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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.

New Statesman: Artificial wombs are only three years away – how scared should women be?

Some "men's rights activists" hope that technology will make women obsolete.

New Statesman: If Kate Middleton is secretly using Mumsnet, is she one of us?

Some of the parenting forum discussions have a stressed-out future consort written all over them.

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