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Recent guest blogs
- Diane Abbott: "Nelson Mandela shaped a generation"
- Differences between men's and women's brains don't mean that gender stereotypes are 'true' says Prof Georgina Rippon
- Women's sexual behaviour is changing - Jessica Datta takes us through the results of the National Survey of Sexual Attitudes and Lifestyles
- BBC Sports Personality of the Year shortlist - MN blogger Glosswitch asks: where are the bloody women?
- Helena Morrisey of Project 28-40: It's time to listen to women about their workplace experience
- Sexist and racist music videos: it's time we listened to young women say Lia Latchford and Holly Dustin, supporting the Rewind&reframe campaign
- "You're so gay" - young campaigner Rosie Ellingham on the words which cast a shadow over her childhood
- Why are women so unhappy with their fanjos? Mumsnet blogger Sonya Cisco is concerned by the rise in cosmetic labial reduction requests
- Gay. Let's Get Over It. campaign - Headteacher Liam Nolan: "why I won't tolerate homophobic language in my school"
Is fracking good for Britain? Green party MP Caroline Lucas and Andrew Austin, CEO of IGas, put forward their respective cases.
Can you dress for men, and still be a feminist? Fashion blogger and outspoken former Tory MP Louise Mensch debates with Glosswitch
Could we all fall foul of new press regulation? Padraig Reidy of Index On Censorship and blogger Glosswitch look at the rules
Has breastfeeding been oversold? - debated by author of Breast is Best Prof Joan B Wolf and the La Leche League's Anna Burbridge
Should parents be worried about teens removing pubic hair? - debated by Mumsnet bloggers Sarah Ditum and Glosswitch
Is phonics the best way to teach children to read? - debated by Education Minister Nick Gibb and children's author Michael Rosen
Compelling takes on contemporary issues
Blogger Glosswitch - is wraparound childcare really the solution?
Prof John Sutherland - it's vital English Literature remains on the curriculum
Chair of Ofsted Sally Morgan - why early education should begin at two
Performance artist Bryony Kimmings - inventing an alternative role model for young girls
The Disasters Emergency Committee - re-building the Philippines after devastating typhoon
Philomena author Martin Sixsmith - helping a mother find the child she was forced to give up
Author Gideon Burrows - The real reason fathers don't do more childcare? They don't want to
Leyla Hussein on FGM - "Making sure my daughter wasn't cut is my greatest achievement"
Shelter CEO Campbell Robb - the reality for Britain's homeless children this Christmas
Writer Filip Borev - Why are Roma people still seen as 'baby snatching gypsies'?
Penelope Gibbs of the Standing Committee for Youth Justice - Draconian new 'Asbo' laws will demonise teenagers
Blogger Mummy Barrow - how you can help Teak Honk fundraise
Former Great British Bake Off finalist Holly Bell - this year's batch of bakers
Author of Drink Ann Dowsett - Are you a 'problem drinker'? Take the five-point test
Mencap's Jo Swinson - why the law surrounding disability hate crime must change
Campaigner Kat Banyard - why it's time for supermarkets to lose the lads' mags
Blogger Lynn Schreiber - girls need more role models like Malala
William Higham of Save the Children - "poorer children's life chances are determined by age seven"
Author Allie Esiri - why children need poetry in their lives
Author Jez Alborough - writing for children is trickier than you might think
Writer and blogger Sarah Ditum - BBC4 documentary 'House of Surrogates' and the ethics of commercial surrogacy in India
Journalist and blogger Louise Tickle - "Syria's children are dying. Please - don't look away"
Actress Sarah Alexander - war continues to affect generations of children
MN bloggers Cassandra Parkin, Fran Lewis, Lucy Benedict and Sara Bran - on what it's like to grow underarm hair for a month
InRealLife director Beeban Kidron - what it means to be growing up online
Prof Sir Al Aynsley-Green - children start formal education too early in Britain
FGM survivor Nimco Ali - "the government must act now to prevent more girls being cut"
Elizabeth Bailey of Cancer Research UK - make cigarettes less attractive to children
MN blogger SaintlyJimJams - #ThisIsMyChild: people's reactions to my autistic son
A-level results day:
- University and admissions experts - a guide to the UCAS Clearing System
Law firm Slater and Gordon - maternity discrimination is still rife in Britain
Keir Starmer - "we must change the way we handle child sexual abuse cases"
Rosie Fiore interviews Caroline Criado-Perez on threats from online trolls
Writer Suzanne Harrington - should we be honest with our children about our past?
