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Best gifts for your mom: Gift ideas for the woman who brought you into this world

When it comes to buying gifts for your mother, don’t shy away from technology, gadgets, and trends. There’s an unfortunate narrative afoot that suggests that everything your mother might want can be placed in a kitchen cupboard or encircled in an embroidery hoop. While embroidery is rad, don’t let the standard mom gifts put your favorite lady in a box. It’s time to help your mama branch out. Make sure your gifts are actually gifts for her and don’t all have to do with serving others, an all-too-common issue with the more standard mom gifts. 

SEE ALSO: These are the best gifts for your dad

Your mom should revel in her own glory with gifts that make her feel smart, sophisticated, and valued. Consider what she does when she has no one putting demands on her time — then shop for those moments. 

And if she balks at a gadgety gift and says she doesn’t know how to use it? That’s where you step in and teach her. After all, she managed to raise you and that was way harder than computers or consumer technology will ever be.

Here are 17 of the best gifts for your mom:

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The Difference Between Relationship Expectations Vs. The Reality In 20 Illustrations

Big-budget Hollywood movies and polished Instagram feeds might give you the impression that romantic relationships have to be perfect. Well, they can’t. And when you let go of the popular obsession with unachievable idealistic love, you allow room for your perfectly imperfect relationship to blossom.

To highlight this point, Bored Panda has illustrated the differences between what’s usually expected of romantic moments and their true forms. From snacking in bed to sleeping poses and beyond, the outcome of your attempt to create something special doesn’t matter, it’s what you make of it that does. And there’s no better person to make the best of the mundane than your significant other. Scroll down to check out the images and fire up our other original series once you’re done (21 Ways Your Life Changes From Your 20s To Your 30s, 20 Brutally Honest Comics That Show How Your Life Changes After Having Kids).

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5 things to know for November 8: Mass shooting, Sessions, Trump, China, Girl Scouts

(CNN)We begin the morning with news of yet another mass shooting. Here’s what you need to know to Get Up to Speed and Out the Door. (You can also get “5 Things You Need to Know Today” delivered to your inbox daily. Sign up here.)

1. California shooting

Twelve people are dead after a gunman barged into a bar in Southern California and started firing. The shooter is dead as well. This tragedy happened at the Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks as it was hosting a college night. People who were dancing dropped to the floor and hid behind chairs and counters in stunned silence, witnesses said. Others jumped over chairs and broke windows to get out. A sheriff’s deputy who was one of the first on the scene is among the dead. News of this mass shooting is still breaking, so click here for the latest updates.

      Father chokes up giving account of shooting

    2. Jeff Sessions

    The fact that President Trump fired Attorney General Jeff Sessions wasn’t a surprise (he’d strongly hinted at that for months). But no one expected it to come the day after the midterm elections. Sessions submitted to Trump an undated resignation letter — “at your request” — after being asked to by White House Chief of Staff John Kelly. Sessions was one of Trump’s first and most loyal supporters. But the President quickly soured on him over his decision to recuse himself from the Russia investigation. Still, Sessions implemented Trump’s vision, rolling back Obama-era policies on immigration, police reform and civil rights.
    Matthew Whitaker, Sessions’ chief of staff, takes over as acting attorney general. And that’s already sparking controversy because Whitaker has spoken out in the past against the Russia investigation — which he will now oversee. Democrats already want him to recuse himself. Many fear the President is effectively trying to end special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into his 2016 campaign’s actions.

      Whitaker likes to talk about Mueller

    3. President Trump

    The White House pulled the press pass of CNN chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta after he angered President Trump by asking questions at a post-midterms news conference. Trump insulted Acosta and called him a “terrible” person. White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders then falsely accused Acosta of “placing his hands on” a White House intern who tried to grab the microphone from him. (He didn’t, saying, “Pardon me, ma’am,” as he held onto the mic; watch the video.) Acosta wasn’t the only reporter Trump tangled with. He described as “racist” a question he got about calling himself a nationalist and yelled at reporter April Ryan to “sit down” as she tried to ask him a question. The White House Correspondents’ Association called the White House’s actions “unacceptable,” while CNN said it stands behind Acosta and called Trump’s attacks “disturbingly un-American.”

