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Today’s suggested topic: Stepping up.
I linked this article in the PT yesterday and I know some of you read it then, but I want to link it again because it’s got so much good stuff in it.
And by good I unfortunately mean hard truths about the world and the role of women+ in it. The article is an interview with a sociologist about how women in America pick up the slack for a country that has no safety net. It’s equal parts heart breaking and eye opening and I know I will be carrying the idea of seeing sociology as “un-gaslighting” for the rest of my life. None of us is personally responsible for the failures our society has placed on us, I hope we all learn to internalize that.