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A new trend is emerging in pediatric mental health research that takes the father as its point of departure. Studies about how mothers' health impacts their unborn children are everywhere, and have been for decades. But studies concerning how fathers’ wellbeing influences their children are still few and far between.  This recent study from the Norwegian Mother and Child Cohort Study illustrates how depression in fathers can cause behavioral problems in their children. This influence can establish itself even before the baby is born, according to the...
Tattoos and women have a long and unique history. No single book has documented this relationship better then Margot Mifflin’s Bodies of Subversion: A History of Women and Tattoos.  And now, at a perfect time where tattooed women outnumber tattooed men in the US, a new edition has been released!    Originally published in 1997, this book documents the history of women and the diverse bonds they share with their tattoos. Updated and expanded with over 150 photos, this book goes through the relationships women have had...
Yesterday, five of the alleged assailants responsible for the gruesome December gang rape and eventual death of a 23-year-old woman in New Delhi were brought to trial in India. The proceedings were closed to the media, and the accused were ushered into their trial wearing woolen caps to obscure their identities. This cloaking of the attackers’ faces is a grim reflection of the way in which details of the case have made their way into the public consciousness thus far.  Details about the crime in...
After three years of honing their live sound, Stereo Telescope is set to release a full-length album, On and Running, on January 29th. This synthpop duo is composed of Nikki Dessingue and Kurt Schneider, veterans of various indie and electronic bands from the Boston scene. Each member sings and performs a host of instrumental tasks, which is quite impressive considering the complexity of their music. With a blend of post-rock ambience and meticulous electronic instrumentation, Stereo Telescope’s sound is evocative of the Postal Service or, more...
Desert Sharks are a four-piece surf (who woulda guessed?) punk band from Brooklyn. They’ve got a brand spankin’ new EP that hits the Internet shelves today via their Bandcamp. “Sister Cousins,” recorded at Converse Rubber Tracks Studio, is an EP that keeps it short and not-so-sweet, but in a good way. They stay snarky with lines like “I’m gonna burn this neighborhood right to the ground/ So I never have to worry about seein’ you around” on “Feel Bad.” I’m digging their garage rock’n’roll vibe,...