I have gathered here very eclectic reading tips with titles from practically all genres. I am also not restricted to a historical time or to a specific country. My only criterion was to recommend books that make a difference in our year of 2021.
The pink tax costs more than you think
In Saudi Arabia, only in 2013, the religious policy allowed women to ride a bicycle, provided a male member of their family accompanies them, and they are respectfully dressed. It would be an interesting fact, among many others, which could justify a lower demand for bicycles for girls than for boys in stores (mainly in Saudi Arabia).
But we must notice that this data is still insufficient to justify the higher prices of bicycles with colors and themes culturally given as female to male, a common practice in several stores worldwide.
Everyone who is an average writer on Medium is talking about it’s bonus system for the past few months. $500, $100, $50. Every writer who wants to make real money from their writing is eager to have this recognition. Both financially and for the quality of their work. I fall into this category of interested parties, but some things have always made my expectations very low.
I’ve been writing on Medium since October 2020, and I could complain about one thing or two. But the whole experience has been a great learning experience and an amazing way to practice and…
“I don’t think about art while I work. I try to think about life.”
When the Impressionists debuted as a group in 1874, critics were quick to label their art “feminine.” The canvases were small, and the palettes very smooth. Scenes from everyday life and landscapes took the place of moralizing historical themes.
In the 19th century France, women could not obtain a formal artistic education, as the study of the nude was considered scandalous. Single women could not leave the house without a companion and were expected to take care of the house or practice decorative arts.
Undervalued by art history, female impressionists explored these limits, creating introspective works that dealt with their…
The concept of self-education (or autodidacticism) is related to the ability to learn something on your own, without the help of a teacher or mentor. A while ago, when a child learned to play an instrument alone, for example, they were seen as a differentiated being. A child playing a Vivaldi was unusual and, at the very least, curious. But, with the advancement of technology and all that content on the internet, access to information is much easier. Anyone can research a wide range of subjects online and learn about them. In this scenario, self-taught study is greatly encouraged. …
One of the biggest afflictions of the moment we live in is the lack of control over our time. Time management is still an unresolved issue for many people both professionally and personally. And inertia is not always the cause. Many try to implement tools, test methodologies and still end up with no satisfactory results. But why does this happen?
Lately, living and doing things has also been about deflecting all external and internal calls for our attention. And many of these appeals are concentrated in a single device: smartphones. There are groups and photo updates that we need to…
I’ve always treated creative blocks as “ok, I need a break now; nothing’s going to come out”. And, with that, I ended up getting up from my chair, walking around the room, doing whatever activity came my way. Was that bad? Not necessarily. I often managed to gain some insight. But sometimes, I struggled hard with the temptation to procrastinate. Come on, procrastinating is great for getting out of your comfort zone, opening gaps in fixed thinking, etc. But in real life, deadlines are at the top of the list, knocking on our doors. …
Do you want to know basic rule to stimulate creativity in everyday life? Seek inspiration from the most diverse sources. The more unlikely the better. Based on this equation, here are 5 examples of literary works to educate the senses to perceive the world in new ways. And sometimes what you need is a little inspiration and oddity to get through the day, and to live a better life. Enjoy!
In May of 2020, the director of the British Museum spoke up about the assassination of George Floyd and expressed solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement. The reaction from members of the movement and the general public was extremely negative.
Critics viewed with great skepticism the director’s statement that the museum would be “in line with the spirit and soul” of the movement. They pointed the huge incompatibility between the museum’s expression of solidarity “with the black community around the world” and its notorious posture of resistance to anti-colonial movements that affect its collection.
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