A feminist take on parenting and politics


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.

The most scrutinised pregnant woman in the world? Probably.
A successful pregnancy is not a moral triumph: why I chose to reveal mine before 12 weeks
By Glosswitch - 04 December 9:52

Kate has been forced to announce she's expecting early. Even though Glosswitch miscarried after doing the same, she says she doesn't regret it.

One of the apparently controversial images from the Swedish toy catalogue.
Girls with toy guns and boys with doll's houses - what on earth is the problem?
By Glosswitch - 28 November 9:05

A crumb of comfort from Sweden on the aggressive gender stereotyping of toys as a manufacturer reverses gender roles in its catalogue.

Kate Winslet receives her CBE from Buckingham Palace. (Getty.)
Is motherhood a "job"?
By Glosswitch - 25 November 7:36

If so, then why are women paid less than men?

Marie-Elsa Bragg, Assistant Curate, embraces a collegue
Female bishops: Not just a matter of tweaking the job description
By Glosswitch - 22 November 9:33

The Church of England has worldly money, power and influence, so it needs to confront worldly issues like equality.

James Dyson would like us all to get rich by inventing vacuum cleaners
Vacuum cleaners vs French lesbian poetry: The eternal battle
By Glosswitch - 17 November 11:26

James Dyson is dead wrong - studying things like "French lesbian poetry” can make people's lives better, even if they don't suck dirt up off carpets.

Samantha Cameron meets children from the Larmenier and Sacred Heart Catholic Sch
Sod real equality of opportunity - in this economy, we all have to go to work
By Glosswitch - 14 November 10:51

Like Nick Clegg, I also value equality for parents, not for “a stronger economy” but for its own sake.

Stay at home mums are women too
My new campaign: Feminists For Yummy Mummies
By Glosswitch - 17 October 10:11

If feminists are truly interested in representing all women, we can't just laugh at the idea of the "yummy mummy".

The lazy, stereotypical thinking in Hanna Rosin's "The End Of Men"
By Glosswitch - 02 October 10:04

It’s okay, I checked - the men are still here!

Benedict Cumberbatch
Posh-bashing: Enough to make you want to leave the Bullingdon Club
By Glosswitch - 15 August 10:07

Benedict Cumberbatch should realise that being sneered at for being posh just isn't that bad.

A doctor performs a sonogram on a pregnant woman
The abortions we don’t talk about
By Glosswitch - 20 July 9:33

Why is there so much implicit judgment about what is never a straightforward moral issue?