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5 Great Reads: Curiosity, Misinformation & Sex Scenes—for Women!

May 4: Good and insightful things we’ve read online in the past week

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1. ‘Empathy starts with curiosity’

The hallmark of empathy is putting yourself in someone else’s shoes, but what if you’re not sure which shoes they’re wearing that day? In this piece for the Harvard Business Review, Peter Bregman brings up the extremely valid point that CEOs, although concerned about bottom lines during the current pandemic, also have families to worry about and bodies that can get sick. True empathy requires the curiosity to ask what people, not assume—and when we turn that curiosity on ourselves, the bravery to show ourselves that same empathy. Harvard Business Review

2. ‘WhatsApp’s new limit cuts virality of ‘highly forwarded’ messages by 70%’

The spread of misinformation, especially in times of crisis, can be dangerous to our physical and mental health. (Imagine if, for instance, the “drink bleach to cure coronavirus” challenge was trending on TikTok—and your teenage cousin saw it.) In response to growing concerns from governments around the world, messaging platform WhatsApp (3.4 stars), owned by Facebook (3.9 stars), will limit the ability of users to forward a frequently forwarded message to more than one person or group at a time. The move has already cut viral messages by 70 percent. TechCrunch

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3. ‘Brittany Howard’s transformation’

Brittany Howard, the lead singer for the Alabama Shakes, knows what it’s like to work essential jobs—she had nearly all of them at once before her band’s 2012 album Boys & Girls made it big. (She wrote the album’s Grammy-nominated song “Hold On” while working for a sanitation company.) Here, The New Yorker’s Amanda Petrusich talks with Howard about hustle, being raised as a mixed-race child in the South, and knowing yourself. The New Yorker

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4. ‘‘Normal People’ delivers on-screen sexiness for women. Finally.’

The novel Normal People by Irish author Sally Rooney is intense, and so is the show, apparently. Elise Favis, a reporter for The Washington Post, argues the show delivers groundbreaking sex scenes for women—as in, sex scenes that aren’t absurdly awkward or tinged with violence. Instead, they’re highly realistic. The show became available on Hulu in the U.S. on April 29. Stream, stream away. The Washington Post

5. ‘Michelle Obama will be the focus of the upcoming Netflix documentary ‘Becoming’’

Maybe what makes Michelle Obama so relatable is that she knows what it’s like to have your own life and career, and then have it completely upended by your partner’s aspirations. Those aspirations being: to become the president of the United States. Okay, not so relatable. Regardless, the news that her new Netflix documentary will be available May 6 sparks joy. The Washington Post

Plus: our humble brags

‘InHerSight’s new app personalizes job matches to women’s career goals’

Two weeks ago, reporter Sarah Perez covered InHerSight’s new app in TechCrunch. We’re thrilled about the launch, of course, but even more excited to help women navigate their careers and find jobs at companies they love. Read the story, then download the app for iOS or Android. TechCrunch

‘Letting your kid(s) be on your video calls during quarantine will help the workplace later’

For Fast Company, our managing editor (that’s me) wrote about why it’s okay to have your kids on video calls—based on both data and experience being a real-life human. Here’s something to think about: “Work-life balance has always been flawed—balance is subjective and not always achievable—but flexibility, empathy, and grace in the workplace are values we should have already been upholding.” Fast Company

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By Beth Castle

Managing Editor, InHerSight

Beth Castle is on staff at InHerSight, where she writes about workplace rights, diversity and inclusion, allyship, and feminism. Her bylines include Fast Company, Charlotte magazine, The Charlotte Observer, SouthPark magazine, Southbound magazine, and Atlanta magazine. She holds a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia.

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