Top of the posts: Breastfeeding, vegetarians and photography
Those on Disability Living Allowance were told this week that health minister Iain Duncan Smith has called for a reform, expected to result in half a million people losing this benefit over the next four years. Laurence Clark points out that, as someone with cerebral palsy, his doctor has informed him that he will need support for the rest of his life – so why the need for more costly and time-wasting reviews?
With the recent arrest of two men for performing female genital mutilation (FGM) on girls as young as ten, Natalie Dzerins speaks to Daughters of Eve, who plan to educate people about what FGM means, and what can be done about it. It’s estimated that 100,000 women living in the UK have survived the illegal operation, with a further 22,000 girls under 16 at risk.
When Time released a cover featuring an image of a woman breastfeeding her three-year-old son, with the tag line ‘Are you Mom Enough?’, many were quick to judge how long a mother should breastfeed her baby for. Dr. Charlotte Faircloth looks at Attachment Parenting and argues that although mammals can breastfeed for an extended period of time, this doesn’t mean that they should and that ultimately, the choice between bottle and breast is a personal decision.
John Rentoul and Matthew Bell debated whether Amazon should sell new Nazi flags on its site, which drew some interesting responses from readers. Some agreed that it was morally wrong to profit from selling the items, whereas others deemed a ban would only act to reinforce the fascist ideology.
Our new photography blog by Alex Hare kicked off last Sunday to a warm reception – and this Sunday he’ll be taking a look at photography apps. Is there room for smartphone photography in photojournalism?
Here are the top blogs from the past week, as determined by stats:
1. A bikini is not the same as a niqab By James Bloodworth
2. Female Genital Mutilation might be illegal, but it still takes place in the UK By Natalie Dzerins
3. Vegetarians: We’re not just feckless hippies By Lee Williams
4. The Debate: Should Amazon be selling Nazi flags? By John Rentoul and Matthew Bell
5. Are you Mom Enough? Putting parenting choices under the microscope By Dr. Charlotte Faircloth
6. Why doesn’t Iain Duncan Smith trust a doctor’s decision? By Laurence Clark
7. Bayern Munich out to restore broken pride with two finals in a week By Kit Holden
9. Cameron’s legacy could be leaving the EU By John Rentoul
10. The Photography Blog: The winner takes it all By Alex HareTagged in: Are you Mom Enough?, bayern munich, breastfeeding, david cameron, Disability Living Allowance, eu, Female Genital Mutilation, Iain Duncan Smith, Nazi flags, niqab, photography, sexual abuse, vegetarian
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