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Should A 66-yr Old Woman Have Kids From IVF?

In Health, India, Women's Issues on June 16, 2010 at 7:19 am

Batheri Devi is a 66-year old woman from Haryana who gave birth to triplets last month after receiving in-vitro fertilisation (IVF).The same clinic yielded the world’s oldest mother at 70 last year.

“They don’t need children to play with or to have fun. Their only reason is to have someone to carry on the family name to leave their property to,” Dr. Bishnoi who carried out the procedure said.(Full post at the National)

Is anyone watching out for the children’s welfare here?

Need A Foreign Business Partner in India? Rent-A-Woman. Preferably White.

In Business, India, Women's Issues on June 3, 2010 at 7:23 am

A liberal dose of reverse racism, generously garnished with sexism, heaped with discriminating against Indian women for the color of their skin. Evidently makes for a good sales and marketing plan for some Indian businesses.

The Indian obsession with White people, more so with the White woman, is as old as the East India Company. But the centuries-old hangover just got a new twist.

White women are now being hired by some businessmen to be flaunted, as if they were business accessories, at meetings with clients. Foreign interns in the Capital are being offered money by some Indian companies just to show up at business conferences and meetings in order to sell a make-believe ‘international image’ of themselves. (full post at OPEN)

The source for the OPEN article was a blog post by Same Same (but different) which you should read as well.



Bra Makers Taking Notice Of Growing Breast Sizes. Finally!

In India, Women's Issues on May 20, 2010 at 8:00 am

They’re finally paying attention to those of us who have more than the ‘C’ cup can handle.  Fashion statements and big boob humor aside, wearing the wrong bra size has serious health implications – from backaches, indentations in the shoulders, bad posture and scarring of the breasts.  85% of women are wearing the wrong bra!

Alice Fisher at the Guardian has a must-read article on why breasts are getting bigger and how to measure for the right size bra.  The Wall Street Journal has a good article on the engineering behind designing that perfect bra.

Bras are engineering challenges that have been compared in the industry to suspension bridges. Good bras can have more than two dozen working parts. Seams support stress points and create shape. Rigid stays prevent the fabric under the arm from crumpling. Stretch lace at the top of the cup looks decorative, but it has a function as well: It ensures a smooth fit even when a woman’s breasts aren’t exactly the same size. The straps don’t actually support the weight in a bra, but they do need to be firmly anchored into the band to distribute tension.

The Birth Control Pill Turns 50 On Mother’s Day.

In Event, Health, India, Women's Issues on May 9, 2010 at 10:19 am

Rich in irony isn’t it?

And here’s different perspectives on the pill 50 years later today:

In 2008, Americans spent more than $3.5 billion on birth control pills. The pill is not so popular in India – less than 5% of the 49% of women who use contraception in India opt for the pill.

The pill’s business implications in the rivalry between TEVA and Bayer to corner the Asian Market.

How the recession is affecting family planning in some parts of the US.

The pill did not start the sexual revolution, and 4 other myths challenged in this Newsweek piece.

The world’s population in 1960 when the pill was approved was approximately 3 Billion. 50 years later, the world’s population is 6.8 Billion.