THE BRILLIANT BREAKDOWN: week of february 15

About this whole no drinking thang...

Yes, yes. It's been everywhere- the CDC's insane recommendation that women should stop drinking alcohol if they are not on birth control.  We get what they were trying to do here (sure, drinking excessively can effect fertility- for both MEN and women and Fetal Alcohol Syndrome? Scary stuff. But please, better define your audience and stop making everyone go on Birth Control!).  Man, they need a new editor ASAP. Missed this whole debacle? Check out Rebecca Solnit's take.  And then read Emily Oster's book Expecting Better in which she takes an economists' approach to the pregnancy rules and finds out just how many drinks are too many.  And, we'll leave you with this #Brilliantbit: the embryo doesn't even implant in the uterus 'til week 3 so for those of us charting, you have time to change your ways if necessary once you realize you may be knocked up. Cheers. 

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Rolling your way March 2016... The High-Level Panel on Women's Economic Empowerment. Dun, dun, duuun.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has announced the creation of first-ever High-Level Panel on Women’s Economic Empowerment.  What's this fancy pants panel do? Works to close economic gender gaps. #Brilliantbit McKinsey Global Institute estimates that if women in every country were to play an identical role to men in markets, as much as US$28 trillion would be added to the global economy by 2025 (!)  Not so #BrilliantBit, women spend more than twice as much time on unpaid care and domestic work as men and are paid, on average, 24% less than men globally for the same work. Moreover, 75% of women’s employment in developing regions is informal and unprotected. This High-Level, High-Brow Panel will have its inaugural meeting at the UN in March 2016.  The Panel’s first report with action-oriented recommendations will be issued in September 2016. Score!

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                                                                            art by Laura Berger

                                                                            art by Laura Berger

 

THOSE SPOILED ROTTON NEWBORNS...

"We'll just let her cry it out. She has to learn crying isn't the solution." Great idea. Your child who has been living in a warm bath spa for the last 9 months is all of a sudden faced with cold sensations, loud noises and bright lights with zero control over her body or environment...but yeah, she can figure it out herself. Your baby can't drink or do yoga.  You are her sole comfort measure and your newborn is BIOLOGICALLY INCAPABLE of self-soothing. YOU CAN'T SPOIL HER by comforting her, you are simply helpin' a sista out.  In fact, we reco that you get to know your newborn's cues so that you are tending to her BEFORE she starts howling. This helps with stress levels (and is kinder on the ears). Plus, new research points to cuddled children growing up to be healthier, less depressed, kinder, more empathetic, and more productive adults.  Get snuggling!

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                                                                         photo by Bernd Vogel

                                                                         photo by Bernd Vogel


Happy Anniversary Family and Medical Leave Act...we want a better partner.

It's been 23 years since The Family and Medical Leave Act was put into effect. This law provides 12 weeks unpaid leave for workers IF they have been employed full-time for at least 12 months for a company that has 50 or more employees, within 75 miles of the employee’s workplace.  The U.S. is just about the only nation in the world that does not mandate paid leave for all new mothers (that's us and...Papua New Guinea) As a result, the vast majority of women — some reports say 88% — get no paid leave at all, and almost a quarter of new mothers are working again within two weeks of giving birth. Women are now 47% of the American workforce, (yeah we are) and this once niche problem is becoming mainstream. 

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                                                                        art by Cecile Dormeau

                                                                        art by Cecile Dormeau

 

The New Birth Trend: Seeding

What's it you ask? Seeding is a much more pleasant way of saying "taking a swab of vaginal fluids from mom and schmearing it all over her baby born via c-section." Why? Because babies born via cesearan are introduced to the hospital's bacteria before his mother's bacteria can help protect him, build his immune system and teach his body friend from foe. The thought is that by "seeding", baby will be able to make some use out of mom's bugs. 

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                                                                       art by Frances Cannon

                                                                       art by Frances Cannon

 

P.S. We think this article is nonsense. Just because the research is new and studies small, doesn't render the practice useless.... It just means we we need bigger and better studies. Vaginal microbes are GOLD. Fact. Jury may still be out as to whether seeding is effective or not, but if done safely, there's certainly no harm. Now if only it could make someone some real gold maybe we'd actually get somewhere. So moms-to-be: do your research and ask about your options with your care provider if a section becomes necessary!  Power to the peeps.


 A #menstrualrevolution starting in ny state?!

You guys, it's happening! Manhattan Assembly member Linda B. Rosenthal and Senator Sue Serino of Dutchess County announced legislation that would finally stop making us pay the government for having our periods. We know, we know, we've said it before, but for good measure: Feminine hygiene products (including tampons and pads) are clearly no luxury.  So, it makes NO sense that they are taxed. Even President Obama agrees with us! It's about time. Linda and Sue, you make us proud!

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And just for fun...

Check out these crazy cool images of what our produce once looked like hundreds of years ago. READ MORE HERE!

There's much work to still be done, but pretty freakin' crazy #brilliant that resonant frequencies are shattering cancer cells! We knew there was something more to our Sound Meditations ;) READ MORE HERE!

Parents- in this day and age your kids' best bet for success might just be... ART SCHOOL.  Dang, where was this advice when we were growing up? We don't need no thought control. READ MORE HERE!

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