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5 Great Reads: We’re ‘Just Grateful to Be Here’

June 29: Good and insightful things we’ve read online in the past week

5 Great Reads: We’re ‘Just Grateful to Be Here’

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‘The‘grateful to be here’ generation has some apologizing to do’

As we’ve seen more media brands, especially women’s media brands, address issues of company culture, more than a few essays like this one from Connie Wang have surfaced. Yet what makes Wang’s take here truly insightful is how she expertly assesses the mindset of the youngest generation of our workforce: “The younger generation … sees problems as networks—the ways in which our culture is tied to our economy which is tied to geopolitical forces, the environment, and random circumstance. When they see a problem, they are more likely to question the entire system.” Why quit your job to leave a toxic work environment when you can address the issues that make it toxic in the first place? Refinery29

‘The end of the girlboss is here’

Anyone who has watched in horror and confusion as feminism has become marketable and profitable will enjoy this article from Leigh Stein about the rise and fall of the “girlboss,” the cotton candy SH-EO ideal that so many women’s brands have clung to in the past decade. It’s not that we’re against the idea of an office shrouded in pink and glitter (we love a theme!!) but it’s nice to axe the mean girl culture that came with it. Medium/GEN

‘Airbnb quietly fired hundreds of contract workers. I'm one of them’

If you’re already ready to burn the system to the ground, then maybe take a turn about the room to calm down before reading this article from a former contract worker at Airbnb. In it, she details the nitty gritty of the two-tier labor system at tech companies like Apple, Facebook, and Google, explaining the disproportionate treatment of full-time employees and contractors, who are almost regular employees, except where it matters most: benefits, pay, and severance. Wired

(Cartoon) women to know

‘Meet Qahera, the Muslim superheroine fighting bigots instead of comic book villains’

Created by Egyptian illustrator and designer Deena Mohamed, comic book superheroine Qahera uses her super hearing to detect misogynists, racists, and Islamophobes. Why is it every time a woman shines in the comic book industry, she creates characters with the exact super-skills we’d use to fight injustice ourselves? The Washington Post

'I like that'

‘How‘Dirty Computer’ helped me come out’

Janelle Monáe’s Dirty Computer is one of those albums that hits different, especially if you’re queer. We love how writer Sumaia Masoom uses Monáe’s work to talk about her own sexuality and how it intersects with every other aspect of personhood: being a woman, being Asian, and being Muslim. Plus, she’s brave as hell. Happy Pride. The Tempest

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