Blogger Bev Mattocks - my son's battle with anorexia
Shelter Chief Exec Campbell Robb - "The Bank of Mum and Dad can't solve this housing crisis"
The royal baby has arrived!
- Aitch offers Kate a cut-out-and-keep guide to Mumsnet
- Glosswitch celebrates the fact this baby was born to reign, boy or girl
Blogger Sara Bran - dispirited by The Apprentice's female finalists
Writer and blogger Rosie Fiore - can 'chick lit' be feminist?
All About Trans - coming to terms with having a transgender son
Blogger and campaigner Jack Monroe - "food banks are feeding families"
Labour leader Ed Miliband - 'our culture needs to change how it portrays women'
Journalist Karen Krizanovich - in awe of Senator Wendy Davis
CEO of the Preschool Learning Alliance Neil Leitch - children "cry for a month" in formal French nurseries, we shouldn't be following their model
Blogger Glosswitch - it's time to call violence against women by its name
Author Sally Gardner - a 'rigorous' education system crushes children's innate creativity
Columnist and author Gaby Hinsliff - is it getting easier for women to return to work?
Emma Carr of Big Brother Watch - we should worry about our online privacy
Author of 'Don't Wake Me' Rahila Gupta - healing after the loss of my son
Conservative MP Nadine Dorries - female hair loss: it's the last taboo
The Women's Business Council - fostering business ambition in girls is crucial
Barrister Elizabeth Prochaska - why retailers selling lads' mags could face legal action
EVAW's Holly Dustin - a 5 point plan to end abuse for good
MN Blogger Adventures with Dementia - living with a loved one's dementia
Blogger Glosswitch - "There's always been a 'crisis of masculinity', Diane Abbott"
Psychologist Oliver James - drugs are not the answer to mental distress
Author Jay Griffiths – giving children autonomy over food could improve happiness
Author and blogger Rosie Millard - parental anxiety over tutoring is on the rise
Women's Aid's Polly Neate - financial abuse 'counts' as domestic abuse
Author Kate Figes - infidelity is a fact of life, parents need to talk about it
Meteorologist Clare Nasir – 'Air pollution causes 29,000 premature deaths a year'
Barrister Catherine Donnelly - legal aid reform: the consequences for victims of sexual crime
Parenting consultant and blogger Stephanie Davies-Arai - Page 3 is not 'innocuous'
Chef John Vincent - make school meals tastier and healthier
Author and blogger Rosie Fiore - UKIP leader Nigel Farage claims that visiting lapdancing clubs doesn't make him 'anti-women'
Writer Hadley Freeman - 5 tips for being an awesome feminist
Leave Our Kids Alone campaign - time for a total ban on ads targeting young children?
Economist David Boyle - why the middle class faces extinction
Prof Alan Smithers - it's time for a shake up on primary school admissions
Teacher Francis Gilbert - proposed changes to school hours and holidays
Author Natasha Walter - "we should not deny Thatcher's achievements"
NUT's Christine Blower - why they're calling for a 20-hour teaching week
Blogger Rachel Coldbreath - press are wrong to link Philpott tragedy to 'benefits culture'
Blogger and mother of one Stephanie Pomfrett - one-child families are on the rise
Blogger Pint Sized Rants - Eddie Mair was right to grill Boris Johnson
Gransnet Editor Geraldine Bedell - should grandparents plug the childcare gap?
