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Independent: Apparently having a baby in your fifties will ‘traumatise’ the child – but only if you’re a woman of course

The ethical problems relating to older motherhood are routinely cast aside when it comes to men. After all, we are told, that’s the way it’s always been

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.

Independent: There is a way to prevent so many teenage girls being depressed – but no one wants to admit it

Pity the girl who’s wearing a bra before she leaves primary school; already she’s ventured over the top, into a no man’s land of groping, cat calls and adult disapproval

New Statesman: Breastfeeding is not some cute and joyous luxury – it’s work

There’s nothing emotional or touching about sitting in an office sick room, desperately trying to drain your boobs before the next meeting starts.

New Statesman: Boots sells lots of products used inappropriately – the morning after pill isn’t one of them

The aisles are filled with items to “fix” women's bodies, but somehow preventing pregnancy is irresponsible.

The Pool: The dangerous hollowness of Netflix’s eating-disorder drama, To The Bone

To The Bone dodges the real issues about eating disorders.

The Pool: It’s time we listened to older women suffering from eating disorders

Older sufferers of eating disorders have always been around, but they've been consistently overlooked.

Mental health: A big stigma did it and ran away

Blaming stigma must not become a way of avoiding tackling the structural causes of suffering and isolation.

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