The News Story - More US girls developing breasts before age nine
A Pediatrics study released online Monday reveals that girls are becoming women faster than ever before. Reports Reuters, “Girls are developing breasts at younger and younger ages, a new study confirms. And upward trends in childhood obesity seem to be playing a major role.”
The study—which followed more than 1,200 girls in the San Francisco, Cincinnati, and New York City areas—revealed that “African American girls started getting breasts just before they turned nine, on average. Among white girls the average age was about nine and a half—a few months earlier than in the 1990s.” The researchers tied rising rates of childhood obesity to this new trend and claimed the need for more research, as early onset of puberty is linked to having sex at a younger age, using drugs, depressive symptoms, and low self-esteem.
Did you know there is a whole website dedicated to information for couples who are deciding whether to make the leap up from two to three children?
At Having Three Kids, Jennifer Eyre White explains that she started the website after attempting to Google for information about this "potentially life-altering decision" and discovering a dearth of info available. So after having her third, she started this resource for the rest of us. Today apparently, the site receives thousands of visitors each month.
It's a bit surreal to see this kind of website pop up online, and it's somewhat disturbing that such a website can become so popular. I guess it speaks to the low birthrate in our society that so many people are blowing up the three-child family into some kind of circus-like spectacle, as if it was somehow a "large" family.
The following article appeared in the New Zealand Herald this morning after several days of outrage over a small group of boys who behaved the way they've seen somewhere -- perhaps in a videogame.
This week the Roast Busters sparked outrage across the globe. When I heard about the group of young Auckland boys who sought gratification and entertainment by luring drunk girls - some of them underage - into group sex and then bragged about their conquests on Facebook, I was saddened and disgusted. I was unfortunately not surprised.
A misogynistic culture in our society has spawned the perfect breeding ground for this type of behaviour, but the blame does not lie solely with boys and men. There is a constant stream of explicit sexual images, not to say filth, which bombards them from every angle, for which we…
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The News Story - Norway's mission reposition: state says date nights key to good marriage
At least one of the Nordic countries — that paradise of social progressivism — seems to be rethinking its earlier disregard for the institution of marriage. Solveig Horne, the new Minister for Children, Equality, and Social Inclusion in Norway’s Populist government, recently suggested that to curb a 40% divorce rate, Norwegian married couples should institute “date nights.”
Reports the Guardian, Horne “said the government needed to cut divorce rates – and that encouraging couples to try date nights was a good place to start.” “It is important to find small pockets of time where parents can be lovers," said Horne, who believes that she may have saved her own marriage through date nights and other similar efforts.
An article has appeared in the NZ media this morningabout some absolutely absurd claims that some NZ academics are now making about men who show respect for women by opening doors, etc, for them. It also makes laughable claims about the women who accept such behavior as normal, even going so far as to suggest that they have a psychological disorder.
Here’s what the article has to say:
“Benevolent sexism has been identified as the flip side of the “hostile” sexism that would banish women to the kitchen.
It’s a distincition that has been looked at by Auckland University researchers in a survey of the attitudes of more than 6500 New Zealanders.
Study author Matthew Hammond said benevolent sexism portrays women as “fragile and delicate and in need of protection” and emphasised their emotional qualities.
Started by a New York bloke called Brandon Stanton, he was aiming to create a photographic census of the city. What it evolved into however, is a vibrant collection of portraits of the people he met – each one accompanied by thoughts or stories from the person captured. I don’t know how he does it, but often the information that people share with him is very intimate, sometimes heart-wrenching, and often uplifting. It’s like an in-depth portrait of humanity and people love it, judging by the numbers that follow him - nearly one million over various social media networks.
The News Story - Japan’s sexual apathy is endangering the global economy
Japan has a new term for an “illness” that has Japanese officials increasingly worried—“celibacy syndrome.” In a nation plagued by sexual permissiveness, skyrocketing cost of living, and cutthroat workplace competition, more and more Japanese are losing interest in marriage, family, and even sex altogether.
In a blog entry for the Washington Post, Max Fisher reports that this lack of interest spells bad news for more than just Japan. Writes Fisher, “Japan is the world's third-largest economy, a crucial link in global trade and a significant factor in everyone else's economic well-being.” If Japan, which “owns almost as much U.S. debt as China,” goes bust, the U.S. will sorely feel the repercussions.
For anyone who may not have noticed, let me state the obvious - there’s been a lot of hype around Miley Cyrus recently. I have so far managed to avoid writing about the issue, but now I think that I would like to have a say. I’m a little sick of the endless stream of criticism being channeled her way, so I thought I’d take a different approach altogether and focus on the positives.
You’re probably thinking, “What positives?”, which would be a completely understandable response. All we’ve really seen from Miley is a child star turned overly-sexualised young woman – one who has been employing the most shocking and boundary-pushing tactics that she (and her management team, no doubt) can think of.
Last week, fitness mummy blogger Maria Kang posted a photo of herself in somewhat scant gym gear – all abs and muscle exposed – surrounded by her three boys aged 3 years, 2 years and eight months. Topped off with the caption “What’s your excuse?” you can imagine the backlash she got for body-shaming new mothers.
Women are always the worst culprits when it comes to putting down other women, so unfortunately that aspect comes as no surprise. And there’s certainly nothing wrong with wanting to stay healthy and fit after pregnancy. What is sad, however, is the fact that even the beauty of motherhood is becoming tainted by society’s obsessive body pressures, and so detracting from the real meaning of this step in a woman’s life.
The News Story - Did recession lead to increase in vasectomies?
Is the economic downturn causing more men to take the drastic step of having a vasectomy? According to Dr. Anand Shridharani, a men's reproductive and sexual health specialist in Knoxville, Tennessee, yes.
The U.S. News story reports that many urologists in 2009 began anecdotally reporting a seeming increase in vasectomies, and wondered if the recession was to blame. Shridharani and his team set out to discover the answer, using data from their center in Wisconsin. Shridharani claims, “We found as the median income for Wisconsin declined, the rate of vasectomies annually went up.” In the period 2005-2010, the median income in Wisconsin dropped some $4,000, but vasectomies at the center went from 91 to 239. Shridharani’s findings are still preliminary, and more research is needed before definite conclusions can be drawn.