Natalie Reilly

Natalie Reilly

Writer, Daily Life

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Food memes

What those 'I Heart Junk Food' memes really say about us

It's become fashionable for women to declare our love for 'bad' food - but what are we really saying?, asks Natalie Reilly.

Natalie Reilly It's become fashionable for women to declare our love for 'bad' food - but what are we actually saying?, asks Natalie Reilly.

The Devil Wears Prada

How 'The Devil Wears Prada' paved the way for ambitious women onscreen

Why do horrible bosses (like The Devil Wears Prada's Miranda Priestly) survive and often thrive in the workplace?

Natalie Reilly On its 10th anniversary, Natalie Reilly explores the hit film's underrated feminist legacy.

Parenting zen

Why my smartphone is my parenting lifeline


Natalie Reilly "I'm not always making prolonged eye contact with my kids... and I'll not be judged over it," writes Natalie Reilly.

Natalie Reilly

What we can learn about modern parenting from this viral GIF of the Royals

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Princess Charlotte, Prince George, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh stand on the balcony of Buckingham Palace during the Trooping the Colour, this year marking the Queen's 90th birthday.

Natalie Reilly "What is obvious from the now-famous gif of the Queen scolding William is that Her Majesty places a higher value on protocol than parenting," writes Natalie Reilly.


Forget FOMO, I prefer the Joy of Missing Out

Natalie Reilly As winter descends, more and more of us are content – if not downright delighted – to be propped up on our couches, bingeing on TV and junk food.

25th anniversary

How 'Thelma & Louise' ushered in a new, exciting version of mainstream feminism

Natalie Reilly "To say that Thelma & Louise broke open the cultural assumptions of the time is not an exaggeration," writes Natalie Reilly, as the iconic film celebrates its 25th anniversary.

Queen Bee

Why Beyonce is unlike any other pop star alive

Natalie Reilly "In Beyonce we have a person who is wholly unafraid of power," writes Natalie Reilly.

Office spouse

Why on earth do people have 'work spouses'?

Natalie Reilly Perhaps the question should be: what or whom are you avoiding at home?

The bro code

We need to talk about how patriarchy also pressures men to be 'likeable'

Natalie Reilly We frequently agonise over how 'likeable' women should be, but men also face pressure to conform - in ways that are especially devastating for women.

Are men only attracted to smart women in theory?

When these men were informed that they were about to meet a woman who out-performed them on intelligence tests, they became reluctant.

Natalie Reilly Let's call it the "Stay in Your Lane" theory of the fragile male ego.

Great job

Why there is no such thing as too much praise in parenting

Nope, giving kids trophies for participation won't ruin them for life.

Natalie Reilly Why do so many parents remain stubbornly wedded to the fear that children are "spoiled" by too much praise?

Why don't some men realise it's over until it's too late?

Natalie Reilly "Men hope [the problem] will go away, while women get fed up with the lack of emotional connection and simply cut the knot."

Why we shouldn't need to modify our behaviour to 'get ahead'

Promoting authentic power means valuing not just quotas of women at top levels, but their own way of doing business.

Natalie Reilly Promoting authentic power means valuing not just quotas of women at top levels, but their own way of doing business.

Funny girls

Why aren't women allowed to be funny on dates?

Natalie Reilly A new study reveals the different dating outcomes for funny men v funny women.

Should you really surround yourself with 'positive people' only?

Are we too quick to judge people with faux diagnosis like

Natalie Reilly Are we too quick to label people we don't get along with as 'toxic' or 'narcissistic'?


The tiny thing that predicts the success of any relationship

Natalie Reilly A new study contains the answer to the question of the ages: what makes love last?

Cheating scandals

Do we find it easier to excuse men who cheat?

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 19: Actors Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner attend the 2nd annual Save the Children Illumination Gala at the Plaza Hotel on November 19, 2014 in New York City.  (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)

Natalie Reilly When a man cheats, the media looks at the wife. Was she boring? Was she a nag? Was she a bitch?

The 'Hot Mess'

When successful women call themselves a 'hot mess'

Natalie Reilly Is it an attempt to be relatable? Or is a defensive measure against judgment?

Hot Mess

Is calling yourself a 'hot mess' really a humblebrag?

Natalie Reilly Certain high-functioning women have been accused of "performing imperfection", but Natalie Reilly thinks there's more to it.

Emotional bodyguard

Is rom com's new 'fantasy man' that progressive?

Natalie Reilly Supposedly, there's a new type of leading man in Hollywood.