On Sunday, Caroline Paul wrote an op-ed for the New York Times, asking a question whose importance has been exponentially growing on me lately. “Why Do We Teach Girls That It’s Cute to Be Scared?” she asks, opening the piece:
You’re taught about history, science, and math when you’re growing up. Most of us, however, aren’t taught how to identify or deal with our own emotions, or the emotions of others. These skills can be valuable, but you’ll never get them in a classroom.
A new study concludes that social butterflies have more active amygdalas. Emily Dickinson and Henry David Thoreau beg to differ. Or, they would, if they weren't hiding under dining room tables or in cabins in the woods.
On the upside, the design seems to encourage janitorial ambitions more than housewifely ones; at least she might get paid for cleaning someday. On the downside, it's a pink cleaning trolley branded "Girls Only." Barf. Sob. Barf again. [Buzzfeed]