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Sumo wrestlers make babies cry — Held by college students sumo wrestlers, a couple of babies cry in their competition during Naki Sumo, or Crying Baby Contest, at Sensoji temple in Tokyo, Monday, April 29, 2013. The babies born in 2012 participated in the annual traditional ritual performed as a prayer for healthy growth of them. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)

Breastfeeding mom takes on Facebook nudity policyFacebook and breastfeeding activists are engaged in a battle over the posting of photographs that show mothers feeding their babies.The latest incident happened Saturday, when she was sent a written warning that a photo of her and her two-year-old daughter Chloe, who was breastfeeding at the time, was considered “sexually explicit.” Facebook has a strict nudity policy.Later that day, a two-year-old photo of her feeding her now four-year-old daughter, Sophie, was also deleted. Kwasnica was then banned from the site for three days.“Facebook should just leave breastfeeding photos alone,” Kwasnica said. “(Breastfeeding is) not pornographic. It’s not obscene. It’s a normal human function.” (Photo: Bryanna Bradley/Montreal Gazette)

Breastfeeding mom takes on Facebook nudity policy
Facebook and breastfeeding activists are engaged in a battle over the posting of photographs that show mothers feeding their babies.

The latest incident happened Saturday, when she was sent a written warning that a photo of her and her two-year-old daughter Chloe, who was breastfeeding at the time, was considered “sexually explicit.”

Facebook has a strict nudity policy.

Later that day, a two-year-old photo of her feeding her now four-year-old daughter, Sophie, was also deleted. Kwasnica was then banned from the site for three days.

“Facebook should just leave breastfeeding photos alone,” Kwasnica said. “(Breastfeeding is) not pornographic. It’s not obscene. It’s a normal human function.” (Photo: Bryanna Bradley/Montreal Gazette)

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Beyonce baby Blue Ivy Carter causes security issues at Lenox Hill Hospital
A Brooklyn man named Neil Coulon has premature twin girls staying at the same hospital as Beyonce and Jay-Z. He told the New York Daily News that he’s seen the pop stars’ security detail plenty. Seeing his baby  girls, however, has proved somewhat more challenging. The 38-year-old  told the paper that Beyonce and Jay-Z’s hospital takeover has prevented  him and his family from being with their newborns on multiple occasions.

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Beyonce baby Blue Ivy Carter causes security issues at Lenox Hill Hospital

A Brooklyn man named Neil Coulon has premature twin girls staying at the same hospital as Beyonce and Jay-Z. He told the New York Daily News that he’s seen the pop stars’ security detail plenty. Seeing his baby girls, however, has proved somewhat more challenging. The 38-year-old told the paper that Beyonce and Jay-Z’s hospital takeover has prevented him and his family from being with their newborns on multiple occasions.

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Sports-related baby photo of the day: The Blue Jays’ Brett Lawrie with two and Aislyn Farquharson. Members of the Toronto Blue Jays stopped by the St Laurent Shopping Centre in Ottawa to meet with fans and sign autographsFrom the Post: John Farrell swung into town last week, spreading his New Year’s narrative. It is neither subtle nor surprising. For his team to contend in 2012, he says, Brett Cecil and Colby Rasmus must snap out of their 2011 stupors.His narrative fans out from there, focusing first on a problematic rotation and pausing for a look at the question marks in left field, with a few other brow-knitting stops along the way.Farrell’s conclusion: His Toronto Blue Jays, as currently constituted, have what it takes to win 10 more games and make the playoffs this year.Photo: Chris Mikula/Postmedia News

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Sports-related baby photo of the day: The Blue Jays’ Brett Lawrie with two and Aislyn Farquharson. Members of the Toronto Blue Jays stopped by the St Laurent Shopping Centre in Ottawa to meet with fans and sign autographs

From the Post: John Farrell swung into town last week, spreading his New Year’s narrative. It is neither subtle nor surprising. For his team to contend in 2012, he says, Brett Cecil and Colby Rasmus must snap out of their 2011 stupors.

His narrative fans out from there, focusing first on a problematic rotation and pausing for a look at the question marks in left field, with a few other brow-knitting stops along the way.

Farrell’s conclusion: His Toronto Blue Jays, as currently constituted, have what it takes to win 10 more games and make the playoffs this year.

Photo: Chris Mikula/Postmedia News

Canadians want children of own gender to carry on legacy: studyDespite a cultural push to be neutral or even indifferent about the sex of their babies, university-educated Canadians overwhelmingly prefer to have a child of their own gender as they unconsciously try to create a “meme” of themselves to live on after they die, a new study suggests.Fifty or even 20 years ago, the same study of evolutionary biology might have veered heavily in favour of boys — the traditional breadwinners, deemed to be physiologically stronger and with a greater capacity to produce more children and grandchildren. It’s a value that still exists in many parts of the world.But the major strides made by women in modern Western society have meant there’s never been a better time to be born a girl —and women are keenly aware of it, said Lonnie Aarssen, a Queen’s University biology professor who co-authored the study with former undergraduate student Michael Higginson.“It’s interesting to see this emergence just in my lifetime of opportunities for women to break free from that patriarchal subjugation,” he said. “And it’s being expressed as a flip now to actually favouring offspring that have potential to represent copies of themselves because they’re the same gender.”This is particularly linked to women seeing themselves as able to leave some kind of role model legacy for their daughters because they see greater opportunities for them today, Dr. Aarssen added. (Photo: foltolia)

Canadians want children of own gender to carry on legacy: study
Despite a cultural push to be neutral or even indifferent about the sex of their babies, university-educated Canadians overwhelmingly prefer to have a child of their own gender as they unconsciously try to create a “meme” of themselves to live on after they die, a new study suggests.

