We're putting the "care" back into "healthcare."
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- Emotional labor is being held up as the one form of work that's safe from automation.
- This is undervalued and unrecognized — especially in women.
- Historically, these have been underpaid jobs in care industries.
They seem to have a mechanism for caring similar to ours.
- A new study demonstrates that a rat will respond to another's pain.
- Freezing in place as another rat is shocked is one of empathy's visible indicators.
- The rats' mechanism for feeling the distress of others seems to be similar to our own.
Being a successful caregiver is part of today's definition of manhood.
- The biggest example of a change in men's gendered behavior in recent years is the transformation of fatherhood. Nowadays, the definition of manhood has increasingly included being a present, and good caregiver.
- Women have historically been burdened with childcare and housework. So much so that they usually longer off time off for parental leave. Also, they're the ones tending to take off work if their kid is sick. Because of this heavy role in parenting, many women have not been able to advance far in the workforce.
- By men doing half of the care work, it's boosted women's empowerment. It's also great for children's emotional development and well-being. It's also great for men, too, because, as a result of being a successful caregiver, men are more likely to build up a sense of empathy, which can help them in leadership positions.
The distance between the American dream and reality is expressed best through literature.
- Literature expands our ability to feel empathy and inspires compassion.
- These 10 novels tackle some facet of the American experience.
- The list includes a fictional retelling of the first Native American to graduate from Harvard, and hiding out in inner-city Newark.
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