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British Libraries Under Fire for ‘Sexist’ Bookmarks

Public libraries in Hampshire, in the south of England, are facing criticism for the creation of supposedly “sexist” bookmarks. Designed by Hampshire county council, the bookmarks bear the words “Male Lit” and “Chick Lit” along with the names of male and female authors whose works of fiction it is suggested library users might want to […]

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Why your next therapy session might include a horse

It’s so cold that pigeons have sought refuge in the barn; they flutter and coo in the rafters. Chunks of ice lie by a water trough with no hope of thawing. And in the center of the arena, six teens wearing thick winter coats jam gloved hands into jean pockets, trying to stay warm, but […]

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French fertility declining, but still highest in the EU

I am currently reading a book by historian Norman Stone on the late nineteenth century/early twentieth century in Europe. The book is extremely interesting; it has changed my idea of Europe as an idyll in which economic and political liberalism was ever increasing but was cut short by the Great War. Instead, in many of […]

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Duchess Kate opens up about the ‘overwhelming experience’ of motherhood

Duchess Kate gave a powerful speech this week about motherhood while promoting her upcoming series of educational films, according to The Huffington Post. The series, which comes from the charity Best Beginnings, covers topics like mental health, pregnancy and postpartum depression, HuffPost reported.  The former Kate Middleton launched the series with a talk about what […]

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How Multiple Partner Fertility Influences Child Well-Being

If I had to describe my family life when I was a child, it would be complicated. I am the only child of my parents, who divorced when I was two. By the time I turned five, both my parents had remarried. From their new unions, I gained five half-siblings—three from my father’s marriage and two […]

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Why the Little Moments in Marriage Matter

It’s 5:30 p.m. when your spouse walks in the front door. What’s the first thing you do? a) Ask him/her to do something, b) Complain about how cranky the kids have been or about your tough workday, or c) Smile and say hi. Option C might not come naturally at the end of a long, stressful […]

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Parental leave for grandparents

Cuba is well aware of its demographic woes and continues to think of ways to turn its low fertility rate around.  The latest initiative is to give parental leave to the grandparents of newborns.   They are entitled to receive up to 60% of their annual salary for up to a year. This adds to what […]

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Spain’s female bodyguards who protect abused women

Ana went online to contact women’s support groups and was put in touch with Carolina, a former police bodyguard now using her skills and training to keep women safe from violent men. The organisation offers 24-hour protection free of charge, helping vulnerable women to shake off the paralysing effects of fear and to face the […]

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