Friday, March 15, 2013

New York State of Mind

This week all of my posts have lent themselves to women's issues and overcoming mental obstacles. Today's New York State of Mind post continues with that theme. Enjoy!

"As a Girl Thinks" a series by Melanie Stone for The Daily Illini 

I met Melanie Stone last summer while interning for The Everygirl. I was instantly impressed by her ability to churn out clever, witty blog posts and find the perfect way to describe an element of a food or career feature. We bonded over finding J.Crew necklaces on eBay.

In this five part series for her university newspaper, Melanie shares her very personal struggle with an eating disorder. Her writing is honest and precise. This girl is not only a gifted writer, she's a wonderful, strong woman using her experiences and talents to enrich the lives of others.

"Where are the tweets that read, 'You’re beautiful as you are'?"

"When we, as women, choose to think differently about ourselves, our attitudes reflect those thoughts."

"'One of the most transformative skills to learn in life is to hit pause in the midst of a strong emotion, especially negatives ones, and reflect on what you are thinking at that time.'"


"TV's New Wave of Women: Smart, Strong, Borderline Insane" by Heather Havrilesky, The New York Times

Havrilesky provides a provoking, compelling argument that too many of today's heralded female TV characters are portrayed as "out of step with the sane world". Why does being a strong women translate into acting crazy?

"Alongside every coolheaded Peggy Olson, we get hotheaded train-wreck characters like Ivy Lynn of “Smash” — women who, like the ballerinas with lead weights around their ankles in Kurt Vonnegut Jr.’s short story “Harrison Bergeron,” can show no strength without an accompanying impediment to weigh them down, whether it’s self-destructive urges, tittering self-consciousness or compulsive pill-popping."


Does "Stress" Hide Deeper Social Problems? by Dana Becker, TIME Ideas

We are all guilty of chalking up our inability to handle our daily tasks due to the "stress" in our lives. If you're stressed it means you're busy, which means you're being productive...right? Becker explains there's more to it than that.

"Stress is now a protean concept whose shape-shifting properties give it tremendous versatility as a vehicle for explaining human dilemmas."

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