Ann Farmer

Ann Farmer

Ann Farmer is the author of By Their Fruits: Eugenics, Population Control, and the Abortion Movement (Catholic University of America, 2008).

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Ann Farmer’s thought for today: There’s no need to be bad, girls

Lucy Elphinstone, headmistress of the leading private girls’ school Francis Holland School in London, says that ‘sensitive’ girls should be taught ‘banter’ at school to toughen them up for the world of work. She believes they should be helped to overcome ‘the curse of the good girl’ and taught to ‘wing it’ so they are […]

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A thought for today: The rooms they are a-changing

The clothing retail chain Topshop has announced it now has gender-neutral changing rooms ‘following growing pressure from customers’ – mainly performance artist Travis Alabanza, identifying as ‘trans feminine’, who complained after being requested to use a male changing room. Judging from the accompanying photographs, Travis Alabanza is not a transsexual undergoing hormone therapy or surgery, […]

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A thought for today: Suffer little transsexuals

The President of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, Dr Richard Paulson, says that society should prepare itself for the arrival of the first babies born to transsexual mothers. Dismissing ‘problems’ such as men having the wrong sort of pelvis, he maintains that there will be ‘trans’ women who want to have a uterus and […]

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Ann Farmer: Halloween’s sinister shadow

The BBC Radio 4 Today team greeted the 60th anniversary of Thought for the Day with the kind of weary surprise commonly reserved for popular but superstitious practices supposed by all intelligent people to have died out long ago. One would think that those in the news business would welcome any reassurance that the world […]

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A thought for today: Guilty until proved innocent

The focus on sexual pestering in showbusiness, beginning with the Harvey Weinstein scandal, has shifted to the world of Westminster. Heads are already beginning to roll, with Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon admitting to ‘inappropriate conduct’ with journalist Julia Hartley-Brewer. She had refused to name him, saying she had dealt with the incident years ago, […]

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A thought for today: O come all ye faithless

Radio 4’s Today team, far from celebrating the 60th anniversary of Thought for the Day, have greeted it with criticism, seeing it as ‘deeply boring’. They resent having to ‘broadcast nearly three minutes of uninterrupted religion, given that rather more than half our population have no religion at all’ (Telegraph, October 31, 2017). As ‘God […]

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