The Parent Panel: Are women still judged for how they give birth?

Great podcasts for parents and carers

Fri 26 October 2018

27 mins

Kate Browne, managing editor of Finder, and Martin Henchion, comedian, join Shevonne Hunt to talk through the news and gossip of the week.

In this episode they chat through a Bunnings themed birthday party, judgement around c-section births, are Disney princesses sexist, and the best (and worst) memories from their grandparents (plus a good five minutes talking about how amazing Martin's beard is.)

What is the best children’s party you have ever been to, or thrown yourself?

This week there was a story about a little boy who loves Bunnings, whose mum decided to give him a Bunnings party. There was a garden centre, a sausage sizzle and painting workshops. The panelists talk through the most awesome kid’s birthday parties they've been to, or maybe even thrown themselves. 

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Are women still being shamed for having elective caesareans?

This week writer Angela Mollard  wrote that she’s tired of hearing about women being “too posh to push”. She quoted figures of caesarean births doubling to 21 percent since 2000. She says those critical of the leap are missing the point that caesareans are saving lives.  Are women still being shamed for having life-saving caesareans? Or are the rates of caesareans indicative of something else? (like women who are booking in to avoid natural birth or OBs who need to go play golf?)

Are Disney fairy tales dangerously sexist, or harmless fantasy?  

Actress Kristen Bell caused controversy recently when she said she used Snow White to teach her children about consent. She is quoted saying, “Don’t you think that it’s weird that the prince kisses Snow White without her permission? Because you can not kiss someone if they’re sleeping!”

It’s not the first time Disney fairy tales have been called out for sending inappropriate messages to children. But of course there was reaction, with some saying to leave fairy tales alone. Do you think Disney fairy tales need to be called out for their sexism, or left alone because they are harmless fantasy?

What are your favourite memories of your grandparents. And what is the thing you think your kids will remember most of their own grandparents?

This Sunday is Grandparents Day. The memories Shevonne has of her own grandparents are her Pop snoring loudly when he had an afternoon nap, Nanna Peg’s fig jam or Nanna Oak giving her ginger snap biscuits. 

Martin didn't really have any grandparents that were a large part of his life beyond sleeping, talking to priests and drinking brandy, and Kate didn't have much of a grandparent relationship either.

So they look to the fun side of things, and what they love about their own kids' grandparents before moving on to a good five minutes of chat about how impressive Martin's beard is. Which you can see below, just look at that thing! 

Behold, Martin 'Beard-Face' Henchion. Comedian and dad by day and terrifying beard face ... also by day.

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