Parents say they smack children “under pressure”. From personal experience I can confirm this is utter nonsense.
Justice minister Phillip Lee criticised British society for “outsourcing” care work.
Team Fawcett and Team Pankhurst are supposedly vying for a statue outside Parliament.
The everyday misery of care work is hidden behind abstract arguments over life and death.
There’s something about that march, and about pro-Remain discourse in general, that is making me uneasy.
There is a pervasive sense that women politicians are more “real” and “normal” if they have children – a standard that is never applied to men.
In fact, “body shaming” is a terribly weak term to describe the enormous impact of a misogynist, fat-hating culture on women’s self-esteem.
Iain Duncan Smith’s suggestion that child benefit should only be paid for the first two children in a family is symbolic, not practical. It is designed to plant the idea that poor people deserve to be poor.
It is not healthy for an entire country to have such an investment in the contents of a woman’s womb.
Control, dominance, bullying and manipulation are the driving forces behind countless “romantic” narratives. If new regulation is going to eradicate coercive and controlling behaviour as well as physical harm, we have to start questioning the stories we are told.