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Google celebrates Mother’s Day with cactus doodle


May 14, 2017: Search engine giant Google on Sunday celebrated Mother’s Day and the spirit of motherhood with a cute cactus doodle.

Mother’s Day is celebrated in India and many other countries on the second Sunday of May annually. The day is marked to celebrate and cherish the unconditional love, compassion, and sacrifices made by mothers in bringing up their children.

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In six animated images, the doodle series portrays a woman entering motherhood projected through a cactus.

The doodle presents a pregnant cactus giving birth to a baby cactus, bringing it up, taking care, guiding her babies, showering her love and finally living a settled life with grown-up cacti.

There is a small history attached to how the celebration of Mother’s Day began.

It is believed that Anna Marie Jarvis began this custom in the US to fulfil her mother, social activist Ann Maria Reeves Jarvis’ unfulfilled dreams.

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On May 10, 1908, Anna Jarvis held a public service at the school where her mother was a teacher and that’s how the celebration of Mother’s Day began.

On May 9, 1914, the late US President Thomas Woodrow Wilson signed a proclamation following untiring efforts by Anna Marie Jarvis and declared the second Sunday of May as the national day for public expression of love and reverence for the mothers. IANS

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Motherhood Teaches Women to Become Comfortable with Their Bodies: Study

However, this association was not found among the 54 per cent of women surveyed who were mothers

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Motherhood teaches women to become comfortable with their bodies as they learn to focus on breast functionality as opposed to the aesthetics of breasts and the body, says a new study.

The study, published in the journal Body Image, suggests that perfectionism is related to breast size dissatisfaction, but only in non-mothers.

Of the 484 Italian women surveyed for the study, 69 per cent reported breast size dissatisfaction, with 44 per cent wanting larger breasts.

“There is the fact that becoming a mother naturally results in changes to the appearance of the breasts, particularly in terms of their size,” said study co-author Viren Swami, Professor at Anglia Ruskin University (ARU) in Britain.

“But perhaps the most relevant is that becoming a mother — and particularly the experience of breastfeeding — may focus women’s attention on breast functionality as opposed to focusing on the aesthetics of breasts and the body,” Swami added.

A woman with her new-born child. Wikimedia Commons

Perfectionistic self-presentation — the desire to create an image of flawlessness in the eyes of other people — is known to contribute towards negative body image.

The study found that breast size dissatisfaction was associated with higher levels of two of the three factors behind perfectionistic self-presentation – non-display of imperfection and perfectionistic self-promotion.

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However, this association was not found among the 54 per cent of women surveyed who were mothers. This was particularly the case among women who had more than one child.

“Our findings suggest that motherhood may help to decouple the link between perfectionistic self-presentation and breast size dissatisfaction,” Swami said. (IANS)