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Let's forget her emails for the moment and stick to Sex...and Gender

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This year drugs seem to have become the major, if confused, preoccupation of the IOC. Will this take Sex off the Agenda, and give the “gender” police a year off?

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"Curvology" purports to take us on “a scientific journey into the evolution of women’s bodies and what that means for their brains”.Everyone should be reassured that despite the battering the binary model of gender has taken in 2015 it is still alive and well, and as the author reassures us "evolution is not feminist"!

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The attached brief article reviews a book published before the repeal of the One Child Family Policy at the end of 2015 after 35 years of operation. Children who have grown up without siblings, as a result of the policy ,are believed to have more difficulties in forming relationships as well as being very spoiled by their families hence the appellations Little Emperor and Material Girl. One of the implications of this presumed lack of social and networking skills is the enhancement of traditional parental involvement in finding their child a partner through open air dating markets; as well as the young people’s dedication to dating online.

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Anyone seeing the title of Betty Friedan’s 1963 classic –The Feminine Mystique(1)for the first time – could be forgiven for thinking that she is actually promoting some kind of strategy of perfumed seduction... but far from it.Friedan railed against the excessive glorification of domesticity -the Feminine Mystique- seeing it as a way to keep women happy with their lot in the kitchen and out of the workplace and the world.

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