A feminist take on parenting and politics


Three cheers for new children's laureate Malorie Blackman - an author who likes and trusts children
By Glosswitch - 05 June 9:32

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.

New Statesman
Germany is the most popular country in the world – and I can see why
By Glosswitch - 25 May 11:42

Glosswitch has always had a love for all things German, so she's happy to learn that everyone else agrees.

Matriarchal power is ephemeral: no woman is jealously guarding the kitchen sink
By Glosswitch - 24 May 8:00

What is this unspoken authority and how is it exercised?

They f*** you up
By Glosswitch - 13 May 11:16

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.

What's the point of a "feminism" which attacks mothers?
By Glosswitch - 08 May 11:43

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.

It's not all like "A Beautiful Mind": you can’t make schizophrenia nice
By Glosswitch - 29 April 11:20

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.

How to "flaunt" it: A brief guide to baby bumps
By Glosswitch - 25 April 13:03

You don't just go about your life when you're pregnant. You "debut" your bump, and then "flaunt" it.

Is motherhood a kind of slavery?
By Glosswitch - 24 April 14:01

Tanya Gold writes that "motherhood and autonomy can never coexist" - but how does that affect the debate over abortion?

Like most parents, Liz Truss appears to be making it up as she goes along
By Glosswitch - 22 April 16:28

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?

Michael Gove wants longer school days because . . . reasons
By Glosswitch - 20 April 9:18

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.

London Fashion Week runway.
The horrors of the fashion world are right before our eyes
By Glosswitch - 14 April 12:09

Who could possibly see beauty, creativity and inspiration when the human beings selling it are in such pain?

Crib Sheet: Green Parents and Earth Mothers
By Glosswitch - 10 April 12:20

Glosswitch reads parenting manuals so you don't have to.

For everyone's sake, we need to talk openly about miscarriage
By Glosswitch - 30 March 11:39

Anger, shame, responsibility, guilt - these are all feelings we need to have a way of expressing when a pregnancy ends in an early tragedy.

Are we really harming our children by sending them to nursery?
By Glosswitch - 19 March 10:27

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.

Cupcakes, from Flickr/tenderisthebridge, used under Creative Commons.
Crib sheet: Handbooks for yummy mummies and MILFs
By Glosswitch - 09 March 10:15

In which Glosswitch reads parenting books so you don't have to.

You can't use lessons from your own life to judge other parents.
Overparenting: How does Claire Perry know if we're “smothering our children”?
By Glosswitch - 04 March 12:11

The Conservative MP’s concerns only represent one experience of parenting – her own.

Seth MacFarlane hosting the 2013 Oscars ceremony
Seth MacFarlane's Oscars opener was a great, steaming misogynist turd
By Glosswitch - 26 February 9:41

"We Saw Your Boobs" teaches us a lesson about postmodern irony and the appreciation of tits, says Glosswitch.

Why do people hate mummy bloggers?
By Glosswitch - 22 February 10:32

Writing about raising children and domestic life is no more trivial than any other blogging subject, argues Glosswitch.

Our regressive, insensitive and cultish attitude to breastfeeding
By Glosswitch - 11 February 9:07

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.

Crib Sheet: The motherhood-as-misery exposé
By Glosswitch - 09 February 9:33

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.

Dear Chris Grayling: I was smacked as a child and it DID do me harm
By Glosswitch - 04 February 16:02

If this is going to be a match of anecdotes, don't devalue mine, argues Glosswitch.

David Cameron visiting a London Early Years Foundation nursery
Fewer people with more qualifications can’t make childcare better
By Glosswitch - 30 January 11:02

Childcare qualifications are great, but they don’t help you look after more children at once, as the government seems to be hoping.

Is there really such a thing as a perfect way to raise your children?
Stay-At-Home Daddy and Breadwinner Mummy: guilt and the illusion of choice
By Glosswitch - 25 January 12:48

Traditional gender stereotypes belie the fact that almost everything about parenting is a compromise.

Stop blaming state school pupils for their lack of 'confidence'
By Glosswitch - 20 January 9:22

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.

A young boy swings on a climbing frame in Brockwell Park, London.
Parenting gimmicks: crushing the individuality of children and guilt-tripping adults
By Glosswitch - 15 January 9:58

The mean and narrow-minded advice in Steve Biddulph’s “Raising Girls”.

Silent, upbeat, with a handbag full of carrot sticks: who wants to be a New Rules Girl?
By Glosswitch - 10 January 11:57

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.

Girl power, loneliness and avoiding “the friendzone”
By Glosswitch - 07 January 12:01

How to deal with being single, without being a creep.

Telling women how to feel about their bodies is nobody's business
Ladies: Accept your body, know your place
By Glosswitch - 02 January 9:18

"Celebrating" female self-esteem assumes it's been destroyed in the first place - why not protect it instead?

Tess Billington demonstrating at the House of Commons in 1906.
Why feminists sometimes forget to say thank you
By Glosswitch - 20 December 8:56

We have to change the mindset that says women's choices must be “won” or “awarded”.

A gallant deckchair attendant rescues a woman from the advancing tide
Chivalry has nothing to do with respect and everything to do with manipulation
By Glosswitch - 14 December 12:56

If that’s respect, I’m Chrétien de Troyes.