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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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Why honouring a woman's post-birth body is a profound act thumbnail

Why honouring a woman’s post-birth body is a profound act

It says a lot about how women are valued when an ageing and post-baby body is regarded as breaking the marriage contract.

Could this be the real reason your boss emails you outside business hours? thumbnail
Could this be the real reason your boss emails you outside business hours?

There’s just one problem with this approach: it doesn’t work. It’s a disaster.


The gender pay gap won't budge as long as we keep talking about 'merit' thumbnail
The gender pay gap won’t budge as long as we keep talking about ‘merit’

A man takes a year off to travel and is promoted… on merit, of course.


Stereotype-free advertising for kids sounds good, but how about no advertising? thumbnail

Stereotype-free advertising for kids sounds good, but how about no advertising?

Britain has banned ads that reinforce gender stereotypes, but Kasey Edwards thinks parents should go further.

My grandmother could have taught me valuable life lessons, instead she taught me body shame thumbnail
My grandmother could have taught me valuable life lessons, instead she taught me body shame

I have no doubt that my grandmother loved me, but as an adult I see how warped and toxic this expression of love was.


Why is a 'sugar daddy' funded education being sold as empowering to women? thumbnail
Why is a ‘sugar daddy’ funded education being sold as empowering to women?

Businesses are appropriating sex-positive language to exploit women


Spelling has nothing to do with intelligence, so why do we keep acting like it does? thumbnail

Spelling has nothing to do with intelligence, so why do we keep acting like it does?

I can’t spell, but that hasn’t stopped her pumping out five books while writing a weekly column.

Do parents have a say in when their teens start having sex? thumbnail

Do parents have a say in when their teens start having sex?

“When will you let your daughters have sex?” asked a friend who has teenage daughters and is mulling over her own policy on the subject.

Men: It's time to stop using the Daughter Card as a get-out-of-harassment free card thumbnail

Men: It’s time to stop using the Daughter Card as a get-out-of-harassment free card

Aside from the fact that the Daughter Card is starting to look a bit tattered from all the overuse, you have to ask: do these men have any capacity for empathy?

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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Lisa Wilkinson's exit from Channel Nine is far from a victory for women thumbnail

Lisa Wilkinson’s exit from Channel Nine is far from a victory for women

This is the crucial message from the ‘Lisa Wilkinson stood up to Channel Nine’ story.

'Too pretty': I had to dye my hair brown to be taken seriously at work thumbnail
‘Too pretty’: I had to dye my hair brown to be taken seriously at work

I was told I lacked credibility with a client because of being “too pretty and feminine”.


Why we need to be realistic about 'the sisterhood' thumbnail
Why we need to be realistic about ‘the sisterhood’

Former Channel Seven reporter Amy Taeuber recently wrote about feeling “betrayed by the sisterhood”.


My daughters are beautiful, but I never tell them so thumbnail
My daughters are beautiful, but I never tell them so

I’m not depriving my daughters of feeling good, I’m teaching them their value lies elsewhere.


Girls are told to speak up, women, not so much thumbnail
Girls are told to speak up, women, not so much

We spend a lot of time telling girls to speak up and make their voices heard. But what happens when they grow up and act on this advice?


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Pregnant women aren’t stupid, and weight gain isn’t a simple choice

Food consumption and weight gain is presented to many pregnant women as a simple choice. It isn’t.

Here's how men can fight for workplace flexibility (if they really want it) thumbnail

Here’s how men can fight for workplace flexibility (if they really want it)

My question to all the men who insist they do in fact want workplace flexibility: What are you doing about it?

Why I don't believe men when they say they want flexibility at work thumbnail

Why I don’t believe men when they say they want flexibility at work

It’s time we call the standard retort “men would love to do more at home but their hands are tied” what it is: an excuse.

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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I threw away the bathroom scales and never looked back thumbnail

I threw away the bathroom scales and never looked back

Not only is regular weighing bad for our mental health, it’s also terrible for our physical health.

Text messages for dads show how low the bar for fatherhood is set thumbnail
Text messages for dads show how low the bar for fatherhood is set

If there were ever a case of treating gangrene with a Band-Aid, it’s a new app called SMS4dads.


If only I had the power to cancel Mother's Day, I would thumbnail
If only I had the power to cancel Mother’s Day, I would

Women don’t deserve a “day off”, they deserve to be treated better.


Why mothers shouldn't feel guilty about wanting to work thumbnail

Why mothers shouldn’t feel guilty about wanting to work

An extract from my new book GUILT TRIP.

The upside of having a mum who is 'never there' thumbnail
The upside of having a mum who is ‘never there’

Why I refuses to feel guilty for missing the odd school event.


The sad reason why many mothers take selfies with their kids thumbnail
The sad reason why many mothers take selfies with their kids

No, it’s not to do with narcissism, but something more insidious.


Is my belief that 'things will be better for my daughters' a delusion? thumbnail

Is my belief that ‘things will be better for my daughters’ a delusion?

Research indicating millennial men want stay at home wives suggests gender parity may be further away than we thought.

Why I refuse to feel guilty for sending my kids to childcare thumbnail

Why I refuse to feel guilty for sending my kids to childcare

“Childcare is child abuse.” That’s what I was told from an early age.

Personal choice? The uncomfortable reason why I shave my legs thumbnail

Personal choice? The uncomfortable reason why I shave my legs

I hate that removing my body hair is a requirement for being an acceptable woman … but I still do it.