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Kasey Edwards is an author and commentator. She has written two volumes of memoir, 30-Something and Over It and 30-Something and the Clock is Ticking. She writes a column for Daily Life.


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30-Something and the Clock is Ticking

When Kasey Edwards discovers she’ll be infertile within a year, she is forced to bring the baby issue to the forefront of her mind. In 30-Something and the Clock Is Ticking, she explores what motherhood would mean to her identity, her career, her body, her relationships and her mental health.
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30-Something and Over It

30-Something and Over It

Kasey Edwards has everything she’s always wanted: a successful career and the lifestyle and assets to match. But she’s empty and uninspired and doesn’t want to go to work . . . Ever again.

Terrified that she’ll spend the rest of her life wearing pinstripes and pretending to care about ‘adding value’, Kasey embarks on a quest to rediscover passion and purpose in her life and work.

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OMG! That’s not my…

If you have kids, you’ll be familiar with the ‘That’s Not My’ series from Usborne. Now try the adult parody versions: OMG! That’s Not My Husband and OMG! That’s Not My Child.


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From good to bad: Manners that have fallen out of favour

A memo to the clueless-yet-well-meaning folk about old-school social etiquette that’s now just plain offensive.

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Do we really have to love every moment of parenting?

The pressure to pretend that mothering is 100 per cent pure joy 100 per cent of the time is oppressive.


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Why I never wanted to be a mother

Don’t get me wrong, it’s not that I didn’t want children. I desperately wanted to have my own children. It was just the whole motherhood part of the deal that I struggled with.


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I miss being sexually attractive

In my 20s, I made the mistake of confusing my f–kability with my credibility.



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Corporate Bro Code: The one thing that matters more than profits

It’s been almost a decade since the Catalyst report was published, showing that Fortune 500 companies with female board members outperform those that don’t. But rather than encourage women, many companies are still positively hostile towards them.

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When mothers are considered no better than graduates

For many women, having kids is like landing on the longest snake in life’s game of Snakes & Ladders. You spend years slogging your way up the career ladders, only to land on the motherhood snake and be forced right back to the beginning of the board.

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Why I don’t want my daughter to be a footy fan

Football would screech to a halt if not for the labour of women at every level of the game. Yet women are only really welcome on the sidelines: as supports to men and boys, to stroke their egos, and to be objectified as WAGs.

Not ‘getting it’ is no longer an excuse for sexism

When it comes to excusing adults for discriminating against women and girls, perpetuating out-dated and damaging stereotypes, causing offence, abuse and bodily harm, playing the ignorance card just doesn’t cut it.

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Why we should teach young girls to code

Why we should teach young girls to code thumbnail

Unless we take deliberate steps to teach girls to code, digital literacy will continue to be the domain of men and boys.


Why is there still such a reluctance to give a child the mother’s last name?

Paternal baby-naming is not just some quaint little tradition that’s not worth thinking about, let alone questioning. When you combine it with the equally antiquated tradition of family name legacy, it’s part of the systematic erasure of girls’ and women’s identities and, along with it, their value.

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Why I’m teaching my daughter to say ‘yes’

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We talk about the importance of teaching girls that it’s okay to say “no”. But what about saying yes?


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What Jamie Oliver doesn’t get about breastfeeding

Message to Jamie Oliver: For many women, breastfeeding isn’t a choice. And if you want to “help mothers and babies” first need to understand that.


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When dads get praised for taking carer’s leave

A woman’s time is almost universally regarded as less important than a man’s. Or, it’s only valued when it’s in the service of others. And therefore it’s the first to be sacrificed or rescheduled.


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Which gender pays a higher price for office romance?

Our attitudes towards men who date more powerful women says a lot about how women are used to define masculinity. A lower status woman helps to make a man appear and feel powerful and valid. A higher status woman does the opposite.


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How kids are taught to devalue motherhood

Men are unlikely to step up and share the burden of domestic work when even a six-year-old thinks it’s the dud option.


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What to say when your daughter asks ‘Do you think I’m cute?’

By being cute, girls and women participate in their own oppression by forfeiting the opportunity to be taken seriously. Here’s how to reject the culture of cute.


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Why do doctors need to know your marital status for IUDs?

For generations, a woman’s marital status has been used to cast judgement and aspersions on her moral character and worth. And when the medical procedure is about contraception, you have to question whether there is still a stigma attached.


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Why does society vilify mothers who leave their families?

When it comes to social sins, is there anything worse than a woman who leaves her kids? It’s such a taboo that there are no extenuating circumstance to excuse it.


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What to do when you witness sexist parenting

The expectation that women and girls should be silent is perhaps the most damaging gender stereotype of all. My daughters and their little friends need to see models of women who refuse to be silent.


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Why asking women to ‘end mummy wars’ is flawed

Labelling the judgement and criticism that mothers face on a daily basis as a “mommy war” reduces a complex social and economic problem to a simple matter of women not knowing how to behave themselves.


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Classic movie lessons about romance for my daughters

Classic movies are a treasure trove of relationship advice, particularly when it comes to spotting manipulation and abuse dressed up as romance.