Independent Women's Forum RSS feedhttp://www.iwf.orgThe RSS feed for the IWF. News, Commentary and Blog posts from the Independent Women's Foundation.(...)IWF RSS Allergy Activists Allergic to Jokes<p> Parents of children with food allergies have a tough job keeping their kids safe.&nbsp;<a href="">According to the CDC</a>, approximately 3 million children suffer from some sort of food allergy, and some are very serious. Nearly 10,000 children are&nbsp;<a href="">hospitalized</a>each year because of bad reactions to food.&nbsp;</p> <p> So it&rsquo;s confusing that the just-released movie &ldquo;Peter Rabbit&rdquo; has come under fire for highlighting the seriousness of this condition. One would think parents would cheer a major Hollywood studio deciding to demonstrate the danger associated with food allergies.&nbsp;</p> <p> Yet, instead of praise, food allergy activists and parents of children who have food allergies have&nbsp;<a href="">attacked</a>&nbsp;Sony Pictures and &ldquo;Peter Rabbit.&rdquo; They claim the movie&nbsp;<a href="">mocks</a>&nbsp;the condition and&nbsp;<a href="">encourages</a>&nbsp;&ldquo;food allergy bullying,&rdquo; which, they explain, is when children use food to bully and even assault children with food allergies. Naturally, there have been calls to boycott the movie.</p> <p> The scene in this updated version of the classic book involves Peter&rsquo;s nemesis, Tom McGregor, the son of Mr. McGregor. Tom&rsquo;s raison d&rsquo;&ecirc;tre is to kill Peter and all the other &ldquo;vermin&rdquo; in his late father&rsquo;s garden. So, after learning that Tom suffers from a severe allergy to blackberries, Peter and his friends decide to pelt Tom with the berries and actually aim for Tom&rsquo;s mouth. As predicted, Tom has a dangerous allergic reaction and things start to look pretty grim. But just before Tom keels over, he administers medicine from his EpiPen, which saves his life.&nbsp;</p> <p> One might interpret this scene as a good demonstration of the danger of food allergies. Yet, in an&nbsp;<a href="">open letter</a>&nbsp;to studio executives, the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America claimed that the scene, &ldquo;featured the intentional attack of the McGregor character with the food he is allergic to &mdash; the implication being that the rabbits wanted to kill or harm McGregor with this method.&rdquo;</p> <p> Well, that&rsquo;s true. Peter did want to kill Tom, and there&rsquo;s certainly a conversation to have about whether it&rsquo;s appropriate to take Beatrix Potter&rsquo;s sweet story of childish misadventure into Tarantino movie style territory. Yet, it&rsquo;s also worth noting that cartoon characters have a long tradition of trying to kill each other &mdash; wickedly and violently. In fact, devising disturbing ways in which to seriously injure or even murder one&rsquo;s enemy has been the prevailing theme in cartoons since the medium was created.&nbsp;</p> <p> While modern cartoons have become softer and gentler and often carry social justice messages about inclusion and kindness, classic cartoon characters like Wile E. Coyote and the Road Runner, Tom and Jerry, Bugs Bunny and Elmer Fudd, or Marvin the Martian spent most episodes insulting one another while simultaneously trying to knock each other off. Perhaps that was the biggest mistake Sony made: trying to update the mode of murder to something more au courant &mdash; like food allergies.</p> <p> The good folks at the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America also seem a bit confused about the literary concepts of protagonist and antagonist. In their letter, they advise Sony Pictures executives to &ldquo;examine your portrayal of bullying in your films geared toward a young audience.&rdquo; Yet, in &ldquo;Peter Rabbit,&rdquo; Peter isn&rsquo;t the bully. Peter is the good guy &mdash; the one we root for and the character we want to see survive. Tom is actually the antagonist or the &ldquo;bully.&rdquo; He&rsquo;s the one who is out to kill sweet Peter and all his furry friends. What Peter did with the blackberries wasn&rsquo;t bullying; that was self-defense.&nbsp;</p> <p> Sony Studios can learn a lesson from this latest outrage and consider what parents really want in children&rsquo;s programming. Perhaps it&rsquo;s time to cut it out with the unnecessary violence and disturbing images. People and kids desire simpler, family-friendlier content, not scenes that invoke &mdash; good or bad &mdash; how people react to food allergies.