You have to hand it to them. At least they're an honest lot. When AskMen.com polled 7,600 Canadian men to see if they'd dump their girlfriend if she gained weight, half admitted that they would in a heartbeat.
According to the Vancouver Sun, more than three-quarters of Canadian men claim they're often, or somewhat often, romantic, even if one in five admits his top motivation for romance is sex.
AskMen.com's annual Great Male Survey, conducted online in June and July, revealed that 65 per cent would take male birth control if it were available, and 63 per cent claiming to have faith, and want to participate, in the institution of marriage.
On the flip side, half of our men admit to being dissatisfied with either the quality or quantity of their sex life. A whopping 57 per cent believe it's OK to pay for sex, either any time or in certain circumstances.
Then there's the real shocker. Half of men polled saying they'd dump their girl if she gained weight. Although it wasn't clear whether they were talking 10 lbs or 50 lbs, AskMen.com editor-in-chief James Bassil says it doesn't mean men are necessarily superficial.
"[Men are] put off by [the weight gain] because they see it as indicative of her caring less or putting less effort into the relationship," says Bassil. "That doesn't totally let guys off the hook for this, but it's definitely something to take into consideration."
Putting the other foot on the scale for a just moment... would you dump your significant other, if that six pack gradually morphed into a great Canadian beer gut?
In her day, Mattel's busty Barbie courted her fair share of controversy. Now there's another doll taking the toy store shelves by storm: Breast Milk Baby.
When it comes to dolls, girls have always been into what is authentic. Once upon a time I remember intensely coveting a doll marketed as a 'real' baby.
Breast Milk Baby takes life-like one step further; it comes complete with a halter top which little girls (or boys) can wear, with two flowers which can be 'milked'.
As the doll’s mouth is put to the flowers, it makes a sucking sound, as if it is drinking. Then it apparently cries until burped.
The doll is available in Europe, and was scheduled to make its official appearance at a recent trade show in Las Vegas.
Already BMB has garnered a lot of press, with Fox News host, Bill O’Reilly, declaring the doll "inappropriate". Of course there are dedicated 'for' and 'against' pages on Facebook (the 'for' page currently has more supporters).
Since many dolls come with bottles for simulated feeding, are we inadvertently sending children the message that bottle feeding is preferable to the breast?
Though professor of pediatrics and neuroscience at Harvard Medical School, Dr. Charles Nelson, thinks the question is a legitimate one, he doubts very much the doll will sway kids in either direction.
In a paper published last year in the journal Sex Roles, psychologists studied girls ages 6 to 10. Those who played with thin dolls like Barbie tended to eat less than those who'd played with average-size dolls.
Although the World Health Organization recommends exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of a baby's life, statistically, breastfeeding numbers remain low in the States. According to a survey done by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention last year, while three out of four mothers breastfed their babies at birth, only 33 per cent exclusively did so at three months, and 13.3 per cent at six months.
Breastfeeding remains a complex issue, and it's questionable what, if any, impact BMB will have on a girl's decision to nurse when she grows up and has her own family.
How would you react seeing a baby 'breastfeed' her doll? Adorable or inappropriate?