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Old Wives' Tales

feminism, motherhood, writing

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: The fact that we’re considering making misandry a hate crime should concern everyone who believes in equality

It seems there’s nothing women can have – not even their status as a marginalised sex class – that men will not expect them to share

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: Germaine Greer compared the trauma of rape victims to her fear of spiders. What is she playing at?

What she is saying now is not so different to what others have said about the risk of disempowering women through fear. I understand the argument. But let's not forget that what hurts, hurts. When sexual assaults occur, we should not have to try to persuade ourselves they don't affect us

Independent: A woman may go to prison for a murder her boyfriend committed, because apparently men can’t possibly control their jealous rages

Given the amount of time judges spend deliberating how hard it is for men to know what we mean by the word 'no', how is it that women become master manipulators in cases such as this?

New Statesman: Anxiety-driven, painful, and sometimes even deadly: is cosmetic surgery self-harm?

Women are force-fed crap from the day they’re born, then mocked for having swallowed it.

Independent: Why women in poorer countries take more sexy selfies

Patriarchy is a global business. Its ubiquity is precisely what makes it so hard for so many to see it

Independent: Why do we always pit boys against girls on GCSE results day and pretend everything is fixed to the girls’ advantage?

Everywhere I look, there’s a headline suggesting that too many girls gaining top marks is a problem to be solved by examination reform. There seems to be a belief that girls have overstepped the mark and need reining in

New Statesman: Forcing women to become carers after Brexit is no mistake – it’s what many Leave voters wanted

A Department of Health dossier suggested more women would drop out of the workforce to make up for a lack of EU careworkers.

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