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New Statesman: It’s time for Christmas adverts that don’t rely on making mothers feel guilty

Watch as a hapless mum runs herself ragged – cooking, shopping, wrapping, decorating, entertaining – while her ungrateful spouse and kids take it all for granted!

New Statesman: All the sexist headlines we can expect now that Meghan Markle is pregnant

“Meghan Markle is pregnant with Prince Harry’s first child” is just the start.

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

Independent: A women’s place has never been in the home – the truth is far more complex than that

A vast majority of Britons still believe women should be the primary caregivers. Why is our image of motherhood based on a specific, fleeting cultural moment that mainly exists in 1950s advert land?

Independent: You can be happy for Tom Daley and Dustin Lance Black and criticise commercial surrogacy at the same time

Surrogacy can be a joyful act of generosity – but there is a need to understand the risks to the most vulnerable women once we start to think of wombs as rentable spaces

Independent: Jacinda Ardern isn’t proof that working mums can have it all

It is all very well to grant women permission to combine motherhood and career success, but until we both recognise and compensate for the work of parenting, this is rather like giving someone permission to own a yacht

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.

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