Friday Five: Rewriting the Script

Sometimes it can feel like we have heard it all before. Intellectual conversations can feel scripted and it is fairly uncommon for the either side to stray from their established positions. This week we highlight five stories that take old debates and breath new life into them, offer a new position, or just literally change the words for the amusement of others.

  • Millennials are vain and the ubiquitousness of social media creates unrealistic expectations of beauty– but what about “ugly selfies”? Where do they fit in? @NYTimes
  • Sheryl Sandberg wants you to Lean In, while Rosa Brooks wants you to Lean Out — how about instead of choosing sides against each other, women talk with each other and to men? @NewRepublic
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is understood to be highly personal and based on firsthand experiences of trauma– but what about the secondary traumatic stress disorders experienced by those close to veterans with PTSD? @TheAtlantic
  • We have all heard that the breast is best, even if we understand that sometimes structural factors make breastfeeding difficult–however, new research shows that the benefits of breastfeeding have been exaggerated @Slate
  • As an east coast transplant living in California, I especially appreciate these new lines to the Beyonce song, Drunk in Love– telling the struggles of living a continent away from Munchkins, check out the Dunkin Love video @KQED
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