Friday 22 March 2013

Articles that caught our eye this week

The government's response to the review of PSHE was released on Friday and the response from the sexual community was luke-warm at best. The Chief Executive of Brook, Simon Blake, called the review a "not very funny joke":

Clearly the Department for Education has not been looking at the same evidence as the rest of us or listening to the views of children and young people themselves. 20 months after the review was announced, this vital topic is clearly consigned to the very bottom of the DFE pile marked ‘non urgent’. This stubborn refusal of the Department of Education to improve PSHE and SRE fails children and young people yet again.
The Labour MP Diane Abbott also criticised the review and said that it demonstrated that ‘the government has run out of ideas on sexual health.’

How we talk to children and young people about reproductive issues is one that many parents struggle with. In the context of the renewed focus on PSHE and the role of schools, we found this post  from the perspective of a parent who decided to talk to her young children about abortion particularly interesting.

Be Fertility Aware looks here at the contraceptive options for new mums and provides clear, evidence based information about using breastfeeding as a form of contraception and the rules women need to follow for it to be effective.
There is an interesting juxtaposition emerging in American right-wing politics- the growing acceptance of gay marriage and increase in attacks on abortion provision. This article in the Telegraph looked at the current trends in social conservatism:

Oddly for something that has only just became a major political issue in America, gay marriage could soon cease to be one: opponents are fighting a demographic tidal wave. Yet on abortion they are getting more traction than ever. Gay marriage’s time in America may have come but, 40 years in, the abortion war may just be warming up.
Despite the alarmist headline, “Are older parents putting our future at risk?”, this was actually a very interesting article on older parenthood. It examined global and historic trends, the challenges that older parenthood can present and, refreshingly, looked at this as not just a female issue:

Though it is often portrayed as one, this isn’t just a female problem. Most men aren’t ready to settle down until somewhere around their mid-thirties. In an “information economy” like ours, people tend to stay in education longer to maximise their chances of getting a decent job. This is one of the major factors behind Britain’s declining birth rate: both men and women are more likely to go to university, which means they start work later, and take longer to feel established enough, financially and professionally, to start a family.
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