Practical guidance for life’s stupid problems
Tavi Gevinson founded the online magazine Rookie in 2011, when she was fifteen-years-old. She wanted to create a space for teens that was free of messaging telling them who they should be and instead celebrated them for who they were. Rookie attracted a thriving community until it folded in 2018. Its now-grown readers still seek out its archive and book series today.
In this podcast, Tavi revives Rookie’s popular Life Skills column with brand new, encouraging but never prescriptive advice for coping with messy, personal conundrums. Like: How do I talk to people if I suck at talking to people? How can I embrace conflict instead of dreading it? How can I be creative if I’m scared? How do I talk back to my inner critic? How do I know if it’s time to end a friendship? How do I manage uncertainty? How can I create more pleasure and fabulousness in my life? And why are all of these things somehow so hard?
Nine incredible Rookie writers address these questions with Rookie’s signature thoughtfulness, humor, and appreciation for what makes us human.
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Couldn't Get Through First 20 Min
This was difficult to listen to. while I agree on the importance of setting boundaries and taking care of yourself, the way the narrators discuss approaching this can be really toxic because it burns bridges. Icing people out with a "no" as opposed to meeting someone on a human level and politely declining can just exacerbate the "us vs them" mentality in the states. I identify as a humanist, and believe in a balance of socialism for necessities (think health care, child care, education) and capitalism for anything superfluous (think fancier car, next laptop that's out, and makeup), so when I hear "anti capitalism", I can't help but think "holy shit, the solution to excessive capitalism isn't to swing the pendulum to other extreme. that is not a good message for our generation!". it breaks my heart to listen to more content like this, because it feels extremely polarizing. Where did all the moderates in the US go? The anger experienced by minority groups today is VALID, but expressing it with hostility is self sabotage because it puts defenses up. When that happens, people just scream at each other across the aisles and everyone is simultaneously deaf. I do not condone discrimination whatsoever, but I do not condone hostility either. I wish the majority of our influencers would think like MLK and Ghandi. The undertone here suggests otherwise.
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