5 Friyays: May 25

5 Friyays: May 25


Hello, dear readers! It’s Dr. Hinson back with you for a varied list of top 5 news stories this week. So many things caught my eye this week but these are the stories I most wanted to highlight.

The Irish Referendum

Since Dr. Donnelly and I share a love for Ireland and have many loved ones living there, I wanted to include the referendum in my list. For those of you who don’t know, today there is national referendum in Ireland on whether or not to repeal the 8th Amendment to the Irish Constitution, which restricts access to safe and legal medical care for pregnant women. Wherever you fall on the arguments and beliefs about abortion, the weeks of canvassing, debates, discussions, and people flying thousands of miles home to vote is a powerful representation of democracy, choice, and action.

National Wine Day

Today also happens to be National Wine Day. Since I am fan of the beverage, I thought I would share my latest technological assist in choosing wines. I recently had the app Vivino recommended to me and I have to say that I love it. Have you ever wandered through the aisles of a wine store stumped by your choices? Vivino helps eliminate that anxiety. You can take a picture of a bottle and get ratings from other users, you can search by brand, varietal, or price. I’ve already found several good wines through it, so download the app and enjoy a class to celebrate National Wine Day!

Handmaid’s In the City

Whether or not you’re following our comprehensive (and nerd-tactic) coverage of Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale (find the playlist here), this video from Saturday Night Live was a hilarious mashup of HMT and Sex in the City and worthy of many lols.

Mansplaining Explained

Have you heard this term battered around the office, or Twitter, or talked about on your daily morning news? Its a real thing, it’s even in the dictionary. The Oxford Dictionary defines mansplain as “(of a man) explain (something) to someone, typically a woman, in a manner regarded as condescending or patronizing.” The most recent example of this happened this week when actor Jason Bateman got into some trouble after an interview dropped where he explained and defended accusations that Jeffery Tambor repeatedly verbally harassed co-worker Jessica Walter on the set of Arrested Development. Bateman mansplained the situation in front of Walter, while she was attempting to explain how the harassment made her feel. This article by Linda Holmes explains the anger at Bateman’s mansplaining and helps shed some light on why this is such a hot button issue.

Bishop Curry and Royal Wedding Joy

It’s a tough year out there. 2018 has not been kind to many people. So I was one of the many crazies (along with Dr. Donnelly) who got up at 430AM to watch the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle (now the Duke and Duchess of Sussex) last Saturday. I could have done a whole Royal Wedding themed Friyays, from the adorable children, inspiring choir, and at least two people who wore the same dress to the wedding that appeared in the Lifetime original movie that aired last week (did you follow that?) BUT – by far, the best part of the wedding was the sermon delivered by Chicago’s Bishop Michael Curry. If you haven’t already watched it, please do so now and end your week with joy. Spoiler alert – love is the answer, people, and love always wins.


That’s a wrap on Dr. H’s 5 Friyays – Dr. D will be back next week with her own list. What caught your attention this week or deserves a shout out? Let us know!

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