All posts tagged: think piece

Battle of the Sexes: Male Managers vs. Female Managers

On our way home from lunch earlier today, I was telling my husband about my new job and then I realised that in all my past and current employments (I have been working for about 3 years now), the only managers I’ve reported to, served under, and worked with have all been females. Don’t get me wrong; I don’t have a beef with reporting to a female manager but I’ve never reported to and worked for a male manager, hence I have no idea what it feels like (though I get some friends telling me that working for a male manager doesn’t necessarily mean it’s better either!). But I know exactly what it feels like to work for a female manager. Women are women, and they have their follies. Some would be menopausal and cry at the tiniest bit of dissent. Some will rule you like an iron lady. Some prefer male managers because they are less emotional and more rational, while others prefer to work for female managers because they are more compassionate and understanding. Females Over Males According …

No, Winnie: I Don’t Feel “Loved” When White People Steal Our Culture

Originally posted on Black Millennials:
Le sigh. This weekend was one of healing. I got over 20 hours of sleep, lined my pockets in overtime pay, and cleaned up both my room and iTunes library to perfection. I woke up this morning feeling refreshed and re-nourished. And then I came across a debilitating article that reminded me that, despite my restful weekend, I still live in a world where the most oppressed of us lack personal ownership, cultural authority, or a critical analysis that centers our existence with no apology or compromise. Winnie Harlow, the Canadian-born Black model who lives with vitiligo — a chronic skin condition that causes discoloration — took a major L in dopeness when she (basically) said that cultural appropriation is a sign of love, unicorns, and rainbows. Ever since gaining international recognition as a conspicuous standout in an industry notorious for its eurocentric beauty standards, Winnie Harlow has become a martyr of sorts — with many viewing her ascension and visibility as a mark against the suffocating status quo. Some…

You Are Already Successful

Originally posted on Daniel Dow Success is the progressive realization of a worthy ideal. – Earl Nightingale Have you ever wondered if you were successful or not? I know I have. And if you are working towards any type of goal, dream or vision It’s likely you have too. We tend to put a lot of pressure on ourselves and be our own worst critic. It can be discouraging at times – thinking we are not good enough, we haven’t made it yet, or we aren’t where we want to be and feel we should be. It’s easy to think and feel these things… I am here to tell you to take a step back, think about how far you’ve come and give yourself a pat on the back. That’s right, you are already successful! I really enjoyed this video by Bob and his message. It really does make sense and I have accepted Earl Nightingale’s interpretation and definition of success as my own. Success is being in motion, success is not a final destination. …

My Thoughts on Caitlyn Jenner 

Originally posted on modernteenfashion:
Honestly my thoughts about the whole Caitlyn Jenner situation is that people are making a bigger deal out of it than necessary. It was her decision to change genders because she knew that it’s what would make her happy and feel confident, so people shouldn’t judge that decision. I personally think that people should just leave her alone to live her life as a beautiful, strong woman and stop making it such a huge deal. It was just a choice she made in her life so that she could be who she wanted to be and I think that we should just respect it without overthinking it too much. I mean, so what if she changed genders and became a woman? Has it really hurt our society? No, not at all. If anything, it should be a symbol of acceptance so that we can all accept people for who they are, even if they do things that are a little out of the ordinary. I love being a girl, it’s who…

Stereotypes

Originally posted on The Sunflower Cafe:
There was a period in my life when I tried to not fall into any stereotypes. I wanted to seem different and cool, I guess. I didn’t want to be “like other girls,” I didn’t want to get the response “that’s what everyone thinks,” or “that’s what everyone likes.” I wanted to love different movies, different music, and different fashion choices. Much of it came from a guy I was trying to impress early in college. He’d say that most girls were the same and he wanted one that wasn’t like the rest. He didn’t want one who wore boots because all girls wore boots and we all dressed the same apparently. He didn’t want the stereotypical girl who liked Starbucks and shopping. He didn’t want one who was too girly, but she still had to act like a girl in order to grab his attention. It was ridiculous how  I continuously tried to pretend I hated things that I liked just so he’d view me as worthy. At…

Shortsighted Critiques of Technology and Generational Bias

Originally posted on Millennial Evangelical: “All those young people and their technology. When are the just going to get their noses out of their phones and be with people in real life?” —Parents, 10 years ago, when their kids were Facebook and before they ran their kids off of it Remember when parents used to criticize their kids for being on their phones too much? Nowadays, I get more game requests and other annoying notifications from people my parents’ age than I do people my age. Throughout history, younger generations have been more apt to adopt a new technology than older generations. It’s just a fact of life. Often, older generations then deride younger generations for being too obsessed with technology, only to later be obsessed with it themselves (Facebook and FarmVille, anyone?). Read more…