Wednesday Women’s News: Heroin, Short Skirts & Living Longer

Women Are Living Longer – So What?

Have you ever read or heard an item of news and thought to yourself, “Tell me something I don’t know?” Well, that was exactly my thought reading this ‘news’ item that women are living longer than men.

Has that not always been the case?

Now they are trying to find out why and the next thought to my mind was, “So you can do what with the information?” Call me a cynic but when it comes to some scientific endeavours, when we just cannot allow things to be what it simply is, a case of the “headshakes” sets in for me.

“An international team of researchers is investigating the lifespans of men and women born between 1800 and 1935 in 13 developed nations in search of answers, reports PhysOrg, and they’ve found that women’s superior longevity only emerged recently.”

That is the report from Newser and now more money will be spent on research. Waste of time in my view. Read the full article – it is actually quite short (surprise, surprise) and comment below whether this is news or simply another distraction from more significant issues.

High Heroin Use Among Women

Here is a significant issue where research money could be helpful. Rather than research, however, the money could be used to address some of the fundamental issues leading to an increased use of heroin among women.

“The biggest surge is among groups that have historically lower rates of heroin abuse: women and white (non-Hispanic) Americans. They tend to be 18-25 years old, with household incomes below $20,000. ‘In addition, persons using heroin are abusing multiple other substances, especially cocaine and opioid pain relievers’, says a report published Tuesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.”

Only yesterday, there was another story published about the risks of using painkillers such as oxycodone. We had a brief encounter with this drug in my family – my daughter – years ago. The doctors prescribed the painkiller to ease the debilitating pain and anguish that she was suffering as a result of a long-term illness. Thankfully, they had warned us about the addictive nature of the drug and being the hovercraft of a parent that I am, sleep vanished from my life for the period that she had to use it. In fact, as soon as I saw some relief taking place, I stopped giving her the painkiller and returned the balance to the pharmacy for disposal.

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Listen to the story and share your thoughts with me in the comment section below. Have you seen this increased number of heroin-using women in your neighbourhood? Is anyone in your family or circle of friends affected by this rise in the abuse of heroin?

Short Skirt Police in Morocco

This next story truly irks me and my hope is that it will do the same with you, pushing you to take one simple action – sign a petition!

“‘Two women who were arrested last month on charges of “gross indecency” for wearing skirts have gone on trial in Morocco, the BBC reports. The women were arrested in Inezgane after a man drew attention to what they were wearing and a crowd gathered. The two women, who are 23 and 29 years old, were then allegedly insulted and assaulted, according to Paris Match’.” (Source: Business Insider)

Now, cultural practices and norms are to be respected. Let me state that up front. As a Jamaican by birth (a most culturally influential country) and a naturalised citizen of Canada, one of the most multicultural countries in the world, my basic outlook on these matters is “live and let live.”

However, even within a culture, there are some things that are downright inhumane and ridiculous. I am neither a bible-thumper or a reader of the Quran, therefore my position will obviously not be any kind of scriptural. My religion is Love and there is nothing loving about persecuting and imprisoning women for wearing short skirts.

These two young women might find themselves to be martyrs – not something that I advocate – for a wider cause which is men everywhere finally understanding that this is not their world or Universe!

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Please sign the petition and let the teaching continue.

Wednesdays we focus on issues and news directly related to women, as well as publish our short story series. Later today, Part IV of “The Unfortunate Life of An Interesting Woman,” written by our Contributor out of New York, Alexis Ali, will be posted so be sure to Subscribe and receive an update in your email. Read Part III here.

Our Contributor, Michael H. Ballard, will post in a few hours a short piece on “Bouncing Back.” Be sure to read that. We love to have your feedback and comments, so do leave them below every post that interests you. Did you take our poll yesterday on Wellness? Check out that article, “A Guide To Sexual Wellness: On Becoming Human,” and take part in the poll at the end.

Have a wonderful Wednesday!




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