Problem children – why blame the parents, not the schools?

When pupils misbehave or fail to achieve their potential, it’s the parents who ae blamed. When they skip school parents can be imprisoned. The slightest “deviation” can cause teachers to call in social workers, educational psychologists, paediatricians, psychiatrists and child psychologists to intervene the family. And every now and again, some politician claims that teachersContinue reading “Problem children – why blame the parents, not the schools?”

Little girls are princesses – the feminist way

I’m sure a lot of feminists will say that the Daddy’s Little Princess meme or children’s books (from fairytales to contemporary fiction) about princesses – or teen fiction such as The Princess Diaries – is inherently harmful to feminism. And it’s not surprising they would take that view – what is a princess? She’s theContinue reading “Little girls are princesses – the feminist way”

Slut shaming isn’t just about bullying: Why we should stop using the word “slut” completely

We need to stop using the word “slut”. You probably know this already, as slut shaming has been topical since the SlutWalks in 2011, and recently there was an article ‘Slut Shaming Shames us All’, about slut shaming and other forms of bullying in a broadsheet I can’t remember the name of. However it seemsContinue reading “Slut shaming isn’t just about bullying: Why we should stop using the word “slut” completely”