Monday Mashup: Miscarrying Alone
Every week we scour the web to bring you interesting bits and pieces from around the world. Enjoy!
Susan Henderson writes of the unique experience of dealing with multiple miscarriages as a 40-year-old single woman. It’s a little-considered perspective, but it’s completely relatable to anyone else who has suffered a similar loss, because even with a partner to support you, it’s possible to feel alone.
The Art of Make-Believe
Grimm Brothers’ fairy tales have been re-interpreted so many times, it’s impossible to count. But with artists like these to depict the stories, they always feel fresh. Check out this collection of the most beautiful fairy tale illustrations over the years — each one is worth its own frame. (If nothing else, if you’re anything like us, it will feed your Edward Gorey obsession.)
Gender Bias in The Home
A look at how — whether intentionally or unintentionally — we reinforce gender stereotypes in our homes, this piece cites a Harvard study that shows gender biases are still alive and well among today’s teens. We still have a long way to go, but luckily this article offers advice on how to curb any unconscious demonstrations of these stereotypes.
Sniffing Out Cancer
Man’s best friend is now also one of man’s best detectors of cancer. Dogs have proven 93% effective in detecting prostate cancer by odour, and they are now on duty at a UK hospital in a pilot program. They also might be effective in diagnosing other forms of cancer.
A False Front?
In an effort to obfuscate their part in the obesity epidemic, Coke is now funding a non-profit to tout the benefits of exercise as a way to offset the effects of a bad diet. We’re all about exercise here at The Swaddle, but it’s a little suspect coming from the mouths of paid Coke minions — particularly when research has shown “exercise has only minimal impact on weight compared with what people consume.”