</p> <p> And in today&rsquo;s overly sensitive culture, Hollywood studios would be wise to stick to the classic and less real-world way of killing your cartoon enemies &mdash; throwing them off a cliff, setting them on fire, running them over with a truck, or hitting them over the head with a hammer or frying pan. But never, ever use a slingshot to lob a piece of fruit into somebody&rsquo;s mouth &mdash; that apparently is too close to how the real world works.</p> <div> &nbsp;</div> GunlockThu, 22 Feb 2018 08:02:00 CSTen-usIndependent Women's ForumWhy it's good to give your kids a measure of freedom • NRA News Cam & Company GunlockTue, 20 Feb 2018 15:02:00 CSTen-usIndependent Women's ForumThe Parkland Massacre--Let's Wait for More Details Before Calling for Gun Restrictions<p> The mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida has horrified all Americans. Sadly, few details about the shooter have emerged and Americans are left wondering how this clearly unstable young man was able to get his hands on a gun and how the mechanisms already in place to protect people failed...yet again.&nbsp;</p> <p> So far, we know the killer--Nicholas Cruz--is 19 and that his adoptive mother recently died, which left him without parens since his adoptive father died over a decade ago. Those who know Cruz have stated his mental decline accelerated after the death of his mother. Because of his age, Cruz was legally permitted to purchase a firearm in Florida, yet we don&#39;t know how he obtained the firearm. Did he, in fact, purchase it, or did a family member? Was it his mother who purchased it before her sudden death? Those details are still to come. But we do know that Cruz hadn&#39;t been convicted of a prior crime, nor had the courts adjudicated him as mentally unstable despite the fact that his mother had called the police on him after he&#39;d become violent with her. Both a felony conviction and a finding of mental illness by a court would have shown on a background check--and prevented him from legally purchasing a gun. There are also reports that someone who had viewed his disturbing and threatening posts on Facebook contacted the FBI. Cruz was also a problem at school and school officials were aware of his mental instability.</p> <p> Yet, despite all of this, Cruz walked into that Parkland high school with a black duffel bag and a backpack, pulled out a semi-automatic rifle and began shooting kids and teachers in the hallways and inside five classrooms. Then, after his killing spree, Cruz blended in with the rest of the fleeing and terrified students and eventually made his way to a Wal-Mart where he did a completely normal teenage thing--he bought a soda. And then he was arrested.</p> <p> Both the mainstream media and Monday morning quarterbacks on social media have jumped on the &quot;DO SOMETHING&quot; bandwagon calling for &quot;common sense gun control.&quot; Perhaps it&#39;s understandable that in the face of such tragedy, no one wants to hear that common sense gun controls are already in place in the form of very restrictive regulations on gun ownership.</p> <p> As for me, I prefer to wait a day or two to see what actually happened before suggesting a variety of ways in which we can limit law abiding citizens&#39; freedoms and constitutionally protected rights to bear arms.&nbsp;</p> <p> In the meantime, I choose to pray for the victims, their families, and all those affected by this tragedy.&nbsp;</p> GunlockThu, 15 Feb 2018 18:02:00 CSTen-usIndependent Women's ForumState wants to govern kids' soda consumption<p> The bill, which is before a state House committee, would apply to restaurants that serve children&#39;s meals that include food and a beverage for one price. The move comes amid a push in New Hampshire and other states to crack down on sugary beverages, the concern being they contribute to obesity and other health problems. Only milk, juice, plain water, or flavored water with no sweeteners would be allowed under the New Hampshire bill.</p> <p style="margin-left: 40px;"> <span style="font-size:14px;"><strong><span style="color:#ffffff;"><span style="background-color:#ea425b;">&quot;This is so insulting to parents,&quot; responds Julie Gunlock, senior fellow at the&nbsp;</span></span><a href="" target="_blank"><span style="color:#ffffff;"><span style="background-color:#ea425b;">Independent Women&#39;s Forum</span></span></a><span style="color:#ffffff;"><span style="background-color:#ea425b;">&nbsp;(IWF). &quot;Why in the world does the state need to in any way get involved in this issue?