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


MONDAY, 20 JULY 2015

The best age to get married

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20 is much too young to be engaged… Oh, you’re 30, and you’re not married yet? Whatever age we tie the knot, people are going to have an opinion. But what do the statistics say?

Research has generally told us that the older, the better (younger couples lack the maturity), and that your thirties are as good a time as any. But according to research collected in 2006-2010 (as analysed by Nicholas Wolfinger), these days the odds of divorce increase by 5% per year for each year after age 32 – across a variety of demographic and social differences. So what’s changed?

Wolfinger suggests a few potential reasons - that the experience of staying unmarried past 30, with all its probable relationship history, could work to make someone less fit for or less desiring of marriage. Or perhaps the pool of people left to marry at this age does not represent… click here to read whole article and make comments



Video: Hilary Swank turns down roles to care for her sick father

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In this modern day and age, there’s more than plenty to distract us from what really matters. That’s why it’s such a breath of fresh air to hear about two-Oscar winner Hilary Swank, who has been turning down movie roles in order to care for her sick father.

I don’t claim to be an expert on Swank, but I admire her for this decision to put family first. As she puts it - “Really, what we’re here for is our family, right?” Even so, that’s not an easy choice when you have all the lure of fame, riches and glamour to pull you in the other direction! The family unit is something to be treasured, and often instead of protecting that, we’re encouraged to put ourselves first.

At the end of life, we won’t regret not making more money or our career choices – but we will regret not loving… click here to read whole article and make comments


MONDAY, 13 JULY 2015

The more you connect, the less you connect

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Image taken from the Huffington Post.

So we often talk about kids and young people are addicted to their smartphones. But what about you, parents? Have you ever stopped to think about your phone usage and how it could be affecting your children?

A new ad campaign in China has tried to make people think about this very issue and the barriers it can cause in the family. Created for the Center for Psychological Research, the ads aim to promote awareness of a growing screen addiction trend – and how it’s putting barriers between parents and kids, and between couples.

Because at the end of the day, does it matter how many people we connect with on Facebook or how many followers we have, if our own family seems worlds away?

Images taken from the Huffington Post.

Image taken from the Huffington Post.

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FRIDAY, 10 JULY 2015

Feminine beauty that endures the ages

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In London, the National Portrait Gallery has opened a major exhibition made up of images of Audrey Hepburn, called “Portraits of an Icon”. And as noted by this article in The Conversation, it portrays a world of difference from the celebrity status that currently exists.

What is it about women like Audrey Hepburn and Grace Kelly that makes them truly iconic? What is it about them and their images that keep them so renowned, recognised and relevant even years after they were alive?

I think the answer lies in their genuine portrayal of feminine beauty. They both have very different looks, styles and stories, and yet they had something that still attracts and inspires people today:

They were classy.

Classiness always appeals, in the same way that kindness or generosity never goes unappreciated. I think this is because a classy person conveys that they are aware of their own… click here to read whole article and make comments



Marriage is forever

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I just read an article on the Huffington Post titled “Five Reasons My Divorce Was the Best Thing That Happened To Me,” filled with the expected reasons of re-self-discovery and regaining self-respect. And while I empathise for the evident pain that comes with relationship breakdown, I’m even more frustrated by society’s almost “drive-thru” attitude towards marriage.

As some same-sex couples line up to be legally wed while others are jumping at their legal right to divorce (I’m looking at you, New Orleans), and as everyone else seems to be going into marriage for the long, sorry no, emotional haul (in good times and bad, at least until the fuzzy feelings have fizzled out); it’s clear that everyone is confused.

So let me clear something up for you: marriage is forever. Here are a few points that couples would do well… click here to read whole article and make comments


MONDAY, 29 JUNE 2015

Gen Y need to learn to switch off

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This morning’s Sydney Morning Herald published an article called “Generation Overstimulation? Generation Y's addiction to being busy,” and just from the title, I could already see that it has a point.

The article suggests that Gen Y-ers are addicted to having too much to do. Their lifestyles are all about overstimulation: juggling the multiple components of their lives with hardly a moment of silence or downtime. And while this seems to be leading to higher levels of stress, being less busy would also lead to anxiety – but more the stress of feeling inadequate and like they’re slipping behind as compared to their peers.

So what are the statistics? 49 per cent of young people report high levels of stress, over 80 per cent are aware that their physical health suffers, and more than 70 per cent know that their social and personal time, as well as emotional… click here to read whole article and make comments


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