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Ruth Whippman
Ruth Whippman is British writer, living in the US. She is the author of The Pursuit of Happiness and Why It's Making Us Anxious (Hutchinson, Penguin) The Sunday Times review of the book described her as a "whip-sharp British Bill Bryson." The book will be released in the United States on October 4th 2016 by St Martin's Press, Macmillan. You can pre-order the US edition here. Her humorous essays, op-eds and blogs have appeared in various publications including The New York Times The Guardian, The Independent, The Pool, Glamour Magazine and The F-Word. She has been interviewed numerous times for radio, newspapers and magazines.

Entries by Ruth Whippman

Why Governments Should Stay Out of the Happiness Business

(2) Comments | Posted March 24, 2016 | 12:40 AM

Denmark is yet again the happiest country in the world, claims the UN's annual hit- parade of the world's most contented nations, with the rest of Scandinavia in hot pursuit, providing another welcome opportunity for middle-class liberals like me to sink back into our fake mid-century modern sofas and expound...

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Is Pinterest Making a Misery Out of Motherhood?

(14) Comments | Posted December 9, 2014 | 4:37 PM

I am profoundly grateful to the Great IT Department of the Cosmos for waiting to invent social media until I was a good decade clear of my teenage years. The relief that my every adolescent haircut, lovelorn confession and non-rhyming poem has not been archived for eternity at Facebook's corporate...

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How Corporate America Is Turning Into a Cult and Why It's Harming the American Employee

(71) Comments | Posted November 24, 2012 | 5:24 PM

I used to work for a large organization. One afternoon, all the staff in my department were herded into a giant conference room, and informed that due to budget cuts within the year over half of us present would lose our jobs. Fresh from a leadership course at the University...

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Want Your Kids to Grow Up Thinking Men Are More Important Than Women? Read Them Children's Books

(19) Comments | Posted October 9, 2012 | 7:00 PM

It's amazing how much routine sexism we regularly feed our kids via their reading material. Strange as it may seem, research suggests that a female has a greater chance of securing a seat on the board of a Fortune 500 company, in congress or in the senate than she does...

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UK Abortion Law Needs an Urgent Re-Think Before We Turn Into America

(66) Comments | Posted April 11, 2012 | 7:00 PM

The collective preoccupation with abortion in the United States always seemed, to a British observer, to be a bit like cheeseburger soup or Rick Santorum - one of those passing American curiosities that, although vaguely unsettling, is never really going to affect life as we know it in...

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Why Women in the Media Get a Raw Deal

(8) Comments | Posted April 4, 2012 | 11:12 AM

When Samantha Brick paraded through the Daily Mail wearing a sandwich board saying "SAVAGE ME "this week, she put the issue of women's role in the media squarely back on the agenda. For me, the furore coincided with the rarest of pleasures for the mother of a toddler- a plane...

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The Moral Hypocrisy of Party Funding Debates

(0) Comments | Posted March 27, 2012 | 8:00 PM

Britain's 90th richest man, and eponymous founder of the Peter Cruddas Foundation, dedicated to the "development of... lasting qualities of good citizenship" is now entering his third day of unemployment. Peter 'Cash for Access' Cruddas was forced to resign his position as Conservative Party Treasurer on Sunday, after an unfortunate...

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Mother's Day Musing: Why I Will Never Write About My Kids

(1) Comments | Posted March 18, 2012 | 12:27 PM

It's strange, given their intensity, how fleeting human emotions can be. Feelings that are gut-wrenchingly powerful when they first hit, almost always disappear without trace as time passes.

My mind now can't conjure up even a dim imprint of the bone-crushing despair I felt when my post-college boyfriend broke...

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Anyone Who Thinks the Private Sector is More Efficient Has Never Called a Call Centre

(4) Comments | Posted March 8, 2012 | 9:18 PM

If Hell is personalised for the individual, like the Google ads that make a sinister appearance when you start typing an email ("Buy Dear Mum at discount prices!") then the Brimstone Committee already has my bespoke afterlife earmarked. I will be spending eternity attempting to accomplish a minor routine task...

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When Religion Enters Politics Women are the Losers

(39) Comments | Posted March 1, 2012 | 6:00 PM

There are few arguments more pointless than the on-going battle between religious groups and so-called 'new' atheists trying to 'out-atrocity' each other.

"Call yourselves moral? What about the Crusades?"

"Ha! But your side has Stalin!" Kerpow.

The whole thing is reminiscent of Godwin's Law, the...

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