The Buzz Cut: Not‑Pregnant Miley Cyrus Reminds Everyone about Manners
In The Buzz Cut, we give hot takes on all of the intellectual and Internet-famous, celebrity and bizarre, buzzy and overlooked family and parenting news we gossiped about over lunch all week.
Planetary pregnancy scare. Scientists are worried climate change-related heat waves could lead to more premature births and stillbirths. Oh, and that reminds us, some famous people are pregnant, including model Chrissy Tiegen, who just announced her second pregnancy, and actress Park Han Byul and tennis star Ana Ivanovic, who just announced their first pregnancies; possibly including lipstick mogul Kylie Jenner, who has yet to confirm the raging rumors of her pregnancy; and not including Miley Cyrus, thankyouverymuch.
Rethinking marriage. Is a short, temporary marriage (or series of them) more sensible than a lifelong one? If so, prenups might become a lot more common — good thing scientists just discovered the oldest example of one (it’s 4,000 years old).
Right direction. Consanguinous marriages are on the decline all over the world.
Speaking of marriage. Serena Williams and Alexis Ohanian just wed in a lavish, happily-ever-after ceremony. Zaheer Khan and Sagarika Ghatge also just tied the knot. And possibly congratulations to Demi Lovato, whose fans are convinced had a recent, secret ceremony. And to Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Phillip, who just celebrated 70 years of marriage. But not to Jennifer Lawrence and Darren Aronofsky, who just broke up after a year of dating.
And speaking of happily ever after. One UK mom stirred up debate on Twitter, calling for the fairy tale Sleeping Beauty to be shelved at schools because it sends the wrong messages about consent.
When it ends. Papers from Elvis Presley’s divorce just sold for £20,000 at auction.
Is it time to retire? This article makes the case that, amid changing gender roles and attitudes toward non-traditional gender identities, the terms ‘mom’ and ‘dad’ are passé. Hard to disagree, when schools are being ordered to remove the terms from their admission forms.
It’s not paranoia. Germany has banned smartwatches for kids ages 5 to 12, which allow parents (or anyone with hacking skills, really) to secretly listen in on the children’s environments via an app. And in the UK, parents are being advised to turn off tracking capabilities on any ‘smart’ Christmas presents for kids.
Maternity and paternity leave update. Guest teachers at Delhi government schools will now get maternity benefits. (It’s about time.) This UK mum seems to have it all figured out — she’s travelling the world with her family (for the second time) during her mat leave. (Good luck.) A petition to extend paternity leave from 11 optional days to 11 mandatory days and up to 6 weeks of optional leave is gathering steam in France. (Excellent.)