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Miscarriage

Helen Chandler | Posted 18.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Helen Chandler

Every twinge and cramp caused me to panic, and I tortured myself with endless Google searches. One moment I could be wildly optimistic having read of a woman whose measurements had been the same as mine and yet went on to have a healthy baby, seconds later I would be in floods of tears imagining myself going through the next seven months of pregnancy...

Abortion: It's Nothing to be Ashamed Of

Melanie Scagliarini | Posted 27.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Melanie Scagliarini

A woman having an abortion is considered to be a cold and heartless whore unless she regrets and apologises for it. The truth is the majority of women don't regret it - I certainly don't. I knew straight away that I would have an abortion and I've never looked back with remorse. Sometimes you have to make the least-worst choice out of a bad bunch of options.

Cut Gwyneth Some Slack: No Fault Divorce Is the Future

Catherine Thomas | Posted 09.07.2014 | UK Entertainment
Catherine Thomas

Each case and each divorce is unique. None has provoked such a uniquely vitriolic reaction as the headlines that have been spinning for the past few weeks on Gwyneth Paltrow's request on her website for privacy during her divorce.

Mumsnet Hit By Heartbleed Hackers

Huffington Post UK | Posted 15.04.2014 | UK Tech

Mumsnet, has been targeted by hackers exploiting the Heartbleed bug. It could not be determined how many of the site's 1.5 million users was affect...

Are You a Mum Looking to Return to Work?

Liz Nottingham | Posted 16.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Liz Nottingham

There just aren't enough women with a wealth of life experience available to hire and there are many businesses out there lacking this demographic of strong, capable, 'life' savvy women who could add great value to their work-force.

Combating Cultural Femicide: Founding Room of our Own, A Feminist/ Womanist Network

Louise Pennington | Posted 04.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Louise Pennington

I have created the blogging network A Room of our own: A Feminist/ Womanist Network as a way to combat cultural femicide. The network is collecting, archiving and sharing women's writings, art, music, photography and any other medium of expression that can be posted online.

Mumsnet Users Talk Dirty (Again)

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 24.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Mumsnet users are at it again, doing exactly what they do best and talking downright dirty. This week's topic of conversation? Things that smell li...

'If You're Not Getting Any.. I'm Happy To Travel Up To An Hour'

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle

It seems that when a single man from Sheffield decided to try his luck with the ladies on Mumsnet, he discovered that mothers might not be as desperat...

Can You be a Mummy Blogger and a Feminist?

Louise Pennington | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Louise Pennington

Writing about making jam and homemade baby food and wearing high heels because they are something that you enjoy and something that brings you pleasure is a good thing but that doesn't necessarily make it a feminist choice. This doesn't mean there is something inherently wrong with making jam or wearing high heels but these are 'choices' that are made within patriarchal constraints.

Gay: Let's Get The Meaning Straight #GetOverIt

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 18.11.2013 | UK

Homophobic language in Britain’s schools is being tackled head-on by a leading gay rights charity. Stonewall’s campaign comes in response to r...

Twerking at Work: Images of Women in Society

B.J. Epstein | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
B.J. Epstein

It's not just about the twerking. It's about working, and it's about living. In a strange way, many women have to metaphorically twerk at work and in their private lives, and it's time for this to stop.

Did Russell Brand Really Mean That We Should Govern With Facebook?

Mark Hillary | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Mark Hillary

It's been two weeks since Russell Brand was on the BBC Newsnight programme telling Jeremy Paxman that voting is a waste of time. Since then, it feels a little like democracy itself has been drowned in a political cacophony as Brand lovers and haters debate his prediction of revolution in the UK.

14 Other Hilarious Mumsnet Forum Threads

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 11.10.2013 | UK Comedy

Thought 'Do you dunk your penis?' was an odd title for a Mumsnet forum thread - or indeed any thread, on any forum, anywhere? Think again! Yes, Mum...

A Guide To Penis Beakers

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 16.10.2013 | UK Comedy

It's the hot Twitter topic of the day - thanks to this thread on Mumsnet. So here's our handy guide to using a penis beaker: SEE ALSO: 14 Oth...

School Uniforms: Reinforcing Patriarchal Norms?

Louise Pennington | Posted 03.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Louise Pennington

Clothing is the outward signifier of respect: those in power require these to make a clear distinction between those with power who have value and those who have neither. As a society, we are reaping serious social damage due to our lack of respect for our children.

My Journey to the G8

Sarah Robinson | Posted 17.08.2013 | UK
Sarah Robinson

Going to the G8 is so far outside my comfort zone I might as well be travelling to the moon, but I'm doing it because the issues being tackled by the IF Campaign are so important, and very close to my heart.

Working Mums: An Asset to Our Business

Lindsay Pattison | Posted 16.07.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Lindsay Pattison

Being super-organised is another essential part of the package. Coordinating school drop-offs and pick-ups and after-school activities around the working day means that working mums have to focus and plan their time precisely.

Save Me From Mumsnet!

Grant Feller | Posted 14.07.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Grant Feller

The low point probably came several months ago when I raced upstairs, put on my best suit and pretended to go off to work. It was 5pm and the children were due back from school. The truth that I wasn't able to tell them was that I had lost my job 72 hours earlier and was acting out this increasingly ridiculous charade partly out of shame, embarrassment and, well, I just didn't know what to say.

Becoming a Radical Feminist: On Male Violence, Cultural Femicide and Sisterhood

Louise Pennington | Posted 29.06.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Louise Pennington

The older I get, the more I believe that 'equality' is nothing more than a smokescreen to prevent the true liberation of women. Equality before the law means nothing when violence is endemic; when women are most likely to live in poverty; when no one bothers to actually enforce the existing equality legislation.

Planning a Funeral? Why Information Is Power

Poppy Mardall | Posted 20.03.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Poppy Mardall

One thing we all have in common: we're going to die. We won't all get married, have children or see Niagara Falls. But every single one of us will die. Yet the vast majority of us only think about death when we have to.

Liz Jones - So Much for the Sisterhood

Karen Maher | Posted 12.11.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Karen Maher

I read recently that to have a child is to forever have your heart walk around outside your body. I would like to add to this rather lovely sentiment...

Handmaidens, Feminism and Reclaiming the Internet

Louise Pennington | Posted 09.01.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Louise Pennington

I care about making spaces safe online for women so, whilst I will never support the policies of Dorries and Mensch, I do think we need to stop belittling and denigrating them. It is possible to criticise their policies without making it personal and supporting the patriarchy in silencing women. That is what we do when we fall into denigrating women. We are effectively helping to silence other women's voices. Instead, we need to reclaim the Internet and make it the most subversive weapon we have against the patriarchy.

Netmums Reinvents Choice Feminism

Louise Pennington | Posted 24.12.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Louise Pennington

Netmums, the other British parenting website, has undertaken a survey on feminism. In it, I have learned that I am aggressive, undermine motherhood, oppress men and I need to use Botox.

Feminism Isn't Dead - It's Just Changing

Louisa Daniels | Posted 19.12.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Louisa Daniels

Clearly, biologically women's bodies have an obvious function: baby-making. Throughout history this baby-making facility of the female anatomy has become entwined with the nurturing of the whole family, and feminists (men and women) fought for a woman's right to have a career, if they so chose to have one.

Why Playing on the Internet is a Serious Business

Rachel Heath | Posted 01.10.2012 | UK Tech
Rachel Heath

The fantasy, the connectedness of Twitter - I can tweet Tom Daley! - means not that we are free to say what we want, but that we are as obliged to be as thoughtful online towards others as we might be in 'real' life.