Fifty or even 20 years ago, the same study of evolutionary biology might have veered heavily in favour of boys — the traditional breadwinners, deemed to be physiologically stronger and with a greater capacity to produce more children and grandchildren. It’s a value that still exists in many parts of the world.

But the major strides made by women in modern Western society have meant there’s never been a better time to be born a girl —and women are keenly aware of it, said Lonnie Aarssen, a Queen’s University biology professor who co-authored the study with former undergraduate student Michael Higginson.

“It’s interesting to see this emergence just in my lifetime of opportunities for women to break free from that patriarchal subjugation,” he said. “And it’s being expressed as a flip now to actually favouring offspring that have potential to represent copies of themselves because they’re the same gender.”

This is particularly linked to women seeing themselves as able to leave some kind of role model legacy for their daughters because they see greater opportunities for them today, Dr. Aarssen added. (Photo: foltolia)

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Photos of the day One of 13 newborn ostriches is accompanied by a hen as it explores its enclosure on June 21, 2011 at the zoo in Berlin.  (Photo: Joerg Carstensen/AFP/Getty Images)

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One of 13 newborn ostriches is accompanied by a hen as it explores its enclosure on June 21, 2011 at the zoo in Berlin. (Photo: Joerg Carstensen/AFP/Getty Images)

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Does hiding baby’s sex engender freedom or cross the line?It is nothing if not an unorthodox approach to child rearing: A Toronto couple says it is trying to raise a genderless child, refusing to reveal baby Storm’s sex to encourage a more neutral approach to the infant.Hiding the four-month-old’s sex from the outside world is a “tribute to freedom and choice” that they hope will let Storm grow up unfettered by the values of others, Kathy Witterick and David Stocker have been quoted as saying.Experts, however, question whether the odd experiment will work or be good for the baby, and note that gender identity is a complex, mysterious force that has at least as much to do with biological factors present at birth as the person’s social interactions. (Photo illustration: James McMurtrie/Getty Images/Thinkstock)Barbara Kay: A child’s biology is not a matter of choice

Does hiding baby’s sex engender freedom or cross the line?
It is nothing if not an unorthodox approach to child rearing: A Toronto couple says it is trying to raise a genderless child, refusing to reveal baby Storm’s sex to encourage a more neutral approach to the infant.

Hiding the four-month-old’s sex from the outside world is a “tribute to freedom and choice” that they hope will let Storm grow up unfettered by the values of others, Kathy Witterick and David Stocker have been quoted as saying.

Experts, however, question whether the odd experiment will work or be good for the baby, and note that gender identity is a complex, mysterious force that has at least as much to do with biological factors present at birth as the person’s social interactions. (Photo illustration: James McMurtrie/Getty Images/Thinkstock)

Barbara Kay: A child’s biology is not a matter of choice

Photos of the day, May 9, 2011Medical personnel attend to a newly-born conjoined twin girls, who were borned with their whole body connected at a hospital in Suining, southwest China’s Sichuan province on May 9, 2011. The twin sisters, who were born on May 5 weighing 4.05 kg (9 lbs), are still in critical condition due to the proximity of their heads causing breathing difficulties (AFP/Getty Images)

Photos of the day, May 9, 2011
Medical personnel attend to a newly-born conjoined twin girls, who were borned with their whole body connected at a hospital in Suining, southwest China’s Sichuan province on May 9, 2011. The twin sisters, who were born on May 5 weighing 4.05 kg (9 lbs), are still in critical condition due to the proximity of their heads causing breathing difficulties (AFP/Getty Images)

To be (and not have) kids: How aunthood makes putting it off that much easier It’s not a question of “if” kids are for me, but “when,” except that “when” is never “now,” and is always a distant, Elysian “later” that realistically is not in the next, say, three years. Having kids has never been on my immediate radar, since I am among the twenty- and thirtysomething women who went after careers and independence (as we were once told to do by our teachers and bosses and parents) instead of the right kind of men and the subsequent house and kids (as we’re now being told to do by our magazines and doctors and parents). (Illustration by Kagan McLeod)

To be (and not have) kids: How aunthood makes putting it off that much easier
It’s not a question of “if” kids are for me, but “when,” except that “when” is never “now,” and is always a distant, Elysian “later” that realistically is not in the next, say, three years. Having kids has never been on my immediate radar, since I am among the twenty- and thirtysomething women who went after careers and independence (as we were once told to do by our teachers and bosses and parents) instead of the right kind of men and the subsequent house and kids (as we’re now being told to do by our magazines and doctors and parents). (Illustration by Kagan McLeod)

Politicians With Babies is our new favourite Canadian election tumblr. Here’s another one for you: http://natpo.st/eaDCTB

Politicians With Babies is our new favourite Canadian election tumblr. Here’s another one for you: http://natpo.st/eaDCTB