I posted yesterday about David Beckham’s birthday and H7’s accent. Since then, I’ve heard from a lot of people about accents. Does it work in reverse? Does a Canadian/North American accent sound attractive in the UK? Many of you confirm that it does indeed. As for H7’s accent, many of you in the UK are telling me it’s super posh – and since her parents’ accents aren’t that posh, despite her mother’s stage name, the English assessment is that she’s getting it from her very exclusive private school. 

Anyway, in other Beckham children news on the occasion of his birthday, Brooklyn showed up to surprise his dad:


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Becks gets pretty emotional. And I can’t hate it. Not just because it’s “hot” to see a man with his children but because, more and more, we are seeing the devastating effects of toxic masculinity. That devastation just happened here in Toronto last week. Traditionally men have not been encouraged to be tender and vulnerable, sensitive and tactile. We had a guest on The Social this week, Rachel Giese who’s written a book called Boys: What It Means To Become A Man about expanding the narrow definition of masculinity, a definition that many believe is the cause of pain and trauma, for both women and men. Rachel writes that more men need to model for young boys all the different ways to be a “real man” – that’s it OK to feel and emote, that men can show each other that they care, deeply. And that in doing so, it doesn’t mean they are any less. My concern, however, is where these conversations are taking place. On our talk show, Rachel’s message was embraced. But the people who truly need to pay attention to it are on the sports shows and other programs with conventionally “male” audiences. How do we get these discussions to happen there? 

As for Beckham gossip, because this the couple that Maria – and more than a few of you – consistently worries about, again, as I’ve said, the Beckhams are their own team now, a 6 person team. Their children are now old enough to know. And to experience disappointment. Which… is that enough of a deterrent to prevent what happened before? Admit it. That’s the root cause of your worry, non?