I think you make a couple of good points, I suppose for some of us though that comes as little comfort since the personal stories really don’t do much to actually change our day to day experience. I think the primary accomplishment of personal stories is to let others know that they are not alone, which is really incredible, as it stops a lot of mental and emotional anguish. Functionally, however, these stories seem to do little to change things such as policy, business direction, technology advances, education etc… For someone such as myself that can write quite effectively about information, it is unfortunate when my information is not valued because most people want to read about orgasms, relationships, and self-esteem. Aside from that however, I have seen some downright perverse articles on Medium (namely Human Parts) that I wish I could unread, and that really I think have no business on a reputable platform, let alone one of the top publications. It’s disheartening when an article I spend hours researching for is curated, but yet only gets 100 views, and then some guy writing about drinking urine gets 20k views and 10k claps. You know what I mean?