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The Globe and Mail’s Self-Sabotage
SEP. 1, 2017 | The Walrus | BY LAUREN MCKEON.

By firing two popular female columnists in a bid to save money, our newspaper of record may pay a bigger price: its increasing irrelevance.....The idea that the paper belongs to its male readers and its male journalists appears so deeply ingrained in the Globe—and Canadian media—that it has become utterly unremarkable. Of the Globe’s remaining columnists—that we know of, at least—fifteen are men and seven are women. As has been previously reported, they are all overwhelmingly white. And it doesn’t help matters that of the ten editors on the Globe’s masthead, only three are women.
But this goes beyond questions of representation. The Globe isn’t merely failing women; it’s failing, period. Just days before news of Southey and McLaren leaked, the Globe had been busy shrinking other sections of the newspaper. When it comes to the paper’s weekday print edition, management decided to keep the Globe’s news and business sections as standalones, but sports, as well as life and arts coverage, will no longer exist as their own territories— they’ll be folded into the other two. This, in turn, comes on the heels of a decision to cut the paper’s Atlantic print edition for the end of November. If Canada’s paper of record is in survival mode, then, I’m curious: who exactly is it surviving for?
Globe_&_Mail  firings  women  self-sabotage  newspapers  irrelevance  Leah_McLaren 
october 2017 by jerryking
Leah McLaren: Considering marriage? Mind the Expectations Gap - The Globe and Mail
Special to The Globe and Mail
Published Thursday, May 26, 2016

the Expectations Gap. This is the idea that the sort of women who tend to marry are often the sort of women who tend to have – shall we say – untenable expectations of the benefits their union is going to provide. I’m not just talking about deluded contestants on The Bachelor who think some guy putting a big sparkly ring on it is going to lead to a life of eternal, soft-focus bliss. I’m talking about myself.....[marrying anyone man with whom you share few-to-zero important life goals will not make you feel safe and centred].....offer the following piece of advice to any young person thinking of getting married: Be realistic in your expectations and understand that marriage, for most of us, is not the panacea our culture promises it to be. Respect yourself. Respect your partner. And if you really want to be safe, just don’t get married at all.
marriage  relationships  Leah_McLaren  expectations  self-respect 
july 2017 by jerryking
Leah McLaren: This election, can we admit we've been wrong? - The Globe and Mail
Special to The Globe and Mail
Published Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015

Matthew Syed’s new book Black Box Thinking: The Surprising Truth About Success. It presents itself as one of those thinky self-help manuals in the Gladwellian vein, but is in fact far more surprising and instructive than that. Black Box Thinking explores the reasons why people and organizations so often fail and fail repeatedly, only to turn around and fail in the same way again.
Leah_McLaren  Stephen_Harper  Federal_Election_2015  books 
october 2015 by jerryking
A conundrum for our times: How should we deal with famous felons? - The Globe and Mail
The Globe and Mail
Published Thursday, Jan. 15 2015

redemption after conviction is a tricky business for stars – one that is mostly based on the public’s sense of betrayal over the perceived gap between perception and reality.
Leah_McLaren  celebrities  conundrums 
january 2015 by jerryking
Leah McLaren: The hardest thing about having an invisible illness - The Globe and Mail
Special to The Globe and Mail
Published Thursday, Oct. 02 2014,

It’s strangely unpleasant, this process of being forced into the ranks of the invisibly unwell. But it’s made me more aware of people whose lives are constricted by ill health, whose struggles we generally ignore because they aren’t bleeding or limping or anything. And most of them learned long ago to keep their suffering to themselves.
Leah_McLaren  empathy  disabilities 
october 2014 by jerryking
There are other options to motherhood - The Globe and Mail
Special to The Globe and Mail
Published Thursday, Aug. 14 2014,
women  marriage  parenting  relationships  Leah_McLaren  motherhood 
august 2014 by jerryking
The importance of being courteous: Why she is touting it to young women
Jul. 17 2014 | The Globe and Mail | LEAH MCLAREN.

Institutional achievement and politeness should not be mutually exclusive, but both are essential for young people to find fulfilling work and relationships later in life. ...Raising well-behaved children well should be a significant civic duty.

Manners, which an increasing number of parents dismiss as old-fashioned, actually matter more than ever before. As Reardon pointed out in her speech, this is not about “using the right spoon for soup or eating asparagus with your left hand” but the importance of “being polite and respectful and making the people you interact with feel valued.”

Such deep internal values must be impressed upon children from the outside in. When it comes to character we must fake it in childhood to make it as adults. Am I implying that teaching a child to simply say, “Excuse me,” before interrupting can lead to a successful career and a happy marriage later in life? Yes, absolutely.

In the digital era, when kids are communicating through a coded vortex of social media and smartphone screens rather than face to face, it’s especially important for parents to invest time and energy to impart social rules for how to communicate properly with other humans in the flesh....The thing about manners is that they are actually much more time-consuming to instill in your children than, say, teaching them to play the cello or speak fluent Mandarin. That’s because most parents will naturally outsource the latter two skills (unless they happen to be Chinese cellists) whereas good manners require tireless, everyday, hands-on effort. Take “please” and “thank you” – by far the most superficial of all our accepted behavioural etiquette constructs. To teach a child to say these things consistently and without prompting, the average parent must correct that child several dozen times a day from the time they are initially verbal until about 5 or 6. On average, that’s more than 100,000 verbal cues until a child actually gets it. Your pet goldfish learns tricks faster than that. And that’s not even counting the thousands of mandatory apologies, forced thank-you-notes and supervised household chores. Raising a well-mannered kid is a slog, and no babysitter, tutor or fancy private school is going to do it for you
parenting  etiquette  civics  commencement  high_schools  Leah_McLaren  courtesies  civility  students  women  girls  youth  verbal_cues 
july 2014 by jerryking
The Art of Conversation
November 19, 2005
Get outside yourself and focus on others. Know how to LISTEN!!!
To become a good conversationalist.
(1) Become invested in the conversation and actively work to help the other person feel comfortable. To this end, ice-breakers might include some of the challenges of your profession? your favourite thing to do on a rainy day? How mobile apps are affecting your life?.

A great opening question should elicit a response that is truly interesting. Ask,"what did you do today? "Start at the beginning and tell me exactly what happened from the time you work up?"
Leah_McLaren  conversations  Communicating_&_Connecting  ice-breakers  etiquette  listening 
march 2012 by jerryking

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