We ask key voices for their take on the hottest topics - from the government's childcare shake-up, to speaking out about depression, and breaking gender stereotypes. And look out for our blog debates, where we'll try to tease out the answer to the big questions that affect us all.
Have a read of what our guest bloggers have to say and, as always, tell us where you stand. Making your own voice heard is what blogging's all about - so join the discussion on Bloggers' Talk and tell us when you post on the big issues of the day.
Recent guest posts
- Can a wedding ever be feminist? - Blogger and journalist Sarah Graham on making marriage radical
- 'We know families are still feeling the squeeze' - Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg on the economic recovery
- 'This is a child protection issue' - Blogger and campaigner Stephanie Davies-Arai on the campaign to move tabloid soft porn to the top shelf
- 'Now, things seem far more weighted against women' - MN blogger Scars, Tears and Training Bras on returning to dating
- 'I'm married with two children - and I live with my parents' - MN blogger Kiran Chug on being a member of the boomerang generation
- 'Oh Derek!': talking to my four-year old about sex - MN blogger Willow Oddie on how to approach a tricky subject
- 'The family courts have become a two-tier system' - Solicitor Liz Fisher Frank on legal aid cuts
- 'My bad experience was one of many' - MN blogger Beth Bone on inadequacies in mental health care for new mothers
- Talking about sex on Mumsnet, and why it matters - Academic Professor Sarah Pedersen explains how the internet allows women to continue their sex education
- Top 6 tips for starting a business - Consultant and author Alex Ritchie gives valuable advice on going it alone
- 'Other partners - both current and post - have brought so much joy into our lives' - A stigma-busting guest post on polyamory
What should we be doing to support renting families? Housing Minister Kris Hopkins and Shadow Housing Minister Emma Reynolds debate the issue of private renting
Is the term 'dyslexia' actually useful? Professor Julian Elliott and MN blogger Lisa Kendrick go head to head on this divisive issue
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
Kids Company founder Camila Batmanghelidjh - 'Our child protection system is failing'
Author and journalist Sarah Boseley - 'Is treat culture to blame for the obesity crisis?'
MN blogger Victoria Smith (a.k.a. Glosswitch) - 'Women are rightly disillusioned with politics, but it's worth fighting for change'
MN blogger Christianne Palmer - 'Holidays used to be survival exercises - here, my son's autism was accepted'
Author Maddy Paxman - 'There's no time limit to grieving' for International Widows' Day
MN blogger Simon Ragoonanan - 'Doubling paternity leave won't work unless we change society's perceptions of stay-at-home dads'
MN blogger Emma Murphy - 'When you have a life-limited child, hospice care can mean so much'
MN blogger Steph Douglas - 'Growing up with foster children made me the person I am today'
Mumsnetter Caroline Bedford - 'Having a gifted child isn't always a gift'
Co-author of The Fast Beach Diet Mimi Spencer - 'Why the 5:2 diet is the only thing that's worked for me'
Jane Bradley from For Books' Sake - 'Why we still need a women-only book prize'
General secretary of the UCU Sally Hunt - 'Women are risking their health for fear of seeming weak at work'
MN blogger Kiran Chug - 'If Britain really is becoming more racist, I fear for my children'
CEO of Mumsnet, Justine Roberts - 'When did mum become a dirty word?'
MN blogger Lottie Lomas - the negative impacts of abolishing the Child Support Agency
Physiotherapist and stand-up comedian Elaine Miller (AKA gussiegrips) - 'Why fallen fanjos are a feminist issue'
Alzheimer's Society Dementia Adviser, Rachel Doeg - 'We must keep talking about Dementia, no matter how hard'
Karen Holmes from Turn2us - 'With so many families in crisis, we need to remove the stigma around benefits'
MN blogger Ailsa Burkimsher Sadler - 'Why aren't mothers included on marriage certificates?'
Louise Silverton from Royal College of Midwives - 'The idea of choice needs to become a reality if new NICE guidelines are implemented'
Sarah Green from End Violence Against Women - 'Women's services are in crisis, but we can use our vote to try and save them'
MN blogger A House is Not a Home - 'What fostering has taught me so far'
MN blogger Ben Brooks-Dutton - 'Where was the support when my son lost his mother?'
Broadcaster and journalist Kirsty Wark - 'Are things getting worse for girls?'
MN blogger Brooke McAlary - 'Why women should stop trying to be all things to all people'
MN blogger Swazi Rodgers - 'Why Mumsnet Bloggers needs a BME category'
Author Rachel Kelly - 'I didn't know depression could be so physically painful'
MN blogger Anne Theriault - Is it really possible to raise gender neutral children?
Professor and author Temple Grandin - 'Let's build on autistic children's strengths, not focus on their deficits'
Writer Jennifer Adams - 'Why sleeping separately has been the best thing for my marriage'
Girl Talk editor Bea Appleby - 'Why we're introducing feminist ideas into a tween magazine'
MN blogger Fiona Elsted - The upheaval that private renting causes families
Employment law barrister Natasha Joffe - 'Fees for employment tribunals mean the most vulnerable have lost their access to justice'
MN blogger Matt Davis - 'Why we need Autism Awareness Day'
Blogger Kate Gross's mother Jean - How my daughter will care for her sons after she's gone
Blogger Clara Taylor-Gallop - What gay marriage means to my family
Writer Ingrid Kirkegaard - As a mother, why do I have to justify taking time for myself?
