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Kids? Just say no

You don’t have to dislike children to see the harms done by having them. There is a moral case against procreation

David Benatar

War in the womb

A ferocious biological struggle between mother and baby belies any sentimental ideas we might have about pregnancy

Suzanne Sadedin

Family Life
Lock up your wives!

Advice columns from decades past provide a chilling glimpse into the horrors of marriage counselling before feminism

Rebecca Onion

Childhood & Adolescence
The great forgetting

Our first three years are usually a blur and we don’t remember much before age seven. What are we hiding from ourselves?

Kristin Ohlson

Family Life
Endless love

We no longer expect passion to last a lifetime, but some couples do stay in love to the end. What’s their secret?

Aaron Ben-Zeev

Family Life
Fertility fog

Women in their 30s and 40s exhibit a mix of wishful thinking and woeful ignorance when it comes to their fertility. Why?

Amy Klein

Childhood & Adolescence

Living with your parents, single and with no clear career. Is this a failure to grow up or a whole new stage of life?

Jeffrey Jensen Arnett

Sexual Health

The intensity of orgasm is sublime, but the gentle love cocktail that follows is what helps relationships to endure

Tove K Danovich

Demography & Migration
The marriage calculus

Women with money and education tend to get and stay married in America. Why aren’t working-class women the same?

Naomi Cahn & June Carbone

Meaning & the Good Life
Dreadful dads

Few of the great existentialists had children. How can their philosophy help with the anxiety and dread of fatherhood?

John Kaag & Clancy Martin

Childhood & Adolescence
Praise them!

Everyone thinks that too much praise can turn children into entitled monsters but the science isn’t nearly that simple

Carlin Flora

The death of my father

When someone close to you dies, the very fabric of your life is ripped to shreds. Is philosophy any consolation?

Julian Baggini

Stories & Literature
Books for life

There is something deeply revealing about the books one truly loves in childhood and adolescence

Adam Gidwitz

Rituals & Celebrations
Mrs Myself

Self-marriage promises love and fulfilment – but is it a radical act or a depressing concession to self-absorption?

Polina Aronson

Family Life
Is that my baby?

Sperm donation is socially acceptable but donor eggs still provoke a wave of unease about blood relations and motherhood

Amy Klein

Childhood & Adolescence
My children, my life

Is our culture quietly hostile to something deeply important – loving our children in a genuine and attentive way?

Helen Hayward

Cognition & Intelligence
About a boy

Movies and memoirs give us a romantic view of living with a child with Asperger’s but the reality is very different

Kent Miller

Love & Friendship
The modern wedding

A white gown, a grand reception, a multi-tiered cake – the stuff of a traditional wedding or something else entirely?

Beth Montemurro

Childhood & Adolescence
Growing up alien

John Mack was a Harvard scientist who took extra-terrestrial abduction seriously. Is he the reason I like misfits?

Alexa Clay


There is nothing so horrific as child murder, yet it’s ubiquitous in human history. What drives a parent to kill a baby?

Sandra Newman

Family Life
Latte pappas

Sweden’s hands-on dads represent an alternative male form forged by lowered testosterone and the potent hormones of attachment

Richard W Orange