Lifestyle 31 December 2017
Happy New Year! Welcome to 2018.
It's time to get down to business. This is welcome news for the Earth signs Capricorn, Virgo and Taurus. Not so much for the fire signs Leo, Sagittarius and Aries who are still hungover from their 31-day-long party this past December. The good news in general is that Mercury is out of retrograde and moving into Capricorn, which can be a productive time for everyone if you take advantage of it. Uranus is direct now in Aries so look out for inspiration and also surprise outbursts of aggression. Everyone take a chill pill this month and remember your anger management techniques!
(December 22- January 19)
"I'll huff and I'll puff..."
Happy Birthday to the climbers of the zodiac!
Congrats! You made it through a crazy end to 2017. It's your season now; take advantage of it. If you were smart, you stayed in last month and made your plans for the new year. Oh silly me, of course, you were smart and planned ahead, you are a Capricorn! You built your house with brick. Now it's time to take over more real estate on the monopoly board, while the wolf is blowing down other people's houses. I'm serious...buy, renovate or sell real estate. Make your move for the promotion. You are coming into your power on all fronts. Don't gloat, just count your money and achievements quietly.
(January 20- February 18)
“Talk to the hand."
Take a deep breath and lean into your fixed sign resolve. You need to do what is practical this month. You can't reinvent the rules of reality right now. I know that's a downer for personal freedom loving Aquarians but it's what is good for you and your business or family. You live within a societal structure and need to remember that everyone has to tow a line at some point. Take care of business. There will be a season for your dreaming soon. Love and beauty dawn in your life starting January 18, so put your lipstick on and get out your paint set, crayon box or whatever inspires you to create. Jan 27-28: fun and travel.
(February 19- March 20)
“A dream is a wish your heart makes."
I love this month for you. Many of the things or circumstances that you've dreamed about are beginning to manifest physically. Just sit in gratitude and apply discipline to your routine. Don't try to control everything or let yourself be overwhelmed, but rather take things one day at a time. You are building the foundation that will support your new job, relationship or lifestyle. These things will appear gradually. Go within and remember the emotional reasons that you asked for these things. Sorry to be so serious, but this is a profound time for you. Jan 27th: watch your temper.
(March 21- April 19)
“Hi Ho Hi Ho it's off to work I go."
Structure, routine, duty...yuck! Aries folks don't like to be bored with monotony. But it's time to get it done. Don't try to fight the system...just do what you have to do. It will pay off! Let off steam by working out and beginning new creative endeavors. Start that art hobby, sign up for the triathlon. Don't start a big new work project or business yet. Just dream about it. Action will come later. Watch your temper at home...especially after January 12. Jan 13-14: good energy.
(April 20- May 20)
“Calm after the storm."
It's time to take the boards off your windows...the storm has passed! Get out of your bunker and get back to work! You love routine and after a drought of confidence you finally realize some traction towards your goals. Feel that inner power surge? That's Pluto in Capricorn. This is also a great month to attract a lasting love or reinforce the love you have. Also, it's a good time to buy, sell or renovate your real estate. January 6-9: reorganize your closets, drawers or garage. Jan 15-17: family duty calls.
(May 21- June 20)
“Running through molasses."
You are going to feel held back or like you are in slow motion until January 27. Don't fight this feeling...renovate! Use this time to renovate your home, relationship or body. You could have lots of new ideas or inventions coming through. Write them down but don't worry about implementing them. It's not time yet. Watch what you say...political correctness is important this month. Bored to tears? It's a good month to plan trips for the year, just don't go on any. Jan 18-19: good friendship energy.
(June 21- July 22)
Wow…you are winning the game this month but people may not even notice. Your gifts of strategy, intuition and stealth are favored right now. That's why we call you the chess master. Just like your spirit animal the crab, people may not hear you or see you until you have taken your seat on the throne. Then once you get there you dazzle them with your diplomacy and political savvy. Time to make your move to win the match. Jan 25-26: good love.
(July 23- August 22)
“The harder you work, the luckier you get."
You may feel that the year gets off to a slow start but never fear, by January 27 you will be getting that fiery Leo energy back. This month is about choosing your battles and doing what superiors suggest even if it's frustrating. Keep that Leo stubbornness at bay if you can this January. It's not about the principle of the thing it's about the strategy that is best for your career or family in the long run. Stop bucking the system. Keep your head down and plan your revolution. Your time will come. Best days: Jan 23-24.
(August 23- September 22)
“All clear and ready for take-off."
Finally. The world is right again. Right under your thumb and under your control, that is. A Virgo's happy place is in the cockpit of the plane running everything out of sight from everyone's view. You've been covering your head to avoid the crazy over the last few months. Now it seems everyone understands their place and their duty. You can work with that. Things are so buttoned up that you may even find some spare time to go on a date or give your partner some extra attention, especially during the Taurus moon on Jan 25-26. It's a good month for love!
(September 23- October 22)
Whoa. The party is over. It's the next morning and the light hurts your eyes. All of the optics in your life have changed from magical pink fog to stark black and white. This isn't a bad thing, it's just that Librans like everything in a soft flattering light. It's time to face the music and deal with the realities of the good, the bad and the ugly. Many people mistake a Libra's love for illusion and beauty as a sign of weakness. They're wrong. Librans are willing to plan and work for their dreams. It's time to hit the gym, change jobs or get out of the relationship if it's a mess. Librans can do all of these things with grace if they need to. But please answer one question for the rest of us dear Libra: do you ever perspire? Jan 27-28: bubbly energy.
(October 23- November 21)
“Let them eat cake."
