October Reading Edit

Our monthly reading edits are compiled by Francine Thompson, W&D’s Content Manager, Bridgette Dutkowski, W&D’s Project Manager, and me! Every month we get together to talk about the content going on W&D for the upcoming weeks, which is most often inspired by articles, timely topics, and cultural touch points outside the lifestyle category. We hope that we enjoy these links and get as much out of them as we do!

November. Finally. Two weeks left until this historic election is over. While we’ve made huge strides since the 19th amendment, Roe vs. Wade, the first African American President, and the legalization of gay marriage, it’s going to take some time for us to heal from the rhetoric we’ve had to consume the past 18 months. It’s become harder to remember there is still a lot of good happening in this country.

When you ask kids about basic human rights, they think it’s pretty cut and dry. Everybody deserves to be treated fairly. Why is it so hard to build a place where everyone has the right to live and free and happy life? I think its easy for children to see past race and gender because kids know what it’s like to be small. To be vulnerable. To be without money or power. Maybe their vulnerability is the key to accessing empathy. I don’t know.

If there is anything positive to take away from watching this political cycle unfold, it’s that we the people must be concious of our bias and boxes and labels and begin to learn about one another.

The links below are not all politcal in nature, but they do touch on experiences you may not share personally. If there is one article you do read, please try to get through the first link from The New Yorker on the disenfranchised white working class voter. It’s a fantastic piece of journalism and it helped me put aside my own biases to understand the nuances of race, class, culture, and economics we face today.

+ On empathy, the America dream, and understanding the disenfranchised white working class voter:  “Americans like Mark Frisbie have no foundation to stand on; they’re unorganized, unheard, unspoken for. They sink alone. The institutions of a healthy democracy—government, corporation, school, bank, union, church, civic group, media organization—feel remote and false, geared for the benefit of those who run them. And no institution is guiltier of this abandonment than the political parties.” Hillary Clinton and the Populist Revolt, by George Packer via The New Yorker

+ On debunking the myth of the French woman: “If there’s one takeaway about the purpose of Beauty and Well Being, it’s that living a beautiful, balanced life takes work. And yes, that rule applies to French women. ‘French women don’t really like to share what they’ve been doing,’ von Mueffling explains. ‘They kind of like to hide and play the Oh, it’s completely natural game when it’s not.’” The Myth of the Perfectly Effortless French Woman Is Just That– by Ashley Weatherford via The Cut

+ On the hashtag that received 1 million heart-wrenching responses: “In response, women sharing their stories on Twitter have flung open another door — to a world of sexual violence that is discussed in secrecy or not discussed at all. If you scroll through the stream of tweets, one thing becomes clear. This is not just a political reaction. It’s a collective unburdening.” One Tweet Unleases a Torrent of Stories of Sexual Assault – by Camila Domonoske via NPR

+ On the connection between nutrition and ADHD: “Allergic reactions make it very hard to pay attention. Imagine how well you would do learning a complex math principle if your throat were itching all day, or if your stomach hurt. If you think your children are eating poorly, they are. In one study, forty percent of people who thought they ate well were actually poor eaters—so if you suspect your children are eating poorly, they probably are not getting what they need for optimal learning.” – A Nutritionist’s Approach to ADHD – by Kelly Dorfman via goop

+ On avoiding sounding like a robot in your emails: “’I hope you’re well’ is a scourge on email correspondence, a hollow greeting that has come to mean nothing. I’d sooner write the first line of Finnegan’s Wake backwards and in Pig Latin than ‘I hope you’re well.’ The expression has rendered itself so benign in its overuse that our brains are now programmed to ignore it, skipping directly to the point of the email, which, if the text ‘I hope you’re well is any indication, is probably a request for a favor.” It’s Time to Stop Writing ‘I Hope You’re Well’ in Emails – by Dayna Evans Hagerty via The Cut

+ On love and social media: “If you want to know how someone wants the world to see them, look no further than the patterns in their social media feeds. This is never more true (or interesting, to be honest) than when it comes to their most intimate relationships. While it’s normal and even healthy to be proud and public about who you’re dating, there is at the same time a clear connection between how genuinely content you are with your relationship and how often you post about it.” – Here’s Why Happy Couples Post Less About Their Relationships on Social Media – by Brianna Weist via Business Insider

+ On dealing with the grief of losing your mother: “And mothering without you means a lot of things: It means I don’t have your extra help or advice or that “go to” person for everything baby related. It means I can’t ask you questions about what “normally” happens in a marriage when a newborn arrives, or how I should “normally” feel postpartum. It means I can’t call to say how my son’s pediatrician appointment went, when in reality, you’re the only one who would really care.” – How I’m Learning to Mother – Without My Mom – by Hayley Pearlman via Motherly

One last thing to add: Winter will be here before we know it and I know your coat could use some jazzing up. Check out this Kickstarter for faux fur ruffs you can add to the collar of your coat (made in Minnesota!). And if you just need some good old fashioned entertainment, we have two words for you: virginity haikus.

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