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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

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.”

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.

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.

New Statesman: We argue over Charlie Gard, but forget those spending whole lives caring for a disabled child

The everyday misery of care work is hidden behind abstract arguments over life and death.

New Statesman: The Gender Agenda: is it possible to raise children free of sexist stereotypes?

A new book charts the many subtle ways boys and girls are treated differently.

New Statesman: If Kate Middleton is secretly using Mumsnet, is she one of us?

Some of the parenting forum discussions have a stressed-out future consort written all over them.

New Statesman: Why is three children too many? The government’s hypocritical stance on benefits

The government is limiting child tax credits to two children. But its policies on the "right" number of children don't add up.

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