Not the voice of my generation

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During one of the first episodes of the popular HBO show Girls, Lena Dunham’s character Hannah tells her parents, “I don’t want to freak you out, but I think that I may be the voice of my generation—or at least a voice of a generation.” Dunham, who rose to fame after the success of Girls and her “First Time” campaign ad for Barack Obama in 2012, has truly come to see herself as exactly that, the voice of my generation. But, is she? 

In her recently released book, “Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She's ‘Learned’”, Dunham echoes the themes of “Girls”, which include -- sex, dating, friends, food, mental illness and other issues facing young women today. But, as in the TV show, the underlying theme of every topic is almost always ...… click here to read whole article and make comments



Breast cancer campaigns – and the risk they don’t mention

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In keeping with the international trend, we have just had breast cancer awareness week in the UK. Women were told to have mammograms, to take exercise, to avoid hormone replacement therapy, to breastfeed. All good. But, as usual, certain other things we should do or avoid were not mentioned.

A woman would never guess, for example, that the choices she makes about pregnancy and childbirth can raise or lower her risk of breast cancer. Taking the contraceptive pill, delaying her first child, aborting a pregnancy – these things are among the factors driving the “epidemic” of breast cancer among younger women. Doesn’t she have a right to be told?

It has long been known that having children tends to protect women against breast cancer. Even in medieval times it was noted that nuns were more prone to this disease. We can… click here to read whole article and make comments



Bigger the wedding, more likely the divorce?

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The smaller and cheaper the wedding, the better the marriage – agree or disagree? Well, according to a recent study out of Emory University, the more expensive the wedding and engagement ring, the shorter the duration of the marriage.

This research did not go into the reasons behind this, apart from suggesting that couples who spent more on their wedding perhaps were more likely to suffer from financial stress later on, which impacted their relationship. I think that this could definitely be part of it, but my theory extends a little further too.

I think that it’s all about the couple’s attitude. While I could be generalising, it seems quite safe to say that the couples who spend a large to excessive amount on their wedding are more focused on the day itself – on impressing their guests, indulging every whim or idea that they’d ever had about their marriage, maybe… click here to read whole article and make comments



Marriage helps beat breast cancer

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The News Story - The most important breast cancer findings of 2014
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and news sources have been abuzz with prevention tips, ongoing research, and celebrity fundraising events.
Along those lines, the Huffington Post published a quick summary of the “most important” discoveries this year relating to breast cancer.  Among them, “a simple blood test could soon predict breast cancer risk,” and “certain birth control pills may increase risk.”  On the recovery side, the Post reported that both “good quality sleep” and high levels of vitamin D seem to be important to breast cancer recovery and survival. 
One crucial aspect to recovery that no media outlet reported on?  Whether a woman is wearing a wedding ring.

The New Research - Far better than a pink ribbon

As a public display of both their medical awareness and their ideological zeal, the… click here to read whole article and make comments



The Bachelor Australia - 7 follow-up conversations to have with your daughter

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Want to know how not to date, how not to perceive love and relationships? Well then, all you’ve got to do is watch the season of The Bachelor Australia that finished up last week.

I’ll admit that I, like most young women (and actually, more young men than I had assumed), was happy to waste a midweek night or two in its presence, laugh about how silly those girls seem, and then dismiss it from my mind. Seems like harmless, meaningless entertainment, right?

No. Because this is the kind of stuff we mean when we talk about how the media shapes our attitudes, too often for the worst. That got me thinking – my younger sisters, ranging in age from naïve 8 to thankfully-more-perceptive 23, had also watched some episodes, or had at least been around. What had I allowed them to be exposed to? What ideas were starting to corrupt their impressionable minds?

So here’s a… click here to read whole article and make comments



The bad side of antibiotics

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The News Story - With overuse, antibiotics become bad medicine

With American children back to school, runny nose, earache, and cough season will be hitting soon.  A recent FOX News story highlights the dangers of overprescribing one of the most common treatments for such ailments—antibiotics.
Antibiotic-resistant illnesses are on the rise, and Americans are increasingly at risk.  “Every year,” according to the story, “more than 2 million people in the United States become ill with an antibiotic-resistant infection, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report released last year. Of those, more than 23,000 ultimately die.”  Bacteria mutate faster than pharmaceutical companies can keep up, and antibiotics on the market become useless.
The American public remains remarkably uneducated.  “Some patients expect a prescription for antibiotics, no matter the diagnosis.”  But recent research reveals that, as in anything else concerning… click here to read whole article and make comments



Homemakers build the foundations of society

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I’m not sure that there was ever a time when the division of labour between the workplace and the home seemed natural and harmonious. But in recent decades – with all the upheaval of our various social and sexual revolutions – the home sphere has become contentious. Who should do what around the house has become hugely political; particularly amongst that generation of women who were raised to become professionals outside the home. 

What we all know now of course is that we ignore the work of building a home at our peril. But who should take the responsibility for that work? The Homemakers’ Project team travelled for several months around Europe and the Americas, filming people from diverse groups connected with homemaking in some form. From domestic workers to economists, from women maintaining homes and professions to women, including me, who have made the decision to leave their careers and concentrate… click here to read whole article and make comments



Expert offer solutions to end marriage crisis

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Pope Francis has convened a synod of Bishops later this month to discuss the shaky state of marriage and the family. As this approaches, an international group of academics has written an open letter with suggestions on practical measures the Church and society can take to strengthen marriage.

The 48 signatories include Pastor Rick Warren, one of the most prominent evangelical preachers in the US; Professor Robert P. George, of Princeton University; Jason and Crystalina Evert, founders of the Colorado-based Chastity Project; and David Quinn, of the Iona Institute, in Ireland.

Here are excerpts from the letter:

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This Synod is an opportunity to express timeless truths about marriage. Why do those truths matter? How do they represent true love, not “exclusion” or “prejudice,” or any of the other charges brought against marriage today? Men and women need desperately to hear the truth about why they should get… click here to read whole article and make comments



Marriage linked to income increase

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The News Story - Marriage rates keep falling, as money concerns rise

Pew Research Center Report released Wednesday reveals that a record 20% of adults over the age of 25 have never married, and that number is expected to rise to 25% by 2030. 
The New York Times reports that at least a part of this marriage decline is due to “the country’s deepening socioeconomic divide.”  Women, it seems, still prefer to marry men who are stably employed.  “Educated, high-income people are still marrying at high rates and tending to stay married,” reports the Times.  “Remaining unmarried is more common among the less educated, blacks and the young . . .” The report also reveals that lack of financial preparedness is one of the main reasons that young adults are foregoing marriage.
But if current research is correct, these couples may be sacrificing the very economic stability they seek… click here to read whole article and make comments



Happy personal life or hefty paycheck?

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One of the biggest regrets that successful people have is not spending enough time with family and loved ones. Which is why California-based CEO, Mohamed El-Erian, is a very smart man.

El-Erian resigned as the chief executive of two-trillion-dollar investment fund, PIMCO, in May 2013. Why? Because, as revealed in his recent essay, his 10-year old daughter wrote him a list of 22 special moments that he’d missed due to work - from her first day at school to parent-teacher meetings. And family is irreplaceable, unlike money.

First things first: I find it a sad thing that this occurrence is rare and even newsworthy. It just goes to show the priorities of our society, if it’s so uncommon for a man to choose family time over a hefty paycheck. But at the same time, El-Erian did make this choice, which is a hopeful thing – at least we know… click here to read whole article and make comments


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