By Glosswitch - 07 March 10:51
All that stuff we used to call oppression? We’re totes cool with it now.
By Glosswitch - 26 February 10:47
I don’t want a culture that is eating disorder-friendly. I want a culture that supports sufferers and respects the overlap between their eating disorder and their sense of self, but one which also recognises the harm and the horror of what they are doing.
By Glosswitch - 21 February 10:45
Knowing how common miscarriage is – an estimated one in four pregnancies end this way – doesn’t stop you from feeling guilty.
By Glosswitch - 06 February 10:01
Some people see gender as a galaxy of possibilities. I experience it as a trap, a network of prejudices rooted in conservative notions of complementarity and evolutionary purpose.
By Glosswitch - 04 February 12:49
Pregnancy can be difficult, lonely and dangerous, and life doesn't stop just because you've conceived. Should pregnant women be forced to care for themselves in a way that others are not required to?
By Glosswitch - 31 January 13:26
Children are subject to an onslaught of confusing messages about their place in the world. We want to teach our sons about consent and respect for women, but how this is possible without teaching them what men as a class do to women?
By Glosswitch - 22 January 11:06
Sex discrimination in the workplace is not eradicated - and it's not just to do with having children.
By Glosswitch - 17 January 16:38
If journalists were not so “concerned” about anorexia and bulimia those of us with eating disorders could go back to creating our own arbitrary thinness tests without fretting over which of these now gets external endorsement.
By Glosswitch - 15 January 9:48
Pope Francis's positioning of abortion as part of a “throwaway culture” shows how little respect there is for a woman's right to control her own body.
By Glosswitch - 19 December 12:17
As Marks and Spencer ditches dividing its toys into girls and boys' categories, Glosswitch wonders when this gender-neutral hell will ever end.
By Glosswitch - 04 December 10:08
The idea that men and women's brains are "wired" differently is wrong. As long as our children’s brains are in the process of developing and forming connections, don’t we owe it to them to give them the best chance possible of escaping pre-determined, lim
By Glosswitch - 01 December 13:23
Elan Gale wasn't standing up for the little guy when he told a woman to "eat my dick" after she was allegedly rude to flight attendants. He was grandstanding, and sexists lapped it up.
By Glosswitch - 28 November 11:30
This week the Children’s Commissioner for England released a report into how young people in England understand sexual consent. “Sex without consent, I suppose that is rape” is well worth reading - and it’s every bit as unpleasant as you’d expect.
By Glosswitch - 22 November 10:10
There’s a whole heap of sexism in toy marketing, of that there’s no doubt. But do we combat it by merely papering over the cracks?
By Glosswitch - 13 November 15:14
Breasts are not a self-contained, independent milk bar that a mother merely happens to have located on the front of her body. Breastfeeding is something a woman makes a choice to do.
By Glosswitch - 05 November 10:26
These days you don’t even need to slip into an unhealthy starve-binge cycle all by yourself. Open the average glossy or “women’s section” of a tabloid newspaper and you’ll find they’ve mapped out the peaks and troughs of a future eating disorder on your b
By Glosswitch - 29 October 10:07
Comparing teachers to parents doesn’t just de-professionalise them; it places ridiculous, unachievable expectations on them in addition to those they’re under already.
By Glosswitch - 23 October 10:37
Operation Chrismas Child asks children to "experience God's love through the power of simple shoe box gifts". But they are to charity what Femen are to feminism: superior, islamophobic, and seemingly unresponsive to the needs of those they claim to help.
By Glosswitch - 16 October 15:13
Why is it that mothers end up having their lives marketed back to them, piece by piece, as "me time"?
By Glosswitch - 15 October 10:40
Anorexia might win the eating disorder visibility contest but it doesn’t win any on-the-ground PR battles.
By Glosswitch - 08 October 14:16
I’ve spent time in psychiatric hospitals; I look like a “normal” person, too. But what if I didn’t?
By Glosswitch - 04 October 16:18
The delightfully named Don't Judge My Family campaign is hitting back at the assumptions behind the Marriage Tax Allowance.
By Glosswitch - 27 September 10:21
When you are a mother, earning money or not earning money is interpreted as a broader statement about the role of women in general and mothers in particular.
By Glosswitch - 19 September 14:14
Increasingly, just as poverty itself is linked to ignorance or moral failings, poor parenting is associated with being poor.
By Glosswitch - 12 September 12:23
On the contrary, our society is surprisingly tolerant of rape.
By Glosswitch - 10 September 9:32
Targeting gender marketing in toys is a worthy battle. Children like my son know what pinkness and blueness mean, and they fear a life without the correct marker.
By Glosswitch - 07 September 9:24
A selective cry of “misogyny” for anti-choice ends contributes to a culture which does not see people with female reproductive systems as full, equal human beings. The only person who can decide whether or not a pregnancy should continue is the person who
By Glosswitch - 03 September 10:04
The shock of having children can make us pine for our privilege in a way that alienates others. We need to be more vigilant and we need to be more self-aware.
By Glosswitch - 28 August 10:00
Questions as to whether pregnant women should drink alcohol or coffee go beyond the restrictions of an over-cautious medical establishment. It’s to do with how we value people. In her book <em>Expecting Better</em>, Emily Oster has raised some issues that
By Glosswitch - 24 August 10:59
Supersize, superskinny: aren't we all bigger than that now?