The dad who gave birth: Being pregnant doesn’t change me being a trans man

Transitioning meant that Freddy McConnell finally felt comfortable in his skin. Then he began a quest to conceive and carry his own child Freddy McConnell takes out his phone and shows me a film of his baby snoring contentedly. Jack is gorgeous, with blond hair, blue eyes and heavy eyelids, and McConnell is the classic doting dad albeit more hands-on than most. Its a year since he gave birth to Jack, an experience he describes as life-changing. He has also made an intimate and moving film about that experience, from the decision to have a baby, through pregnancy and the delivery. Everything is documented in close-up, including Jacks arrival in a hospital birthing pool. You might expect McConnell to be …

Murder on the allotment: ‘She was everything that he wanted to be’

She was the respected allotment committee secretary, he was an ambitious fellow plot holder: why did he kill her? In a corner of London, close to the busy Edgware Road, there is a secret garden. Tucked away on a residential street, the gate has the words Colindale Gardens and

A feminist’s guide to raising boys

Before I became a mother, I thought my feminism was a battle fought and won. But having three sons has challenged everything Its always the things you think will be a doddle that end up causing most heartache. When I was asked to write about being a feminist and a mother to three boys, I imagined dashing off something witty, yet touching and wise, and never thought for a moment Id end up losing my temper (several times) or in tears, or storming away from meals, and feeling like a failure. Did not see that coming. How do you raise boys? My extremely authoritative sources for this article were: my friends; my children (I interviewed two of them, but the …