The naughty step concept is fraught with misunderstanding…

1. Because 9.8 times out of 10, the undesirable behaviour isn’t naughtiness, but self will and determination, both understandable human properties and ones that I’m entirely familiar with myself (and I don’t put myself on the naughty step for wanting to go home early from a party or interrupting a friend when they’re talking or…

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this ain’t erotica, it’s a goddamn rape culture race

This isn’t about my vegetarianism, but it’s a useful analogy. I abhor the neglect, abuse and factory-style rearing, husbandry and slaughter of animals, but I am (in name only) a member of PETA and I make myself read stories about animal suffering, mainly from farming conditions, lab tests and abuse, because I’m passionate about how…

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Claire Perry: leave mothers alone

Claire Perry, the Prime Minister’s adviser on the commercialisation and sexualisation of childhood, comes from a magical, distressed-oak land where mothers fret so intensely about feeding their children into Oxbridge/Russell Group universities that everyone has a calendar set to the correct month on their kitchen wall and remembers to write stuff on it. And then…

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Can feminists wear stilettos too?

Well, of course they can and do, and who’s to say they shouldn’t? Except there’s some trouble with this kind of compromise, media-friendly feminism, mainly found in the Sunday supplements that is starting to eat away at me. Maybe because I’ve fallen for it too many times. Case in point: Katie Roiphe’s article “Head over…

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mommy-blogging: what’s up?

Originally published at www.naturalmamas.co.uk, reproduced with permission. Stirred by Glosswitch at the New Statesman , I’ve recently found myself forced to ponder the non-issue of ‘mommy bloggers’, a phrase – I assume – coined by someone who isn’t one. It’s become a la mode to diss mommy blogs as anti-lib drivel , but there’s something…

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