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Our must read stories from across the web this week.

How to know it’s January: “Everywhere, hope.” (Reading My Tea Leaves)

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Want to be happy? Think like an old person: “For three years, visiting them has been a lesson in living, and a rejoinder to the myth that youth is life’s glory, after which everything is downhill... each showed a matter-of-fact resilience that would shame most 25-year-olds.” (The New York Times)

Birth control your own adventure: “But these beliefs are not mutually exclusive: I deserve to make decisions about my body, and I deserve a health care system that doesn’t consider what’s unacceptable for men to be the gold standard for me.” (The New York Times)

The patriarchy is stronger than ever: “Which leads me to wonder, if we get rid of a handful of Harveys while losing essential rights and protections for millions of women, are we really winning this thing? How is this female calamity happening in the midst of the Female Revolution?” (The New York Times)

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