The Drs: Carrying Baby & A Gun
The Doctors asked how far you would go to protect your child. One new mom hosts a controversial new parenting course in Iowa. She’s hosting baby wearing, gun holding classes for moms. Her name is Melody Lauer and she joined The Doctors, explaining that she’s seen too many instances of children gaining access to firearms that they shouldn’t have access to. Her motivation was knowing that there are guns in 43% of U.S. homes and parents should have a forum where they can discuss safety without judgment.
Melody explained that she keeps her gun on her body at all times. Melody also explained that security is your personal responsibility. She’s been a victim of violence herself, and you can’t rely on someone else to save you. She said she always carries her baby opposite of where the gun is.
The Drs: Moms Packing Heat
Dr Travis Stork said if you’re not carrying the gun appropriately, you’re more likely to cause harm to yourself or your baby. He said if you’re going to do it, you should take it very seriously. Melody said it’s a deadly weapon and it can’t be thought of as a toy. She said correct training is important as well. Dr Jennifer Ashton shared that female gun ownership is up 20% in the last decade.
What do you think about moms carrying guns and children at the same time?
The Drs: Websites Promoting Eating Disorders
The Doctors then moved on to share that they recently discovered a secret online society where teens use code words and buddy systems to promote eating disorders as a way to lose weight. #Ana and #Mia are code names for anorexia and bulimia. They also shared that in some cases, the more likes you get on a post, the more hours you are required to starve.
The Doctors revealed a few more “secret codes,” including #CAT, which stands for self harm and #DEB, which means depression. There’s also #SUE, which stands for suicidal. There was a young woman named Alexis who studied gender in the media and shared that there are a ton of websites online that promote eating disorders for high school and middle school students.
Dr Ashton said it’s another example of why it’s an obligation to know what your kids are doing and “speak their language.” Dr Drew Ordon said you should definitely “snoop” on your children and keep an eye on them. If you notice these hashtags or extreme behavior, address it because it could be life threatening.
The Drs: Are You A Basic Female?
The Doctors then wanted to talk about whether the brands you’re wearing could be labeling you as too “basic.” The term “basic” can be used to describe an extra-regular female and could mean you’re overly boring. It originated in rap music, but is now becoming a common slang term. Rapper Kreayshawn is being credited for making the term “basic” go viral, and she explained that it could be used to describe any woman who’s wearing popular brands and “maxing out her credit cards in order to be socially accepted.” She said to her, it’s lacking originality and creativity in your style.
Dr Rachael Ross wanted to know if it was just a way to shame women. The “basic bro” is the male equivalent and “is obsessed with his fantasy football league” and “leads with his automobile,” among other things. Dr Ashton said it’s really a way to bash women, but she did point out that it raises the question of whether you’re trying to be someone you’re not.
Basically be yourself, rather than being “basic.” Would you be considered “basic”?