      Trump clashes with Acosta in testy exchange

    4. Chinese exports

    The Trump tariffs on China aren’t having much effect on China’s exports so far. Chinese exports rose 16% in October, much more than analysts had predicted. It was also stronger than September’s growth. This is significant because October was the first full month during which new US tariffs on $200 billion of Chinese goods were in effect. And those tariffs will rise from 10% to 25% at the end of the year, so it looks like companies are ramping up their exports to avoid the higher duties that are on the way.

      White House trade adviser: Ball’s in China’s court

    5. Girl Scouts vs. Boy Scouts

    The Girl Scouts have had enough, and they’re going to court. The Girl Scouts of the USA is suing the Boy Scouts of America for trademark infringement after the Boy Scouts group said it was dropping the world “boy” from its name and calling itself Scouts BSA starting next year. The Girl Scouts say the Boy Scouts don’t have the right to use “scouts” or “scouting,” and allege that the Girl Scouts brand and activities will be harmed by the Boy Scouts rebranded program. The boys’ group has already begun to welcome older girls.

      Girls can join Boys Scout of America


    Not-so-friendly skies
    An airline flight crew was permanently grounded after its members were accused of faking a photo of themselves sleeping on the floor of an airport.

      Ryanair fires staff for allegedly faking photo of sleeping on airport floor

    Like father, like son
    Michael Douglas, who just got his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, gave us all the feels as he got emotional talking about his dad, Kirk Douglas.
    Baby talk
    Talk to your baby the way you’d talk to your dog? An expert says it’s a great way to help kids process language.

      The science of baby talk

    The robots are coming (again)
    Not only can artwork now be created by artificial intelligence, the paintings can fetch a pretty penny at auction, too.


    $300 million
    The value of the contract that baseball star Bryce Harper reportedly turned down from the Washington Nationals


      A walk in the woods
      This one’s pretty simple. Just a man walking his two cats, because we all need something relaxing like that in our lives right now. (Click to view.)

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      Government parenting advice ‘patronising’

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      Media captionChildren, parents and grandparents have mixed feelings over the advice

      Have you ever been tempted to bite your child back, threaten to have the police take them away, use a put down or even tease them when they wet the bed?

      According to Welsh Government advice described by some as “patronising”, parents should not do any of this.

      Others have praised the idea, but criticised Parenting. Give it time for being inaccessible to those who would benefit from it the most.

      The Welsh Government said it was not intended as rules but rather ideas.

      The campaign is being launched to “help parents better understand the benefits of positive parenting techniques”, as the Welsh Government prepares to introduce legislation that would ban the smacking of children, said minister for children Huw Irranca-Davies.

      But the government has been criticised for some of its more basic advice, including:

      • If your child bites you, stay calm. Don’t smack or bite your toddler back. This will hurt your child and give them the wrong message that this behaviour is OK
      • If your child is wetting the bed, don’t punish, criticise or tease them for it
      • In responding to unwanted or problem behaviour, avoid put downs. Try to encourage effort instead
      • Threatening your child with scary things like “the police will take you away” may make your child anxious and may lead to more unwanted behaviour, not less
      • Children aged 18 months and younger should not look at electronic screens at all
      • Screen time should be limited to one hour per day for children aged between two and five years old, and children and adults should avoid watching screens before bed.

      What do parents think?

      Image caption Kirsty Maniatt said parenting styles are very unique to each family

      Kirsty Maniatt, who has a son, 10, and daughter, eight, said: “I don’t think there is a right or wrong answer – you do what you need to get through and what works best for your family.”

      Grandfather-of-seven Ken Frater said he appreciated that some people do not need advice on parenting while others do.

      But Fran Caunt said general advice on parenting for the whole population was “dangerous”.

      Image caption Fran Caunt believes a government suggesting how parents should parent is “dangerous”

      “I think all parents have their different style of parenting and that is what makes us all different,” Ms Caunt added.

      “I think it would be very difficult to come up with a set list of dos and don’ts because every family is different.”

      Grandmother Jean Williams used the example of physical punishment to argue that government parenting advice was a good idea.

