Silicon Valley ups the stakes for parental leave

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This month, Netflix’s Chief Talent Officer, Tawni Cranz announced that the company is introducing an unlimited parental leave policy that allows new moms and dads to take off as much time as they want during the first year after a child’s birth or adoption.

“We want employees to have the flexibility and confidence to balance the needs of their growing families without worrying about work or finances,” said Cranz.

In the days following, other tech companies including Microsoft and Adobe followed suit with announcements of their own expanded parental leave policies. Google already offers 18 weeks of paid maternity leave. Facebook gives four months. Twitter, 20 weeks.

It seems this move points to a realization that generous leave policies are beneficial for both employees and the companies they work for.

In highly competitive Silicon Valley, employers are in a constant… click here to read whole article and make comments



Want a lasting marriage?

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Even Miss Piggy and Kermit are calling it quits.    

The good news is Will and Jada are staying together. The bad news is Kermit and Miss Piggy are splitting up.

It’s been a summer of ups and downs for the folks who care about celebrity marriages. We may have breathed a sigh of relief when Will Smith posted on Facebook a few days ago: “So, in the interest of redundant, repetitious, over & over-again-ness… Jada and I are…NOT GETTING A DIVORCE!!!!!!!!!!!!! : -)” But Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale are done. So are Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner. (The nanny, Ben? Talk about a cliché.) Not to mention Reba McEntire and Narvel Blackstock and Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert. For Americans short on time and attention span, the question remains: Why does it seem like… click here to read whole article and make comments



Cosmo cover helps feed porn addiction

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Pop star Demi Lovato is challenging those who think her cover shoot for Cosmopolitan is too racy for newsstands, reports Entertainment Tonight and a host of others.

According to the story, “The National Center on Sexual Exploitation launched a ‘Cosmo Harms Minors’ campaign asking for supermarkets to have a protective overlay on the women’s magazine so as not to show their risque covers. . . . This past week, Rite Aid and Food Lion obliged this request and started shielding the magazines.” Lovato fired back on Instagram, “What these individuals who are protesting don’t understand is that for the first time in a long time I feel incredibly EMPOWERED and the MOST BEAUTIFUL I’ve ever felt on this magazine. . . . It’s so liberating to be able to show the world how confident a woman can be once she learns to love herself.”

Entertainment Tonight, like most other sources, gave Ms. Lovato plenty… click here to read whole article and make comments



More screening, or more married parents?

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The News Story: New Recommendations for Depression Screening in Primary Care 

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) is considering a new standard recommending that all adults be routinely screened for depression during visits to their primary care provider, according to a story released by the American Academy of Family Physicians.

According to the AAFP, the need for such routine screening is severe, as “one out of about every dozen people age 12 or older has experienced symptoms of depression in the past two weeks.” Detecting and treating depression early, the story continues, are obvious public health goals. But in spite of what one might suppose from the recommendation that all adults be regularly screened, all adults are not equally at risk for becoming depressed. Groups of concern are “women, younger and middle-aged adults, and nonwhite individuals,” as well as “people who are undereducated,… click here to read whole article and make comments



The fight against filth

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We've all been there, standing in line at the store, waiting patiently to purchase our groceries while scantily-clad, heavily-Photoshopped women stare longingly at us from the glossy covers of the surrounding magazines in the check-out aisle. As if there were any doubts as to the sort of material within these publications, the cover lines shout out such phrases as “His #1 Sex Fantasy,” “Bad Girl Sex,” “12 Kinky Quickies,” or “21 Mind Blowing Sex Moves.”

It's likely most of us have come to accept the presence of these scandalous publications as a fact of life. We don't like them, but there's not much we can do about the situation besides trying to divert our children's attention to the innocuous candy bar and Tic Tac section of the aisle.

