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Fiona McPhillips

Journalist, author, charity director

Fiona McPhillips is a freelance journalist. She is also the author of Trying To Conceive and the co-founder and director of the infertility charity, Pomegranate.

Our Lives, Our Choice

I had my baby and my friend didn't. There is a wanted child growing up in a ready and supportive home. A net benefit to Ireland. A lifesaver for me and for my friend. But only because we had the means to fund it ourselves.
25/09/2015 18:18 BST

A Return to Burnout Britain?

With flexibility, work time can spill over into non-work time, especially when a deadline needs to be met or something unexpected comes up. This 'emergency time' is further facilitated by mobile technologies that allow employers to contact employees at any time.
17/09/2015 16:04 BST

How to Survive a Home Renovation

Two years ago, my husband and I bought a "blank canvas" property, i.e. a shell. Apart from the addition of a couple of electrical sockets, the house had not been updated since it was built in 1934. You name it, it needed it. And more. In the last two years, I have learned many things - here are eight of them.
04/09/2015 11:47 BST

Bystander Intervention in Rape Culture

A video has emerged showing hundreds of people standing and watching while an incapacitated woman was gang raped on a beach in Florida during spring break celebrations last month. The police officer investigating the incident said the footage was the "most disgusting, sickening thing" he had ever seen.
20/04/2015 10:50 BST

But What About the Men?

Hanlon explains that thinking about how men provide and access love, care and solidarity as separate from inequalities in social, political and economic life allows us to see both the inequalities that men experience and how men contribute to inequality by avoiding caring.
24/01/2014 12:25 GMT

From Fast Fashion to Slow Style

So workers are suffering because of low wages and dangerous working conditions, consumers are suffering thanks to poor quality clothing that doesn't last and the environment is suffering due to the overproduction of clothes and a complete lack of regard for sustainability. The clothes may be cheap but we are all paying for them one way or another.
11/10/2013 11:47 BST

Let's Talk About Infertility

I know what some of you are thinking: the world is overpopulated already, so many unwanted children out there, why don't you "just adopt"?... What about those who've already experienced the miracle of pregnancy and birth - why don't they adopt instead of having, say, a second or third pregnancy?
25/09/2013 18:01 BST

Are You a Feminist?

Are you a feminist? If you've paused to contemplate your answer, then here are a couple of questions that might help you clarify your position. Do you think that men and women should be treated equally? Do you think that sexism prevents this? If you have answered yes to both questions then congratulations, you are a feminist!
22/09/2013 22:55 BST