Four years ago I entered a writing competition on the theme of motherhood, at the time my daughter was 5 months old, and had only come home from hospital a few weeks before. So this is what I wrote. I never used to want to be a mother, in fact the very thought of it… Read More The Un-Mother
Boys are taught from a young age that fashion and makeup are a girls domain, that it is taboo for them to want to experiment and be playful with their appearance. I think it is so important for them to see men who will push boundaries and demonstrate that it’s absolutely fine for boys to… Read More Men can experiment with makeup and fashion – David Bowie portrait
It is very important to me that both my children grow up knowing that they do not have to change who they are, that they do not need to limit themselves just because society is so attached to restrictive gender roles. There are loads of incredible female role models for little girls – loads of… Read More Inspiring boys to break the mould
Language is a funny beast. It’s fascinating, but also rarely straightforward. Online conversation can make for some interesting clashes in language: for example, I used to be a member of a forum that talked primarily about vintage fashion. Occasionally there’d be a thread where a member would say they wanted to find somewhere they could… Read More Language and talking at cross purposes
I’ve been thinking about this case recently, where an eight month old has been issued a health card which does not mention their sex. The reason given for this is that the parent wants to ensure they grow up “the most whole person that they can be outside of the restrictions that come with the… Read More Raising a child gender free
It might seem strange to apply a real world principle, like privilege, to a fictional character. But I think it can be quite interesting to consider it in this manner, as it has the potential benefit of allowing a degree of distance and objectivity. The reason I’ve chosen to do this is partly because I’m… Read More Is Wonder Woman privileged?
My kids have reached that age. Now the infuriating conversations have started. “Boys do this, girls don’t” “That’s a girls toy” “Girls don’t like that” No matter that, up until this point, I’ve always encouraged both children to play with and like whatever they want. I’ve been very clear that there are no “boys toys”… Read More “That’s a boy thing”
A little while ago I read and amazing book called Herland, by Charlotte Perkins Gillman. I loved it, and highly recommend it. It’s a story about a country in which there are only women, no men at all until three male explorers discover it, and it is mostly about the differences the author imagined between… Read More Human Nature
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Edited (16/04/16 19:00) I’ve added to this a bit, because I realised some points weren’t as clear as I’d have liked them. I’ve been on a bit of a feminist reading kick lately, trying to read as many classic feminist books as possible. There’s so many I want to read, but right now the one… Read More Non-men: Or women as “Other”