</span></span></strong></span></p> <p style="margin-left: 40px;"> <span style="color:#ffffff;"><span style="font-size:14px;"><strong><span style="background-color:#ea425b;">&quot;I have two underweight children,&quot; she continues. &quot;If I decide that I&#39;m going to allow my children to have a higher-calorie beverage at dinner, that is my choice; and the idea that the state would prevent restaurants from offering things that people want is just yet more insanity from an overly bloated government.&quot;</span></strong></span></span></p> <p> Jeff Stier, senior fellow at the&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Consumer Choice Center</a>, says what makes this bill worse is that the government has the science wrong.</p> <p> &quot;[The bill] actually says the soda in that &#39;happy meal&#39; or kids meal can be replaced with 100-percent juice, which calorically is just about the same as a soda and offers no real additional nutrients, [except] maybe some vitamin C, which kids are not deficient in anyway if they&#39;re eating a diet with fruits and vegetables,&quot; he explains.</p> <p> &quot;So it actually perpetuates the idea that it&#39;s okay ... or somehow it is healthy for kids to drink apple juice, which from a calorie perspective is just about the same as a soda. It&#39;s part of this campaign against not only sodas, but the campaign against parents being able to make choices for their own children.&quot;</p> <p> Meanwhile,&nbsp;<em>The Associated Press</em>&nbsp;<a href="">reports</a>&nbsp;that many restaurants are already moving away from offering soda in kids&#39; meals.</p> GunlockThu, 15 Feb 2018 08:02:00 CSTen-usIndependent Women's ForumUs, Too: The D.C. Region's Conservative Women Speak Out • The Kojo Nnamdi Show GunlockWed, 14 Feb 2018 15:02:00 CSTen-usIndependent Women's ForumAllergy organization’s allergy to jokes • NRA News Cam & Company GunlockTue, 13 Feb 2018 15:02:00 CSTen-usIndependent Women's ForumMedia Loves Evil North Korean Official, Vilifies Americans<p> The media sycophantic coverage of North Korea and its leader&rsquo;s creepy sister, Kim Yo Jong&mdash;the Vice Director of North Korea&rsquo;s &ldquo;Workers&rsquo; Party of Korea Propaganda and Agitation Department&rdquo; was unreal. It&rsquo;s got to be tough to be that wound up about Trump, that you would praise a leading member of a regime that tortures, starves, and murders its own people. Bethany Mandel offers a <a href="">good list</a> of the fawning over at the New York Post.</p> <p> This topic has been covered to death so there&rsquo;s not much more I can say but it is worth noting that while the press praises this murderess, they can&rsquo;t spare one ounce of kindness for the women in the Trump universe.</p> <p> Just yesterday, there was <a href="">breaking news</a> that Vanessa Trump, the wife of Donald Trump, Jr., was hospitalized after opening an envelope that contained white powder (which has been found to be non lethal).</p> <p> What&hellip;.you haven&rsquo;t heard about it? Sadly, that makes sense since there&#39;s been minimal coverage of this terrifying attack on the first family (there was far more coverage of Barack and Michelle Obama&rsquo;s paint-by-numbers portrait unveilings).</p> <p> But at least there&rsquo;s some measure of kindness in silence. Others weren&rsquo;t so charitable.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en"> Given the entire Trump family&#39;s loose association with the truth, I&#39;m not prepared to buy the &quot;hospitalized from suspicious white powder&quot; story just yet. Before you come at me, this reaction is Donald Trump Jr&#39;s fault, not mine.</p> &mdash; Amee Vanderpool (@girlsreallyrule) <a href="">February 12, 2018</a></blockquote> <script async src="" charset="utf-8"></script> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en"> This is my point. No one wants anyone hurt, but also no one knows what truth is regarding this family anymore <a href=";ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#DonaldTrumpJr</a> <a href=""></a></p> &mdash; Tara Dublin (@taradublinrocks) <a href="">February 12, 2018</a></blockquote> <script async src="" charset="utf-8"></script> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> At some point, one hopes the media will look back at this time with embarrassment and likely an understanding that this is when America&rsquo;s proud tradition of a free and impartial press ended. That&rsquo;s a dangerous reality to contemplate and one that opponents of Trump should realize only secures and strengthens his power.