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Old Wives' Tales

feminism, motherhood, writing

New Statesman: Hugh Hefner’s influence lives on in his particular brand of ‘feminism’

It’s Hefner’s puritanism – not his liberalism – that’s keeping so many of us in check today.

New Statesman: Ladies! Iain Duncan Smith is extremely worried about this country’s wife shortage

Can you please marry a dysfunctional, porn-addicted man already?

Independent: Stephen Paddock killing people in Las Vegas had nothing to do with ‘toxic masculinity

When ‘being bad’ is what makes you a real man for the purposes of a photoshoot, why should we be surprised when the same applies in real life?

Independent: There is a way to prevent so many teenage girls being depressed – but no one wants to admit it

Pity the girl who’s wearing a bra before she leaves primary school; already she’s ventured over the top, into a no man’s land of groping, cat calls and adult disapproval

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.

New Statesman: Why are social conservatives so triggered by John Lewis’s gender-neutral kids’ clothing?

The most staunch defenders of essential gender differences know their value system would fall apart at the slightest touch

New Statesman: Forget the battle of the statues – we can look up to more than one woman in 2017

Team Fawcett and Team Pankhurst are supposedly vying for a statue outside Parliament.

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

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