Hillary Clinton, misogyny and how ’empowerment’ is warping our views on actual power.

You can safely assume that if an activity is described as ‘empowering’ no one in any actual position of authority will be going anywhere near it. Creating a Tumblr of photos of your ‘bikini body journey?’ Empowering! Yet we are unlikely to ever hear the President gushing, “I’m feeling so empowered by these nuclear launch codes……”

I’ve started writing regularly for Time.com. This is my first piece, about Hillary Clinton, misogyny and how ’empowerment’ has become the “sparkly pink consolation prize for the gender that has been consistently excluded from actual power.” I’d love it if you could read and share on Facebook, Twitter etc. Thank you!

Read it here

And of course, if you want more, then why not order my book?  Here if you are in the UK and here for US readers.   Thanks so much.

Money can buy you happiness: Suggesting otherwise is borderline offensive

We are deeply attached to the idea that money can’t buy us happiness.  But the evidence shows that it is almost completely false.  And really, suggesting otherwise is bordering on the offensive.  This is my new piece for the Guardian opinion.  Would love it if you would read and share on Facebook/ Twitter etc.  Thank you!

Read the piece here

And if you want to read more about why our obsession with happiness is making us anxious, why not order my book!

The subtle sexism of the cleaning self-help cult

“There’s no question that most of us feel a bit brighter when the house isn’t a tip, but this cultural conflation of cleaning and inner bliss raises serious questions about the strangely limited aspirations many women are trained to have for our own happiness.

While men are conditioned to dream big – to see their happiness in terms of adventure and travel, sex and ideas and long nights of hilarity – women are now encouraged to find deep fulfilment in staying home to origami our underwear.”

Read my new article on The Pool about our obsession with cleaning self help and what it means for women.  If you like it, (or if you don’t!) please share on Facebook or Twitter.

And if you want to read more about the happiness industry and why it’s making us feel inadequate and anxious- why not order my book!

Women don’t need to stop apologising- men need to start.

Check out my new piece on The Pool, about women and apologising, and why this constant critique of women apologising is sexist in itself.  I would love it if you would click, read, and share on Facebook or Twitter.  Thank you!

“……This critique of the apology is part of a wider phenomenon, in which things associated with girls or women, from the colour pink to domestic labour, are consistently assigned a lower cultural value than those associated with boys or men. Fashion, say, is vain and shallow, while football is basically an offshoot of existentialism. Girls are routinely encouraged to “be anything a boy can be”, whereas even committed feminists recoil at the idea of urging a boy to be more like a girl.

The current anti-apologising crusade is pretty typical of this subtly toxic gender hierarchy, and it’s bothersome, not just because it can easily slide into yet another way to blame women for wider structural issues of discrimination, such as unequal pay. Because, broadly speaking, apologising is something we should be encouraging, not condemning. Saying sorry is a mark of consideration for others feelings, of taking responsibility for our own actions. Perhaps women shouldn’t be apologising less – men should be apologising more…..”

Read the whole piece here

And if you want to read on this topic and many others, why not order my book

Is crack the key to happiness?

I did an interview with the Anton Savage Show on Irish Radio station Today FM which was broadcast this morning.  It was a lot of fun chewing over some of the big questions I discuss in my book, The Pursuit of Happiness and Why It’s Making Us Anxious – why parents are unhappy compared to people without kids, why Mormons are the happiest people in America and the dark secrets of the strange ‘happiness city’ I visited in the Nevada desert.  Although I fear I might have accidentally suggested at the end that the key to happiness is crack.  Oops.  It sounds better when you say it in an Irish accent.

 

You can listen to the podcast here., and if you want to read more, you can order the book here, or buy it in any good bookshop.  Thanks!

 

I’m a cartoon!

Well, I think life is probably going to be all downhill from this point… I’m the featured subject of this week’s First Draft’s Cartoon in Private Eye!  (and weirdly it feels as though the cartoonist must have had a surveillance camera in our house for the whole of last year…)

 

private eye

 

If you want to see the results of all that bleary eyed resentful typing, you can order the book here

Why parents are less happy than people with kids- my new piece on the Guardian

My new piece on the Guardian talks about why parents are less happy than the childfree, and what we might be able to do about this.

Read it here!

And if you are interested in reading more about why our obsession with happiness is making us anxious and miserable, you can order my book here.