</p> <p> And over at <a href="">Commentary</a>, Noah Rothman explains (and has more good examples of press fawning: &ldquo;a sprinkling of freckles,&rdquo; and a &ldquo;prim, young woman with a high forehead and hair half swept back quietly gazes at the throngs of people pushing for a glimpse of her,&rdquo; and the equally gag-inducing press report that the sociopath propagandist kept her &ldquo;head held high&rdquo;) that there&rsquo;s a cost to all this favorable coverage of North Korea:</p> <blockquote> <p> What began as&nbsp;a cautious appreciation for the contempt the North Korean delegate cast in the vice president&rsquo;s direction quickly transformed into something more menacing. To retroactively justify what was at first a partisan reflex, the press fabricated a narrative in which Kim Yo-jong was depicted as the belle of the Olympic ball.</p> <p> Pyongyang has one goal: to decouple Seoul from Washington and weaken the U.S. military presence on the peninsula as a prelude to reunification on their terms. That is achieved through public opinion. You are the battlefield on which this struggle is being fought. Journalism that sees North Korean efficacy in blinkered South Korean credulity helps Pyongyang. Journalism that conveys the idea that the Republic of Korea is ungrateful to the United States helps Pyongyang. Journalism that glosses over North Korea&rsquo;s sadism, criminality, and the threat it poses to world peace helps Pyongyang. Journalism that glamorizes the head of North Korea&rsquo;s propaganda and state security apparatuses simply because she&rsquo;s not Mike Pence isn&rsquo;t journalism.</p> </blockquote> <p> The mainstream American media&#39;s glowing coverage of North Korea and of it&#39;s propoganda chief puts into sharp relief not just the double standard at play in covering this White House, it reveals that the press has lost its moral compass and is willing to ignore true brutality, suffering and diabolical human rights abuses if it hurts the current President.&nbsp;</p> GunlockTue, 13 Feb 2018 07:02:00 CSTen-usIndependent Women's ForumNew York School Officials Miss Chance to Teach About Real Inclusion<p> <a href="">Fox News is reporting</a> that a school in Ithaca, New York just cancelled a high school production of &ldquo;The Hunchback of Notre Dame&rdquo; because of student protests associated with the lead role of Esmeralda being given to a white, female student.</p> <p> According to the report, the drama all started when one black student quit the production after objecting to the casting of the white student. Subsequently, a group of student activists wrote a&nbsp;<a href="">letter</a>&nbsp;to school administrators expressing their concerns.</p> <p> Without a hint of irony, the letter actually states that their main objection to the casting is that it runs counter to Victor Hugo&rsquo;s novel&rsquo;s main message&mdash;which they say is one of &ldquo;inclusion.&rdquo; Poor Victor Hugo. He must resemble a boney fidget spinner in his grave.</p> <p> The letter reveals an important detail about the student protestors: they clearly haven&rsquo;t read Victor Hugo&rsquo;s classic novel and if they did, they don&rsquo;t understand it. First of all, &ldquo;The Hunchback of Notre Dame&rdquo; covered, not one, but many themes&mdash;social upheaval, love, jealousy, grace in suffering, fate and free will and, most obviously, how our physical appearance doesn&rsquo;t always match who we are inside.</p> <p> While you could argue that Hugo tackled the very modern concept of &ldquo;inclusion,&rdquo; the issue of Quasimodo&rsquo;s and Esmeralda&rsquo;s exclusion from society went far beyond the first world problems of today. Quasimodo was truly repulsive in his deformity. Hugo even writes that Quasimodo&rsquo;s own mother abandoned him because she couldn&rsquo;t bear to look at him or love him.