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Does the pandemic let children stay young in a grown-up world?

This and other great reads from the week.

THE ONE YOU SEND TO YOUR FRIENDS

How do deal with imposter syndrome at the gym

Have you ever had ‘gymtimidation’? You know, that rising panic when you can’t find a space on the running machine or your usual spot by the weights is taken, or when you look around and realise that every other person in the gym looks like they’ve just stepped off the set of Baywatch. Well, you wouldn’t be alone (I’ve definitely been there). Stylist’s fitness writer has asked a psychologist why we feel that way – and how to get around it. 

THE FIRESTARTER

Is tokenism in Vogue?  

Earlier this week I wrote about Vogue’s editor-in-chief Anna Wintour and the 18 women of colour who accuse her of fostering a workplace culture of racism and tokenism, as revealed in a hot-off-the-press New York Times investigation. As a global icon in her own right, Wintour wields an unusual amount of power over employees and trends – which often stretch far beyond the catwalk. From Manhattan to Hollywood and beyond, she has helped set a standard that has favoured white, Eurocentric notions of beauty. She has also allegedly hired junior Black members of staff, who would then be expected to fulfil senior duties – because there were so few Black senior employees. Read on for the details. 

THE HARD HITTER

The pandemic has allowed my eight-year-old daughter to take a break from a culture that was demanding she grow up too fast

This is a heartwarming and thought-provoking read about the benefits lockdown has had for the writer’s young daughter, who felt freed from the pressures to conform to society’ expectations when she no longer had to rock up to school each day. Able to run around, play, and be carefree, she had “a chance to return to simply being a young girl.” For a brief time, M’s self-image, passions and joys were uncoloured by a culture that encourages her to grow up sooner than she’s ready. A silver lining, but also a reminder that the pandemic isn’t the only thing that needs sorting out in the modern world. 

THE SCROLL ON THE LOO 

Forget Halloween. Children Are Frightening Year-Round.

Are you afraid of creepy children? Duh, who isn’t. You don’t need to watch the Omen to know that scary kids are the stuff of nightmares. But as an only child who frequently terrified my parents (I had imaginary friends – one of whom was an old lady who from bore an uncanny resemblance to the person who had died in the house before we moved in – and would watch my parents sleeping, bedecked in a long white nightie and with long dark hair falling over my face), I found comfort in the knowledge that these sort of activities are actually pretty normal. But if you do fancy a thrill, this article still has some creepy instances that’ll give you the shivers.