Friday, November 22, 2019

Julie Lynn

Julie Lynn
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Julie Lynn, a former journalist, teacher and full time mother, currently tutors teenagers in English and French.

When humour dare not show its face

There’s a poem by Simon Armitage in his 1993 collection Book of Matches that starts like this: My father thought it bloody queer the day I...

It’s hot. Get over it

Here we go again. The moaners, the whingers, the wilters and all those people who are always there to say that government needs to...

Dry your tears, gay dad, and get on with caring for baby

What a forlorn and unpromising tale of fatherhood was shared recently by stay-at-home gay dad Matthew Jenkin. So distressed was he after his experience...

Why Generation Facebook can’t avoid the baby blues

Once upon a time, say 25 years ago, women had babies. As with all everyday miracles, it was both a big deal and not...

Shouldn’t motherhood be the greatest prize for Serena and Co?

When John McEnroe had one of his Wimbledon meltdowns many years ago, the matter was eventually brought to a conclusion by the properly minimal...

Don’t ban school skirts – just lengthen them

There’s a funny scene in Slaves of New York, a mid-1980s novel by American writer Tama Janowitz, where the narrator is in a beauty...

Memo to headteachers: Time’s up for mobiles in schools

There’s a 13-year-old boy in Jonathan Safran Foer’s novel Here I Am who spends a lot of his time in ‘Other Life’. This is...

Trust the Left to get it dead wrong about dead white males

Dead white males are back in the news. That’s right. Because as John Humphreys said on the Today programme recently, probably having seen Ann...

Girl? Boys? Don’t dare say those four-letter words!

Many years ago I was a sixth-former at a boys’ school that admitted girls to study for A-levels. In one of the early French...

Men are being emasculated, not infantilised

It’s practically a heretical stance nowadays to suggest that evolutionary biology has bequeathed the nurturing instinct more to mothers than to fathers. Now the...

BBC’s Breakfast menu of gender-gap claptrap

Good old BBC Breakfast, the flagship programme increasingly, it seems, aimed at six-year-olds. Yesterday, as there was breaking news of the death of Stephen...

There is an answer to obesity, Jamie. It’s called cookery classes

I’ve just checked the definition of the word ‘logic’. The New Oxford Dictionary says it is ‘reasoning conducted or assessed according to strict principles...

When app stands for appalling – Facebook for six-year-olds

It’s hard to think of a single good thing to say about the news that Facebook has developed a new app aimed at children....

When Dad misses work to tend a sick child, it’s often Mum who suffers

When Lady Macbeth expresses her concern that the main man may not be up to the job of despatching the king, ‘too full o’...

Wake up, sisterhood – the last thing battered women need is a trans in the refuge

Here’s a question. What kind of trans woman do you have to be to decide that the only job you really want, the only...

The wimmin-friendly Web that the Guardian would weave

A few years ago Germaine Greer took to task a female porn film director (apparently an ex-LibDem MP) who was doing her best to...

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