Little Girls’ Reactions to the New “Curvy” Barbie Prove Why We Need “Curvy” Barbie – “For her Time cover story, Dockterman watched unattended little girls playing with the doll, presumably through some kind of two-way mirror. In one session, for the pleasure of her peers, a 6-year-old speaks as if she’s the curvy doll. Here’s what she says: ‘Hello, I’m a fat person, fat, fat, fat.’ Later, when an adult arrives, she calls the doll ‘a little chubbier.’ Another child says she doesn’t want to hurt that Barbie’s feelings, so she spells it: ‘F-A-T.’ A Mattel research head told Dockterman that, when adults weren’t in the room, focus-group girls often undressed the curvy dolls and laughed at them.” Fellow adults, we need to do better, for our children.
Is the world finally waking up to intersex rights? – “A landmark directive in Chile last month said doctors should stop ‘normalisation’ surgery, but tackling the global systematic, societal and cultural abuse against intersex people is an uphill battle.”
Slack sent four black female engineers to accept an award and make a statement on diversity – “A Slack spokeswoman tells Quartz that Butterfield wasn’t able to make the event and asked the women to accept the award on behalf of the company if it won. ‘It seemed appropriate that the award for “Fastest Rising Start-up” should be accepted by the very employees who made it possible,’ she said. ‘With respect to diversity, we can focus on numbers, which are important, but equally important is changing the archetype of what people believe an engineer looks like. The women on that stage are what engineers at Slack look like. Representation matters.’ “
Pregnancy Clinics Fight for Right to Deny Abortion Information – “The clinic is one of more than 3,000 crisis pregnancy centers around the country that are operated by religious opponents of abortion, with the heartfelt aim of persuading women to choose parenting or adoption. Now it and others in California are in a First Amendment battle with the state over a new law that requires them to post a notice that free or low-cost abortion, contraception and prenatal care are available to low-income women through public programs, and to provide the phone number to call.”
‘Detox’ clay may have dangerous amounts of lead, FDA says – “The FDA focused on ‘Bentonite Me Baby,’ a brand of powdered clay sold at stores including Target and Sally Beauty Supply. The label says it can be used as a facial or hair mask, or for ingestion. However laboratory testing found that the product has a lead concentration of 37.5 parts per million (ppm). By comparison, the FDA says that lead levels above .05 ppm in fruit juice ‘may constitute a health hazard.’ “
Why Is It So Hard To Test Whether Drivers Are Stoned? – “Law enforcement officials would love to have a clear way to tell when a driver is too drugged to drive. But the decades of experience the country has in setting limits for alcohol have turned out to be rather useless so far because the mind-altering compound in cannabis, THC, dissolves in fat, whereas alcohol dissolves in water.”
You Can’t Judge How Healthy Your Food Is by Whether or Not It Rots – “Let’s be clear: McDonald’s burgers and Twinkies last a long time, but it’s not because these items are ‘not food’ or because they’re full of ‘toxic chemicals.’ The truth is far less scandalous. And yet, those are the claims that get passed around every time somebody’s old Happy Meal goes viral.”