One page at a time, Adam J. Kurtz
"I started questioning gender-based assumptions a long time ago. When I was eight, I was confused at being called ‘bossy,’ because I wanted to direct the plays we would put on for our parents—but the boys were not. When at 14, I started being sexualized by certain elements of the media. When at 15, my girlfriends started dropping out of their beloved sports teams because they didn’t want to appear ‘muscly.’ When at 18, my male friends were unable to express their feelings.
I decided that I was a feminist, and this seemed uncomplicated to me.
…Men—I would like to take this opportunity to extend your formal invitation. Gender equality is your issue too.”
More than 500 girls living in poverty have lent their voices to Girl Declaration, a campaign urging world leaders to include the needs of girls in the next set of global development goals.
Best part starts at 7:40.
Save the fireflies.
Boisterous yet peaceful demonstrations continued as night fell in Ferguson on Thursday…There were no assault rifles, riot gear or armored personnel vehicles that had inflamed tensions over the last week in this St. Louis suburb that has seethed with anger over the police killing of an unarmed black man."Shortly before 8 p.m., protesters outside a burned convenience store approached police cars and began yelling. But several representatives of the Black Panthers stepped in and urged the crowd to move back — and [State Highway Patrol Capt.] Johnson emerged to mingle with the crowd. Scores of bystanders obliged, while chanting and waving signs, and the police cars proceeded up the street without incident."