In this week’s Wednesday Five: Martha Nussbaum aka, the philosopher of feelings; how wellness and self-care might be the new way to look, feel, and act rich; what happens when a harassment whistleblower goes on the science job market; why celebrating dads who do their daughter’s hair is important;  and five women inventors you can thank for making your life much easier.




The Philosopher of Feelings


Martha  Nussbaum, the 69-year-old philosopher and current Ernst Freund Distinguished Service Professor of Law and Ethics at the University of Chicago, a chair that includes appointments in the philosophy department and the law school, is quoted in The New Yorker as follows: “What I am calling for is a society of citizens who admit that they are needy and vulnerable.” In her profile of Nussbaum, Rachel Aviv offers that the philosopher’s commitment to unpacking “aging, inequality, and emotion” is and has been changing the field of philosophy. Equally important to Nussbaum’s approach to the field is her poignant writing on the relationship between vulnerability and living an ethical life. “To be a good human being,” she has said, “is to have a kind of openness to the world, the ability to trust uncertain things beyond your own control that can lead you to be shattered.”

Read more on “The Philosopher of Feelings” at The New Yorker.



Wellness and Wealth

Wellness is the new luxury item. Not designer fashion. A recent article for New York Magazine titled “Why Wellness is the New Way to Look, Feel, and Act Rich,” by Marisa Meltzer, argues that the definition of luxury is shifting.

Normal status symbols are beginning to seem almost pedestrian. You can rent a Chanel bag online or pretend you have your own driver with Uber. Doran says that “luxury has significantly shifted from being a way to signal one’s belonging to a socio-economic group, to a form of self-actualization.” Part of that can be attributed to the growing number of actually wealthy women, but a bigger part of that is generational: Millennials are finding their own definition of luxury . . .  “Consumers began to search for luxury that would make their lives better,” she says.

Meltzer also points out that language is key here, particularly for women. What was once dismissed or even trivialized as pampering is now seen as essential to a healthy lifestyle.

We once called all of this pampering. Now we justify it as self-care, necessary time spent for our health — physical, spiritual, emotional. Even the time involved in all of this is itself a kind of luxury. If, in a week, you carve out five hours to work out, five hours to prep clean meals, two hours for sheet masks or massages or meditation, that’s a lot of time to devote to the purification of the self. And that’s on the low end of things.

Read more at New York Magazine.



Why Celebrating Dads Who Do their Daughter’s Hair is Important

In this week’s dose of inspiration, we share with the story of Doyin Richards. A photo of Richards doing his eldest daughter’s hair while holding his youngest in a baby carrier went viral. Since being in the limelight, he has been working on celebrating the day-to-day things dads do. “What Dads Do” is a special Upworthy series celebrating hardworking dads, one dad at a time. He has some sage advice for soon-to-be dads who think that having a daughter means nothing but princesses and tea parties. Why should we celebrate dads who do their daughter’s hair? Richards  explains it perfectly.

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