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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.

New Statesman: Shocked by boys in dresses? That says more about adult gender stereotypes than a kid’s identity

A Christian family took their child out of school because a classmate wore trousers one day, a dress the next.

The Pool: This mini-urinal teaches boys not to wee “like a girl”

Prepare your son for full-on man-weeing by getting him to piss in a frog’s mouth.

Independent: When you celebrate the third royal baby, remember all of the women in Britain who aren’t allowed a third child

It's an unhappy coincidence that the announcement of a third royal baby comes in the same year the Government deems third babies a luxury not every family has earned

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: We argue over Charlie Gard, but forget those spending whole lives caring for a disabled child

The everyday misery of care work is hidden behind abstract arguments over life and death.

New Statesman: The Gender Agenda: is it possible to raise children free of sexist stereotypes?

A new book charts the many subtle ways boys and girls are treated differently.

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