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Sex, drink, drugs and the wrong knickers – why Bryony is right to want love and babies

Published 16/06/2014 | 02:30

Writer Bryony Gordon with her daughter, Edie, at home in
Clapham, south London.
Writer Bryony Gordon with her daughter, Edie, at home in Clapham, south London.

Bryony Gordon has been getting some stick from feminists because she's claimed that what most young women really, really want is a nice boyfriend, and, if lucky, a baby.

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"It's amazing," she has written. "In 21st Century Britain you can write about taking cocaine and having an affair with a married man, but what really gets people going is the fact that you want to settle down and have a family."

But then, isn't that just what feminists struggled to get away from? All that stuffy conventional wisdom about the purpose of a woman's life being to find a good man and "settle down"? Today, women have choices. And to choose to be autonomous, independent and lead your own life as you please is just as valid – and more admirable – than the dreary traditional search for Mr Right.

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