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