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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: Disney’s Nutcracker fails to capture the uncanny original fantasy of ETA Hoffmann

Even among the barely appropriate German Romantics, Hoffmann was the bad fairy at the feast. But his Nussknacker und Mauskönig contained many surprises.

New Statesman: The feminist conundrum of Wife Swap

From patronising stay at home mothers to indulging “make me a sandwich” sexism, the show – much like society – had it both ways.

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?

New Statesman: Karl Lagerfeld’s attitude is exactly why the modelling industry needs #metoo

The fashion designer told a magazine: “If you don’t want your pants pulled about, don’t become a model!”

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?

Independent: The idea that we should discount Germaine Greer’s work because of her comments on #MeToo isn’t just wrong – it’s sexist

Just as Charles Darwin’s belief that women were intellectually inferior to men isn’t a reason to embrace creationism, Germaine Greer’s comments on #MeToo are not a reason to reject the entire back catalogue of modern feminist thought

New Statesman: I can finally say it – I think Quentin Tarantino and Woody Allen are rubbish anyway

For so long, I’ve been held back by the sexist male genius paradox.

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