Anita Hill: Companies Should Treat Sexual Harassment as an Abuse of Power

After the Congressional testimonies of Christine Blasey [f500link, ignore=true]Ford[/f500link] and Brett Kavanaugh in September, professor Anita Hill met with students at Brandeis University to discuss and process the event.

“There were a range of feelings,” said the attorney, known for her own testimony accusing then-U.S. Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas of sexual harassment. “Anger, a feeling of disgust with leadership, and unfortunately a feeling of abandonment–a sense that they were not recognized, their experiences weren’t recognized.”

Hill said the students have been very engaged in the effort to combat sexual violence on college campuses, where currently one in four women can expect to be sexually assaulted during their time at school.

“They have put a lot of energy in it and taken a lot of risk to make known the problem of sexual assault for their generation,” she said Wednesday at Fortune’s Most Powerful Women Next Gen Summit in Laguna Niguel, Calif.

Many women felt rage watching the Kavanaugh confirmation, Hill acknowledged, but disagreed with the idea that the outcome–Kavanaugh was later confirmed–meant no progress had been made in the 27 years since her own appearance on Capitol Hill.

“Maybe the Senate hasn’t changed enough, but we have,” she said. “And there’s a new generation of women coming up who are going to be even more empowered for change.”

That change needs to be large and institutional, Hill told a ballroom of executives, from college campuses to the workplace.

“I think we have to understand the root problem for what it is,” she said. “It’s not just about sexual harassment. In many ways, that’s just the tip of the iceberg. It is about the abuse of power that occurs.”

Hill added: “We have to see this as a problem of power–power alignment and abuse, overall.”

If you don’t look at the issue as a comprehensive problem, it’s like playing whac-a-mole attempting to address instances of harassment as they occur, Hill said. Organizations instead need to understand the ways that people in positions of power can, and do, take advantage of others in the workplace.

“One way abuse of power is manifested is through sexual harassment,” she said. “But it’s also manifested through pay inequity. It’s also manifested through lack of leadership opportunities. It’s also manifested just by day to day aggressions that occur.”

It’s the power dynamic that often makes it difficult for people to report sexual misconduct. In the workplace, 75% of employees who report sexual harassment experience retaliation from managers or coworkers.

Because the fear of retaliation is real, companies need to make it clear from the highest levels that sexual misconduct will not be tolerated and create a standard process to rectify reports of harassment, Hill said.

“We need to make sure that we have very clear policies that are accessible and let people know, if they come forward, exactly what is going to happen to them,” she said.

It’s also important an employee knows that there will be an outcome when an issue is raised, rather than it disappearing into a human resources file, Hill added. It will require organizations to implement strong policies and live up to the promises they make to workers to begin to reduce the rates of sexual assault and harassment.

“We have to view this as a cultural problem, not a behavioral problem,” Hill said. “Do not be content with the idea that if we fire one or two high profile people, we’ve changed the culture of an institution. That is just not accurate. It’s not true and it’s not going to be effective.”

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Treat Yo’ Self… for Pennies: 25 Spa Treatments You Can Do at Home

Want to know a secret?

I’ve never had a professional massage.

I totally get why they’re appealing, but they’re just not my jam.

Manicures, on the other hand?  Heck, yeah.

My tombstone will read, “How do my nails look?”

I’m not gonna lie, getting my nails done every two weeks or so costs a pretty penny (or 6,000, to be exact), but it’s the one luxury I budget for even if it means using cheap body wash or mascara.

The main reason I go to a salon to get my manicure done is because there’s no way I could do it at home. I’m basically the most uncoordinated person on the planet, so I’d end up with acrylic powder in my eye and nail shellac on the walls.

For all other spa-type treatments, though, I’m strictly a DIY gal.

Here are some of my favorite ways to indulge myself easily right in the comfort of my own home — without spending a fortune.

15 Ways to Get Your DIY Spa Day On

  1. Everything you’ve heard about coconut oil is true. Skip the expensive body lotion and deep conditioner and use this low-cost alternative instead. An entire jar will run you only about $ 4 and will last for months.
  2. Apply an avocado or egg mask to your hair at the beginning of your spa routine, then wrap your head in a warm towel. Let it work its magic for at least 20 minutes while you give yourself a lip scrub. One egg will set you back 10 cents, and an avocado is about $ 1.
  3. Korean sheet masks make your skin look amazing, but they can be awfully pricy. I picked up a handful at my local dollar store for a buck each and discovered they work just as well as the expensive brands. If you buy in bulk, you can save even more pennies.
  4. Speaking of masks, if you use Lush cosmetics or know someone who does, hang onto those little black pots and bottles the products come in. You’ll score a free face mask when you turn in five empties. That’s a savings of at least $ 9.95!
  5. Clear up blemishes and reduce fine lines with a 60-cent container of plain, generic-brand yogurt! Whether you use it plain or jazz it up with extras like a dash of honey or oatmeal, your pores will thank you.

