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How maternity leave messed with my mind

Dec 10, 2019 by William Lewis.

Author Michelle Francis on how maternity-leave anxiety threatened to take the shine off her baby joy. When I was pregnant with my first child at work, there was talk of my maternity cover. Perfectly normal, perfectly standard practice. The person who was lined up to ‘take over’ (a deeply rankling phrase that was used frequently, as it sounded as if my replacement was planning a coup) was a delight. A friend! But still, I couldn’t help worrying about putting my trust in her. I needed to know she wouldn’t spoil the projects I’d set up, damage my reputation or restructure...

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Why is it so hard for Christmas films to pass the Bechdel test?

Dec 10, 2019 by William Lewis.

Everyone (at least secretly) loves Christmas films, but on closer inspection, it's the least woman-friendly genre there is. Caroline O’Donoghue investigates. Christmas films are a funny one. I, for one, am a huge fan: I love that once a year, we put aside snobbery and how technically “good” a film is, in favour of how much joy it can deliver in 90 minutes. But for all the goodness and morality that Christmas films preach, there’s a disturbingly prominent amount of gaps in the genre. Or, to put it more bluntly: every friggin’ character is a white guy. Home Alone: little...

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This woman sends over 4,000 Christmas cards to LGBTQ r all world

Dec 11, 2019 by William Lewis.

“I realised how it would feel if my coming out had been met with a different reaction and I had received rejection instead of acceptance”. The special seasons can be a disconnecting time for certain individuals when you don't have family you can invest energy with. Numerous individuals from the LGBTQ+ people group still face dismissal from their families after they turn out, leaving them feeling confined during the bubbly time frame. Generally 40% of destitute youth are LGBTQ+, and one out of 10 transgender individuals have had a relative be vicious towards them since they're trans. That is the...

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Shoutout to all the parents on day three of their kid’s new drum kit

Dec 11, 2019 by William Lewis.

Thousands of parents are currently contemplating their life choices – and sharing mounting regret – over Christmas toys. Amy Jones pays tribute. Christmas is such a magical time for children. Everything is twinkly and bright, they get time off school, TV is suddenly showing all the best Disney/Pixar films and, if they’re good, then a kindly old man in a red suit is going to sneak into their house overnight and give them lots of lovely new toys to play with. It is, perhaps, a less magical time for parents. Not only because they spend a lot of time and...

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Braiding my hair was a lesson in self-care that I had to learn for myself

Dec 11, 2019 by William Lewis.

Growing up, Niellah Arboine was at odds with her natural afro hair. But through teaching herself how to braid, she’s discovered how to fall back in love with it. Like most black girls growing up in the UK, my hair was stuffed with more cultural significance than I understood. Deep in my roots grow generations of hair care and grooming techniques to protect and adorn my head. These methods to look after our locks have been passed down and are one of the physical attributes that connect the African diaspora. From the Himba people coating their curls in red clay...