Good morning, Broadsheet readers! Female veterans in Congress team up on fundraising, Nikes sponsorship deals havent always allowed for maternity leave, and were reminded that toxicity isnt reserved for masculinity. Have a great Tuesday.
A toxic perspective.Earlier this year, the American Psychological Associationsnew guidelines aimed at promoting better mental health for boys and mengotplenty of attentionsince they targeted the rigid construct of traditional masculinity, which the APA cited as a key source of stress, anxiety, and poor outcomes among males.
Now the APA is out with a fresh take on treating girls and women.USA Todayhas a helpful rundown of what the new guidelines for therapists include:
Recognizing womens resilience and using affirmative approaches
Understanding multiple layers of identity and oppression (race, disability, sexuality, economic background, etc.)
Being aware of contradictory messaging around what it means to be female
Confronting their own personal and institutional biases
Offering diagnosis only when necessary and using unbiased assessment tools
Knowing about alternative forms of healing, including indigenous methods and community resources
The APAs recommendations for men flagged theover-reliance on the too-narrow traditional concept of masculinity,including: anti-femininity, achievement, eschewal of the appearance of weakness, and adventure, risk, and violence. Clinging to this insufficient set of traits can cause men frustration and stress and can keep them from asking for help when they need it.
Interestingly, the APAs new guidance for women call out a too-narrow social construct ofbeing femalethats also harmful for mental health: For many women, there is a disconnection between the discourse around the joys of motherhood and the lived experience of parenting.
Report author Debra Mollen expanded on that point toUSA Today:
Mothering puts tremendous pressure on women. If things arent working well in your life, if youre feeling overwhelmed, the message you get is you need to be trying harder. … Its a profoundly toxic perspective, and for mothers in particular it fails to take into the account the systemic factors that we dont have the language or vision to explain. To be clear, Mollen isnt saying theres a problem with motherhood itself, but with societys fixed perception of it.
Interesting too is the APAs rationale for updating the guidelines in the first place. In recent decades, the report says, women have encountered dramatic and complex changes in education, work, reproductive and caregiving roles, and personal relationships. Some of those changes have yielded more equality, butat the same timetheyve altered the way women and girls experience adversity.
Moving on.Weeks ago, U.K. regulators blocked a $9.5 billion deal that wouldve seen the Sainsburys grocery chain take over Asda, Walmarts U.K. grocery unit. Speaking at a retail conference this morning,explained how shes moving on from the setback with a that was then, this is now attitude.Fortunes Phil Wahba reports from Amsterdam.Fortune
Sale season.Sales might be in store for a few women-led companies. Chicos FAS, the troubled retailer now led by Bonnie Brooks,was offered a $407.8 million dealfrom Sycamore Partners to take the company private. An investorhas taken control of the cycling chain Flywheel, led by Sarah Robb OHagan and co-founded by Ruth Zuckerman, and is looking for buyers.
Warehouse discrimination.Three Muslim women who work for Amazon at a warehouse in Minnesota accuse the tech giant of religious discrimination and retaliation. They werent allowed time or space to pray and were assigned less desirable work than their white coworkers, the women allege in a federal complaint. An Amazon spokesperson says prayer breaks of less than 20 minutes are paid, as required by law; employees can request longer unpaid prayer breaks for which productivity expectations would be adjusted.Washington Post
Run from this one, Nike.Olympic runner Alysia Montano shares how Nikes support for gender equality in its advertising can run counter to its treatment of female athletes in track and fieldspecifically, women who become pregnant and see their deals cut while they cant compete. Track athletes, without professional teams, are more dependent than others on sponsorship income; Nike admitted that some female athletes have had sponsorship payments reduced because of pregnancies.New York Times
MOVERS AND SHAKERS: Mary Winstonwas named interim CEO of Bed, Bath & Beyond as the company battles activist investors. Toshiba nominatedAyako Hirota Weissmanto its board of directorsas part of a board overhaul.
How can we play a role in breaking down stigmas around mental health? It all starts with fostering a culture of openness, transparency, and encouraging self-care. Jen Fisher, Deloittes chief well-being officer, shares more on how to inspire commitment and change for organizations and teams.
Serve first, fundraise second.Democratic Reps. Abigail Spanberger, Elaine Luria, Mikie Sherrill, Chrissy Houlahan, and Elissa Slotkin are launching a first-of-its kind joint fundraising effort: the Service First Womens Victory Fund. The fund will raise money for the five women, who are either veterans of the military or the CIA, and for women service leaders running for office in the future.Washington Post
Unofficial ghostwriter.And you thought women secretly authoring books under mens names was a nineteenth century thing! A new biography claims that Susan Sontag was not just a collaborator but the true author of her first husband Philip Rieffs 1959 workFreud: The Mind of the Moralist.The Guardian
Defense attorney or dean?Harvard Law professor Ronald S. Sullivan Jr.faced months of scrutiny on campus for joining Harvey Weinsteins defense team. He and his wife, lecturer Stephanie Robinson, were also the first African-American faculty deans on campus. Sullivan and Robinson will no longer serve in the faculty dean roles, Harvard said last week.New York Times
Shoot for the stars.For the first time in NASAs history, three of its four science divisions are run by women. The women achieving this milestone include Nicola Fox, director of NASAs Heliophysics division; Sandra Cauffman, acting director of NASAs Earth Science division; and Lori Glaze, director of NASAs Planetary Science division.Mashable
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