Daily (Hate) Mail

"Menopause is evolution's way of solving the age-old tensions between wives and their mothers-in-law," reads a headline in the Daily Mail. Michael Cant, a biologist at Exeter University, says: "When more than one female breeds, every mouth you feed is one less for your own." Apparently older women stop being fertile so they can help raise the grandchildren, which is an advantage. It may be biologically sound, but why does the paper make this theory seem like women are all about conflict and rivalry? In any case, good news: Another report claims that even though erectile dysfunction in males is clearly linked to the development of cardiovascular disease, the same is not true for females. Decreased sexual satisfaction in postmenopausal women is not predictive of cardiovascular disease, say researchers at Boston University School of Medicine. [Daily Mail, UPI]