February 26, 2013
McKinsey Tries to Recruit Mothers Who Left the Fold

February 26, 2013

People often fail to understand the importance of diversity. They assume it’s all about quotas and political correction but it is about so much more. Diversity (and we’re talking race, class, gender, sexuality, political affiliation, religion, all of it) is about putting multiple points of view into a conversation. It’s about ensuring that no one is operating in the kind of cultural vacuum where they don’t stop to consider context. It’s why certain people and shows and publications keep running into the same brick wall of public outcry about diversity—because these people consistently demonstrate a callous and willful ignorance of context. They see these lines that shouldn’t be crossed and cross them anyway because they are blissfully unencumbered by context…

I’m not outraged about this one tweet. I’m outraged about the cultural disease that spawned this tweet, the one where certain people are devalued and denigrated for sport and then told to laugh it off because hey, you know, it’s humor.

Or I’m outraged because I was twelve the first time I was called a cunt and I didn’t even know what the word meant. I was nearly thirteen the next time, and by then I did know what the word meant. An old man told me he loved “fresh cunt” and was not shy in detailing what he was going to do to mine. I was wearing a jumper and tights. And that’s also part of the cultural disease, this need to explain to you that I didn’t ask for it, that I was dressed modestly. This particular incident is not even something I have ever spent too much time thinking about because, frankly, it’s one of the lesser offenses. It barely registers until something reminds me of it, like a poorly considered tweet. Cultural disease.

If you get too riled up about this sort of thing, you’re humorless. You’re easily offended. You’re told to “get over it.” You’re told to have a “sense of humor.”

I might be all laughed out…


via The Rumpus’ “How a Wound Heals” on the Onion’s brutal Oscars tweet and so much more, by Roxanne Gay

Definitely read this entire article, and stop and feel something, feel everything for where it came from. It’s a very good, very tough piece.

What knocked me clear out of my tracks, however, was this first paragraph.

This was maybe the most enlightening, epiphanic explanation of the need for diversity I’ve ever read. When you work in fields (government, non profit) that have long debates over whether it is more virtuous to hire the very best person for the job regardless of race, gender, age, etc, OR to focus first on attracting a good, diverse range of talent, you start to lose site of this point. The most important point.

It’s not about “giving opportunities” or equity or presenting yourself a certain way for public perception. It’s about conversation, perspective, the things I wouldn’t have thought of without you and you wouldn’t have thought of without me.

So, thank you, Roxanne Gay.

Bookmarking for future conversational reference.

(via beenthinking)

February 24, 2013
"In January, Florida and his team unveiled a study that reveals a deafening truth: While creative class workers clustered in cities enjoy increased income despite increased housing costs, service and blue-collar workers in the same neighborhoods experience the inverse, a “rising tide” of rent increases without the raises that come with it for most creative economy workers."

Kelsey Campbell-Dollaghan, “Did The Creative Class Really Save Your City? Probably Not" from Fast Co.Design

February 24, 2013
"Feeling guilty for feeling is uniquely human, and uniquely tormenting. I wish everyone the power to soothe themselves by being themselves. Rescue what’s deeper, because it will change you."

-: On “coming out” 

Will, on coming out, but more importantly, on being human.

That looks like too many commas, but I don’t subscribe to the patriarchal society of grammar, so.

(via whydoihaveablog)

(Source: thewamiv, via caraggghhhhhhh)

February 24, 2013
"Yet while Medicare may not be a realistic systemwide model for reform, the way Medicare works does demonstrate, by comparison, how the overall health care market doesn’t work."

, from “Bitter Pill: Why Medical Bills Are Killing Us

February 23, 2013
"This uniqueness and singleness which distinguishes each individual and gives a meaning to his existence has a bearing on creative work as much as it does on human love. When the impossibility of replacing a person is realized, it allows the responsibility which a man has for his existence and its continuance to appear in all its magnitude. A man who becomes conscious of the responsibility he bears toward a human being who affectionately waits for him, or to an unfinished work, will never be able to throw away his life. He knows the “why” for his existence, and will be able to bear almost any “how.”"

— Victor Frankl, from The Atlantic There’s More to Life Than Being Happy" by Emily Esfahani Smith

February 23, 2013
"If you have a patient who’s clearly dying from something else and you’re reluctant to discuss deactivation and they end up at home receiving multiple shocks, that’s a failure to deliver best care"

— Dr. Jeff Healey on discussing the deactivation of implanted defibrillators with patients, from “Powerful, painful shocks given by implanted defibrillators can be more stress than they’re worth: doctors" (National Post)

February 23, 2013
Heart Attack Drive? Defibrillator Alley? Study misleads on Toronto neighbourhoods and heart attack risk

National Post article by Scott Stinson

February 23, 2013
"It’s also extremely unlikely that there were any truly revolutionary Marxists at Harvard. The intellectual cohort Mayer guesses he was pointing to are advocates of Critical Legal Studies (CLS), an intellectual movement with strong roots at Harvard Law. CLS scholars argue that law and legal texts are indeterminate; in greatly simplified terms, that the law can be interpreted in basically whatever fashion judges choose. Taking after a long tradition of leftist thought (including Marx himself), CLS advocates argue that the fact of legal indeterminacy means law ends up reflecting the will and the interests of the powerful (principally rich, white men) rather than neutral adjucations of the principles that are supposed to underpin the law. A more comprehensive introduction, from Harvard Law Professor Roberto Unger, can be found here."

Ted Cruz Claims He Has A List Of Communists Who Have Infiltrated Harvard Law (via ThinkProgress)

February 15, 2013
Tech's new entrepreneurial approach to philanthropy