At a time when creative thought is recast as “dumbing down”, writers like Malorie Blackman are more important than ever. In a digital age it sounds somewhat naff and misty-eyed to claim that “books give us power” but they do.
Glosswitch has always had a love for all things German, so she's happy to learn that everyone else agrees.
What is this unspoken authority and how is it exercised?
After my hospitalisation for eating disorders, my brother's schizophrenia diagnosis came as a relief, of sorts. Whether family history or chemical imbalance, we desperately seek a reason for the unreasonable.
If feminism winds up assuming “someone else” will raise the kids while “we” get on with the real work, it's just become what it was fighting.
We’re brilliant at defending the mentally ill in principle, but we can be terrible at hiding our revulsion at some of the sick people we’ve encountered in the flesh.
You don't just go about your life when you're pregnant. You "debut" your bump, and then "flaunt" it.
Tanya Gold writes that "motherhood and autonomy can never coexist" - but how does that affect the debate over abortion?
Isn’t it only a few weeks since the PM’s advisor on childhood Claire Perry was claiming that children’s lives were over-regimented and that the little blighters needed to be bored?
Teachers must wish Michael Gove worked shorter days and took longer holidays - then his department might stop coming up with so many ill-considered changes to the education system.
Who could possibly see beauty, creativity and inspiration when the human beings selling it are in such pain?
Glosswitch reads parenting manuals so you don't have to.
Anger, shame, responsibility, guilt - these are all feelings we need to have a way of expressing when a pregnancy ends in an early tragedy.
Childcare is a fact of life - making it more “affordable” for some women not to earn money is not the same as granting non-earners choice, status and respect.
In which Glosswitch reads parenting books so you don't have to.
The Conservative MP’s concerns only represent one experience of parenting – her own.
"We Saw Your Boobs" teaches us a lesson about postmodern irony and the appreciation of tits, says Glosswitch.
Writing about raising children and domestic life is no more trivial than any other blogging subject, argues Glosswitch.
Blind adherence to the principle of “breast is best” seems to have become more important than treating babies, toddlers and parents as whole human beings.
In the first of a new regular series looking at parenting books, Glosswitch takes on Jessica Valenti's "Why have kids?" and other miserable-mummy manuals.
If this is going to be a match of anecdotes, don't devalue mine, argues Glosswitch.
Childcare qualifications are great, but they don’t help you look after more children at once, as the government seems to be hoping.
Traditional gender stereotypes belie the fact that almost everything about parenting is a compromise.
It’s easy to claim richer students are more confident because of their superior education, but it may be more accurate to say they’re more confident because they’re rich.
The mean and narrow-minded advice in Steve Biddulph’s “Raising Girls”.
Rules girls are Stepford wives with “difference™” stamped on back of their swan-like necks. This book makes me glad we live in an age of rampant oversharing and overexposure.
How to deal with being single, without being a creep.
"Celebrating" female self-esteem assumes it's been destroyed in the first place - why not protect it instead?
We have to change the mindset that says women's choices must be “won” or “awarded”.
If that’s respect, I’m Chrétien de Troyes.