</p> <p> But Quasimodo was also born at a time where superstitions were the norm and where people often blamed birth defects and disfigurement on witchcraft or other demonic forces. Esmeralda&rsquo;s beauty and raw sexuality was also thought to be the work of the devil. Yet, behind Quasimodo&rsquo;s deformed face and body, there was very kind, gentle and compassionate soul. And Quasimodo was able to see beyond Esmeralda&rsquo;s beauty, finding that she too was kind and treated all people equally&mdash;even a deformed bell ringer like Quasimodo.</p> <p> While it&rsquo;s laughable to try to equate Hugo&rsquo;s masterful depiction of true social isolation and exclusion in Revolutionary France to the &ldquo;problems&rdquo; faced by the well fed and coddled Ithaca high school students and their drama club protest, Hugo&rsquo;s message about the pitfalls of judging people by their outward appearance is still germane. &nbsp;</p> <p> Consider the words written by these students in the letter to school administrators, where they actually praise the young actress who was chosen to play Esmeralda (bracketted section mine).</p> <p style="margin-left:.5in;"> Before we speak further [about how we&#39;re a bunch of racists], we want to stress that the talented young woman who was cast in this role is a stellar actor, singer, and dancer. She has worked hard to hone her craft and the IHS stage, or any stage, would be lucky to have her.</p> <p> Then, seemingly unaware to what they&rsquo;ve just written above, they go on, writing:</p> <p style="margin-left:.5in;"> Our concern is not with her, but with the fact that in terms of demographics, she is the wrong choice for this role.</p> <p> And then they let their racist flag fly, writing:</p> <p style="margin-left:.5in;"> &nbsp;The young woman who was cast in this role has hazel eyes, blonde hair, and is the epitome of whiteness</p> <p> If these knuckleheaded drama students were to apply the same&hellip;hmmm, what is this&hellip;Logic? Okay, let&rsquo;s go with the word logic. If they were to apply this &ldquo;logic&rdquo; to Esmeralda or Quasimodo, it might sound like this:</p> <p style="margin-left:.5in;"> Both Esmeralda and Quasimodo are fabulous people. Thoughtful, gentle souls who are compassionate, loving, faithful, loyal and unfailingly kind. &nbsp;Yet, Quasimodo&rsquo;s ugly and deformed and Esmeralda&rsquo;s beautiful and totally sexy&hellip;so, we&rsquo;d rather them stay locked up in the church with that creepy priest&hellip;mmmkay? Great.</p> <p> Sadly, school administrators and teachers didn&rsquo;t point this out to these kids. Instead, school officials rolled over&mdash;sending the kids a message that these silly sorts of stunts work and that being a racist jerk is super duper okay if you claim you&rsquo;re a social justice warrior. And in breech of perhaps a teachers&rsquo; most basic role, they also failed to explain to these kids that they&rsquo;ve mischaracterized Hugo&rsquo;s novel and used it push an ideology with which Hugo would never have agreed. I guess that&rsquo;s totes cool with the teachers if it keeps those crazy kids calm.&nbsp;</p> <p> Soon, these kids will head off to college and they&rsquo;ll be armed with the knowledge that teachers hate controversy and student protests more than ignorance of history and literature. That&rsquo;s modern public education in a sad little paragraph.</p> <p> Perhaps this school should get back to doing what schools are meant to do&mdash;TEACH. They can start by teaching what Victor Hugo was trying to convey with his great novel and then perhaps they can move on to the works of Martin Luther King who famously wrote about dreaming, much like Victor Hugo did, of a day when men are judged not by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.</p> GunlockWed, 7 Feb 2018 13:02:00 CSTen-usIndependent Women's ForumTwitter Parenting Experts and Their Sick, Sick Imaginations • NRA News Cam & Co GunlockTue, 6 Feb 2018 14:02:00 CSTen-usIndependent Women's ForumTwitter Parenting Experts and Their Sick, Sick Imaginations<p> I&rsquo;m tired of seeing parents getting criticized for normal behaviors. It happens all the time. Give your kid a happy meal on a busy night? Better not post that on social media. Letting your kid watch an extra hour of TV? Better make sure you keep that a secret. We all deal with the fear of being judged as a bad parent. But last week, things got really out of hand when Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was criticized on Twitter and elsewhere for kissing his little boy on the mouth.