      “If you smack children then the child will smack others back and also, if they bite a child. when they bite them then the child will learn to bite another child back.”

      Image caption Grandmother Jean Williams is more sympathetic to the Welsh Government’s advice

      Charlotte Harding, a parenting blogger from Cardiff, praised the idea but said most parents already knew the advice because it was “quite straightforward”.

      “Sometimes parents can feel like ‘why are they telling me this?’ It can be patronising to people who are experienced, but a lot of parents don’t know,” she said.

      Ms Harding believes the advice will be useful to some parents, particularly in more deprived areas, but said the “text-heavy” website was “inaccessible” to much of its target audience.

      “Some parents who find it hard and don’t know what to do, don’t want to read the whole thing because it is so long,” she explained.

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      Image caption Parenting blogger Charlotte Harding with her sons Harrison (left), four, and Ethan, six

      Responding to the criticism, a Welsh Government spokesperson said its website had been developed with the help of educational psychologists, health visitors and parenting experts.

      “We recognise that every child and every parent is unique and the website is not intended as a set of parenting rules that must be followed,” the spokesperson added.

      “It is intended to give parents ideas so they can make decisions about what can work for their child and family.”

      The spokesperson added that it offers advice in “a range of materials” including videos, and will soon be publishing blogs and “vlogs” – video blogs – from parents.

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      20+ Before & After Pics That Show What Happens When You Stop Drinking

      Changing your life around can be hard, especially when it means breaking an addition. However those who have done it will tell you it can make all the difference. The following stories of people who gave up alcohol show that while everyone’s reasons or journeys are different, the end goal is the same – a healthier life.

      However, sometimes it is hard to measure ones progress on the path to change, but the before and after pictures on this list are solid evidence. Some people are unrecognizable in their after photos, showing just how big of an impact physically alcohol can have. Scroll down below for some truly inspirational tales!

      #1 I Took The Picture On The Left Almost 17 Months Ago, Outside An Emergency Room, At Sunrise, Something Told Me I Didn’t Want To Forget That Moment. I Forget Easily. I’m Going Public With This Now Simply Because I Need To Advocate For Recovery More

      #2 This Woman, Who Was Dropped Out Of School At The Age Of 14, Battled Alcoholism And Depression To Become An A&E Doctor 15 Years Later

      #3 After A Decade Under The Influence And Not Taking Care Of Myself, I Am 3 Weeks Away From 1 Year Of Sobriety. 50 Lbs Lighter And A New Job Doing What I Am Passionate About. Life Is Much Better And I Definitely Enjoy It Now

      #4 I Gave Up Alcohol When My Daughter Turned 1. I’m 5 Years Sober Today

      #5 Left Is Me In The ICU From An Overdose. Decided I Was Sick And Tired Of Being Sick And Tired And Am 6 Months Clean And Sober Today

      #6 Lost 105 Lbs In 15 Months. First I Quit Drinking. Three Months Later I Changed My Diet (Cut Carbs And Portion Control). Finally, About 12 Months Of Working Out. Change Is Possible No Matter What Your Age Is

      #7 1 Year Without Drinking

      #8 A Little Over A Year Ago. I’d Had Most Of A Box Of Wine Earlier In The Day And Then Drank Around 12oz Of Whiskey On Stage (Stand Up Comedy) In Front Of A Crowd. Currently, Almost A Year Sober

      #9 One Year Of No Alcohol Has Changed My Life. I Lost 53 Pounds And I’m 1000 Times Happier. I Tried To Recreate My Bloated Pic

      #10 11 Months Sober And Life Has Never Been Better. I’ve Lost 20kg!

