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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: 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: 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

Independent: Jacinda Ardern isn’t proof that working mums can have it all

It is all very well to grant women permission to combine motherhood and career success, but until we both recognise and compensate for the work of parenting, this is rather like giving someone permission to own a yacht

Independent: As Kate Middleton gives birth to a baby boy, we need to talk about her ‘public property’ womb and misogyny in the monarchy

Gone are the days when, as with Anne Boleyn, a woman’s failure to produce the right sort of heir could become her death warrant. Still, as long as power is transmitted down the bloodline, a royal woman’s womb is public property.

Independent: Remember, women: if you’re not pregnant, you’re pre-pregnant, and you need to build your lifestyles around that fact

Telling women to change their lifestyles for the sake of others who may never exist seems ludicrously backwards

New Statesman: So when is it okay to mention labour to a pregnant woman?

Labour MP Tulip Siddiq’s reminder that labour hurts was not interpreted positively.

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

New Statesman: Artificial wombs are only three years away – how scared should women be?

Some "men's rights activists" hope that technology will make women obsolete.

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