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How Anti-Vaxxers Hurt Autistics

Around the Risky Fuel household we mostly consider anti-vaxxers to be crazytown bananapants wackadoodles.

That said, their backwards anti-science rhetoric can cause people genuine harm. Particularly to autistic individuals because of the (thoroughly scientifically debunked) notion that vaccines cause autism.

Sarah wrote about this issue in a column for Health.com.

To read it click here.

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Socially Conscious Video Games For Change

Games For Change

Games For Change

I recently interviewed Susanna Pollack, the president of the organization Games For Change, about how her organization hopes to use video games — both the creation and playing of — as a social tool to help young people with less opportunity.

There’s also a Lady Gaga connection in all of this.

To read the story head over to Samaritanmag by clicking here.

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GSP And Rose Bring Back Martial Arts Values At UFC 217

Rose Namajunas wins at UFC 217

Rose Namajunas wins at UFC 217

The title fight wins by Georges St-Pierre and Rose Namajunas at UFC 217 recently weren’t just exciting victories. They were exciting victories for those who care about the dignity of mixed martial arts.

The pair both used their wins to talk about bringing respect back to the sport. It’s arguably something that was missing during the short blip that was the Conor McGregor cut-rate pro wrestler period.

Sarah wrote about this all for Asian World Of Martial Arts.

To read her post go here.

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Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2’s Lessons In Womanhood

Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2

Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2

Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2, according to Sarah, has some merits that may not be obvious on the surface of the camp horror film.

That’s why she wrote “Nothing Has Prepared Me For The Reality of Womanhood Better Than ‘Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2′” for Electric Literature.

To read the whole essay click here.

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The Pursuit Of Positive Video Games

Games For Change participants

Games For Change participants

Games For Change is an organization dedicated to using video games to make positive social change in the world through various initiatives.

I spoke to the organization’s president Susan Pollack about what they’re trying to achieve and how Lady Gaga figures into all of it in a piece for Samaritanmag.

To read the story click here.

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Duran Duran And The Power Of Teen Girls

Duran Duran's concert film Arena (An Absurd Notion).

Duran Duran’s concert film Arena (An Absurd Notion).

More than three decades ago a concert film by Duran Duran called Arena (An Absurd Notion) featured spirited young women rising up and asserting their power against a cruel older male villain.

In its way, which was perhaps more artful, fanciful and grander than the average concert doc, the film seemed to predate and predict the coming of contemporary callout culture.

Sarah wrote about the film and its prescience for A.Side.

To read the story go here.

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The Hobbyhorse Revolution Is Real

Hobbyhorse Revolution

Hobbyhorse Revolution

Teenage girls in Finland have turned playing around with hobbyhorses into a sport and it’s kinda awesome.

These girls compete in competitions throughout the country that emulate actual horsejumping competitions.

A recent film about it, Hobbyhorse Revolution, filmed at the 2017 Hot Docs festival.

Sarah used this opportunity to interview director Selma Vilhunen.

Sarah also tried hobbyhorsing herself.

To read the full feature head over to The Establishment by clicking here.

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