      #12 So Proud Of My Brother. Celebrated One Year Of Sobriety And Also Being One Person Lighter. Just Awesome

      #13 10 Years. Sobriety. Good Support Network. And A Firm Dedication To Being The Superhero My Dog Thinks I Am

      #14 I’m Coming Up On My First Year Of Sobriety. It’s Crazy What A Difference A Year Can Make

      #15 My Recovery Progress Makes Me Smile. 4+ Years Of Sobriety Transformation

      #16 Before And After 307 Days Sober

      #17 Doesn’t Seem Like Much To Some But 100 Days With No Alcohol. Don’t Let Fear Of Judgement Get In The Way Of A Better Life

      #18 The Progression Of Sobriety. 24 Hours/1 Year. One Day At A Time

      #19 Just Found A Old Picture Of Me On FB. I’m About 9 Months Sober From The Time It Was Taken

      #20 What A Year Of Sobriety And 60 Pounds Lost Looks Like

      #22 On The Left – 2009 During A 6 Month Relapse After I Left My Daughter’s Dad And Tried To Convince Myself That Without Him, I Didn’t Have An Addiction. On The Right – 2017 After Celebrating 7 Years Of Sobriety, Dropping The Weight, Accepting My Body, Exploring My Sexuality And Thriving In The Uniqueness That Makes Me, Me

      #23 Lost 170 Lbs In 18 Months. Sobriety, Diet, And Exercise Have Paid Off

      #24 2,5 Years Of Sobriety And Powerlifting

      #25 One Year Sober!

      #26 Today I Am Three Years Sober. This Is Day 1 After Being Assaulted And Last Week. It’s A Huge Relief To Know I Don’t Have To Drink Anymore

      #27 By The Grace Of God… I’ve Made It 4 Years. My Past Made Me Who I Am But I’m Never Looking Back. This Mugshot Was A Painful Reminder Of Despair

      #28 On The Left: 1-4 Bottles Of Wine A Week… Dayum, There’s A Lot Of Full Coverage Foundation On That Mug. Eeeek. On The Right, 9 Months Later: Lots Of Infused Water, Bb Cream & Some Contour/Blush. The Difference: Sobriety

      #29 What A Difference 10 Months Can Make. I Quit Drinking, Started Working Out, Got Divorced, Moved 1000 Miles By Myself, And Started A New Business. Happier And Healthier Than I’ve Been In A Long Time

      #30 The Beauty Of Living Life Sober Is Most Of My Struggles Today Are Based Around Amazing Blessings In My Life. Career Decision Struggles (But I Have Multiple Streams Of Income), Parenting Struggles (But I Have A Beautiful Baby Girl) And Struggling To Find My True Purpose In Life (But I’m Finally Asking Myself The Question And Pursuing Passions)

      #32 One Month Sober From Alcohol And Drugs

      #33 Celebrating Four Years Sober

      #34 July 2017 Vs January 2018. 120 Lbs Vs 160 Lbs. Depressed Vs Happy. Getting Sober Is The Best Thing I’ve Done

      #35 One Year Sober From Pills And Alcohol

      #36 Over 2 Years Clean And Sober

      #37 I Quit Drinking, Went Vegan And Started Running. Oh, And My Eyebrows Improved Too

      #38 6 Months Dry. I’ve Got My Eyes Back. Before Pic About A Year Ago

      #39 Just Over 2 Years Ago Now I Quit Drinking. Put Simply – It Changed Everything

      #40 Friend Of Mine Got Sober And Went From Looking Like Frank Gallagher To Matt Damon

      #42 On The Left I Was At The Lowest Point In My Life. On The Right I Am 3 Months And 22 Days Clean And Sober

      #43 I Remember Being So Annoyed With Myself Waking Up Every Damn Saturday Morning Hungover And Bailing Out On The Gym – And One Day, I Stead Of Saying “F*ck Itâ€, Everyone’s About To Meet A New Cass

      #44 Twenty Months Of Sobriety

      #45 One Year Sober And Being Healthier. I Feel More Like Myself Than I Have In Years

      #46 30 Months Without A Drink, And 2000 Miles Ran! I’ve Never Looked Like This

      #47 I’ve Been Sober A Year Today And A Lot Has Changed! It Started With Quitting Drinking, Then Off Antidepressants, Bought A House, Quit Smoking, Started Working Out, And Now Going Back To School! If You Want To Know What Your Future Looks Like, Look At The Decisions You Are Making Today

      #48 I Quit Drinking And Taking Pills All Together (Been Sober Almost 4 Years Now) I Started My Own Online Workout, Nutrition And Coaching Business To Help Other Women Make A Positive Change In Their Life Too

