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Jay McCarthy

Writer, Blogger and Advertising Creative

I’m a Freelance Writer, Blogger and Art Director. I write about whatever fires my imagination or piques my curiosity – this usually tends to be Film, Politics, Feminism and Parenting. I have travelled extensively and still keep those images and experiences in my creative memory bank. I am a keen photographer and foodie. I’m also the mother of two girls and blog anonymously about Motherhood – an experience best described as brief moments of job satisfaction, interspersed with lengthy episodes of extreme irritation.

Why Shouldn't Janet Jackson Have A Baby At 50?

When news broke that Janet Jackson and husband Wissam Al Mana had welcomed a healthy baby boy, I was delighted for them. Yet, despite the world's good wishes towards Janet, who reportedly "had a stress-free, healthy delivery", it was sad that most people seemed more concerned about her age.
08/01/2017 23:31 GMT

Goodbye Princess Leia, Original Badass And Feminist Icon

The loss of Carrie Fisher, aged just 60, is a seminal moment in history for those of us who grew up with her Star Wars alter-ego. For me, as a little girl in the seventies, she was part of the holy trinity of badass female icons: Princess Leia, Wonder Woman and Miss Piggy.
01/01/2017 18:45 GMT

What's Wrong With The New Breastfeeding Emoji?

Don't get me wrong, I and millions of other women will be happy to have one breastfeeding emoji at least. Big thanks to Rachel Lee and Joshua Jones - the design may not be perfect but we owe them our gratitude for getting this far.
15/11/2016 16:42 GMT