In honor of summer, here’s a mashup of all the great things I’ve been reading and contemplating:
This vintage piece by Gloria Steinem “If Men Could Menstruate” is a tremendous read that had me thinking for days. Even if women’s issues aren’t really your thing, it’s in part about how unseen assumptions and questionable justifications can shape and influence our perspective.
Great reads via Longform.org worth finishing: Sports Illustrated’s 1996 complex and thought-provoking recap of the people scarred by rising teen basketball star Richie Parker’s sex abuse conviction. Hat tip to Longform.org, Outside’s investigation “Did North Korea Kidnap an American Hiker?”, a first-person review by famed financial and sports journalist Michael Lewis of his failed affair with a New Orleans mansion, a Texas bank-robbing family and Mallory Ortberg’s The One Time I Went to Connecticut, which is seemingly as much about an encounter with well-intentioned but sexist headhunter as it is about the strange, difficult and complicated journey of figuring out a place in the world for one’s self when you’re in in your early 20s.
Media mahem: Jill Abramson’s dismissal as the first ever female executive editor of The New York Times has spawned more write-ups than I can read, but I think this Politico piece on Editing While Female, written by a former Washington Post editor Susan Glasser is a worthwhile reflection on the gender dust storm, made all the more insightful by Glasser’s own experiences leading newsrooms. New NYT executive editor Dean Baquee’s interview with NPR’s David Folkenflik’s is guarded but worth checking out.
“Too many young women are harder on themselves than circumstances warrant. They are too often selling themselves short. They too often take criticism personally instead of seriously.”
Possible antidotes: Tara Sophia Mohr’s 10 Rules for Brilliant Women. She suggests removing “does that make sense?” and “just” from your vocabulary. Try also saying “Thank you” when complimented and “You’re welcome” when thanked instead of “Oh, it wasn’t that great/Oh, I thought it was a dumb color on me but I wore it anyway.”
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