      #49 I’m A Year Sober

      #50 Sober And 20 Lbs Re-Gained

      #52 8 Months Clean And Sober

      #53 Lost 16 Lbs In 80 Days. IF And No Alcohol

      #54 5 Months Sober And Many More To Come

      #55 6,5 Months Of CICO, Sobriety And Running

      #56 500 Days Sober. 1 Year Of Lifting Weights

      #57 It’s Been More Than 5,5 Years Since I Gave Up Drinking Alcohol For Good! Finding The Raw And Vegan Lifestyle Helped Me Stay Sober Once I Took The Decision. To Kick A Bad Habit You Have To Replace It With A Good One!

      #58 My Worst Day Sober Is Better Than My Best Day Drinking

      #59 It Simply Amazes Me When I Look Back At Old Pictures To See What Was And Find So Much Gratitude For What I Have And Who I Am Today


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      Whats Wrong With Todays Society Captured In 25+ Brutally Honest Illustrations By Angel Boligan

      Art is a powerful form of expression, not just of beauty and aesthetic quality, but of ideas and protest as well. Cuban artist Angel Boligán is a master of this, delivering incredibly insightful critiques on the ills of the modern world within the confines of a single, beautifully drawn cartoon.

      Boligán , who now lives in Mexico City, has received countless international awards and worldwide recognition for the way he highlights the rampant consumerism, loneliness, addiction and over-reliance on technology in Western society. We here at Bored Panda have compiled a list of our favorite examples of Boligán’s work, cartoons that will make you stop, think and perhaps realize the absurdity of our selfish and wasteful capitalist culture, which is slowly killing our relationships, our mental health and the planet we all call home.

      Scroll down to check them out for yourself, and let us know what you think in the comments!

      #1 Last Bite

      #2 New Faces Of Politics

      #3 The Rest Of The World

      #4 Life’s Labyrinth

      #5 Playing Outside

      #6 Friendship Request

      #7 Water Business

      #8 Memories

      #9 Job Interview

      #10 Genders

      #12 Neighbours And Borders

      #13 The Sweetest Kiss

      #14 Fake News

      #15 Green Tears

      #16 Justice Taken Into Their Own Hands

      #17 Family Portrait With A Macho

      #18 Trap Touch

      #19 Divorce

      #20 Corrupt Public Worker

      #22 Displaced

      #23 Help

      #24 Parenting

      #25 Capitalist Pet

      #26 Interests Pushing

      #27 Socialism / Capitalism

      #28 Populism

      #29 Walls And Liberties

      #30 Alleged Offenders

      #32 Love And Generations

      #33 Bilateral Relationship

      #34 Anti-Corruption Spray

      #35 Prisoner Of Myself

      #36 Vampire

      #37 Reading Lesson

      #38 Republican Inspection

      #39 Soul

      #40 Migrant’s Destination

      #42 Grandfather

      #43 Access To Politics

      #44 Modern Times

      #45 Vegetarian

      #46 Excellency Prize At 18th World Press Freedom International Editorial Cartoon Competition

      #47 Power And Censorhip

      #48 Internet

      #49 Easy Meal

      #50 Health

      #52 Neoliberal Government

      #53 Freedom Of Speech

      #54 Anchor

      #55 Food For Kids

      #56 Displaced By The Gods

      #57 The Land Belongs To Those Who Labour It

      #58 Facenstein

      #59 Consumed Consumer

      #60 Souvenir

      #62 Duel In The Hospital

      #63 Masculine Conflict

      #64 The Old Tale

      #65 The Best Mirror

      #66 Future

      #67 Blacksmith

      #68 Readjustment

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      Boy Cries Uncontrollably After Getting Bullied For Wearing Nail Polish, And His Dads Response Goes Viral

      Toxic masculinity has become one of the buzz concepts of our times, as certain ‘traditionally masculine’ traits and behaviors have been identified by some as a corrosive influence on our society. Aaron Gouveia, from Massachusetts and a father of 3, is the voice behind parenting blog Daddy Files, where he shares his experiences, thoughts and practical tips to being the best possible father while balancing a career at the same time.

