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.
A recent study by the Institute of Marriage and Family Canada has found that Canadians have different attitudes toward childcare depending on whether or not they hold a university degree. While 76% of Canadians feel that the best environment for a child under six would be at home with a parent, that figure went down to 68% for those who had completed their university education. And for women with a post-graduate degree, the number falls further to just 54%.
The News Story - 1 in 10 young people have perpetrated sexual violence
According to a new national study published Monday in JAMA Pediatrics, sexual violence among young people runs even more disturbingly high than experts had previously realized. A USA Today story reveals that “[n]early one in 10 young people report being a perpetrator of sexual violence — either coercing or forcing some type of sexual contact upon another. . . ”
The young people in the sample were aged 14 to 21, and they admitted to behaviors ranging from forced kissing, to having sex when they knew the other person didn’t want it, to attempted or actual rape. In addition, “9.4% say they've been ‘hit, slapped or physically hurt on purpose by their boyfriend or girlfriend during the 12 months before the survey.’”
It’s rather sad news to hear but according to new research, more than half of newlywed couples do not end up consummating their marriage on their wedding night. Top reasons for this include the groom or bride being too drunk, the couple being too tired, or the fact that the happy couple had argued during the reception. Awkward!
Depressing, much? For one, this is a classy event that is supposed to take your life in a new and exciting direction. The last thing you’d want is for your other half to be more focused on making use of the free drinks and acting like it’s any other Friday night on the town! Celebrating is great – but forgetting the fact that it’s your wedding, not so much.
Whenever I’ve mentioned to an acquaintance that I am completely against pornography, it tends to trigger a flood of defensive arguments. One of the most common of these is that fact that watching porn doesn’t hurt anyone.
Wrong - and I can’t stress enough just how wrong. But luckily I just read a really good article by Verily Magazine which shows us exactly how pornography impacts us all: the men who watch it, the women in relationships with the men who watch it, and the relationships of the couples overall.
Let’s start with what the article had to say about men.
It definitely brought up the question of “why?” Men of every status, whether in committed relationships or completely single, all seem to be keen their porn time. Why? It comes down to the fact that men just aren’t fulfilled in their sexual relationships anymore - because their porn intake provides…
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The News Story - Divorce wave to follow Obamacare rollout?
Critics of the Affordable Care Act have debated hotly for some time now, citing concerns over skyrocketing prices, affordability, and even constitutionality. This week, amidst the unrolling of the government health insurance exchanges program, Janice Fioravante at Financial Planningasks a new question: Will the ACA actually encourage divorces?
Fioravante writes that if the health insurance exchanges do indeed make insurance more affordable, some separated couples may choose to finalize their divorces. She cites financial planners who claim that “health insurance definitely comes up a lot” when working out the details of a divorce. Couples even go so far as to legally separate but stay married so that one spouse can gain from the other’s insurance plan.
When the ex-editor of a men’s magazine tells you that pornography is a problem, that’s probably reason enough to listen. I definitely took notice in a recent article by Martin Daubney, where he called it the “most pernicious threat facing children today”.
After being asked to be a presenter for a documentary on porn, Daubney sat in with sex consultant Jonny Hunt as he talked with a classroom of 13 to 14 year olds. The juxtaposition was shocking to Daubney – who isn’t exactly innocent due to his magazine editing days – but what he blatantly saw were wide-eyed, nervous and awkward kids, who knew more than the adults in the room about the kinds of highly degrading things often depicted in pornography.
The News Story – Russians consider boosting divorce tax, citing 'moral and demographic decline’
In a move sure to ruffle liberal Americans’ feathers yet again, Russia is considering an increase in the current tax on divorces.
Kelly Phillips Erb of Forbesreports, “Russia is considering upping the tax on splitting up to 30,000 rubles ($941 US) from the current rate of 400 rubles ($13 US). The increase of nearly 7500% has two goals: raising revenue and discouraging divorce.” The revenue will be used to “plug holes” in Russia’s current budget deficit, a rising concern to many. In addition, however, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev hopes that the higher tax will cause some to pause before rushing into either marriage or divorce. Erb calls the move part of Russia’s larger “rush to morality” in the past few months.
Once upon a time, it was normal for young people to achieve adult things like settling down, getting married, and having kids from the age of 18.These days? Turns out we’re in need of a little more time.
As pointed out by a recent BBC News article, new guidance for psychologists will have them treating people as adolescents up until the age of 25, rather than 18. This is as a result of scientific research which shows that brain development continues into our twenties, instead of dwindling out a couple years shy of 20.
According to the article, researchers use this information to explain why young people these days are living longer in their parents’ homes and living a kind of “passive dependence” when they could be asserting their independence. They think that these generational characteristics reflect neuroscience, rather than cultural shifts.
The News Story - The overhyped rise of stay-at-home dads
“Every so often,” writes Jordan Weissmann on TheAtlantic.com, “a trend piece comes along that heralds the rise of the stay-at-home dad.” That “trend,” Weissmann believes, is not so powerful as the media may like us to believe.
While it is true that the number of stay-at-home dads has more than doubled in the past 8 years — from 76,000 in 1994 to 189,000 in 2012—that number is still only 0.8 percent of families with children under 15. Even these small numbers don’t tell the whole story, Weissmann says. Rising rates of single parenthood mean more and more women are raising children alone, and “even among two-parent households where women work, the percentage of men acting as the primary caregiver has actually declined slightly since the early 1990s.”