I see you, dear Scorpio. I'm letting the secret out. You are the one who is really running things. You have the ultimate power. You could care less about the attention - you just want the control. Remember that every action has a karmic consequence. It's your choice to serve the dark or the light side of your human nature. Tyranny and revenge hurt you too in the long run. You have so much to give. If you share your abundance with your subordinates, the joy spreads over everyone, especially you. Jan 2-3: mother energy.
(November 22- December 21)
“You got to know when to hold 'em."
You've been winning so many hands lately that your chips have stacked up. What does a gambling Sagittarius do when that happens? She bets it all for the big win! Don't. Please don't. You are still in the game, it's just time to hold back. Watch everyone carefully and take notes (see Scorpio and Cancer above). Strategy is the key right now and you are good at that when you make yourself still. Don't change anything or confront anything until the end of the month. After January 27... strike. January 31st- you're back on top.
Women in the workplace have always experienced a certain degree of discrimination from male colleagues, and according to new studies, it appears that it is becoming even more difficult for women to get acclimated to modern day work environments, in wake of the #MeToo Movement.
In a recent study conducted by LeanIn.org, in partnership with SurveyMonkey, 60% of male managers confessed to feeling uncomfortable engaging in social situations with women in and outside of the workplace. This includes interactions such as mentorships, meetings, and basic work activities. This statistic comes as a shocking 32% rise from 2018.
What appears the be the crux of the matter is that men are afraid of being accused of sexual harassment. While it is impossible to discredit this fear as incidents of wrongful accusations have taken place, the extent to which it has burgeoned is unacceptable. The #MeToo movement was never a movement against men, but an empowering opportunity for women to speak up about their experiences as victims of sexual harassment. Not only were women supporting one another in sharing to the public that these incidents do occur, and are often swept under the rug, but offered men insight into behaviors and conversations that are typically deemed unwelcomed and unwarranted.
Restricting interaction with women in the workplace is not a solution, but a mere attempt at deflecting from the core issue. Resorting to isolation and exclusion relays the message that if men can't treat women how they want, then they rather not deal with them at all. Educating both men and women on what behaviors are unacceptable while also creating a work environment where men and women are held accountable for their actions would be the ideal scenario. However, the impact of denying women opportunities of mentorship and productive one-on-one meetings hinders growth within their careers and professional networks.
Women, particularly women of color, have always had far fewer opportunities for mentorship which makes it impossible to achieve growth within their careers without them. If women are given limited opportunities to network in and outside of a work environment, then men must limit those opportunities amongst each other, as well. At the most basic level, men should be approaching female colleagues as they would approach their male colleagues. Striving to achieve gender equality within the workplace is essential towards creating a safer environment.
While restricted communication and interaction may diminish the possibility of men being wrongfully accused of sexual harassment, it creates a hostile
environment that perpetuates women-shaming and victim-blaming. Creating distance between men and women only prompts women to believe that male colleagues who avoid them will look away from or entirely discredit sexual harassment they experience from other men in the workplace. This creates an unsafe working environment for both parties where the problem at hand is not solved, but overlooked.
According to LeanIn's study, only 85% of women said they feel safe on the job, a 5% drop from 2018. In the report, Jillesa Gebhardt wrote, "Media coverage that is intended to hold aggressors accountable also seems to create a sense of threat, and people don't seem to feel like aggressors are held accountable." Unfortunately, only 16% of workers believed that harassers holding high positions are held accountable for their actions which inevitably puts victims in difficult, and quite possibly dangerous, situations. 50% of workers also believe that there are more repercussions for the victims than harassers when speaking up.
In a research poll conducted by Edison Research in 2018, 30% of women agreed that their employers did not handle harassment situations properly while 53% percent of men agreed that they did. Often times, male harassers hold a significant amount of power within their careers that gives them a sense of security and freedom to go forward with sexual misconduct. This can be seen in cases such as that of Harvey Weinstein, Bill Cosby and R. Kelly. Men in power seemingly have little to no fear that they will face punishment for their actions.
Source-Alex Brandon, AP
Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook executive and founder of LeanIn.org., believes that in order for there to be positive changes within work environments, more women should be in higher positions. In an interview with CNBC's Julia Boorstin, Sandberg stated, "you know where the least sexual harassment is? Organizations that have more women in senior leadership roles. And so, we need to mentor women, we need to sponsor women, we need to have one-on-one conversations with them that get them promoted." Fortunately, the number of women in leadership positions are slowly increasing which means the prospect of gender equality and safer work environments are looking up.
Despite these concerning statistics, Sandberg does not believe that movements such as the Times Up and Me Too movements, have been responsible for the hardship women have been experiencing in the workplace. "I don't believe they've had negative implications. I believe they're overwhelmingly positive. Because half of women have been sexually harassed. But the thing is it is not enough. It is really important not to harass anyone. But that's pretty basic. We also need to not be ignored," she stated. While men may be feeling uncomfortable, putting an unrealistic amount of distance between themselves and female coworkers is more harmful to all parties than it is beneficial. Men cannot avoid working with women and vice versa. Creating such a hostile environment is also detrimental to any business as productivity and communication will significantly decrease.
The fear or being wrongfully accused of sexual harassment is a legitimate fear that deserves recognition and understanding. However, restricting interactions with women in the workplace is not a sensible solution as it can have negatively impact a woman's career. Companies are in need of proper training and resources to help both men and women understand what is appropriate workplace behavior. Refraining from physical interactions, commenting on physical appearance, making lewd or sexist jokes and inquiring about personal information are also beneficial steps towards respecting your colleagues' personal space. There is still much work to be done in order to create safe work environments, but with more and more women speaking up and taking on higher positions, women can feel safer and hopefully have less contributions to make to the #MeToo movement.