      Recently he uploaded an angry and emotional Twitter thread about his middle son, Sam, being bullied at school for wearing nail polish. Sam hadn’t been exposed to overriding social expectations of gender norms yet, and was about to get a shock. “My wife and I spent five years successfully preaching tolerance, acceptance, and the importance of expression and your kids unraveled that in one school day,” Aaron wrote.

      Sam simply liked having his nails painted. His grandmother used to do it for a living and he thought it looked cool. Simples. He was blissfully unaware that these kind of things were supposed to be ‘for girls only,’ and that not following this ‘rule’ would leave him open for ridicule, even from his friends.

      After Sam came home heartbroken and in tears, Aaron decided that enough was enough. His passionate outburst quickly went viral and drew praise and support from thousands of people, impressed with the way he took harmful expectations of masculinity to task. And he is right. Of course there of some who take the concept too far, but some aspects of ‘toxic masculinity’ teach young boys to suppress their natural expression and emotions in ways that can be harmful later on, and this needs to be addressed.

      Meanwhile Sam, inspired by other men and boys painting their own nails in solidarity, went back to school with his nails painted and a newfound confidence to be himself. “Sam had a great, incident-free day at school yesterday,”Aaron wrote. “Also, the school’s response and the community’s outreach has been really heartening.”

      Scroll down to check out Sam’s kickass nails for yourself, and let us know what you think in the comments!

      This is Aaron Gouveia, dad of three boys and author of the parenting blog ‘Daddy Files’

      This week something happened to his middle son at school, which led him to post an angry and emotional outburst on Twitter

      People were really supportive of Aaron and Sam

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      Moms who use egg donors lack confidence in parenting ability, study finds

      London (CNN)Mothers who give birth using donor eggs may react less sensitively to their babies and have a lower confidence in their parenting ability, a study says.

      The team interviewed 85 families who’d conceived using egg donation and 65 families who had children through the mother’s own eggs.
      They also observed mothersplaying with their children as they normally would.
        During interviews, mothers who used a donor’s eggs were more likely to express a lack of confidence in their own parenting ability, the paper says. Changes were not detected in fathers.
        The study suggests this may be associated with the older age of mothers who had used donor eggs.
        Other differences included how quickly mothers read signals given by babies, such as boredom, and the study also noticed that egg donor infants were “less emotionally responsive and involving of the mother” than babies who were genetically related to their mothers.
        “Egg donation mothers were responding slightly less sensitively and they were structuring their play slightly less” than mothers who had used their own eggs as part of in-vitro fertilization, the study’s lead author, Susan Imrie, a research associate at the University of Cambridge, told CNN.
        But the authors stressed that the overall cohesion and strength of relationships between mother and baby were not tested.
        “The main takeaway is that the parents and babies are doing well,” said Imrie. “Although we did find these subtle difference in the play task, egg donor mums and IVF mums did look more similar than different.”
        The authors did not suggest that mothers who used egg donors were less capable mothers, and the study is “no basis for saying anything much about child welfare,” said Ellie Lee, director of the Centre for Parenting Culture Studies at the University of Kent. Lee was not involved in the study.

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        “These mums have no need to worry any more than they do already any more than they do already about themselves or their children,” Lee added. “Overall, it’s wonderful that technology allows women and men who otherwise would not be able to, to have children, and society would do well to keep its eye on this, rather than anything else.”
        An estimated 3,924 women underwent IVF using a donor egg in the UK in 2016, the last year for which figures are available, compared to 1,912 in 2006, according to the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority.
          In the US, 76,930 total IVF births – including donor and non-donor eggs – occurred in 2016, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
          Since the procedure became available 40 years ago, at least 8 million babies have born using IVF worldwide. Today, more than two million treatment cycles from IVF and intracytoplasmic sperm injection are performed each year, resulting in half a million babies globally.

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          A Facebook post arguing that men dont suffer drew a surprisingly thoughtful response.

          They asked her, “What are the benefits of being a woman?” How’s that for a conversation starter?

          One Reddit user shared the results after this question was posed to an anonymous person’s Facebook page.

