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Having a baby has been a tornado through my life – I see why new parents dream of communes

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The nuclear family is ill suited to effective child-rearing. This should be news to no one. Yet when my mum said it, having taken the baby from me so that I could – finally – shower off myriad effluences, I felt it in...

Turns out breastfeeding really does hurt – why does no one tell you?

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I never thought breastfeeding would be hard. When I thought about it at all, my mind conjured beatific scenes suffused with a sort of religious glow. There I was, genteelly offering the child a nipple in the manner of...

The language of maternity is alive and well – so why not expand it to include trans parents?

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“Hey, Mama!” This is how I was greeted by a friendly member of staff every morning during my week-long stay in hospital after my baby’s birth. Theoretically, I had had my whole pregnancy to get used to the idea of bei...

Everything I thought before the birth of my son now feels naive and misinformed

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I had been supposed to file two more columns in this series in advance, before taking some leave, but five weeks ago my waters broke in spectacular fashion – the way they do in films, the way the NCT woman said you re...

‘Enjoy it while you can’. Is there a more chilling phrase to hear while pregnant?

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“Enjoy it while you can”: how I’ve come to dislike these five little words, which have followed me everywhere since my pregnancy became obvious. Suddenly, they are applied to anything pleasurable – sleep, holidays, ㅏ ...

I’ve just become a mum – where is the writing about parenting for my generation?

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If you are reading this, it means that I have just become a mother. For reasons of practicality, and superstition, I am writing this column in advance. I am currently 29 weeks pregnant, just into my third trimester, b...

The decline of the girlboss? Post-pandemic, she’s more ubiquitous than ever

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A few months after graduating, mid-recession, on to the dole and shortly before I started writing for the Guardian, I worked very briefly for an online magazine as an editorial assistant. It was on my first day there ...

When it comes to porn’s damaging effects, millennials and Gen Z feminists are united

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I remember the first time a friend told me that she had been choked without her consent during sex. I was in my early 20s, and it hadn’t been the first time for her – she had also been slapped and had her hair pulled,...

Gen Z are bringing back ‘indie sleaze’, and I suddenly feel ancient

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I saw a man in skinny jeans and winklepickers the other day, and found myself transported back to a time when I cared about men’s shoes. “I used to go wild for men dressed like that,” I told my bemused husband, who is...

Spare me the Home Office-backed ‘safety app’: it wouldn’t have stopped my attacker

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There’s a rape alarm, stashed somewhere in a drawer in my bedroom. We – the young women – were given them in the first week of university, when some of us had just been released into the world for the first time. In a...

A maternal truth: some women don’t love their children as society thinks they should

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There’s a moment in The Lost Daughter, Maggie Gyllenhaal’s adaptation of the Elena Ferrante novel which stars Olivia Colman, where I gasped out loud and swore at the character. Colman’s Leda, a professor holidaying in...

The explosion of Covid PTSD cases is a mental health crisis in the making

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When the Covid-19 pandemic began, people working in the trauma field knew the psychological toll would be colossal. In the spring of 2020, I began interviewing professionals about the mental health fallout of the pand...

Rage, fury and noise – the new wave of feminist theatre is more vital than ever

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If you’re a survivor of male violence, reading Lucy Kirkwood’s “howl of a play” Maryland is a visceral experience. To hear it out loud, I imagine even more so – the Observer’s theatre critic Susannah Clapp described t...

It’s scandalous so few pregnant women in the UK are vaccinated against Covid

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It is coming up to a year since the first mRNA vaccines were approved for use against Covid-19, and almost seven months since they were approved for expectant mothers. The initial government advice was was that they s...

Women are still being blamed for society’s problems with fertility

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Female students at the single-sex Cambridge college Murray Edwards are to be given fertility seminars, because they “risk childlessness” if they leave motherhood “too late”. It’s irksome news – the seminars are only t...

The right shouldn’t own uncomfortable feelings about ending a pregnancy

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Like many people, I’ve been thinking about the women in Texas, a US state that is now in the business of forced births. When you consider how pregnancy is dated from the first day of a woman’s last period, its newly i...

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