Posts Tagged ‘Self determination’

The Death of Youth Culture

Sunday, September 12th, 2010

  I imagine it began in some sleek committee room of an advertising agency, sometime in the mid-eighties. An assortment of bright young things, creamed from the best universities were harvested by intensely attentive, steepled-fingered executives, to brainstorm the febrile potential of the then, relatively unexploited ‘youth market’. From this, sprang the normative tool of […]

Polyamory: A male perspective

Friday, August 13th, 2010

There was a Jeffrey Archer novel I read as a kid where the main character was musing on the nature of marriage. A rich playboy, he surmised that if he could have a hundred horses and a hundred homes around the world, why could he not therefore have a hundred women. Welcome to the world […]

Two for the price of The One

Monday, August 9th, 2010

  Two, three, four – maybe more! People; welcome to the colourful world of Polyamory! No: this is not some inane introduction to the latest sensation in children’s TV (to rival the success of the peerless Teletubbies); polyamory is the acceptance and practice of non-monogamy, which those among you with a smattering of Greek and Latin […]


I am Woman…part one

Sunday, March 14th, 2010

To what extent are you born a woman…and to what extent do you become one? It seems like an unusual question to ask but a recent visit to the Wellcome Collection’s exhibition, ‘Identity: Eight rooms, Nine lives’ challenges the very idea of gender and sex as fixed, immutable facts of biology. The biological determinant of […]


Till death us do part?

Thursday, February 25th, 2010

You meet the ‘one’. Fall in love. Get married. Live happily ever after… Yet even as a child, when the fairy tale rounded to its tidy conclusion and the pages closed shut, I was left with a lingering set of doubts which could neither be silenced nor clearly articulated. In the current social climate, I […]

Knocked up and out of the Game?

Saturday, February 6th, 2010

The proposition to raise the amount of paternity leave available to fathers signals recognition of the desire of some men to take on more involvement in bringing up their children. This has cast a new angle on the ‘conflict’ between raising a family and serving the interests of business; with business leaders and owners of […]