</p> <p> This&nbsp;<a href="">Buzzfeed article</a>&nbsp;offers a solid rundown of the dissaproving Tweets from people who are made up of equal parts dirty thoughts and sanctimony.</p> <p> Brady&rsquo;s not the only one who has received criticism for the heretofore normal behavior of kissing one&#39;s kid on the lips. Last summer, singer and fashion designer Victoria Beckham was the focus of online trolls who criticized her for&nbsp;<a href="">kissing her adorable daughter on the lips</a>&nbsp;(her husband David<a href="">&nbsp;also received similar backlash</a>...why are these people still on social media?).</p> <p> Let&rsquo;s just contemplate what these Tweets are suggesting&mdash;the unspoken subtext here is that Brady and the Beckhams were sharing&nbsp;<em>sexual</em>&nbsp;kisses with their kids.</p> <p> It says a lot about a culture when masses of people come to the same weird, unsettling conclusion and have no compuction about sharing these bizarre thoughts on sical media. What sort of person sees a dad kissing their young kids as sexual, instead of what it is--the&nbsp;normal interaction between young kids and their adoring parents.</p> <p> Like Brady&#39;s son, my son just turned eleven. He&rsquo;s a pretty normal kid who likes his teachers, pinewood derby, The Mysterious Benedict Society, Nerf gun battles with his brothers, his high-tech Xbox and his low-tech chessboard. But more than anything, my son loves cuddles and kisses and most mornings, before school, we kiss on the lips, just like I used to kiss my mom and dad before leaving the house.</p> <p> Those who read more into these sweet gestures between parents and kids should examine their own twisted and sick way of thinking and leave these parents alone.</p> GunlockMon, 5 Feb 2018 15:02:00 CSTen-usIndependent Women's Forum#109 Are Conservative Women Treated Differently than Women on the Left?<p> A comparison of how women on the left are treated compared to women on the right. Often times women on the right have been negatively objectified, while women in previous administrations have been glorified.</p> GunlockTue, 30 Jan 2018 15:01:00 CSTen-usIndependent Women's ForumRespect that is due to women is somehow missing • NRA News Cam & Co GunlockTue, 30 Jan 2018 14:01:00 CSTen-usIndependent Women's ForumGMOs Can Help World Hunger<p> According to the United Nations, 795 million people currently live with chronic malnutrition and most of those people live in developing nations.</p> <p> In Yemen, South Sudan, Somalia and northeast Nigeria alone, more than 20 million people face hunger and even starvation. Several factors have contributed to this tragedy--drought and crop failures as well as internal conflicts and wars.</p> <p> Yet, it&#39;s worth noting that radical green activists are also to blame. These activists have actually focused on Africa, telling vulnerable populations that modern agricultural techniques&mdash;like the use of GMO seed to grow crops&mdash;is associated with a myriad of health problems. These lies have led some government officials of these African nations to ban GMOs and reject modern technologies that could increase agricultural outputs.</p> <p> For example, in 2016, Zimbabwe faced dangerous food shortages due to drought. Despite the desperate situation, Zimbabwe&rsquo;s government decided to reject food aid containing GMO ingredients after activists told government leaders that GMO food was dangerous and would injure their citizens (nevermind that the famine was also a major threat to the lives of their citizens).</p> <p> This immoral behavior must stop. People--particularly those who live in developing nations--deserve the truth about the heath and safety of GMOs.</p> <p> GMOs have been the subject of thousands of safety tests and are considered safe by every major scientific and medical association on the planet. That includes:</p> <p> &bull;&nbsp; U.S. Food and Drug Administration</p> <p> &bull;&nbsp; U.S. Department of Agriculture</p> <p> &bull; American Association for the Advancement of Science</p> <p> &bull; American Medical Association</p> <p> &bull; National Academy of Sciences</p> <p> &bull; World Health Organization</p> <p> &bull; French Academy of Science</p> <p> &bull; Food Standards Agency of Australia/New Zealand</p> <p> &bull; Union of German Academics of Sciences and Humanities</p> <p> &bull; European Commission</p> <p> &bull;&nbsp; Royal Society of Medicine</p> <p> &bull;&nbsp; The academies of science in Brazil, China, India, and Mexico.