Natalie Reilly

Natalie Reilly

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Mad Men farewell

Five things we'll never forget about Mad Men

Don Draper, in Mad Men's series finale.

Natalie Reilly In this age of re-heated sit-coms and reality stars, Mad Men gave us something we never knew we needed.

Real life

How an email from Nora Ephron's son calmed my fears about motherhood


Natalie Reilly "Have you ever felt so overcome by your own neediness you did something weird? When I was pregnant, I did this weird, small thing."

Dad bods

We need to talk about the Dad Bod

Jon Hamm in Mad Men

Natalie Reilly Leonardo DiCaprio has one. So does Jon Hamm. And it's the hottest male physique right now.


Why it's so frustrating to be told you're 'over-thinking it'

Natalie Reilly Men are seldom accused of "over-thinking". If they do obsess, it's a quirky tic.

The classic dad songs that are actually really sexist

A portrait of British pop group The Police, from left to right, Andy Summers, Sting and Stewart Copeland, early 1980s. (Photo by Terry O'Neill/Getty Images)

Natalie Reilly Much has been made of the misogyny in hip-hop. But what of the supposed "nice guys" of music?

The perils of being critical while female

Tina Fey

Natalie Reilly It seems to me that all a girl has to do is call shit out and look plain doing it to be considered hateful.


When first-person writing is a poorly-disguised 'fumblebrag'

Natalie Reilly " It feels to me that, in our quest for intimacy, we took a sharp turn into self-pity."

Women's wellbeing

We need a happiness index for women


Natalie Reilly "That number you weigh, that size you wear, while useful, gives you no indication of how successful you are at life," writes Natalie Reilly.

'She's overreacting': Why men find it so hard to trust women

Natalie Reilly "It’s women who get their knickers in a knot; who are “crazy”, who lose their credibility when they cry, or rage or lust."

Real life

This is what it's like to have a seizure

Imagine waking up from a blackout and you have no idea where you are.

Natalie Reilly Unfortunately, when you're a theatrically-inclined person, it can take a moment for people to catch on.

Parental truthbombs

A letter to my pre-baby self


Natalie Reilly "Here it is, pure wish-fulfilment. The letter I would've loved my pregnant self to read," writes Natalie Reilly.

Sexual over-perception

Why do men always think women are flirting?

according to the study,

Natalie Reilly It’s called ‘sexual over-perception’, according to a new study.

Office housework

When women are expected to take care of the 'office housework'


Natalie Reilly They're the menial office tasks - pouring water, setting up the Power Point, organising farewell presents - and in news that's a surprise to nobody, women are doing more of it than men.

Women, stop marrying yourselves

Calling all single ladies!

Natalie Reilly Women, stop marrying yourselves

Empathy's moment

Five things you may not know about empathy

The virtue traditionally associated with shoulder squeezes and self-sacrifice is more powerful than you think.

Natalie Reilly The virtue traditionally associated with shoulder squeezes and self-sacrifice is more powerful than you think.

Beyond Ghostbusters: five more movies that could do with a gender reversal remake

Ultimate role reversal scene: When Harry Met Sally.

Natalie Reilly Ghostbusters is just the tip of the iceberg...

Ladies in swimsuits

Samantha Armytage in Women's Weekly: Why do we keep asking professional women to pose in swimwear?

Samantha Armytage appears in her first swimsuit shoot.

Natalie Reilly Think for a moment of a world in which Today presenter and newly minted feminist icon Karl Stefanovic stepped out of his suit and into a pair of boardies to prove that he is not bothered by the...

Rosamund Pike

Why was Rosamund Pike called 'brave' in this picture?

Rosamund Pike, the crazed star of 'Gone Girl', gave birth just five weeks ago.

Natalie Reilly This is what 'brave' looks in Hollywood these days and the reasons aren't as shallow as you might think.

Old ladies

Is fashion's new obsession with old ladies actually all that progressive?


Natalie Reilly "If we listen carefully to what our culture tells us, we learn that older women are not entitled to visibility."


It's not easy being an extrovert either

Natalie Reilly The introvert craze began in 2012 when Susan Cain gave her TED talk