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Old Wives' Tales

feminism, motherhood, writing

New Statesman: What Morrissey and Germaine Greer have in common

Why is Greer ruining her legacy with statements such as “most rapes are just lazy, just careless, insensitive”?

New Statesman: Re-reading parenting manuals, I realise they are DIY guides to toxic masculinity

“The sorts of masculine behaviour required for stalking, pursuing and killing wild animals are very different from the feminine virtues.”

Independent: What parents of boys should bear in mind about the ‘spurned’ Texas school shooter Dimitrios Pagourtzis

As a mother of three sons, I’m tired of seeing male unhappiness cultivated and weaponised. A feminist approach to raising boys must go beyond allowing our sons to wear dresses and play with dolls.

New Statesman: After 22 years I’ve stopped taking antidepressants – we need a more nuanced debate about them

The drugs worked for me, but questioning their shortcomings shouldn’t be so taboo in mental health circles.

New Statesman: The demonisation of Mumsnet is just the latest incarnation of witch-hunting

Naturally, it frightens people to think of what a group of mothers might actually demand.

Independent: As the mother of a Year 6 pupil and the partner of a primary school teacher, I just don’t understand this Sats boycott

It’s all very well to boycott certain exams but you have to bear in mind that these results are used to tackle education inequality.

Independent: As Kate Middleton gives birth to a baby boy, we need to talk about her ‘public property’ womb and misogyny in the monarchy

Gone are the days when, as with Anne Boleyn, a woman’s failure to produce the right sort of heir could become her death warrant. Still, as long as power is transmitted down the bloodline, a royal woman’s womb is public property.

Independent: Remember, women: if you’re not pregnant, you’re pre-pregnant, and you need to build your lifestyles around that fact

Telling women to change their lifestyles for the sake of others who may never exist seems ludicrously backwards

New Statesman: Karl Lagerfeld’s attitude is exactly why the modelling industry needs #metoo

The fashion designer told a magazine: “If you don’t want your pants pulled about, don’t become a model!”

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