Several years back, Megan Reusz decided that she'd had enough of all this and resolved to take a more active approach. She and… click here to read whole article and make comments


FRIDAY, 31 JULY 2015

A letter to engaged couples of the future

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Dear future-engaged-person,

Next time you hear from me on Family Edge, I’ll be a married woman. With only 15 days to go, I wish I had written a day-by-day journal of the ups and downs, the discoveries and lessons, and the raw beauty of the whole process of being engaged. So I’d like to take this last chance to reflect on being almost-married.

There is so much I want to share. I want to tell you all about the overwhelming joy of saying “yes” and looking forward to the future, and about the peace that comes from knowing that I've chosen the right man for me.

I want you to know that I thought I’d spend the months before preparing with the perfect work-out routine (is it too late to start now?), but that my preparation was more of the mental and spiritual variety – learning more about marriage so that I could… click here to read whole article and make comments



Side Effects of the Pill 102: death

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Where would you expect to find a film about the oral contraceptive pill which begins with the comment that this is “the first medical drug made specifically to treat people who aren’t sick”?

Not at a bastion of liberal opinion such as the UK Guardian website. But that is where the video above was posted last month, warning that if you weren’t sick when you started taking this treatment for being a woman, you soon might be.

The eight-minute film is a trailer for a longer documentary being made by Ricki Lake and Abby Epstein (The Business of Being Born, 2008) and based on the 2013 book, Sweetening the Pill, by Holly Grigg-Spall. The film is due out next year.

Most women know little more about the pill and other forms of hormonal contraception than what the drug company ads tell them, but a day-long symposium to be held at Georgetown… click here to read whole article and make comments



Medicating womanhood

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Across North America today, there are calls to make the birth control pill accessible over the counter. The Pill, we are told, is part of comprehensive health care and it is an insult that women should need a doctor’s prescription to use it. Recently, a columnist at the National Postcomplained that it is easier to get the Pill in Abu Dhabi than in Calgary or Toronto.

Most calls for the Pill to be made more broadly accessible—ideally free and without a prescription—all share the same subtext. Denying access to the Pill isn’t merely denying health care, it’s denying women’s rights.

Yet this is not about the right to get the Pill but rather, the right to not get pregnant.

This stems from the modern idea that men and women are only equal in dignity when we are exactly the same. As a result, we think that if men… click here to read whole article and make comments



How to know if you’re over-parenting

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Last week, when talking to my fiancé’s sister-in-law about having kids, she made an interesting point: the biggest change is not necessarily that you now have a child, but all the worry that comes with it. How true does that ring?! I sometimes feel annoyed by mothers that seem to keep their baby all to themselves when all they are doing, perhaps  subconsciously, is protecting their child as they know how.

Which leads me to the topic of over-parenting: because yup, parents, it’s a thing – at least according to a recent article. And I’d have to agree! Like most things, parents wouldn’t even be aware that they’re doing it. But, also like most things, parenting should beware of extremes and strive for a healthy balance between guiding kids and allowing them to flourish freely.

According to the article, mums and dads fall into over-parenting because of… click here to read whole article and make comments


FRIDAY, 24 JULY 2015

The link between hook-up apps and STDs

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The News Story - Rise in sexually transmitted diseases could be linked to hook-up apps

Many have decried the so-called “hook-up culture” in which we live, arguing that it damages both men and women physically, emotionally, and mentally. A new story out of Atlanta sheds light on how some of this damage may be spreading.
FOX News Atlanta reports that hook-up apps may be contributing to Georgia’s rise in STD rates in recent years, by “providing easy access to meet strangers and sometimes engage in risky behavior.” Says Dr. Yolanda Wimberly, associate professor of Adolescent Medicine at Morehouse School of Medicine, “You're not in a relationship with someone; it doesn't give you an opportunity to really know that person, to know their sexual history . . .” Nonetheless, Wimberly believes that “the alleged connection” between apps, social media, hook-ups, and STDs still needs more investigation.… click here to read whole article and make comments


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