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Why I’m Happy I Don’t Have Daughters

I’m glad I have sons … and only sons. My friends who are mothers of daughters say that if I had given birth to two daughters instead, I’d be just as glad. I’m not so sure. When I was pregnant with each of my sons, I was convinced from the start that I was carrying boys. And even before that, when I was still just musing about being a mother, it was never a little girl that I pictured. Good thing, right? Keep reading »

Man Kisses His Mother On The Lips, Grosses Out Wife

I’ll never forget the first time I met the mother of a particular ex-boyfriend. We were vacationing together in the South of France (glamorous locale, yes, but not the place you want to spend a week with your boyfriend’s family!) and I was sort of stunned by the physical relationship between my then-boyfriend and his mother. I should say they’re from a different cultural background than I (they’re Middle Eastern) and maybe that was part of it, but they literally could NOT keep their hands off each other. They hugged, kissed on the lips, caressed each other. It was seriously bizarre. At one point, my ex-boyfriend’s mother even talked about his “golden penis” (over dinner!) — a term she said was some kind of figure of speech in their culture. Um, ohhhkay. Needless to say, it was trés uncomfortable for me and when we broke up several months later it was with much relief that I realized I’d never have to endure another mother-son make-out fest ever again. Remembering all this, I read today’s letter in Salon’s advice column with a lot of empathy. Read it yourself after the jump. Keep reading »

The Daily Squeeze: Circumcision, Crazy Bras, And Producing Heirs

  • The rate of infant male circumcision has decreased significantly since the 1930s and 1940s, at least in the U.K. Some people see circumcision as a form of genital mutilation, and there are even operations that reverse the procedure. Sounds like fun, doesn’t it? [The Times, U.K.]
  • Soroptimist, a volunteer organization, held its annual “Bras for a Cause” fund raiser in Glendale, CA, last weekend. Creatively designed bras with names like “Yosemit-D Bra” and “Snorkeling in Bra-zil Bra” were auctioned off, with the proceeds going to breast cancer healing and research. [UPI]
  • Women who are confident, assertive, and influential with a strong sense of self have high levels of testosterone and tend to produce sons, while mothers of girls tend to have lower testosterone and be more nurturing, empathetic, and tolerant, according to a reproductive scientist’s controversial research. This would been a handy piece of information for rulers like Louis XVI and Henry VIII. [The Times, U.K.]
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