Wednesday, 18 May 2011

Science: Too Posh? WTF?

I must say that I find the title of note about this little piece of research insulting...

Not to mention that the research itself doesn't seem to be at all about being "too posh to push". Instead, it praises the fact - and that seems to be the main aim and finding - that in the past thirty years the rate of emergency Caesareans has equalised for poor and wealthy women. It does continue to note that wealthy go and have more elective Caesareans, but it certainly does not seem to claim that this is due to wealthy women being somehow "spoilt". As a matter of fact, one researcher is actually quoted saying "this does not explain the differences seen for elective section". So where does then "too posh to push" come from then? Probably the journalists hatred of wealthy and educated is my guess. Or possibly some form of misogyny. Especially if the journalist is a women herself, and a neofeminst, too. Someone who elects to have their babies at home with the husband biting off the umbilical. But, (well deserved) insults aside, what is a take home message here? The main one, I think, is to never trust a title that a journalist comes up with. These are aimed to shock and awe, not inform.

And, EurekAlert, it's strike two for you...