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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: 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 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

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.

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

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.

New Statesman: So when is it okay to mention labour to a pregnant woman?

Labour MP Tulip Siddiq’s reminder that labour hurts was not interpreted positively.

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