WHETHER they own up to it or not, almost every expectant mothers has a secret preference when it comes to their unborn baby's gender. But one mum-to-be has been left devastated by the news she's having a boy instead of the baby girl she longed for. Posting on Reddit's "Am I the Asshole?" forum, the woman's husband said she'd "made it very clear from before she was pregnant that she really wanted a daughter" - even making "the odd joke about 'sending it back' if it was a boy." When the couple did pregnant, the woman began "crying with excitement" ahead of their 20 week scan "as she had a feeling it was a girl." However, the parents-to-be instead found out they are expecting a baby boy - causing the woman to burst into tears on the spot. One month later and the woman's partner claims "she still cries whenever someone mentions the baby" as well as "refuses to do anything with the nursery and won't discuss anything pregnancy related." Labelling his wife's behaviour a "massive … [Read more...] about Mum-to-be left ‘depressed’ and ‘upset’ after finding out she’s having a boy instead of a girl
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In the summer of 1978, George Bishop and a team of researchers in Cincinnati, Ohio, conducted a poll on some of the big political topics of the day. One question went as follows: “Some people say that the 1975 Public Affairs Act should be repealed. Do you agree or disagree with this idea?” It turned out that 16% did agree, and 18% didn’t. This was surprising. There should have been no controversy about the 1975 Public Affairs Act because it did not exist. The study, Pseudo-Opinions on Public Affairs, became a classic of political science. It has been rerun in different versions several times: in 1983, 1984, 1995 and 2013, always with similar results. Around a third of people will pretend to have an opinion, unless you make it easy to say “don’t know”. If you say that “President Obama” or “the Republicans” want to repeal the Public Affairs Act, even more opinions appear, along partisan lines. The study tells us something that … [Read more...] about Power to the people – could a citizens’ assembly solve the Brexit crisis?
"Chestnuts roasting on an open fire" - have the chestnuts been sourced from a fair-trade third-world farmer? Is the open fire being fuelled by sustainably forested timber? "Jack Frost nipping at your nose" - there is a risk of gender stereotyping here. Could a Jacqueline do this job equally well? "Yuletide carols being sung by a choir" - the word 'Yuletide' is offensive to both non-Christians and atheists alike - it should be replaced with the less controversial term 'holidays'. "And folks dressed up like Eskimos" - this is appropriation of traditional Inuit textiles and attire and therefore offensive to aboriginal and indigenous peoples the world round. "Everybody knows a turkey" - offensive to vegans. "Tiny tots with their eyes all aglow..." - ageist. "...will find it hard to sleep tonight" - making light of the medical condition insomnia. "They know that Santa's on his way" - Saint Nicholas is always cast as a rotund Caucasian male, this is racist and sexist and also discriminatory … [Read more...] about Letters to the Editor: ‘Jack Frost nipping at your nose…. hang on, is that gender stereotyping?’
EXPOSURE to chemicals found in everyday items such as toothpaste and shampoo is triggering early puberty in girls, a study claims. Scientists found high levels in the womb speeds up sexual maturity in women. But boys’ development was not affected by raised concentrations of gender-bending compounds. University of California, Berkeley, researchers carried out the long-term study following concerns that girls are now starting puberty earlier. It puts them at increased risk of mental health problems, as well as breast and ovarian cancer. The team measured levels of phthalates, parabens and phenols in 338 expectant mums to measure exposure in the womb. All three chemicals are commonly found in skin care, bathroom and cosmetic products – and are thought to affect levels of key sex hormones in the body. Scientists discovered that for every doubling in the concentrations of phthalates in a mum’s urine, their daughter’s development of pubic hair shifted 1.3 months … [Read more...] about ‘Gender-bending’ chemicals found in toothpaste and shampoo causing girls to hit puberty earlier, experts warn
CHILDREN who remain sleeping in cots until the age of three tend to have better sleeping patterns, a study has revealed. Parents who opt to keep their children in a crib for around 36 months will also benefit from more sleep themselves - winner. The study, reported in the journal Sleep Medicine, looked at the sleeping patterns of parents and care-givers in five countries - as well as those of their children. Previous studies found that toddlers who suffer from sleep deprivations tend to have a harder time with simple tasks and are more prone to temper tantrums. So how can this be prevented? The survey, which had participants in the UK, Australia, the USA, Canada and New Zealand, has revealed that making the transition from cot to bed later in a child's life can have a significant impact on their sleep. Crib sleeping was associated with a number of benefits such as falling asleep sooner, sleeping undisturbed for longer and resisting less at bedtime. And this is all great news for … [Read more...] about Toddlers should sleep in a cot until they are THREE years old to promote better sleep, study finds