Fast change in the story here

Menopause breakthrough will allow older women to have children after building a career, doctor claims

I swear that yesterday the story on this was that it was to delay menopause so that women felt younger for more years. And specifically, that it wasn’t about being able to have children later.

Today it’s about having children later. Pretty fast switch in the justification…..

Lies, lies, lies

Other competitors included the current Miss Lincolnshire, Aysha Khan, who wore a wetsuit during the swimwear round.

She said: “I don’t really show much skin, because that’s what makes me feel comfortable.

“I didn’t wear a wetsuit just because my religion prohibits me.’”

Also among the finalists were Eleanor Farr, who has a titanium hip caused by rheumatoid arthritis and Lucy Krogdahl, who showed her self-harm scars.

Angie Beasley, director Miss England Ltd said: “England is a country that is completely occupied by people of all sorts. The Miss England contest has always been there for, and indeed encouraged, participation by every group and every type. We encourage entries from every ethnicity.”

You’re still excluding both men and the married. So it’s not every type, is it?

The Capitol One hacker

Umm…. Well:

Thompson began the tweets by saying “tomorrow I’m going to call in ahead and schedule a euthanasia for my cat.” It’s unclear what happened to the cat, named Millie.

“After this is over I’m going to go check into the mental hospital for an indefinite amount of time. I have a whole list of things that will ensure my involuntary confinement from the world. The kind that they can’t ignore or brush off onto the crisis clinic. I’m never coming back,” one tweet said.

I think I can guess why this

Medical trials
Women have historically been excluded from medical trials, resulting in drugs that are less safe or effective for them. In the US, eight drugs that had unacceptable risks for women were withdrawn by the Food and Drug Administration between 1997 and 2001. Even today, representation in medical trials is still skewed towards men, and not all drug research takes gender into account when analysing results.

Given falling fertility rates perhaps less so now than back then but there is always that difficulty that a trial of a drug would end up treating two people instead of just the one…..

Yes Love, now, the important question

My husband Kevin and I have three young boys, and I have worked part-time since our eldest was one. Henry is now eight, Aldous is six and Magnus is three. I’m 37 and left my full-time job when Henry was born and so my partner became the main breadwinner.

Because he had the steady income while my hours have fluctuated depending on the ages of our children, it has made sense for me to meet the varying cost of our childcare and to balance my working hours against the expense. Many families I know do the same.

The cost of care has risen and fallen depending on my hours as well as the ages of our children but it has averaged more than £10,000 a year in fees for nursery, childminder and holiday club. I tallied up what I have paid to work for the last seven years and it came to more than £72,000. Not only that but I’ve probably lost around £370,000 from my pension.

Our middle son was in time to qualify for 15 funded hours a week but our youngest is the first to be offered 30 hours. Like many freelancers, I have only recently been able to make use of the government’s childcare tax break — tax-free childcare is open to the self-employed but childcare vouchers were not.

It’s dizzying to realise that I have spent £72,000 on childcare in just seven years. Even more bonkers is the thought of how much more I would have spent if I had worked full-time instead of typically three days a week, fitting in extra hours around naps and bedtimes.

Yes, I did choose to have kids and, no, I didn’t think they would be cheap. I do not resent spending money on them. However, in many other European countries parents do not face the same childcare bills and the same subsequent penalties for their incomes, jobs and long-term financial wellbeing. That can make a big difference to the work and financial prospects of the primary carer parent, which is most commonly the mother.

That important one being – well, who should pay?

Who should pay for raising your children? If not you that is?

The truly important thing here

The New Yorker’s indefatigable Jane Mayer has written the definitive piece on the Franken affair. In it, she conclusively establishes that Franken’s main accuser, Leeann Tweeden, of the 2006 USO tour incident, was acting as a right-wing operative, a birther no less. Tweeden, Mayer documents, had participated in identical Franken skits involving fended off kisses several times before and had registered no objection.

The photo of Franken with his hands hovering over the breasts of a sleeping Tweeden was a sight gag. The joke was that everyone on the USO tour was wearing flak jackets. Again, Tweeden never objected until it was part of a well-orchestrated right-wing takedown of Franken.

Was Franken guilty of anything? He was guilty of horsing around, and Mayer tracks down three women who felt their space was violated. That’s it.

No, that’s not it. The two things truly important are that Al Franken is a Democrat. And a Progressive.

Congratulations Honey – you might now be an adult

I learned I could do my job and not feel ashamed of having a baby
As a freelancer, I struggled to separate my work from my duties as a parent – until I realised that the two could exist side by side

What does anyone think mothers have been doing this past 100,000 years?

