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I know someone who's mom drank during pregnancy this guy -> Henry Bodkin

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/05/17/telling-women-not-drink-pregnancy-sexist/



Advising women not to drink when pregnant is “sexist” and causes “needless anxiety”, senior academics have said.

Pregnancy charities and researchers have called for a change to the “alarmist” official Government guidelines, which warn expectant mothers to avoid alcohol completely.

They say the policy has no basis in evidence and ends up “stigmatising” women and excluding them from society.

Studies have shown that consistent heavy drinking during pregnancy can result in foetal alcohol syndrome, which can cause physical developmental and learning difficulties.
"Women are being accosted, spoken to and started at in public"Dr Ellie Lee, University of Kent

However, there is not robust evidence that light to moderate drinking, or even one-off episodes of binge drinking, causes any long-term damage.

Experts at the University of Kent and the British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS) are claiming that public policy towards pregnant women has “gone down an overtly precautionary route” and that the Government “needs to be honest” about the evidence.

But last night professional bodies defended the current position.

Last year the Chief Medical Officer, Dame Sally Davies, was accused of scaremongering when she issued updated formal advice on alcohol consumption for all adults, reducing the recommended weekly intake from 21 to 14 units for men, and advising pregnant women not to touch alcohol at all.

The previous guidelines had expecting women not avoid alcohol but noted that if they did choose to drink, they could not consume more than 2 units once or twice a week.

Dr Ellie Lee, Director of the Centre of Parenting Culture Studies at the University of Kent, said the “exclusion of women from an ordinary activity on the basis of a precaution” was “sexist”.

“Public discourse has become very hostile and there is now an assumption that a pregnant woman holding a glass of wine is doing something absolutely wrong,” she said.

“Women are being accosted, spoken to and started at in public.

“People assume that just because you have had one drink you’ve had a bottle of vodka for breakfast.”

She said it was impossible to establish the safe level of exposure to alcohol during pregnancy.

BPAS is also campaigning for a change in the tone of the advice on the basis that it may be needlessly scaring women into aborting pregnancies because of fears that a few heavy nights out will have caused the foetus serious harm.
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That's bullshit!
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People seriously believe this, but I shouldn't be surprised since there are also people who believe the earth is flat.

There's always going to be idiots.
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I have the feeling I am going to get a lot of use out of this picture
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So some selfish fools are hoisting the "sexist" flag when it's reaffirmed that pregnancy and alcohol don't mix? "Approve of and whole-heartedly support my drinking habits, or I'll accuse you of sexism and rally a mini-mob!" Tantrum, blackmail, and manipulation wrapped up together in a tidy package.

Assuming the story is true, that is.
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My mom drank when she was pregnant
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No! This shit can't be true! No one can be that stupid! Please tell me that nobody really believes the garbage spewing from that man's mouth!
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Rujikin wrote:
ends up “stigmatising” women and excluding them from society.


Lmao riiight. What will women complain about next I wonder.
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There's really nothing else to say.
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Sounds like an excuse to drink.

Come on ladies, you can lay of the sauce for 9 months.
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Rujikin wrote:

I know someone who's mom drank during pregnancy this guy -> Henry Bodkin



Hmmm... I'm not sure what your issue is with him. He is just quoting the statements made by some academic groups. It is the woman from University of Kent who used the word sexist. Several other UK publications picked up the story the same day so it has probably been prompted by a press release from the academics rather than an individual reporter digging for dirt.
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zangeif123 wrote:

Sounds like an excuse to drink.

Come on ladies, you can lay of the sauce for 9 months.


i think its longer then that assuming the mother wants to breastfeed, which im thinking is better then just bottle feeding most of the time unless the parent is a addict/drunk or some some illness etc
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Man, I can't believe The Telegraph went with this instead of my story on how punching someone in the face is okay if you've been properly victimized. What a dropped ball; active involvement will always trump passive, as far as I'm concerned.
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This is almost as bad as the plot of the Boruto filler. Almost.
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