Who’s your fictional doppelganger?

It turns out that Clarice Bean’s mum and I were separated at birth. Spiritually, at least. If you don't know who Clarice Bean is, she's the hero of a series of picture books by Lauren Child (of Charlie and Lola fame). We’re not exactly indistinguishable in the looks department, Clarice Bean's mum and me. But…

Why I posted #MeToo and what it taught me

I posted #MeToo on Facebook this Monday. Along with nearly 8 million other women who used the hashtag to remember suffering sexual assault and/or harassment. I didn’t give any details. I didn’t feel the need to then. And I wasn’t in the least bit surprised when I saw fellow female Facebookers post the same status.…

How tickling can teach your toddlers about sexual consent.

It’s International Day of the Girl. Hoorah! Wait. What does that mean? Well, it’s something the UN started five years ago: “The day aims to highlight and address the needs and challenges girls face, while promoting girls' empowerment and the fulfillment of their human rights.” (Admittedly I hadn’t heard of it until I started seeing…

Is it possible to be a good mother and be creative?

This is a rare moment. I have the house to myself. I have no overdue work nagging at me. Sure there’s housework to do, but when isn’t there? I have some time. I feel like writing. And I have about fifty precious minutes to do it in. But where’s that precious nugget of inspiration? I…

Motherhood: Five things I now can’t do and five random things I now can do

Five things I can no longer do since becoming a mother 1) Enjoy a long, carefree, morning shower (fat chance) 2) Wallow (there’s too much sh*t to do) 3) Get anyway near enough sleep (it's going to take decades to recover from this one) 4) Nurse a hangover (there’s no mercy in this house) 5) Watch…

One white wedding & two babies later. Am I still a feminist?

I remember arguing with a sixth-form classmate whose sole ambition was to get married and have children. “How can you want just that?” I screamed? “There’s more to life than that! What’s the point of you being here if that’s all you want?” I’ve always considered myself a feminist. Cue one night at a dodgy…