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Lily Lines: This affects new dads more than many think by Lena Felton and Ross May June 16, 2019

Lily Lines: This affects new dads more than many think

Lena Felton and Ross May June 16, 2019

We may be missing postpartum depression symptoms in men, study suggests

Postpartum depression doesn’t only affect women. According to research, new fathers can suffer the same symptoms — and if their partners are suffering from postpartum depression, as many as 25 percent of new fathers may also experience it. But research published in the Journal of Mental Health has found that signs of postpartum depression are often missed in men. Researchers in Britain had a group of volunteers read nearly identical descriptions of situations in which the subject suffered from postpartum depression, but one described a man and the other a woman. Ninety percent of the participants identified the woman as having postpartum depression, postnatal depression or depression; only 46.4 percent identified one of those causes for the man’s behavior.

A professor not involved in the study told Reuters that because many people don’t realize that men can suffer from postnatal depression, “it is easier to minimize the symptoms, the severity … or the need to reach out and seek help.” ​​

How Europe’s far right is targeting gender studies

There’s a growing trend in Europe, according to a report in the Atlantic: Far-right and conservative governments such as those in Bulgaria, Italy and Hungary are targeting gender studies research. As far-right politicians are increasingly being elected to the European Parliament and within national parliaments, they are attacking gender studies. For example, they have banned a questionnaire about gender and bullying at schools in Italy and banned gender studies university classes altogether in Hungary. In Germany, Alternative for Germany (AfD), the first far-right party to enter the German Parliament since World War II, has said it aims to discontinue all gender studies funding and university research.

“In questioning traditional concepts of identity, sexuality, and kinship, gender studies therefore destabilizes the far right’s simple narrative of a native ‘us’ versus an alien ‘them,’” writes Eliza Apperly. “At the same time, the field disrupts the male authoritarianism integral to much of the far right’s self-image.”

Women are more likely to be judged for messiness, research finds

Studies confirm that women continue to do more housework than men. That makes sense, given new research suggesting that while messiness has no social consequences for men, women are judged for it. Participants in the study were shown photos of clean or messy rooms and told they were occupied by a man or a woman. When they were shown the clean room and told it was occupied by a woman, they judged it as less clean than when a man occupied it. The woman was also thought to be more likely to be judged negatively by visitors. The study’s author told the New York Times that this discrepancy likely stems from the stereotype of “boys will be boys”; while both genders are penalized for having a messy room, messy men were not likely to be judged by visitors or feel uncomfortable having visitors over.

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