Sure, the baby’s not a side issue, it’s the point of it all. But it has always required the labour of two to raise the human race. That’s why pair bonding and all the rest of it.

Just a thought, but who is subject to the sexism here?

Over the years, I have heard too many tales of female employees subjected to gross levels of sexism (hired for their looks,

Women who get a good job – look, they must think it’s a good one or they wouldn’t have applied for it, would they – because of their looks are subject to sexism? Or women who don’t get the job because of their not job getting looks? Or men who only get a job because they can do something?

Who, actually, is it that is the victim of this sexism?

One way to test this is to ponder, well, what if there were compensation for being a victim of sexism? OK, so “You’re pretty, you got a good job because you are, here, have some extra money.”

That work?

We might have a clue here

Take the issue of parental leave: Sweden is consistently ranked as one of the best countries in the world on this measure. After the birth of a child, both parents are eligible for a total of 240 days’ leave. I never gave this much thought until I returned to Scandinavia after living overseas for several years, and saw how all my female friends and colleagues who had started families were limiting their professional careers and slipping into gender roles reminiscent of past generations. Given that they had the freedom to choose, what explained the fact those traditional gender roles were so entrenched?

Perhaps actual attributes of gender had something to do with those traditional gender roles?

Only, you know, a thought. And anyone who thinks it’s not true – on average of course – hasn’t actually me many human beings.

Which bit did Heather Mills lose?

Heather Mills has said he and 90 other people have been awarded the highest media libel settlement in UK legal history following a claim against News Group Newspapers.

I thought it was a leg below the knee. Not something that normally causes a change in gender is it? But then with the modern fashion for trans this and that perhaps unipedal is a male gender.

Not a liberal, this one

Forget the rebrand – Kim Kardashian West should ditch her shapewear range entirely
Shapewear or ‘Solutionwear’ is a necessity – if you don’t want your butt, boobs, gut or thighs to move or breathe at all. Let’s get rid of it altogether

Hmm – you can’t do that isn’t how most liberal initiatives start now, is it?

Shapewear helps us to keep up with all this – it is a necessity if you don’t want your butt, boobs, gut or thighs to move or breathe at all. The marketing for, and prevalence of, these products says your flesh shouldn’t move if you can help it. Because who needs to be able to move freely?

Well, us. In 2019, people want to move forward. We are fed aspirations of feminist futures, equality and acceptance in life and at work almost everywhere. A kinder world for women is made a more realistic prospect in magazines, papers, TV and film every day – we can see it happening. Too slowly, but at least we are getting there. And we want to get there as quickly as we can, with no restrictions – especially not physical ones.

Replace all the “we” there with “I” and there’s nothing wrong at all. And if it was followed by “I desire” and “you do what you like” then it would be impeccably liberal. But that conflation of the I into we and then the implicit addition of you must not means it’s entirely illiberal. Getting on for fascist actually.

Oh, and, usefully, we’ve a potential proof of the writer’s contention. If the stuff doesn’t sell then she might be right. If it does then she ain’t….for it would appear that some sufficiency of we does want all this

This does seem about right

Harvey Weinstein’s new lawyer has said women need to take responsibility for their actions, as she argued the #MeToo movement had done a disservice to the sex.

Donna Rotunno, who specialises in representing men accused of sex crimes, was hired by the disgraced producer along with Damon Cheronis to represent him at his upcoming trial on sexual assault charges.

Ms Rotunno has critcised the #MeToo movement which began after a string of celebrities came forward to make allegations against Mr Weinstein. “I’m not a woman who has ever subscribed to it,” she told the Wall Street Journal. “I believe women are responsible for the choices that they make.”

If you’ve used the casting couch to get your break then yes, it does seem reasonable that you are responsible for that choice. There are, after all, any number of women out there who have not used the casting couch to gain their break.

Well, not actually, you know?

If hate crimes against trans people are up by 81%, and 80% of hate crimes against trans people go unreported, there’s clearly a very serious problem.

If, before, 15 out of 100 actually happening hate crimes against trans people were being reported, now 30 out of 100 actually happening are, then hate crimes against trans people have declined while reports have risen 81%.

81% of 15 is 12, see?

Now, I don’t know whether that reporting rate has changed. Nor does Carrie, nor does Stonewall. But in this era of much greater awareness what do you think?

How excellent, I’ve had my lifetime requirement

Men who eat two portions of yoghurt are less likely to develop bowel cancer, major study finds

And yet here’s the weird bit:

While men who ate yoghurt had a far lower risk of developing the growths, called adenoma, no association was seen in women.

Leading to one of two conclusions. Men and women are indeed equal yet not the same, with all sorts of societal implications. Or the study’s got some error in it.