  1. After rinsing off the mask, I like to give myself a five-minute face massage. It’s surprisingly relaxing — and totally free!

    1. If you’ve got a few dollars to spare, sign up for a Sephora Play! subscription. For just $ 10 per month, you’ll get a box delivered right to your door filled with deluxe product samples and a bonus fragrance.
    2. This homemade eucalyptus sugar scrub is both energizing and effective. For less than a dollar’s worth of sugar, you can make a batch to slough off dry, dead skin, leaving behind a tingly clean that smells luxurious.
    3. For a change of pace, I like to mix things up and exfoliate my skin with this three-ingredient coffee body scrub that you can make with the (free!) used coffee grounds left over from your morning brew. It reportedly also reduces the appearance of cellulite. (Don’t tell me if that’s just an old wives’ tale — I don’t want to know.)
    4. Sometimes my skin just isn’t up for a harsh scrub down. That’s when I whip together this gentle scrub that rinses off easily with warm water. Not bad for 60 cents worth of oat bran. (I’ve tried it without wheat germ, and it still works great.)
    5. If you plan to shave during your spa time, try dry brushing first to prevent ingrown hairs and razor-burn bumps.
    6. If I’m going to sport beautiful nails, the rest of my hand better keep up appearances, too. This lemon-sugar hand scrub is so easy to make, smells amazing and costs less than $ 2. After you rinse it off, slather on some hand lotion and take a minute to admire your, er, handiwork.
    7. Do you know why every spa scene in a movie or on TV depicts someone with cucumber slices on their eyes? Because it works! For about 75 cents, you’ll have all the slices you need, plus leftovers for salad. (Tea bags dampened with a bit of cool water are also a great way to reduce puffy, irritated eyes if you’re fresh out of cukes.)

  1. I’m cursed with dark skin patches on my face (thanks, hormones!) that make me look like I blended my foundation with my eyes closed. One way I keep the discoloration in check is by dabbing a few pennies worth of lemon juice and honey on the affected areas. You can blend the ingredients together or apply them one after the other. Leave it on for about 20 minutes before rinsing off with warm water.

    15. Treat your feet to a nice soak with whatever gentle bath wash you have on hand. Follow it up with a homemade foot scrub that costs less than $ 1. Simply stir one part coconut oil into two parts sugar and scent with a few drops of essential oil. A dash of lemon juice adds extra oomph. To kick (ha!) things up a notch, slather on some lotion and cover your tootsies with thick socks while the moisturizer works its magic.

10 Easy Ways to Spa-ify Your Surroundings

While planning your day of indulgence, don’t forget to design your own relaxation grotto. Give your bathroom a deep clean and then:

  1. Splurge on a soft, thick towel.
  2. Pick up some pretty containers from the dollar store to hold all the scrubs and potions you make.
  3. Scour thrift shops for a fluffy bathrobe to wear while relaxing.
  4. Get some inexpensive candles to create ambience during bath time — or make your own.
  5. Set a plant or vase of flowers in the bathroom, because greenery makes everything better.
  6. Cover your bathroom window with frosted contact paper to diffuse bright sunlight that might harsh your mellow.
  7. Put a few sprigs of eucalyptus on the corner of the bathtub to create a clean, refreshing scent when you run the hot water.
  8. Buy a bathtub overflow drain cover so you can fill the tub extra deep and soak all the way up to your chin.
  9. Queue up this chill Spotify playlist.
  10. Make some cucumber-infused water to sip as you spa.

Want even more DIY spa ideas? Check out how to make your own sea salt spray, body lotion and more.

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Pre-Diabetes 101: What It Is And How To Treat It

EXPLAIN EXACTLY WHAT PRE-DIABETES IS?

PRE-DIABETES IS A HEALTH CONDITION WHERE PEOPLE HAVE HIGHER THAN NORMAL BLOOD SUGAR, BUT NOT HIGH ENOUGH TO BE DIAGNOSED WITH DIABETES.

HOW CAN I FIND OUT IF I AM AT-RISK FOR PRE-DIABETES?

YOU CAN FIND OUT IF YOU ARE AT-RISK FOR PRE-DIABETES BY TAKING AN ONLINE RISK TEST RIGHT FROM YOUR COMPUTER OR MOBILE DEVICE. GO TO: WWW.AARP.ORG/PREDIABETES TO FIND OUT IF YOU ARE AT-RISK FOR PRE-DIABETES.

