Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Are you against or for women to choose not to breed? Is it selfish? see what my guest and I discuss in the Gender Hub show


9/11 Attacks Linked to Rise in Miscarriages
Research suggests that the stress and shock experienced by pregnant women in the US in the wake of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks may have contributed to an increase in miscarriages of male fetuses. The study focused on miscarriages of male fetuses because it is believed that they are more sensitive to stress hormones than female fetuses. In September 2001, 12% more male babies were lost after the 20th week of pregnancy than in a typical September. Authors say their findings support the idea that a sense of "communal bereavement" led pregnant women who had no direct ties to those killed in the attacks to experience significant distress resulting in miscarriage.

Which two countries will be battling it out at the Cape Town stadium 11 June 2010?
Answer: Uruguay vs France

Improve mental and emotional health by taking care of yourself
In order to maintain and strengthen your mental and emotional health, it’s important to pay attention to your own needs and feelings. Don’t let stress and negative emotions build up. Try to maintain a balance between your daily responsibilities and the things you enjoy. If you take care of yourself, you’ll be better prepared to deal with challenges if and when they arise.

Tips and strategies for taking care of yourself:
Appeal to your senses. Stay calm and energized by appealing to the five senses: sight, sound, touch, smell, and taste. Listen to music that lifts your mood, place flowers where you will see and smell them, massage your hands and feet, or sip a warm drink.
Engage in meaningful, creative work. Do things that challenge your creativity and make you feel productive, whether or not you get paid for it – things like gardening, drawing, writing, playing an instrument, or building something in your workshop.
Get a pet. Yes, pets are a responsibility, but caring for one makes you feel needed and loved. There is no love quite as unconditional as the love a pet can give. Animals can also get you out of the house for exercise and expose you to new people and places.
Make leisure time a priority. Do things for no other reason than that it feels good to do them. Go to a funny movie, take a walk on the beach, listen to music, read a good book, or talk to a friend. Doing things just because they are fun is no indulgence. Play is an emotional and mental health necessity.
Make time for contemplation and appreciation. Think about the things you’re grateful for. Mediate, pray, enjoy the sunset, or simply take a moment to pay attention to what is good, positive, and beautiful as you go about your day.
Everyone is different; not all things will be equally beneficial to all people. Some people feel better relaxing and slowing down while others need more activity and more excitement or stimulation to feel better. The important thing is to find activities that you enjoy and that give you a boost.

Olivia Rose Innes and Adele Hamilton from They joined me this morning to discuss the Gender Hub topic, ‘Why certain women choose not to breed’. Olivia and Adele in fact together wrote the article we discussed called, “Why I choose not to breed”.

The significance of the article according to Olivia is that also it showcases the divide between women who have kids and those who do not. From an environmental aspect Olivia says overpopulation is a growing problem and individuals having kids indiscriminately perpetuate the problem. Olivia also mentioned that people always turn around and blame the poor for overpopulation which causes them to use up resources which is incorrect, first world kids use up way more resources. Adele on the other hand as a parent herself believes that women having children is inevitable it’s unstoppable, it’s a natural urge but for Olivia it’s the opposite she actually never had that urge. What this illustrates is that there are plenty of women in the world who never get THE urge.

The importance of writing an article that discusses this topic in my opinion is that it also showcases the choice woman have in the modern. Before women were recognised as “human” basically women were just seen as breeders, full stop, we didn’t have the right and privilege to be our own person. Now woman can choose to decide to be childfree and that choice should be respected it is our human right and should not be seen as selfish.

For some woman having children is but a dream because of being infertile etc. Then there is the social pressure to be a mother/”really woman” as well. Choosing to have kids is a wonderful thing however Adele, Olivia and I agree that people should make a more educated choice or be more realistic the last thing we need is another unwanted baby.

Read the article and make up your own mind:

People don't care how much you know, until they know how much you care. – Anonymous
That’s it for the Morning Cruise, where we cruise through your weekday here on BushRadio 89.5fm live on your stereo between 9am – 12pm with me Denisia Adams. Take Care ... make the best of your day and Keep the Faith. Stay Real!!!!!!!!!!

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