A danish travel company have come up with an appealing way to deal with Denmark’s plummeting fertility rate:
As I talked about in a recent post, men, just like women, need to plan the timing of their reproduction since older fatherhood comes with increased risks of adverse health and behaviour outcomes for their kids. Children born to older dads are more likely to suffer from conditions like autism, ADHD and bipolar disorder, are more likely to exhibit suicidal behaviour, get worse grades at school and become obese.
If all that’s not scary enough, it turns out that if your dad was old when you were born then you’re more likely to be challenged in the looks department too.Continue Reading
Lily Allen is irritating feminists again. Here’s what she thinks about how women are judged:
“I don’t think men are the enemy, I think women are the enemy. I know that when I’m sitting in a restaurant and a really beautiful woman walks in, who’s skinny, I instinctively think, “Oh she’s really skinny and beautiful and I’m really fat and ugly.” Every man I speak to always says they find that kind of woman gross, and they prefer a bit more meat on their ladies. So it’s more of a competitive thing. It’s weird. It’s just really unhealthy and we’re our own worst enemy. We should stop being so horrible to each other.”
Or as Callie Beusman at Jezebel has helpfully summarized:
“Ugh, women are so mean to each other. I’m jealous of other women. But it’s ok, men say they’re disgusting and I’m better. God, we should stop being mean to each other!”
Ok so Allen is as bad as anyone else on the bitching front but actually she’s right on the money in her analysis of women’s attitudes to each other.Continue Reading
Women all know that once they’re getting into their late 30s and beyond they have to step on the gas a bit if they want to have a healthy baby, and older mothers-to-be must agonize over whether or not to test for various congenital abnormalities.
But men can wait as long as they like, can’t they? Rod Stewart fathered his eighth child at the age of 66 after all, Sir Paul McCartney his fourth at 61, and the 54 year-old Simon Cowell has only just produced his first little bundle of joy. Everybody knows that when it comes to having babies, women get past their sell-by date long before men.
Or do they? Actually the news is that guys had better look out since evidence is piling up showing they hold a much bigger share of responsibility than they probably thought for their progeny’s genetic health.Continue Reading
Remember a few posts ago I was going on about the importance of smell in selecting a mate? Well now you can throw your own “pheromone party” where guests arrive with their own smelly t-shirts ready for sniffing and choosing. See video here.
I asked evolutionary biologist Jan Havlicek of Charles University in Prague what he reckons about these parties since he’s carried out extensive research on the effects of our bodily smells. He says that given the consistent evidence showing that attractiveness of body odour affects our mate choice decisions and perhaps relationship satisfaction then it seems like a clever idea to organize lonely-heart sessions and base one’s choice on sexiness of the body odour, particularly if you are looking for someone who will turn you on.
“But”, he points out, “if one is trying to find an enjoyable mate in other contexts than the bedroom, I am afraid sexiness of their body odour doesn’t say much about their education, job or political attitudes; or whether they fancy listening to Mick Jagger or Stravinski.”
Quite. But still, pheromone parties could be fun…
Young married couples these days, and in particular the male half, are more likely to wear wedding rings to proclaim their commitment than in previous generations, but one in five coupled men and women admit to taking off their rings on occasion according to a report this week.
But what’s interesting, I think, about the research by the law firm Slater & Gordon are the differences it highlights in the behaviour of men and women.Continue Reading
It’s easy to see why the President of France might like to spread himself about a bit, especially if it means a tryst with actor Julie Gayet, but why would Gayet herself choose to go for a man who’s already got a woman? Why do any women have affairs with taken men?Continue Reading
Just a quickie folks, but since we’ve been talking about body hair on men, it’s obviously important to point out that women need their hairy bits too, something that even Cameron Diaz is taking note of. So I thought it appropriate that we applaud the underwear company American Apparel for putting hairy muffs on their mannequins to draw attention to the fact that women do actually have pubic hair – something also noted today by Emer O’Toole in the Guardian.
Wey hey, the bush is back! Hopefully.
The beard that everyone has been going on about relentlessly over the past few months, Jeremy Paxman’s, has finally been shaved off. Good for him anyway for kicking over the traces and overcoming what he called the BBC’s pogonophobia (yes, fear of beards) when he decided to forego shaving and let his whiskers grow last summer.
I have to say though – I slightly prefer the familiar clean-shaven look, but it seems I’m a bit unusual; a Northumbria University study suggests that most women like at least a bit of stubble on their man’s chops. Me, I like hair on other parts of a man’s body, but I’m surprised to learn that again I’m in the minority.
But actually I think I’m right to stick with my preference…Continue Reading
Jeune et Jolie is a new French film about a luscious 17 year-old bourgeois girl who discovers that she can get paid handsomely if she does a bit of classy dressing up and then meets older men in expensive hotels to have sex with them. She seems to mostly have a fine time and makes wads of cash. I went to see the movie at the weekend and it got me thinking: Why wouldn’t any attractive young woman do it?Continue Reading