By Kelly Clarke
So, the ‘MeToo’ hashtag. You won’t find me tweeting about it. My Facebook status won’t make mention of it either. Not because I don’t support it; quite the contrary. This hashtag has all the makings of an effective social movement. And it’s working. People are speaking up. But the buzz will fade. The hashtags will fade. The stories, ultimately, will fade. When it comes to personal narrations, social media has never been my platform of choice. That’s why I won’t be hashtagging. Continue reading “If a man takes photos on the sly, does it mean I have to call him out publicly?”
By Harveena Herr
Me too. And so many others that I know. If it didn’t have the viper’s sting and if I didn’t feel the white heat of rage, I might try to ignore it.
But it’s just not possible. Continue reading “Why didn’t you come to help me? I wouldn’t have thought twice if it was you”
By Deepthi Nair
Ever since Alyssa Milano urged her Twitter followers to come out against sexual harassment and abuse with the hashtag #metoo, my social media feed has been abuzz with heartbreaking outpourings. I was surprised to see no woman had been spared. And I was ashamed to publicly disclose that I had been subjected to sexual harassment too. After all, what good would it do, I wondered. Continue reading “We carried safety pins in college and moved in packs to protect one another”
By Anamika Chatterjee
“You’re lucky to have never been harassed!”
A well-intentioned friend dropped in a line earlier this week at the height of the #metoo crusade that has seen thousands of women taking to social media to narrate their experiences of sexual harassment. Continue reading Why I didn’t join the hashtag ‘me too’ bandwagon
By Bikram Vohra
It is a sobering thought that though we all set the virtues of spartan living to music, the average amongst us may have a thousand possessions. The more ‘fortunate,’ if one can use that word, would rise to over 10 times that. Amazing how we still see ourselves as managing on the bare essentials — like we believe in the virtues of simple living. Continue reading What if you had to live with only 50 things, what then?
For more than two centuries, many people have tried to shake that peculiar branch of the tree of knowledge called economics. Perhaps no one has done it better in recent decades than Richard Thaler, a University of Chicago professor who has challenged the traditional idea that free markets reflect the self-interests of rational individuals. Continue reading How to nudge people with simple rules and make nations happy
By Gail Wood
Ken Lyons could have been a lot of other places.
But it’s been here, in a busy Amtrak train station, that Lyons has chosen to be, not home with his feet up and television remote in hand. At 96 years young, he is still a doer, a goer by choice. Continue reading At this volunteer-run train station, they’re all over 60