 WHY IS PRE-DIABETES PARTICULARLY AN ISSUE FOR AFRICAN AMERICANS?

AFRICAN-AMERICANS HAVE ONE OF THE HIGHEST RISKS OF ALL RACIAL/ETHNIC GROUPS FOR DEVELOPING PRE-DIABETES, ACCORDING TO THE CENTER FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION (CDC).

CAN PEOPLE WITH PRE-DIABETES DEVELOP TYPE 2 DIABETES?

YES, ACCORDING TO THE CDC, HAVING PRE-DIABETES PUTS A PERSON AT INCREASED RISK FOR DEVELOPING TYPE 2 DIABETES, AS WELL AS HEART DISEASE AND STROKE.

 WHAT ARE THE RISK FACTORS FOR PRE-DIABETES?

SEVERAL FACTORS THAT CAN INCREASE A PERSON’S RISK OF PRE-DIABETES MENTIONED BY THE CDC ARE:

  • BEING OVERWEIGHT
  • NOT GETTING ENOUGH PHYSICAL ACTIVITY
  • HAVING A PARENT, BROTHER, OR SISTER WITH TYPE 2 DIABETES
  • BEING OVER THE AGE OF 40
  • BEING A MAN
  • BEING A WOMAN WITH A HISTORY OF HAVING DIABETES ASSOCIATED WITH A PREGNANCY
  • BEING IN A HIGH-RISK RACIAL OR ETHNIC GROUP

 

FOR PRECAUTIONARY MEASURES, WHAT TYPE OF TESTS SHOULD I TAKE TO DIAGNOSE PRE-DIABETES AND WILL MOST INSURANCE COVER THE COST?

AFTER YOU TAKE THE ONLINE RISK TEST ON WWW.AARP.ORG/PREDIABETES AND YOU FIND OUT WHETHER YOU ARE AT-RISK FOR PRE-DIABETES, YOU NEED TO TAKE STEPS TO FIND OUT FOR SURE WHETHER YOU HAVE PRE-DIABETES OR NOT.

YOU CAN FIND OUT FOR SURE BY SEEING YOUR HEALTH PROVIDER WHO CAN GIVE YOU A BLOOD TEST THAT WILL TELL YOU WHETHER YOU ACTUALLY HAVE PRE-DIABETES OR NOT.

 

  • IF YOU HAVE PRIVATE INSURANCE, PLEASE CHECK WITH YOUR INSURANCE COMPANY. YOUR INSURANCE MAY COVER THE BLOOD TEST AT NO COST TO YOU.

 

  • IF YOU HAVE MEDICARE OR MEDICAID, THE COST OF YOUR BLOOD TEST SHOULD BE COVERED AT NO COST TO YOU.

 

  • IF YOU DO NOT HAVE MEDICARE, MEDICAID, OR A PRIVATE INSURANCE, YOU COULD TRY TO FIND A COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTER IN YOUR LOCAL COMMUNITY THAT CAN PROVIDE YOU WITH A BLOOD TEST AT LITTLE OR NO COST.

 

REMEMBER, TAKING THE ONLINE RISK TEST ON WWW.AARP.ORG/PREDIABETES IS HELPFUL TO DETERMINE YOUR RISK FOR PRE-DIABETES, BUT IT’S NOT ENOUGH.

ONLY A BLOOD TEST ORDERED BY A HEALTH CARE PRACTITIONER CAN TELL YOU FOR SURE IF YOU HAVE PRE-DIABETES.

SO, IF YOU SCORE IN THE AT-RISK RANGE USING THE ONLINE RISK TEST, CONSULT WITH YOUR HEALH CARE PRACTITIONER.

THE RISK TEST IS NOT A REPLACEMENT FOR HAVING YOUR BLOOD TESTED FOR PRE-DIABETES.

 IF I AM AT-RISK FOR OR ACTUALLY HAVE PRE-DIABETES, IS THERE ANYTHING THAT I CAN DO TO REVERSE THE CONDITION?

THE AMERICAN DIABETES ASSOCiATION SAYS THAT LIFESTYLE CHANGES ARE EFFECTIVE IN PREVENTING TYPE 2 DIABETES AFTER YOU HAVE BEEN DIAGNOSED WITH PRE-DIABETES. MANY PEOPLE WITH PRE-DIABETES CAN GET THEIR BLOOD SUGAR TO RETURN TO NORMAL BY TAKING CERTAIN STEPS.

HOW DOES ONE’S WEIGHT AND/OR EXERCISE HABITS MAKE A DIFFERENCE WHEN IT COMES TO PRE-DIABETES?

