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Sabina Frediani is a campaigner and freelance writer. She spent over a decade working for the human rights and civil liberties pressure group, Liberty, where she directed award winning public and political campaigns. She has written and spoken on issues including young people's rights, counter-terrorism and personal privacy. She advises charities on media relations and public affairs and is an associate lecturer at the University of Central Lancashire. She lives near Manchester with her two daughters.
Suranne Jones's portrayal of the GP hellbent on settling the score is undoubtedly polished and entertaining, but I can't help feeling that the storylines are reinforcing a negative and tired stereotype of 'a woman scorned'.
So I can't help feeling that the ban on term-time holidays doesn't get to the heart of the real problems. It's hard to disagree with the argument that consistent, lengthy periods of absence from school are detrimental to a child's education.
The insult and injury caused by this already unfair tax on women, being used to benefit an organisation that actively undermines women's rights is shockingly offensive. No woman should have to suffer the indignity of going without sanitary protection and no woman should have to suffer the indignity of others making decisions about her reproductive organs. No woman should be treated as a vessel.
Fear is powerful and it can be powerfully exploited. Our emotions play an important part in democratic and political discussion. But they can't be the only thing driving the debate and shaping our response.
Choosing friends who are like-minded doesn't mean protecting yourself in a bubble and refusing to listen to other perspectives. But I'm not surprised that all around me, I see people forming tribes, just as politicians do. I believe that we need to get out of our comfort zones, to keep persuading others but right now, when the darkest of forces have won this round, it feels safer to stick with those who are on our side.
Yesterday, my almost five-year-old asked me about Donald Trump. Used to hearing me muttering to the radio and amused by his surname (come on, whether you're 5 or 45 you've got to laugh at his surname) she wanted to know exactly who he was.
Don't feel despondent and don't give up. The old adage 'never discuss religion or politics in polite company' has never seemed more irrelevant or irresponsible. We need to talk about Trump and we need to start new conversations. I refuse to believe it's too late.
I'm applauding Gary and Lily for their words and actions. I wish more people with a public profile would challenge prejudice and stand up for the most vulnerable members of our society. At this particular, political moment, campaigners need all the help they can get.
Sarah Jessica Parker and I have three things in common- curly hair, a passion for beautiful, impractical shoes and a love of Ferris Bueller. Recently, I discovered that we share something else, or rather our children do. Her son and my daughter both have a potentially life-threatening food allergy
30/09/2016 16:38 BST
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