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Writing a blog 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

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Recent blog debates 

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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

Why I wear the niqab - and why I don't. Community activist Sahar Al-Faifi and blogger Aisha Ashraf explain their choices

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 

breastfeeding debateHas 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

June 2014 

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'

 

May 2014 

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'

 

April 2014

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'

 

March 2014

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

 

February 2014

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?

 

January 2014

Labour MEP Mary HoneyballAmnesty's proposal to legalise prostitution is wrong - we can't let men who exploit women off the hook

Blogger Head in BookBenefits Street: "A squandered opportunity to understand welfare dependency"

Laywer Christine ArmstongWhy is society so unsupportive of high-achieving 'power mums'?

Dr. Jane O'ConnorApps for babies - too much, too young?

Blogger and activist Emma BurnellTo get thin after weight-loss surgery, I need to be selfish

Sandra Mathers on Sutton Trust research - Free childcare for two year-olds: why the roll out should be postponed

Lord Saatchi "To prevent more needless cancer deaths, Doctors must be free to innovate"

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 Mrs. DGiving up alcohol: 'Dry January' wasn't enough to fix my relationship with booze

Blogger Andrea MannGood 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? 


December 2013

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 BookThe gender pay gap is widening - we need to be asking why

Meera Syal - One year on from Delhi rape-murder: what's really being done to protect women?

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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 HarringtonSusan Boyle and me: adults with Asperger's in a spinning world

Nelson MandelaDiane 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?

 

November 2013

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?

naked barbie dollsBlogger 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

working mumBlogger Glosswitchis 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

 

October 2013

Writer Filip BorevWhy are Roma people still seen as 'baby snatching gypsies'?

policeman with teensPenelope 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 DowsettAre 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

MalalaBlogger 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 Esiriwhy children need poetry in their lives

Author Jez Alboroughwriting 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

 

September 2013

Journalist and blogger Louise Tickle - "Syria's children are dying. Please - don't look away" 

Actress Sarah AlexanderWar continues to affect generations of children

armpit hairMN bloggers Cassandra ParkinFran LewisLucy 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"

 

August 2013

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 resultsA-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 HarringtonShould we be honest with our children about our past?

 

July 2013 

Blogger Bev Mattocksmy son's battle with anorexia

Shelter Chief Exec Campbell Robb"The Bank of Mum and Dad can't solve this housing crisis"

Royal babyThe 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 FioreCan 'chick lit' be feminist?

Marion BartoliAll About TransComing to terms with having a transgender son  

Rosie FioreMarion Bartoli's Wimbledon triumph was overshadowed by abuse

Blogger and campaigner Jack Monroe - "Food banks are feeding families"

 

June 2013

Labour leader Ed Miliband - 'Our culture needs to change how it portrays women'

Senator Wendy DavisJournalist 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?

online privacyEmma 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

Shadow Children's Minister Lisa Nandy - Sex and Relationship Education needs to be on the National Curriculum for all

 

May 2013

Barrister Elizabeth Prochaska - why retailers selling lads' mags could face legal action

hand stopEVAW'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 Griffithsgiving 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

 

April 2013

Parenting consultant and blogger Stephanie Davies-Arai - Page 3 is not 'innocuous'

school mealsChef 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 

Zoe Williams - smacking: a profoundly idiotic way to deal with someone you love

Leave Our Kids Alone campaign - time for a total ban on ads targeting young children?

Economist David Boyle - why the middle class faces extinction

school teacher classProf 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

Munira Mirza - defending the government's planned changes to the national curriculum

Blogger Rachel Coldbreath - press are wrong to link Philpott tragedy to 'benefits culture'

 

March 2013

Blogger and mother of one Stephanie Pomfrett - one-child families are on the rise

Boris JohnsonBlogger 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 leaveMaternity 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'

Amnesty UK's Kate Allen - "don't abandon the women of Afghanistan"

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
 

One Billion Rising

February 2013

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
 

January 2013

New Scientist journalist Linda Geddes - 'the science bit' of pregnancy and birth 

Blog debate: the government's childcare shake-up

 • childcare numbersLiz 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  

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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

Hamley's toy bear

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 

 

Guest blogs from the 2012 London Mayoral candidates:   

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Bloggers bust rape myths for the We Believe You campaign:

 

2011 guest blogs 

Annie LennoxAnnie 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 

 

 

Last updated: 28-Jul-2014 at 5:25 PM