MOST PEOPLE WILL BE ABLE TO LOWER THEIR RISK OF PRE-DIABETES THROUGH PHYSICAL ACTIVITY AND HEALTHIER EATING HABITS. THESE ARE THINGS YOU CAN DO EVEN IF YOU DON’T HAVE HEALTH INSURANCE.

SO AIM FOR:

 

  • EATING A HEALTHIER DIET CONSISTING OF FRUITS, VEGETABLES, AND WHOLE GRAINS, INSTEAD OF A DIET RICH IN ADDED SUGARS.

 

  • LOSING A LITTLE WEIGHT. EVEN 10 TO 15 POUNDS CAN MAKE A HUGE DIFFERENCE.

 

  • ENGAGING IN SOME MODERATE EXERCISE LIKE TALKING A BRISK WALK FOR 30 MINUTES (HALF AN HOUR) A DAY, FIVE DAYS A WEEK. HOWEVER, YOU SHOULD CHECK WITH YOUR HEALTH CARE PRACTITIONER BEFORE STARTING A NEW EXERCISE REGIMEN.

AGAIN, YOU CAN TAKE THE FIRST STEP BY TAKING THE RISK TEST ON WWW.AARP.ORG/PREDIABETES.

 


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How To Diagnose, Treat And Survive The Flu

WHAT ARE THE ODDS THAT THE AVERAGE PERSON WILL COME DOWN WITH THE FLU DESPITE PREVENTION STRATEGIES?

5 – 20% of the US population gets the flu each year.

 WHAT ARE THE EARLY WARNING SIGNS YOU MAY HAVE INFLUENZA?

Early warning signs that you may have flu include sudden excessive fatigue, body aches and chills, persistent cough, sore throat and fever higher than 100 degrees Fahrenheit.

 ARE FLU SYMPTOMS DIFFERENT FOR CHILDREN?

Young children have their own flu warning signs including: not drinking enough fluids, crying with no tears, not waking up or interacting, not eating or having a fever accompanied with a rash and difficulty urinating.

 IF FLU STRIKES, WHAT SHOULD YOU DO TO CUT DOWN THE DURATION OF THE ILLNESS?

You have to have a game plan on day one of your flu symptoms to dramatically cut the duration. The key is to recognize, respond and relax if the flu strikes, and to know when to go see your doctor if conditions get worse.

 CAN YOU TAKE US THROUGH A DAY-BY-DAY STRATEGY FOR ADDRESSING FLU SYMPTOMS EFFECTIVELY?

Day 1-2: Don’t go to school or work. Do stay home and take Oscillococcinum to reduce the duration. A study found that 63 percent of patients who took Oscillococcinum within 24 hours of the onset of symptoms showed “clear improvement” or “complete resolution” within 48 hours

Day 3-4: Don’t try to get an antibiotic. Do confirm the symptoms with your doctor and get complementary remedies to fight viral infection.

Day 5-7: Don’t lie down, sit up to clear your lungs. Do rest and relax, and get plenty of fluids.

 HOW IMPORTANT IS IT TO GET A FLU SHOT?

Although controversial, it’s very important especially for the immune suppressed and especially after what we experienced last year.

IN YOUR NEW BOOK, “BOND” YOU DISCUSS THE IMPORTANCE OF THE PATIENT-DOCTOR RELATIONSHIP. HOW DOES THIS COME INTO PLAY WITH FLU SEASON? WHEN SHOULD YOU SEE YOUR DOCTOR FOR FLU SYMPTOMS AND WHEN IS IT A WASTE OF TIME/MONEY?

Ask to spend more time with your doctor if needed. Find a doctor that’s a good fit for you.  If flu conditions worsen after 3 days, seek medical attention right away.

ONCE DIAGNOSED WITH THE FLU WHAT FOODS SHOULD YOU AVOID?

Any foods with sugar that can compromise your immune system.

 SINCE FLU/COLD SYMPTOMS ARE SIMILAR HOW CAN YOU TELL IF YOU HAVE THE FLU? 

According to the CDC: Flu and the common cold are both respiratory illnesses but they are caused by different viruses. In general, flu is worse than the common cold, and symptoms are more common and intense. Colds are usually milder than flu. People with colds are more likely to have a runny or stuffy nose.

 WHAT SHOULDN’T BE OVERLOOKED WHEN DEALING WITH THE FLU?

Getting plenty of rest. Your body is it’s best healer.

WHAT ARE SOME THINGS WE CAN DO TO HELP BUILD OUR IMMUNE SYSTEM?

Supplement with vitamin D and omega-3.  Get plenty of rest. Exercise and reduce or eliminate alcohol intake.

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