Weekly read Wednesday

Weekly read Wednesday

It's Wednesday so here are three articles that I have found important, amusing and enlightening. Happy mid-week reading.

I'm sure you've all seen the images of Emma Watson launching the HeForShe campaign and hopefully you've heard what she had to say at the UN headquarters on Saturday. 
As much as all the enthusiasm for her fronting the campaign is important, seeing the viral response to Emma Watson's speech across social media has made me sigh a little. Her words were valid and truthful, but "mind-blowing" and "game-changing" they were not. However, having thought on it a little further, I believe that the opening of minds can only be a positive thing and if it takes the likes of "that Harry Potter girl" to do so, then so be it. And I have to say that on reading the transcript of her speech this weekend I did give a mini internal fist pump for another celebrity doing the right thing with their fame. (If you haven't seen it already, you can see and read Emma Watson's speech here.)
As well as my own words, I am offering you Rachel Thompson's response to HeForShe reclaiming the f word. She talks about how and why trends such as "women against feminism" exist and what we can do to reverse negative perceptions of the title, "feminist."
I do hope HeForShe's call to action rallies further male allies (surely instigating more male feminists such as the likes of Matt Damon, John Legend and Ryan Gosling can only be a good thing?) and that we can jointly achieve gender equality by 2030.

Next up is some jollity. I read this post on the evening before the result of Scotland's independence referendum was announced. One Man Asked Grindr Users About Scottish Independence and I found it highly amusing. I hope you do too. 

The "Do Something" Principle makes a lot of sense to me and will probably to speak to those who are self-employed, free-lance or have their own ventures outside of work. This article is applicable to the largest and smallest day-to-day actions that we often need encouragement for.
The basis of this article turns our learned thought processes around productivity upside down. It isn't inspiration that causes productivity, but rather the other way around. Waiting for inspiration to strike isn't productive, but just by making a start you increase your chances of being inspired and doing well at the thing you're wanting to be good at. This article is a healthy reminder that success is a result of taking action, which is then followed by knowledge and talent. 


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