The Sutton Trust's Sophie Moullin - Parents struggling to bond with their babies need more help
Andrea Kerslake of Elliot's Footprint - Where is the support for bereaved parents?
MN blogger Jen Faulkner - How do I explain post-natal depression to my children?
Writer and ex-MP Louise Mensch - Tony Benn represented something truly valuable in this world
Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg - This is a watershed moment in the fight for a family-friendly Britain
Wendy Jones of National Numeracy - If you say 'I can't do maths', your kids probably will too
Blogger Stephanie Davies-Arai - 'Ban Bossy' is all very well - but what about the other words used to stifle girls ambitions?
Trafficking survivor Ade - I was trafficked into prostitution - and the Poppy Project helped me
Labour MP Emily Thornberry - Why Parliament needs a statue of suffragette Emily Davison
Business woman Kelly Hoppen - Female entrepreneurs are changing to face of poor communities in Kenya
Dr Sarah Jarvis - How to spot signs for ovarian cancer
Teen campaigner Fahma Mohamed - A message to Michael Gove about FGM
MN Blogger Louise Dillon - Why is society so ambivalent about stay-at-home mums?
Blogger Christina Franks - If drinking alcohol in pregnancy becomes a crime, women's bodies will no longer be their own
Alison Saunders of the Crown Prosecution Service - Despite high profile acquittals, we're right to prosecute historic rape cases
Businesswoman Joanna Shields - When I was bullied at school, home was my refuge. Today's kids have no escape.
Author Gideon Burrows - How can we persuade dads to share childcare?
Writer Emma Brockes - Uncovering the 'truth' about one's parents is a painful part of growing up
Blogger Pauline Vance-Riggens - Gossip magazines and body shaming: how Now magazine got it wrong
Laura Hurley of Brook on abortion - Pregnancy 'crisis' centres must stop misleading women
Teenager Yas Necati - The epidemic of sexual harassment in schools
Blogger Hannah Postgate - When a child has additional needs, why do we assume the mother will be the carer?
Labour MEP Mary Honeyball - Amnesty's proposal to legalise prostitution is wrong - we can't let men who exploit women off the hook
Blogger Head in Book - Benefits Street: "A squandered opportunity to understand welfare dependency"
Laywer Christine Armstong - Why is society so unsupportive of high-achieving 'power mums'?
Dr. Jane O'Connor - Apps for babies - too much, too young?
Blogger and activist Emma Burnell - To get thin after weight-loss surgery, I need to be selfish
Stonewall's Laura Doughty - Homophobia in the workplace: "gay people must be able to be themselves"
Blogger and No More Page 3 campaigner Stephanie Davies-Arai - Sensationalist reporting of 'sex crimes' - it's time we held the tabloids to account
Joe Levenson from the Dying Matters coalition - Bereavement leave: why our bosses need to recognise grief
Emma Carr of Big Brother Watch - Fingerprinting pupils in schools teaches children they have no right to privacy
Blogger Andrea Mann - Good luck with your New Year’s resolutions! Just don’t tell anyone what they are
Comedian and actress Sara Pascoe - Was 2013 a good year for women?
Blogger Lisa Jarmin - What I really want for Christmas
Blogger Mrs Tiggywinkle - Why are so many women having bad birth experiences?
Dr. Caroline Miles - Domestic violence from your teenager: children can abuse parents too
Blogger Head in Book - The gender pay gap is widening - we need to be asking why
Blogger Paola Buonadonna - Why are fewer women having children?
Lawyer Catherine Thomas - Lessons of the Michelle Young divorce case
Save the Children's Justin Forsyth - "women and children pay the price" in Central African Republic conflict
Blogger Victoria Smith - gender segregation and more general misogyny in British universities
Blogger Amanda Harrington - Susan Boyle and me: adults with Asperger's in a spinning world
Diane Abbott MP - "Nelson Mandela shaped a generation"
Prof Georgina Rippon - differences between men's and women's brains don't mean that gender stereotypes are 'true'
Researcher Jessica Datta - women's sexual behaviour is changing - has yours?
Leyla Hussein on FGM - "Making sure my daughter wasn't cut is my greatest achievement"
Blogger Glosswitch - where are the women in the BBC Sports Personality of the Year shortlist?
Blogger Sonya Cisco - Why are women so unhappy with their fanjos?
Project 28-40's Helena Morrisey - listen to women's workplace experience
Lia Latchford and Holly Dustin - stop sexist and racist music videos
Gay. Let's Get Over It. campaign:
• Headteacher Liam Nolan - "why I won't tolerate homophobic language in my school"
• Campaigner Rosie Ellingham - "the words 'you're so gay' cast a shadow over my childhood"
Author Gideon Burrows - The real reason fathers don't do more childcare? They don't want to
Philomena author Martin Sixsmith - helping a mother find the child she was forced to give up
The Disasters Emergency Committee - re-building the Philippines after devastating typhoon
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
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 pitmuffs: what it's like to grow your 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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