Some of the simplest words in the English language have become points of contention when describing identity.
When my daughter arrived by emergency C-section, I was smashed on morphine. Even so, holding her felt like the most natural thing in the world. After nine months of literal symbiosis with her, the fact that she was now outside my body didn’t diminish that in the slightest. It was like we had some kind […]
Dan and Emily are having a baby. But Emily isn’t pregnant. Kaya is. After years of trying for a baby, Dan and Emily have decided to try surrogacy and are paying the 18-year-old £50,000 for the use of her womb. It’s not real life, but it could be. It’s the underlying premise of The Nest, […]
A new survey of 9,000 professionals sheds light on female advancement at work. What are the obstacles to a better salary?
Did feminism kill the birth rate? The circumstantial evidence is damning. The ‘Women’s Liberation’ movement kicked off in earnest in the Sixties and Seventies, demanding (among other things) free contraception and abortion on demand. And over the same decades, the fertility rate crashed. This should not be a surprise. Human babies take a long time […]
When I was at university in Brighton, I used to look after two children of primary school age. Brighton being the enlightened place it is, they came home one day excitedly telling me they knew all about sex, men’s things and women’s things. The boy, thankfully, was more interested in when I was going to […]
In Hope in the Dark, American writer Rebecca Solnit makes a radical case for hope as a commitment to act in a world whose future remains uncertain and unknowable. Originally published in 2004, but now with a new foreword and afterword, Solnit’s influen…
In 1968, a group of American feminists in New Jersey threw mops, lipsticks, high heels and bras into a “Freedom Trash Can” as part of a protest against the racist and sexist Miss America pageant. The idea was to discard items that symbolised women’s oppression. Passers-by were invited to join in, and at some stage, rumour has […]