</p> <p> People should also know that farmers who use GMO seeds have higher crop yields, use less land to grow those crops, and utilize far fewer chemicals on the land. That&rsquo;s good for both humans and the planet!</p> <p> There&rsquo;s a lot of work to do countering activist lies and fearmongering. We at IWF hope this video does a little to push back on those alarmist messages and to reassure people about the promise of modern agriculture and genetic engineering.&nbsp;</p> <iframe src="" width="476" height="644" style="border:none;overflow:hidden" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" allowTransparency="true" allowFullScreen="true"></iframe> GunlockTue, 30 Jan 2018 09:01:00 CSTen-usIndependent Women's ForumTestimony Before FDA Advisory Committee<p> Yesterday, I provided testimony to the Tobacco Products Scientific Advisory Committee (TPSAC), which is an advisory panel to the US Food and Drug Administration. TPSAC convened January 24-25 to consider whether Philip Morris should be allowed to claim that its new product, called iQOS--an electronic cigarette device, can reduce the risk of tobacco-related diseases compared with traditional combustible cigarettes.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p align="center"> &nbsp;</p> <p align="center"> <strong>Testimony of Julie Gunlock</strong></p> <p align="center"> <strong>Tobacco Products Scientific Advisory Committee (TPSAC) Hearing</strong></p> <p align="center"> <strong>Washington, DC</strong></p> <p align="center"> <strong>January 25, 2018</strong></p> <p> Good morning and thank you for allowing me to speak today.</p> <p> My name is Julie Gunlock</p> <p> I&rsquo;m a Senior Fellow at the Independent Women&#39;s Forum, which is a research and educational institution located in Washington, DC that is run and staffed entirely by women.</p> <p> Perhaps, therefore, it makes sense that I&rsquo;m going to focus my remarks on women and specifically the fact that women have a far more difficult time than men quitting traditional, combustible cigarettes.</p> <p> I&rsquo;m sure you&rsquo;re all aware of the <a href="">study</a> that was published in Journal of Neuroscience by researchers at Yale University that found that when men smoke, the number of nicotine receptors in the brain increased.</p> <p> But this wasn&rsquo;t true for women, who, while smoking, had the same number of nicotine receptors as nonsmokers.</p> <p> Those results suggest that, neuro-biologically, men are more responsive to the nicotine in a cigarette, whereas women tend to be rewarded more by the &ldquo;cues&rdquo; of smoking, like the smell and taste of the smoke (and as a women, I would add this non-scientific observation that women might also be attracted to the appetite suppressing qualities of cigarettes).&nbsp;</p> <p> So, why does this relate to the matter at hand?</p> <p> Well, as you all know, currently, the FDA only approves nicotine-replacement therapies&mdash;such as patches and gum&mdash;to help people quit smoking.</p> <p> Clearly, this study demonstrates that women need treatment options other than nicotine replacements, such as those that help replace other cravings&mdash;like the taste and smell of traditional cigarettes and the hand-to-mouth habits associated with smoking.</p> <p> Similarly, researchers at the University of Montreal <a href="">found that women&rsquo;s menstruation cycle</a> increases neural activity related to cravings, which often hamper a female&rsquo;s attempt to quit traditional cigarettes. As we all know, it&rsquo;s a scientific fact, that men do not have a menstruation cycle, and as such, don&rsquo;t have to deal with the added monthly cravings.</p> <p> Other studies have shown women have much more severe symptoms of withdrawal then men, and that women are more likely then men to begin smoking again when faced with stress and anxiety.</p> <p> In an <a href="">interview with National Public Radio</a>, Carolyn Mazure, a professor of psychology at Yale School of Medicine explained that, &quot;Women often report smoking is helpful in reducing negative mood, even enhancing positive mood, managing the stress of daily life and also managing appetite and weight gain...&rdquo; adding that they are &ldquo;&hellip;looking to cigarettes to help them with those different situations, and as a consequence, it is often more difficult for women [than for men] to give up their cigarettes.