I’ll try to speak reasonably and freely. And sometimes I’ll be wrong.

Free speech vs equality: that just about sums up Suzanne Moore’s experience of the now. And I’ve got to say I’m (mostly) in her corner. A colleague once told me his lecturer at university had accused him of treading on fellow students’ toes (all female), by purporting to be as feminist as they were. Being…

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Bringing up the foundations

In a response to Steve Biddulph’s new book Raising Girls, Kate Figes writes for The Telegraph about her experience of raising two daughters and their inevitable low self esteem. Y’know, not realising how awesome they are, that learnt habit of deferring to men on all the important professional decisions, and feeling generally deflated and ugly?…

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Baking for Boys

Until I had a child, I assumed that the old ‘slugs and snails and puppy dogs tails’ rhyme was just that, no meaning, no actual place in our post-allthatgenderedshit consciousness. So when looking for a recipe book for my son, and finding that John Lewis Oxford Circus are out of the ‘Baking for Boys’ title…

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The Feminism in Attachment Parenting

Firstly, parenting trends that are viewed as extreme or slightly out of the ordinary, I usually try to circumnatigate til fad-factory blows over. And when I first heard about attachment parenting – actually, I didn’t hear about it as such, just read about its component parts being derided in some anecdotal parenting literature – I…

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