Caroline Davey from Gingerbread - what the Tax-Free Childcare Scheme means for single parents
Blogger Sarah Lowden Poole - why 'disability hate crime' should be a standalone offence
Maternity Action's Rosalind Bragg - unfair redundancies during maternity leave
Author and blogger Knackered Mother's Wine Club - working, writing, and tweeting about wine
Holly Dustin of EVAW - false rape allegations have become mythicised
Dr Alison Parke - screen time has little impact on a child's social development
Blogger Glosswitch - why Petronella Wyatt is wrong about teenage 'temptresses'
Labour MP Jon Cruddas - what men can do to stop violence against women
Dr Teresa Belton - being bored encourages children's creativity
District Judge Anne Arnold - changing the guidelines for how sex offenders should be sentenced
MP Amber Rudd - supporting the One Billion Rising campaign
NCT Chief Exec Belinda Phipps - misconceptions and facts about the NCT
Shelter's Chief Exec Campbell Robb - house prices increasingly unaffordable
New Scientist journalist Linda Geddes - 'the science bit' of pregnancy and birth
- Liz Truss - the minister with resonsibility for childcare - blogs on the government's planned changes to ratios and regulations
- Childcare expert Penelope Leach gives her view on proposed ratios
- Stephen Twigg, Chair of Labour's Childcare Commission, responds with why his party won't be supporting them
2012 guest blogs
MP Rachel Reeve - 'Mummy Tax' cut in maternity pay is unfair
Vagenda blogger Holly - include men in the battle to end violence against women
Dr Amanda Gummer - screentime for children: the ongoing debate
Blogger Mummy is a Gadget Geek - could free Universal Childcare work?
EVAW's Holly Dustin - schools need to protect girls from sexual bullying
Insomniac Ysenda Maxtone Graham - how not to pass the small hours
Labour Peer Andrew Adonis - academy schools can raise aspiration and achievement
Stella Creasy MP - One Billion Rising: speaking out against domestic violence
Author Oliver James - the ideas behind Love Bombing your children
Tory MP Louise Mensch - juggling motherhood and politics
Ruby Wax - the black dog: speaking out about depression
Writer Oliver Burkeman - the myth of positive thinking
Journalist Natasha Walter - fighting for the rights of female asylum seekers
Comedian Gina Yashere - women and sexism in the world of comedy
Minister for Schools Nick Gibb - how we can encourage children to read more books
Zoe Williams - the unfashionable first months of motherhood
Blogger Hackney Doula: why I'm boycotting the Baby Show
Campaigner Laura Nelson - busting gender stereotypes at Hamley's toy shop
Blogger Jodie Sandford - visiting Oxfam projects in Zimbabwe
David Lammy - the Tottenham riots and 21st century families
- Boris Johnson on finishing the job he's started
- Ken Livingstone wants a Fare Deal
- Brian Paddick outlines his vision for a safer London
- Siobhan Benita puts education first
- Jenny Jones pictures a Greener London
Bloggers bust rape myths for the We Believe You campaign:
- Mme Lindor - "Rape can't take place in a relationship"
- Bidisha - "If a woman didn't struggle, wasn't injured or didn't report immediately, she wasn't raped"
- Cath Elliott - "Women provoke rape by the clothes they wear or the way they behave"
- Brian Paddick - "It's not rape if a woman has consented to some sexual intimacy, or has previously had sex with many partners"
2011 guest blogs
Annie Lennox - why World AIDS day should matter to mothers
Author and producer Toby Young - free schools: why they will succeed
Journalist Mariella Frostrup - supporting the Gender Rights and Equality Trust
Pat McFadden MP - medicating children's behaviour problems
Body Gossip co-founder Natasha Devon - bring back teenage body confidence
Education campaigner Fiona Millar - what parents want from schools
Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall - generating your own renewable energy
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