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New Statesman: What Morrissey and Germaine Greer have in common

Why is Greer ruining her legacy with statements such as “most rapes are just lazy, just careless, insensitive”?

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.”

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 the mother of a Year 6 pupil and the partner of a primary school teacher, I just don’t understand this Sats boycott

It’s all very well to boycott certain exams but you have to bear in mind that these results are used to tackle education inequality.

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: Who was really on trial in the Ireland and Ulster rugby rape case?

Whose guilt, morally if not legally, have we really been trying to prove? Watching the trial progress, it seemed to me the question was never ‘are these men rapists?’, but always ‘is this woman a liar?’

New Statesman: #Metoo is more than applying “due process” – women are questioning the rules themselves

We are working towards a world in which no one feels taken by surprise at the failure of others to trust in their justice.

New Statesman: When men remind feminists that grooming is worse than groping, they reveal their complicity

Andrew Neil and Piers Morgan berate women for calling out sexism that they see as minor. But what have they ever done for women’s refuges or FGM victims?

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.

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