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May 21Liked by Gender: A Wider Lens

Something that caught my attention was a line by Sascha Bailey (son of the famous photographer David Bailey) who was on the verge of transitioning but while waiting for an NHS appointment, met his to-be partner, told her of his plan to transition, then according to him “She repeated back my reasoning to me and I just started laughing. It all unravelled from that point.” Not sure what to make of this - maybe that if you’ve lost your ability to laugh at things, you’re not thinking straight

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I, too, have been known to fall in love with small, seemingly inconsequential objects! I love the humor advice, it’s so true, but I am also happy for the reminder of finding that love and joy for simple things. A tulip in the garden, an incredible cup of coffee, the smell of fresh rain in springtime. It’s so easy to get wrapped up in the big dramas. And we do need that passion, too. But, sometimes, it’s nice to settle into the beautiful, perfect, joyful little things.

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I recently had a conversation with a former professor of mine who was sharing her concern for this generation. Without getting into too much about my opinions, I told her that I felt that the younger generation seem to need to have a bit of fun. Jerry said it better. Thanks for sharing.

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Solid advice, yes humor is something we can’t lose that makes us human, I wish the media would have actually listened to his speech as well instead of focusing on the negative

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Love the video. Unfortunately, many in the media are focusing on the protesters who walked out on his speech and ripped their diplomas.

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Well clearly they’ve all lost their humor, as well!

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An appetite for, and understanding of the 'absurd' is the truly essential quality of the graduate class when things just aren't that funny - which is more often as the critical theories they are being weaned on are souring the chicken soup and matzah balls. Why settle for laughter when you can cry, for truth & freedom - that kinda feels more restorative to me....ha haha haaaaaaaaa

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This is why Jerry Seinfeld is Jerry Seinfeld. Recognizing the importance of humor, which is really recognizing the importance of perspective, is so important to a happy, successful life. Maybe this is the message that will actually make so many young people realize they don't have to mutilate their bodies and pretend to be something they are not. They just need to laugh, cherish the simple things, and make an effort. So profound!

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At my last nonprofit employer, I realized that nothing was ever funny, laughing was verboten. Everyone took themselves and their social justice agenda too seriously. I was admonished for bringing in humor because humor could be considered microaggressing. The nonprofit's mission wasn´t even set up to remedy social injustices - it was mostly off mission.

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Bravo!! 🙌🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼

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I’m a huge fan of gallows humor.

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