Woman's Hour

BBC Radio 4

Health, Kids & Family, News & Politics

The programme that offers a female perspective on the world


Iris Murdoch, Coil contraceptive, Parenting girls

August 24th, 2015

Episode 340 of 721 episodes

As Girlguiding UK releases new research on the mental well-being of women and girls from 7 to 21, do the concerns of parents match up with the issues that worry their daughters? We hear the views of 12 and 13 year-olds, and Emma is joined by James Davies the managing director of Childwise Research and parenting educator Susie Hayman. Woman's Hour's drama this week adapts Iris Murdoch's novel, A Severed Head. We learn more about her life, her writing and her philosophical ideas with Anne Rowe, associate professor of English Literature and director of the Iris Murdoch Archive Project at Kingston University, and the writer and journalist Bidisha. In the latest in the series on men and relationships, Suzi Godson looks at what retirement can mean for couples. David Ainger, who is just over 80-years-old and a retired Barrister, describes the challenges of retirement, the ingredients of his long and happy marriage of 51 years to Elizabeth, and thinking ahead to a time when one of them may be widowed. And the contraceptive coil, more women are having them fitted. And whilst some women swear by theirs', others had no idea how painful it would be. So how much does it hurt? And do the doctors tell us? The programme asks Dr Kate Armitage, a GP in student surgery in Leeds, and Dr Sam Hutt, a GP and researcher from the Margaret Pyke centre. Presenter: Emma Barnett Producer: Helen Fitzhenry.