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Why Julia, Sesame Street’s New Autistic Muppet, Is Valuable

Julia, Sesame Street's autistic Muppet

Julia, Sesame Street’s autistic Muppet

Sesame Street has just introduced a new autistic Muppet character named Julia.

There are a number of reasons why this new character is valuable. For one, it will better enlighten non-autistics on how to share the world with autistic persons. Likely more important, though, it will give autistic persons a valuable reference tool to help them navigate the world.

Using television characters as guides to navigating the real world can be an uneven pursuit.

Sarah explained why in her debut post for Vox’s “First Person” section.

To read the full story go here.

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Attacking Mothers With Autistic Children Is Wrong

Apparently one of the great joys in life for cruel people is to harshly judge mothers of various stripes.

This is particularly the case for mothers of children with autism.

Sarah wrote about why this is tremendously uncool in a piece for The Establishment.

To read it go here.

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YouTube Playlists: Shark Attacks, Faceplants, Billy Corgan

Shark bites diving cage

Shark bites diving cage

Ditch TV, the website I curated a bajillion video playlists for, is now RIP and apparently an impassable “insecure connection,” according to my web browser.

That’s ok, though. The work I did for them lives on.

Here are some of the playlists I did for them back in the day:

Remembering Lollapalooza 2010

Brilliant Rap Songs From 2010

Scary Ass Shark Attacks

The Painful Art Of The Faceplant

This Is Billy Corgan’s America

New Pornographers’ Still Bruisin’

15 Great Tiny Desk Concerts

The Unique Style Of 80s CanRock

Last Shadow Puppets Got Style


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Sima Azimi, Afghanistan’s First Female Wushu Instructor

Sima Azimi

Sima Azimi

Shaolin Wushu Club of Afghanistan might be among the bravest, boldest martial arts clubs in the world right now.

That’s because the group, led by Sima Azimi, is bringing martial artist training to women in a conservative society where female improvement of this sort is frowned upon.

Sarah wrote about this for Asian World Of Martial Arts.

To read the story click here.



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Fighting Is Political

Ali... political

Ali… political

There’s a segment of sports fans (generally middle class and higher, always white) that gets incredulous about the notion of athletes being “political.”

These, of course, are probably the same sort of people who’ve never had to experience any of the persecutions and injustices that have made these athletes speak to power.

Sarah explained why the combat arts are political in a story for Fightland.

To read it click here.

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Amanda Nunes’ Classy Apology

Amanda Nunes

Amanda Nunes

After UFC women’s bantamweight champ Amanda Nunes beat Ronda Rousey in the ring she also did some verbal beating on the former champ as well, suggesting that Rousey retire.

Nunes now figures what she said was uncool and has formally apologized for it.

In an age where McGregor Mouthâ„¢ is the default for most pro fighters this marks a welcome dignified switch up.

Sarah wrote about it for Fightland.

To read it click here.

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Ditch TV: Kanye Wisdom, Thirst Traps, Parkour Fails

Parkour Fail

Parkour Fail

It’s a shame Ditch TV is RIP because this one batch of videos I curated for them was on fire.

Check them:

What is a Thirst Trap?

15 Rap Illuminati Conspiracy Theories

Intro to Patti Smith

Jack Black Chews Some Scenery

The Wisdom of Kanye West

Mickey Avalon: Hustler Hall of Fame

Amoeba: What’s in These Stars’ Bags?

15 of the Greatest Fails Ever

The B-52’s Rock Your Lobster

11 Wicked Parkour Fails

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