For those of us who are inclined to take this time of year as an opportunity to reflect and find a theme running through past months, 2017 offers abundant food for thought. Moving into 2018, we are challenged to simultaneously assess and act.
As I wrote about in earlier posts looking at the #MeToo campaign and consent education, many social problems we face have roots in early childhood. Addressing them can be challenging for adults, since it means changing long-held and early-learned patterns and behaviors. But the good news is that we CAN change how we socialize children and create changes that will ripple forward.
As the Iris writers remind us, "The start of menstruation is classically hailed as the day a girl becomes a woman; it is also the day she starts to hide this womanhood." For many women, the need to take care of their menstruating bodies creates financial burdens. I've noticed a growing awareness of this issue in university students, and they are thinking about ways to address this structural inequity. This, and much more food for thought, is available in the current issue of Iris Magazine.
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* frac·tal FRACTALS ARE USEFUL IN MODELING STRUCTURES (SUCH AS ERODED COASTLINES OR SNOWFLAKES) IN WHICH SIMILAR PATTERNS RECUR AT PROGRESSIVELY SMALLER SCALES (Google dictionary)