Category Archives: women

Deep-fry away the pounds

A recent study out of Stanford has found the Atkins diet to be most effective for women. It compared a handful of “fad” diets and one based on the US food pyramid. They were all helpful to varying degrees, but the Atkins diet most of all.

It seems counter-intuitive that eating mostly fats and proteins should help lose loose weight, much less cut your cholesterol and blood pressure. Yet, this is what they found.

Of course, one study isn’t conclusive evidence. This one only looked at overweight women, for starters. Since I am neither overweight or female, I won’t be binging at McDonald’s tonight. Also, I am concerned about the long-term consequences of a diet high in protein. It wouldn’t be very healthy if this weight loss is at the expense of kidney function.

An interesting study, to be sure. But I won’t be changing what I eat anytime soon.

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Three parents. So What?

It’s amazing what some people will get all riled up about.

The Ontario Court of Appeal ruled that a child can have three parents. Specifically, the lesbian partner of the birth mother is now Mom Number Two. Apparently the three now-parents were already raising the child together, so all the ruling does is give legal recognition to reality.

Yes, it’s something of a grey area whether or not the courts have the power to make that kind of decision. The solution is for the government (whichever level has the authority) to modify the law to recognize these kinds of families. All the government would be doing is giving these parents solid legal ground on which to raise their children.

Yet, the Institute of Marriage and Family Canada (“NAMBLA”) is acting as if this is just one more piece of the sky falling. They reiterate a plea for a Royal Commission on “the Future of the Family”… because when you seriously want to get something done in Canada, and fast, everyone’s first thought is “Royal Commission.”

This all seems a bit like the gay marriage brouhaha. Legislation recognizing gay marriage doesn’t create gay couples. There are already gay couples. It just gives them the same legal rights as heterosexual couples.

There are already three-parent families, except only two of the parents are legal guardians. This legal ruling (and eventually, legislation) will make three-parent families better families. It is no threat to “traditional marriage,” however that is defined.

Slavery is Freedom

Call me unenlightened, but I don’t see how exotic-dance lessons make you a feminist. If you define measure your femininity by your ability to please men (whether in the kitchen, the bedroom, or the strip joint), you may have missed the point of the last 90 years of women’s rights advances.

Far be it from me to tell you how better to define yourself. I have all the wrong chromosomes for that. But I’m pretty sure it shouldn’t involve seeking approval from men.

(EDIT: clumsy word choice)