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She studied feminism before it was cool. Decades later, we all have her to thank for that.

"Men have been given the impression that they are much more important in the world than they actually are."

Wait. Did one of the first famous feminist professors just point out we need to be more thoughtful about ... men?

Yeah, and she had a point. A very feminist and spot-on point.

Late historian Gerda Lerner was saying badass things on gender equality long before Beyoncé danced on stage in front of big letters proclaiming she was a "feminist." (But we love you, too, Bey.)


Take, for instance, this interview she had with "Thinking Allowed." It's chock-full of great tidbits that put sexism into perspective.

One of the most important talking points she touches on is the fact men are hurt by sexism, too.

"[The omission of women's history] has fostered illusions of grandeur in every man that are unwarranted. If you can think as a man that everything great in the world and civilization was created by men, then naturally you have to look down on women. And naturally you have to have different aspirations for your sons and for your daughters. And I don't think that's good for men either."

Lerner explored many issues within the topic of gender, including when women began being treated like second-class citizens. FYI, she discovered it was an embarrassingly long time ago.

We're talking the Bronze Age.



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Lerner was a pioneer when it came to empowering women.

She was a leading force in the field of women's history and an accomplished author who wrote about the patriarchy (a system where men basically hold the power and women sit on the sidelines).

To put things in perspective, women's history wasn't even a thing when she started studying it, as she explained on "Thinking Allowed" in the interview clip below.

"When I started working on women's history about 30 years ago, the field did not exist. It was not recognized. People didn't think that women had a history worth knowing."

But thanks to trailblazers like her, many more people think women deserve a seat at the table. A Vox poll published in April found 85% of Americans believe in "equality for women." (And the other 15% are wrong, but that's just my opinion).

Society owes you one, Gerda.

Check out the a clip of the interview below:

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Man uses TikTok to offer 'dinner with dad' to any kid that needs one, even adult ones

Summer Clayton is the father of 2.4 million kids and he couldn’t be more proud.

Come for the food, stay for the wholesomeness.

Summer Clayton is the father of 2.4 million kids and he couldn’t be more proud. His TikTok channel is dedicated to giving people intimate conversations they might long to have with their own father, but can’t. The most popular is his “Dinner With Dad” segment.

The concept is simple: Clayton, aka Dad, always sets down two plates of food. He always tells you what’s for dinner. He always blesses the food. He always checks in with how you’re doing.

I stress the stability here, because as someone who grew up with a less-than-stable relationship with their parents, it stood out immediately. I found myself breathing a sigh of relief at Clayton’s consistency. I also noticed the immediate emotional connection created just by being asked, “How was your day?” According to relationship coach and couples counselor Don Olund, these two elements—stability and connection—are fundamental cravings that children have of their parents. Perhaps we never really stop needing it from them.


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Alberto Cartuccia Cingolani wows audiences with his amazing musical talents.

Mozart was known for his musical talent at a young age, playing the harpsichord at age 4 and writing original compositions at age 5. So perhaps it's fitting that a video of 5-year-old piano prodigy Alberto Cartuccia Cingolani playing Mozart has gone viral as people marvel at his musical abilities.

Alberto's legs can't even reach the pedals, but that doesn't stop his little hands from flying expertly over the keys as incredible music pours out of the piano at the 10th International Musical Competition "Città di Penne" in Italy. Even if you've seen young musicians play impressively, it's hard not to have your jaw drop at this one. Sometimes a kid comes along who just clearly has a gift.

Of course, that gift has been helped along by two professional musician parents. But no amount of teaching can create an ability like this.

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TikTok about '80s childhood is a total Gen X flashback.

As a Gen X parent, it's weird to try to describe my childhood to my kids. We're the generation that didn't grow up with the internet or cell phones, yet are raising kids who have never known a world without them. That difference alone is enough to make our 1980s childhoods feel like a completely different planet, but there are other differences too that often get overlooked.

How do you explain the transition from the brown and orange aesthetic of the '70s to the dusty rose and forest green carpeting of the '80s if you didn't experience it? When I tell my kids there were smoking sections in restaurants and airplanes and ashtrays everywhere, they look horrified (and rightfully so—what were we thinking?!). The fact that we went places with our friends with no quick way to get ahold of our parents? Unbelievable.

One day I described the process of listening to the radio, waiting for my favorite song to come on so I could record it on my tape recorder, and how mad I would get when the deejay talked through the intro of the song until the lyrics started. My Spotify-spoiled kids didn't even understand half of the words I said.

And '80s hair? With the feathered bangs and the terrible perms and the crunchy hair spray? What, why and how?

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