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Secret of a long marriage; Beyoncé and feminism; Biting

Duration:
58 minutes
First broadcast:
Friday 26 April 2013

According to the Office of National Statistics the average marriage is expected to last 32 years. So are Ruby, Gold or Diamond weddings becoming a thing of the past and what's the key to a long and happy marriage?

Beyonce has recently described herself as a "modern day feminist" and wants to promote women's rights through music. How does she compare with other female artists such as Annie Lennox and Lady Gaga?

While biting is practically unheard of in adults it's a far more common behaviour amongst toddlers. So what's the best way to deal with biting in children?

A new study by the University of Leeds shows improved care for mothers from ethnic minority groups is needed. The number of children dying before the age of one amongst Caribbean and Pakistan communities is much higher than the national average - 81% for Pakistani and 128% for Caribbean women born outside the UK.

We hear from 2 members of a group of 13-year-old schoolgirls from York who've launched their own Body Confidence Campaign in response to the number of airbrushed images of women shown in their local shopping centre.

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  • What is the secret of a long marriage?

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    This month the youngest ever couple celebrated their golden wedding anniversary.  But according to the Office of National Statistics the average marriage is expected to last 32 years.  So are Ruby, Gold or even Diamond weddings becoming a thing of the past?  Agony Aunt Diedre Sanders, who has been married 44 years, and Dr Jacqui Gabb, who is conducting research into long term relationships for the Open University, give their top tips for a long term relationship.

     

    Geoff Bird went to a Tea Dance in Lytham St Annes in Lancashire to talk to ask local residents for their secrets to a long marriage. 

    The Enduring Love? research project

    Living Apart Together: Uncoupling Imtimacy & Co-residence

     

  • Beyonce and feminsim

    This week Beyoncé begins her UK leg of her world tour called ‘The Mrs Carter Show’.  She has recently described herself as a “modern day feminist” and wants to promote women’s rights through music.  But the lyrics of her latest single and one of her outfits on the tour complete with faux breasts have caused a stir.  Lucy Jones, Deputy Editor of NME.com and Emma Barnett, Women’s Editor at the Daily Telegraph discuss Beyoncé and feminism and how she compares with other female artists such as Madonna, Lady Gaga and Annie Lennox

  • York schoolgirl's Body Confidence Campaign

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    A group of 13 year old schoolgirls from York have launched their own Body Confidence Campaign in response to the number of airbrushed images of women shown in their local shopping centre. The girls believe that unrealistic images of models make teenage girls feel inadequate.  They are asking shops in the city to remove advertising featuring airbrushed models from their window displays for a week and replace them with photos of ordinary customers modelling their clothes instead.   Molly Horner and  Alison Coates join Jenni to talk about their campaign.

  • Children who bite

    The Liverpool footballer Luis Suarez has caused controversy again this week by biting an opponent, Branislav Ivanovic, on the arm in a game against Chelsea on Sunday 21st April. He has since apologised for his "inexcusable behaviour" and received a ten game ban from the Football Association.   While biting is practically unheard of in adults it’s a far more common behaviour amongst toddlers.  It’s one of the more antisocial habits that parents dread. No parent wants their child to be labelled a “biter” and be excluded from playgroup.  Elizabeth O’Shea runs classes to help parents deal with poor behaviour in children. She joins Jenni to discuss the best way to deal with biting in children. 

     

    NHS Choices: Stopping Your Child Biting

  • Ethnic Minority Infant Mortality Rates

    A new study by the University of Leeds shows improved care for mothers from ethnic minority groups is needed.   The number of children dying before the age of one amongst Caribbean and Pakistan communities is much higher than the national average – 81% for Pakistani and 128% for Caribbean women born outside the UK.  Whilst a nationwide programme to support teenage mothers is working well, support for new mothers and mothers to be in ethnic minority groups where infant death rates are high is patchy.   Dr Ghazala Mir is Principal Researcher Fellow at the University of Leeds and Ansa Ahmed is a bereaved mother who is on the Project Development Group to help find solutions to the problems identified in the research.  

    Leeds Institute of Health Sciences

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Jenni Murray

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