Ruth Whippman
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Ruth Whippman is British writer, living in the US. Her humorous essays, op-eds and blogs have appeared in various publications including The New York Times and The Guardian and she is also a regular featured blogger at The Independent. Her book, Star Spangled Happy, or How America's Relentless Pursuit of Happiness is Creating A Nation Of Nervous Wrecks, will be published next year by St Martin's Press/ Macmillian in the US and Hutchinson/ Random House in the UK. Check out her website at www.ruthwhippman.com

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Want Your Kids to Grow Up Thinking Men Are More Important Than Women? Read Them Children's Books

(19) Comments | Posted 10 October 2012 | (01:00)

It's amazing how much routine sexism we regularly feed our kids via their reading material. Strange as it may seem, research suggests that a female has a greater chance of securing a seat on the board of a Fortune 500 company, in congress or in the senate than she does...

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UK Abortion Law Needs an Urgent Re-Think Before We Turn Into America

(66) Comments | Posted 12 April 2012 | (01:00)

The collective preoccupation with abortion in the United States always seemed, to a British observer, to be a bit like cheeseburger soup or Rick Santorum - one of those passing American curiosities that, although vaguely unsettling, is never really going to affect life as we know it in...

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Why Women in the Media Get a Raw Deal

(8) Comments | Posted 4 April 2012 | (17:12)

When Samantha Brick paraded through the Daily Mail wearing a sandwich board saying "SAVAGE ME "this week, she put the issue of women's role in the media squarely back on the agenda. For me, the furore coincided with the rarest of pleasures for the mother of a toddler- a plane...

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The Moral Hypocrisy of Party Funding Debates

(0) Comments | Posted 28 March 2012 | (02:00)

Britain's 90th richest man, and eponymous founder of the Peter Cruddas Foundation, dedicated to the "development of... lasting qualities of good citizenship" is now entering his third day of unemployment. Peter 'Cash for Access' Cruddas was forced to resign his position as Conservative Party Treasurer on Sunday, after an unfortunate...

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Mother's Day Musing: Why I Will Never Write About My Kids

(1) Comments | Posted 18 March 2012 | (17:27)

It's strange, given their intensity, how fleeting human emotions can be. Feelings that are gut-wrenchingly powerful when they first hit, almost always disappear without trace as time passes.

My mind now can't conjure up even a dim imprint of the bone-crushing despair I felt when my post-college boyfriend broke...

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Anyone Who Thinks the Private Sector is More Efficient Has Never Called a Call Centre

(4) Comments | Posted 9 March 2012 | (03:18)

If Hell is personalised for the individual, like the Google ads that make a sinister appearance when you start typing an email ("Buy Dear Mum at discount prices!") then the Brimstone Committee already has my bespoke afterlife earmarked. I will be spending eternity attempting to accomplish a minor routine task...

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When Religion Enters Politics Women are the Losers

(39) Comments | Posted 2 March 2012 | (00:00)

There are few arguments more pointless than the on-going battle between religious groups and so-called 'new' atheists trying to 'out-atrocity' each other.

"Call yourselves moral? What about the Crusades?"

"Ha! But your side has Stalin!" Kerpow.

The whole thing is reminiscent of Godwin's Law, the...

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