Category Archives: Role Modelling Positive Relationships and avoiding negative ones

Huggies and potty training: Same old shit

This summer I am about to embark on another potty training odyssey! Way-hey! The summer’s great for potty training, isn’t it? That’s what everyone says, like it’s one great pastoral idyll where children can run about naked all day long, … Continue reading

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The gender of parenthood

Originally posted at impeus.com, this was written in August 2010 whilst I was pregnant with my (first and only) daughter. The proliferation of “mother and baby” clubs gets to me sometimes. Its as if fathers don’t exist. I could understand … Continue reading

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Tomboy Tomgirl

When I was ten and soon to be going to big school, I was faced with a dilemma. Skirts. Back in 1983 at Ousedale Comprehensive, girls were not allowed to wear trousers. I hadn’t worn a skirt since the age … Continue reading

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Deffr’nce: A new concept in gender studies

Years ago, Hollyoaks featured a terrifically annoying character called Kris. He was even more annoying than the usual characters, not just because he couldn’t spell his own name (I’ve known it’s spellt “Chris” since I was, like, five and it’s … Continue reading

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Girl children: Crap, basically, experts claim

As well as Smug Mothers Of Girls (SMOGs) I definitely believe we have Smug Mothers of Boys (SMOBs). But hey, the more acronyms for gender stereotyping in parenting the better, right? I recently overheard the following conversation at a children’s … Continue reading

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Where next for the publishers of Prom magazine?

A post from my blog Glosswatch, written in response to spotting a rather terrifying new magazine for girls. It led me to wonder what else we could be doing to “help them” make sense of becoming a woman… Back in … Continue reading

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On being a mother, and a slag

Christmas 2008 I am 4 months pregnant and getting ready for my office Christmas party. I’m at that stupid stage where none of your “normal” clothes fit but none of your maternity ones do, either. But I want to look … Continue reading

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