Anything you can do, I can do too

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Violent offences and sex attacks, increased alcohol consumption and partner abuse, have all increased dramatically for women.

Gone are the days of ladylike behaviour. Increasingly women are copying the worst behaviours of men. They are just as likely as men to troll partners online; they are swearing more than men (who have cut down); and drinking more than ever before.

Teenage girls in the UK are twice more likely than boys to get drunk than almost anywhere else in Europe where it is the other way round. They are also more likely to be drink-driving than men from the age of 30 with a doubling of the number of women convicted for it since 1998.

figure_behind_bars_anim_500_wht_3524There are currently almost a hundred women in prison for violent behaviour, up a third, and over a hundred serving time for serious sexual offences, three times the number, compared to ten years ago.

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Facebook is for losers

A while since I posted this but the evidence all suggests that using social media can make you feel inadequate by comparing yourself with artificially inflated/enhanced profiles & pictures or number of people who like you.

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figure_bed_computer_1600_wht_14033Most people who use Facebook do so to add positive updates but generally people who use Facebook tend to be more frustrated, angry and lonely.

This might be because positive updates from their “friends” make them feel inadequate.

Now researchers at Ohio University have discovered that people in a bad mood turn to social network sites and look up people less attractive or less successful than themselves rather than those more attractive and more successful.

Given a choice of profiles to look at on a new social networking link called SocialLink participants who had been put in a negative state of mind – by being given poor feedback on a test – spent more time looking at the profiles of people who were less attractive and less successful.

The message is if you’re feeling bad look for someone who’s feeling even worse and regain your emotional superiority.

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Why do models look so miserable?

I noticed it’s fashion week or suchlike and all the newspapers have loads of photos of models.scan0221scan0222

These are all from different fashion houses but they all look the same: miserable, po-faced, bored. 

What’s the matter with them, they’re getting paid a lot?

If they don’t look like they’re enjoying the clothes they’re wearing why would anyone want to buy them. 

They might as well just put the clothes on mannequins. Like these.cropped-cnv000181.jpg

Can you tell the difference?

Photos from Sunday Times and Times

Women & men have different body clocks

stick_figure_sleeping_1600_wht_5121If you are a woman and reading this in bed because you can’t sleep – well it’s not all your fault.

Women are going to bed later than they should and waking up later than they should because their circadian clocks are two hours ahead of mens’ but they feel they have to go to bed at the same time as their husbands or boyfriends (is that really true these days?)

So they are more tired at night but more alert in the morning and may be prone to insomnia (as women are 50% more likely to have sleep problems).

The circadian clock in our bodies regulates sleep-wake cycles and makes us feel alert or tired at appropriate times and is also responsible for jet-lag when we change time zones.

Humans can have different circadian rhythms and research on teenagers has led to some school starting lessons later to match them.

Boys behaving disgracefully at school & where are the teachers?

figure_dancing_fad_500_clr_11824I was sickened to read that an MPs report says sexual harassment is rife in schools. Girls as young as 11 are groped, taunted and called “slags” and “sluts” and unwanted touching is accepted as a daily part of life in the classroom.

Well it shouldn’t be!

Apparently many boys think nothing of pulling up skirts, slapping bottoms and feeling girls’ breasts. Nearly 3/4 of girls had been called offensive names, over half had been sexually harassed and a third of girls aged 16-18 had been sexually touched at school. It’s assault people. In the workplace people would be sacked and even charged with a criminal offence.

What are the boys thinking about? On-line pornography will no doubt get some blame but what about the fact that most schools let pupils use their smart phones at school where they can sext away to their hearts content rather than confiscate them on arrival.

What do their mothers think about this? Do they think it OK? And what about those with sisters. Are they happy for this to happen to them? (If so we have bred a sick society).

And what are teachers doing about it? Well overlooking it obviously. It’s not the kids who need compulsory SRE (sex and relationship education) but the teachers who need to be reminded that they have a responsibility for the children’s safety.

Next time it happens line up the offenders and shame them and if it’s serious report it to the police; next time report it to the police anyway. Three strikes and you’re out springs to mind. We are too liberal about these behaviours.When teachers themselves have been found guilty of inappropriate behaviour with children and of posted inappropriate material on social media sites what kind of example are they setting?

No wonder girls are suffering more from depression than boys (but I also blame them for spending too much time on social media)

Top names for children in 2015

Child_YawningIt seems 20% of parents regret the name they have given their child. According to Mumsnet because it’s too common.

Not sure whether as in too many other kids with same name or just not posh enough.

Anyway the Office of National statistics has revealed its latest list of the most popular names. Bear in mind that it treats variations in spelling as a different name otherwise Mohammed and its variations would be the top boys’ name.

So the most popular boys’ name for the third year running is Oliver. Noah has surged into the top 10, presumably because of various actors and fictional characters rather than a biblical influence as its been the most popular name in America for the last 3 years.

Names like Mason and Logan are in the top 50 while Teddy, Jason, and Roman are the highest climbers.

P1000490There is a bit of a comeback trend among boys’ names with 6 names that featured in the top 20 in 1904 making it into the 2015 list.

James has never fallen out of the top 20, Thomas has made a comeback and the other four have royal links – William, George, Henry and Harry.

For girls Amelia is the most popular for the 5th year running but the only name that has made a comeback from 1904 is Lily. Gladys, Doris, Hilda and Ethel have all disappeared from the top 100 although there are several so named last year.

Willow and Ivy are the fastest risers for girls and Harper also appears in the top 100. (Why would you name your child after a ferry or a bridge for that matter?)

Most popular names for boys

  1. Oliver
  2. Jack
  3. Harry
  4. George
  5. Jacob
  6. Charlie
  7. Noah
  8. William
  9. Thomas
  10. Oscar

Most popular names for girls

  1. Amelia
  2. Olivia
  3. Emily
  4. Isla
  5. Ava
  6. Ella
  7. Jessica
  8. Isabella
  9. Mia
  10. Poppy

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Blow-dry bars the new rage

paris spring street styleIf you can’t afford to have your hair cut and styled every week you might try just having a blow dry.

Dedicated salons are opening up in all the major cities in the UK offered a styling without cutting your hair – and at a reduced price.

Having said that paying half of what you normally pay for a full cut and style just to have your hair washed and blow-dried might seem a bit steep.

But the idea is catching on with the number of appointments trebling last year. “Where once we only had blow dries after a trim it is now perfectly normal to book in for a weekly blow dry minus the cut” said an industry insider.

One survey claims that 50% of women have visited a salon specifically for a blow-dry in the last 12 months. Well maybe …

The salon owners describe it as ‘The ultimate pampering experience that costs less than going to your regular hairdresser” and “a fast affordable treat“.