&quot;</p> <p> Clearly, the FDA does not intend to punish women, simply for their gender.</p> <p> Yet, that is precisely what&rsquo;s going to happen if women are limited to smoking cessation products that biologically cannot provide them with the help they need to quit traditional cigarettes.</p> <p> For this reason, IWF strongly urges this committee and ultimately the FDA to approve new and innovative e-cigarette products that will help women quit smoking.</p> <p> Thank you.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> GunlockFri, 26 Jan 2018 11:01:00 CSTen-usIndependent Women's ForumDave Schlenker: Game-changing emails for cold feet and fireballs<p> News you may have missed: Grim streakers, cat ladies and goat nuptials</p> <p> Hello, and welcome to another edition of Dave&rsquo;s Freaky Inbox.</p> <p> Here, I report news you may have missed. These are real news releases emailed to me in recent months, delicious scoops I overlooked amid piled-up notices about potluck dinners and local road closures.</p> <p> My apologies. To get you back up to speed, here are headlines still in my inbox:</p> <p> &ldquo;Re: Stylish socks can change the world&rdquo;</p> <p> &ldquo;Star Wars most popular pet name&rdquo; &mdash; This is a news release from Petplan Pet Insurance. The top three most popular pets names from &ldquo;Stars Wars,&rdquo; according to Petplan, are Luke, Chewbacca and Finn. Yoda was fourth, Han Solo was ninth and Jar Jar did not make the cut.</p> <p> &ldquo;Embrace Your Inner Cat Lady!&rdquo;</p> <p style="margin-left: 40px;"> <span style="color:#ffffff;"><span style="font-size:14px;"><strong><span style="background-color:#ea425b;">&ldquo;Statement: &rsquo;Tis not the season to freak out over cookie dough, FDA cooks up alarmism&rdquo; &mdash; The slugline delivers what it promises: a statement from the Independent Women&rsquo;s Forum Culture of Alarmism project director stating, well, don&rsquo;t freak out about eating raw cookie dough. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration feels otherwise, of course, prompting the Culture For Alarmism to proclaim &ldquo;it&rsquo;s time to cut government if federal agencies have time to cook up alerts on nonsense like this.&rdquo;</span></strong></span></span></p> <p> &ldquo;The Game-Changing Blanket to Cure Cold Feet!&rdquo;</p> <p> &ldquo;Santa Claus Endorses SwampButt Underwear for Dryness and Security&rdquo; &mdash; I have had several emails from the SwampButt Underwear company in recent months. But this news release is by far my favorite: It seems Santa loves this underwear brand because it combats &ldquo;his own sweaty backside ... due to the pants &lsquo;droop&rsquo; on his busiest day.&rdquo;</p> <p> &ldquo;Grim Streaker Share &lsquo;Freak Child&rsquo; Video On Culture Collide&rdquo;</p> <p> &ldquo;Boob Introduces The-Tee that also makes a Statement&rdquo; &mdash; To be clear, the first word there is the name of a clothing company making new &ldquo;organic cotton shirts&rdquo; for women. They are lovely and empowering shirts, actually. The news release also contains the words &ldquo;chic,&rdquo; &ldquo;swag&rdquo;&nbsp;and &ldquo;momified.&rdquo;</p> <p> &ldquo;Re: Bed Race&rdquo;</p> <p> &ldquo;Spinning Toe Hold - Warning - This video contains 10 fireballs&rdquo; &mdash; This email is from Dory Funk Jr., the WWE Hall of Fame wrestler who now runs a wrestling academy in Ocala. I know Dory well. I have been tossed to the mat by Dory. I have written about Dory for years. So what I really love about this odd email is that I did not find it odd at all.</p> <p> &ldquo;How to Turn Your Side Hustle Into a Career Move!&rdquo;</p> <p> &ldquo;Somebody GOAT Married&rdquo; &mdash; News release: &ldquo;Sunset at the Palms, an all-inclusive, adults-only resort in Negril, Jamaica, proudly announces the marriage of two of the property&rsquo;s most recent hires, Betty and Royal Brown.&rdquo; Yes, Betty and Royal are goats. They were married on Nov. 25 in a lovely ceremony attended by their coworkers and resort guests.</p> <p> So there you have it, readers. Sorry you missed the goat ceremony. My bad. But please note there is still time to convert your Side Hustle into profit. To ensure success, though, make sure you are wearing the proper underwear and world-changing socks.</p> GunlockThu, 25 Jan 2018 15:01:00 CSTen-usIndependent Women's Forum