Current Affairs Round-up: The antithesis to romance

Current Affairs round-up

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I feel completely out of whack this month – the weather and the seasons can’t make up their minds, and I’ve just recovered from a horrible bout of sickness. So to continue the inconsistency, the theme for this month’s round-up is: There-Is-No-Theme-Or-If-There-Is-It’s-The-Antithesis-To-Romance. Hope you had a happy Valentine’s!

We’ve recently celebrated – or not in many cases – that special day in the calendar. If you’re in the former camp, you’ll enjoy this post from Lara of Adventures Of A Mum about keeping the romance alive. In direct contrast is a look at the feminist issue of being Miss or Mrs by Lauretta at Home and Horizon.

I actually wrote something every bit as sentimental (that’s me being sarcastic) about the much-hyped Fifty Shades – though you may want to skip it you’re a diehard fan. On an equally serious note, Angela of The Inspiration Edit penned a powerful read about why it is not okay to blame rape victims.

Victoria at Mummy Times Two discussed another issue facing our girls, part of which I was completely unaware of but definitely needs to have its profile raised: apparently autism in girls is not only under-diagnosed (I knew this bit), there’s also no proper framework in place to support those who are diagnosed. In this day and age that’s unbelievable – and potentially dangerous. Though in this instance I’m not convinced it’s a clear-cut case of sexism…

Which brings me onto this brilliant post by Lucy from The Parent Game about when racism is not, in fact, racism – same concept, different prejudice.

And while we’re discussing racism, Jenny of Midwife and Life raised an interesting question about the subject which is just not going away: the refugee crisis. I like to think that as parents we can all wholeheartedly and without hesitation agree that the children – at the very least – need and deserve any and all support we can offer. But Jenny really made me think with this piece, because she’s asking us to consider just how far we’d personally go to help those in peril. A noble cause – but would you open your home to a refugee child?

Jenny is a midwife and that’s my tenuous link to this next post I want to talk about: how do you feel about placenta encapsulation? Do you even know what it is? Kate from Family Fever is a midwife too and she recently opted to give this a go. Essentially it involves having the placenta freeze-dried and ground into pills, with one of the alleged benefits being to decrease PND – what’s not to love? I did a quick bit of research and I’m not totally convinced (I place emphasis on studies, while this practise is considered holistic), but Kate says it helped her and as far as I’m concerned – placebo or not – that’s a good enough reason to be open-minded.

Finally, I want to share an article about the broader topic of news in general. Janet from Falcondale Life implores us to talk to our children about it, and I make her right. Shielding our younger ones from the realities of life may be well-intentioned, but it can also be potentially harmful. We have a responsibility to both educate and instil security – and to strike the right balance communication is key.

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About Kate Tunstall

Cynic; Jedi Master; connoisseur of cake: Kate Tunstall blogs at The Less-Refined Mind and Huffington Post. From petty peeves to politics, Kate doesn’t shy away from telling it like it is. As an inevitable role-model to her daughter, she even throws in the odd ‘inspirational’ post in an effort to quell her cynicism and promote positivity. Kate resides in rural Essex with her champion husband and their young daughter, who’s affectionately known as the ‘Devil Pixie’. You can say hi to Kate on Twitter: @LessRefinedMind and Instagram: @lessrefinedmind.

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