          The question elicited a passionate response from one woman who literally said, “None. There are absolutely no practical benefits to being a woman.”

          She then linked to a study showing how teachers tend to “ignore” girls in favor of boys in early elementary school, implying a pattern that extends throughout society and something women must grapple with on a daily basis. After all, the simple act of not being heard is a system form of invisibility that women, and all marginalized groups, must deal with on a daily basis.

          Sometimes sexism, racism and other forms of discrimination are obvious and overt. But more often, we as a society are learning more about the built-in, institutional forms of discrimination that inherently create an unfair playing field for women when the entire system is seemingly set up to favor men.

          But maybe it’s not so simple.

          In a follow-up comment that has gone viral on Reddit, one man chimed in to point out that just because women have inherent challenges, it shouldn’t diminish the fact that men also suffer:

          In an extended rebuttal, the commenter lists a number of inherent disadvantages men face in their own lives: men are far more likely to be sentenced than women during criminal trials, less likely to commit suicide and are still too often “shunned” for expressing emotion and vulnerability.

          Much of this guy’s response is subjective and doesn’t hold up under scrutiny. For example, he claims that all men are considered “sex-obsessed monsters.”

          No doubt some people view all men this way but it’s an inaccurate stereotype to suggest that all men are viewed this way.

          Nonetheless, the writes raises some fair points about gender imbalances when it comes to parenting, human resources and the continued expectations on men to be “bread winners” even as we simultaneously demand equal opportunity and pay for women.

          The takeaway here is not to argue that men have it tougher than women because they almost certainly do not.

          But part of creating real change starts with finding real compassion for each other and not denying the challenges of everyone’s individual experience.

          We’re asking more of men these days. On one hand, it’s not much considering how little has been asked of them historically.

          But if men are being asked to evolve and create space for others, they have to be brought into the full picture and allowed to be fully formed humans in every aspect.

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          Mom Of Four Illustrates Her Everyday Motherhood Problems In 22 Honest Illustrations

          Life as a parent can be hectic, but mother of four Kayela Larson has found a creative outlet for the chaos. Larson creates charming illustrations that depict life as a mother and all the humorous craziness that comes with it.

          The artist’s love of art and animation was born from classic Disney movies like the Little Mermaid and The Lion King and continued to be a passion throughout her life. After college, she started a family and had kids and time for art slowly crept away. Larson said that the flame reignited one night at the kitchen table after a particularly rough day, “I decided I needed to engage myself in something that made me feel the most like me,” she wrote.

          A passion that was once calming and cathartic felt awkward and foreign to her, “Staring at my ugly attempt of a portrait, I decided that “artist” was one part of my identity that I wasn’t quite ready to give up yet. I guess that was the wake-up call I needed because I immediately got to work.”

          As is evident in her work Larson regained her confidence and fine-tuned her style. She now uses life to fuel her art with hilarious comics. Scroll down below to check out her work!

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          #2 Tender Moments

          #3 Sometimes I Think My Kids Just See Me As A Giant Pillow

          #4 We Bought A Retractable Leash For The Dog A Few Weeks Ago, But We Haven’t Been Able To Try Out Yet Because Shortly After It Was Snatched By My 5 Year Old Who Uses It To Repel Down Our Stair Case

          #5 At Least His Honesty Is Admirable

          #6 They Keep Me Humble

          #7 I Workout

          #8 Always Take Advantage Of Life’s Teaching Moments

          #9 Smooth Move…

          #10 That Time My 6 Year Old Almost Helped Me With Chores Voluntarily

          #12 Things I Find In My Shoes

          #13 My 3 Year Old Gossips About Her Baby Brother Like He’s A Total Outcast In The Family

          #14 I Think We’ve Figured Out Why He Is 16 Months Old And Still Hasn’t Learned To Stand On His Own Yet

          #15 All I Want For Christmas This Year Is A Nap

          #16 My 2 Year Old Has Hit That Fun Phase Where She Likes To Tattle On Everyone And Everything

          #17 Unimpressed

          #18 The Influence Of The Media

          #19 Sleep Training Is Going To Be The Death Of Me

          #20 Kids Are So Great For Your Self-Esteem

          #22 Parenting

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