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New Statesman: Marks and Spencer’s “fancy little knickers” and nine other awful For Her Christmas presents

A hundred years after getting the vote, today’s woman can access not only Shout Out To My Pout lip pencils, but Perfect In Pink face gems.

Independent: Why should feminists have to apologise for Sheryl Sandberg?

In making Facebook’s chief operating officer’s failings a ‘feminist issue’, we risk further marginalising those doing the mundane work of scrounging for cash, mounting legal challenges, gathering statistics on inequality and setting up discreet support networks

Independent: Yvette Cooper is right that women should stand up for Theresa May

I always had a sense of unease regarding the way in which men in particular expressed their personal disgust at Thatcher’s politics. It feels like an excuse for the guilt-free indulgence of misogyny

Independent: You can be happy for Tom Daley and Dustin Lance Black and criticise commercial surrogacy at the same time

Surrogacy can be a joyful act of generosity – but there is a need to understand the risks to the most vulnerable women once we start to think of wombs as rentable spaces

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”?

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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