Round Up Number Two

 

On International Women’s Day…

This week Forbes ranked Kylie Jenner the world’s youngest ever self-made billionaire at the age of 21.   The BBC, Washington Post, CNN, USA Today, Huffington Post and others all ran stories referencing the self-made aspect with questionable inverted commas.  All of the writers were female.

Thus, contentious validity became a focus as much as (and more so in some cases) than achievement. Family money or not - and up to 50% of Forbes billionaires are said to have family wealth - getting a billion dollars in the bank is a massive achievement.  A woman doing it, and one so young, in a week that features International Women’s Day could have been an inspiring and empowering reason to cheer. It is sad it was usurped.

We talk of changing the world.  We wonder how to do it.  Perhaps we should start with our perspectives.


The Phenomena of the Dirty Look…

‘Did you see the look on her face?!!???’  For the times when, in truth, you really didn’t, there is now a scientific explanation.  The Department of Psychology and Center for Neural Science at NYU believes that our perspectives in life can influence our ability to understand the facial expressions of other people.  

So, when she sees a sneer and you miss it completely (or, of course, vice versa) there could be some perspective baggage at play…  


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The Great Kegel Cover-up…

and meanwhile at an Upper West Side exercise class the conversation turned to a new gift trend among Manhattan husbands who are reportedly offering ‘vaginal reconstruction’ surgery to their wives.  None of us in the class have the sort of husband who would dare to offer us a vaginal reconstruction, and thus the conversation drifted swiftly to the Kegel exercise, which for many years has held a sort of ‘fear of missing out’ allure and which everyone seems to assume we are doing for men.  

The perspective from women’s magazines has supported this theory, as have blogs, newsfeeds, and the occasional ‘life changing’ interview quote.  That said, a swift class poll revealed that most of us only ever Kegel so we don’t pee when we sneeze, which debunks the previous theory in a somewhat liberating slant for International Women’s Day.