is worse than groping, they reveal their complicity

Andrew Neil and Piers Morgan berate women for calling out sexism that they see as minor. But what have they ever done for women’s refuges or FGM victims?

On feeling sorry for boys

Women and girls have always been asked to see men and boys as both more fragile and more powerful. It's time we stopped.

The scold’s bridle of JK Rowling

At a time when many feminists are writing passionately and clearly against the silencing of women in general, there is a gaping hole right at the centre of their argument.

Independent: As we continue to blame single mothers for society’s woes, it’s no surprise their children are living in poverty

hile single parenthood can be stigmatised, the true horror of deprivation can be downplayed. Victim-blaming policies allow responsibility to be shifted onto those who suffer most

Independent: The idea that we should discount Germaine Greer’s work because of her comments on #MeToo isn’t just wrong – it’s sexist

Just as Charles Darwin’s belief that women were intellectually inferior to men isn’t a reason to embrace creationism, Germaine Greer’s comments on #MeToo are not a reason to reject the entire back catalogue of modern feminist thought

New Statesman: I can finally say it – I think Quentin Tarantino and Woody Allen are rubbish anyway

For so long, I’ve been held back by the sexist male genius paradox.

New Statesman: Will the feminists of the future claim the #metoo movement – or disown it?

The backlash against the movement has started, and it includes many prominent women.

New Statesman: Oprah Winfrey and Carrie Gracie can help turn outrage at gender inequality into wider change

Though both have the power to speak out, their messages are about acheving equality for all women.

New Statesman: Should we be legally obliged to pay back our mothers for raising us?

Taiwan’s supreme court has just ruled that two sons are contractually obliged to pay their mother a percentage of their earnings.

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