09 Mar 5 Friyays: January 19
Happy Friday, folks! It’s Dr. Hinson here with our latest installment of 5 Friyays – my list of 5 newsworthy stories from the week that was. Following Dr. Donnelly’s focus on oration last week, this week is admittedly a bit more scattered. I am busy working away on new content focusing on introverts, so when I’ve had time to check Twitter or watch the news, I’ve picked up bits and pieces along the way. Think of this list of Friyays as a broad sample from another week full of high profile news stories and events. Let’s crack on, shall we?
1. For as long as I can remember, I start my weeks by watching CBS’s Sunday Morning. On air since 1979, the 90 minute show covers art, culture, history, and current news items. Usually the overarching emphasis of the shows is on a shared humanity, focusing on what brings us all together, rather than what divides us. This past week they aired an exceptional follow-up to the start of the #TimesUp movement , having 60 Minutes contributor Oprah interview leading women from the entertainment part of the movement. Check out the clip and the show, if you can find the time!
2. This week we saw the death of 90s rock icon, Dolores O’Riordan , the lead singer of Irish rock band The Cranberries. The Cranberries happen to be one of my favorite bands, whose songs I associate most with Junior High and High School. All week I’ve been reading stories of how their music impacted people, and shaped a particular sense of Irishness in the 1990s, especially with the Troubles inspired hit “Zombie.” Faced with the sadness of her sudden death, it has been a reminder of the great impact of art to shape people’s lives and personal stories.
3. Since one of my passions is comprehensive prison reform, I’d like to use the third spot to highlight new research from the Prison Policy Initiative about the alarming growth rate of incarcerated women. The newest report, released last week, reveals that women’s state prison populations have grown 834% over nearly 40 years — nearly double the pace of growth among men . That’s right, 834% over 40 years. Though we’ve seen a decrease in male population since some 2009 era reforms, the same decrease has not translated for the female population. Gender considerations have to be made, and policies have to be adjusted in order for real change to take place.
4. Next up, I wanted to share actor Justin Baldoni’s (most famous for his role as Rafael on the CW’s Jane the Virgin) brilliant October 2017 TED talk on the idea of what being “man enough” means to him. As we are in the middle of having a very hard conversation about gender harassment, abuse, and assault, we are also having to talk about how men are socialized into specific roles. For anyone unsure of how men can contribute to this process, this video is a must.
5. Ending on a positive note, as I am want to do, I am sharing a delightful, yet insightful video from my favorite Irish comedians, a trio based in Dublin, called Foil, Arms and Hog. In their weekly videos they tackle a host of Irish cultural idioms, but also cover everything from office dynamics to online dating. In their video this week, they find the humor in addressing how we construct versions of ourselves online, and perhaps sneakily suggest we should continue to foster in-person interactions, if for no other reason than to have someone say nice things at our funeral.
That wraps up my 5 Friyays for this week. Tune in next week to see what has Dr. Donnelly thinking, laughing, or crying! What caught your eye this week? We’d be delighted if you share in the comments below!