Spanish fathers now get breastfeeding leave

This just in from Spain, where apparently equal rights trump biology: The European Union Court of Justice has ruled that Spanish working fathers have the same rights to breastfeeding leave as do working mothers.

From CNN:

Thursday's ruling grants Spanish dads the same rights as the mother of their child to leave work up to twice a day for a total of an hour or to shorten their workday by 30 minutes for the first nine months of the baby's life.

The court called the law "an unjustified discrimination on grounds of sex" that fathers weren't granted breastfeeding leave in the same instances as women were.

All jokes aside, cheers to Spain for recognizing that mothers and fathers should take an equal part in childrearing. The court ruled that the prior law, which only allowed fathers to apply for breastfeeding leave if the mother of their children was fully employed, was "liable to perpetuate a traditional distribution of the roles of men and women by keeping men in a role subsidiary to that of women in relation to the exercise of their parental duties."



Video game company eliminates "Taliban" mode

Makers of the video game Medal of Honor announced today that they were removing the option of being a Taliban soldier in online multiplayer. Electronic Arts had come under fire for the insensitivity of creating a virtual world in which gamers could act as virtual Taliban and shoot virtual U.S. troops.

Of course, EA isn't actually removing the option of playing as Taliban, they've merely renamed them to "Opposing Force." Wow, a game set in Afghanistan, an opposing force -- hey, EA's letting you play as al Qaeda, too!

It also should be noted that gamers have long had options of playing as terrorists long before Medal of Honor came around. The issue was ignored because ultimately there were a lot more pressing problems.