A feminist take on parenting and politics


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.

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.