Episode 29: Anna Whitehouse

Spinning Plates with Sophie Ellis-Bextor

By Sophie Ellis-Bextor

Episode 29: Anna Whitehouse

Monday, 19 April

Anna Whitehouse is a journalist, author and radio presenter and the

founder of Mother Pukka, 'a platform for people who happen to be

parents'. She is a long-term campaigner in the fight for flexible

working for everyone.

We talked about the concept of family and how you can get trapped into

believing that 2.4 children and a white picket fence equals happiness;

we discussed flexible working hours and how other countries do it

better (yes I'm talking about the Netherlands and Sweden again!) and

we agreed that it is time to end the 1950s hapless dad trope - or as

she put it, "men don't want to just spunk and leave, they want to


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