The Fifty Minute Hour

Thoughts on therapy and life

What Does a Feminist Mother Look Like? | Johanna Sartori

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mother and babyjulySo I’ve been thinking a lot lately about what it means to be both a feminist and a mother, can you really have it all, or does something have to give?  Then I got slightly incensed by Katie Hopkin’s latest proclamation that two weeks maternity leave is perfectly adequate, and put pen to paper (well, fingers to keyboard). The result is over at the Huffington Post, but you can click the link below to see it.

What Does a Feminist Mother Look Like? | Johanna Sartori.

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Rugby, motherhood and therapy.

rugbySo, picture the scene, a bunch of pre-teen girls are playing their first national final in a Rugby tournament. It’s 130 miles away from home and only a handful of parents have made the journey to watch. They win one, lose one, and have to win the third to progress out of the group stages. They are out classed and out sized in this final match, but sheer determination and a refusal to give up see them edge into the lead, and their star player is making a run for the try line that will make victory unassailable when she is tackled and falls awkwardly with her opponent on top. Continue reading

Love Affair: Leslie Kenton

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Love Affair by Leslie Kenton

Love Affair by Leslie Kenton

Leslie Kenton describes herself as a writer, nutritionist, broadcaster, lecturer, shamanic teacher and social activist. You might know her from any of her books, TV appearances or through her work on the Origins skin care range. However she is also the daughter of Stan Kenton, the talented yet troubled (aren’t they all?) post war American Jazz musician.

Love Affair is the story of her life, her relationship with her adored father, and how at the age of 10, he raped her and began their sexual relationship which was to last for several years. View the pictures →

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Botox as a cure for depression?

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Woman getting botox

Woman getting botox

Let’s face it, Botox won’t make us happier by Psychologist Jay Watts in the Guardian (11/3/13) was an excellent response to a recent and disturbing trend in academic thinking, namely that if you can’t show it, you don’t feel it. View the pictures →

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Romantic Love?

Safe from stormy seas

Safe from stormy seas

Ah Valentines Day! Overpriced flowers, restaurant tables and an abundance of red tackiness; Meg Barker in her video  talks about how Valentines Day doesn’t speak to anyone who isn’t in a monogamous heterosexual relationship with just one other person. But I wonder if those of us who in are in that category feel similarly alienated by this annual display of romance? Continue reading