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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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Autistic People Are Not Tragedies

Narratives around autism can be harmful, especially those created by awareness groups. Photograph: Graham Turner/Graham Turner

Narratives around autism can be harmful, especially those created by awareness groups. Photograph: Graham Turner/Graham Turner

There’s a rather sinister narrative in certain sectors of the autism community that parents of autistic children have been saddled with a burden so dramatic that only a eugenics-minded grim reaper could rectify their issues.

This is bullshit.

Sarah explained why recently in her first op-ed piece for The Guardian.

To read the column, go here.

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Considering Losing Isaiah 20 Years Later

Losing Isiah

Losing Isaiah

It’s been 20 years since the white-woman-adopts-black-baby pearl-clutcher film Losing Isaiah.

The cultural politics at work in the movie — and their uncomfortable reflection in the film industry — are still being reflected in what we see two decades later.

Sarah wrote about this white savior trope in an essay for Consequence Of Sound.

To read it, go here.

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VOTE NOW: 2015 Worst Human March Madness Playdown – Unclean, Money and Commerce

Vote to determine the worst human

Vote to determine the worst human

UPDATE: Results for Unclean Conference and Money & Commerce Conference, round 1:

Unclean Conference / Money & Commerce Conference

Not covering your mouth while coughing is worse than not scooping your dog’s poop … 52-48%
Hover shitting on public toilets is worse than having a dirty keyboard … 93-7%
Smelling like cigarettes is worse than smelling like cologne/perfume … 66-34%
Throwing garbage on the ground is worse than walking around in public barefoot … 93-7%
Being wealthy and pretending you’re not is worse than extreme couponing … 69-31%
Hovering too close to you at the bank machine is worse than people who don’t understand bank machines … 66-34%
20 items or more in the 10-or-less checkout is worse than blocking the grocery store aisle … 66-34%
Aggressively bad tippers are worse than internet pennystock traders … 100% … nobody voted for pennystock traders

Round two matchups will be:

Coughing, doesn’t cover mouth vs. Public toilet hover shitters
Smells like cigarettes vs. Throws garbage on ground
Wealthy, pretends they’re not vs. Hovers too close in bank machine line
20 items in 10-or-less checkout vs. Aggressively bad tippers

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There’s no turning back now.

Voting for the 2015 Worst Human competition, Round 1, in the Transportation Conference and Social Media Conference is now done. RESULTS BELOW.

Now up, voting in the Unclean Conference and the Money & Commerce Conference.

Voting has officially begun. So, VOTE…

Click the image directly below to see the full Worst Human bracket.

2015 Worst Human bracket. Click to enlarge.

2015 Worst Human bracket. Click to enlarge.

First Round Voting Schedule

March 25

Voting begins at midnight, ends at 11:59 pm ET

Transportation Conference / Social Media Conference

See results.

March 26

Voting begins at midnight, ends at 11:59 pm ET

Unclean Conference / Money & Commerce Conference

March 27

Voting begins at midnight, ends at 11:59 pm ET

Interactions Conference / Physical World Conference

March 28

Voting begins at midnight, ends at 11:59 pm ET

Human Body Conference / Food & Drink Conference

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VOTE NOW: 2015 Worst Human March Madness Playdown – Transportation, Social Media Conferences

Vote to determine the worst human

Vote to determine the worst human

UPDATE: Results for Transportation, Social Media Conferences, round 1:

Slow walkers are worse than people who can’t walk straight … 66-34%
Road rage drivers are worse than road rage cyclists … 70-30%
People who are late are worse than people scared of escalators … 85-15%
People who text while driving are worse than people who park in handicap spots … 53-47%
Frequent selfie takers are worse than people who won’t join Facebook … 85-15%
Oversharers are worse than couples with shared Facebook accounts … 51-49%
Facebook game inviters are worse than frequent LinkdIn users … 89-11%
People who use #blessed unironically are worse than people who use #blessed ironically … 77-23%

Round two matchups will be:

Slow walkers vs. Road rage drivers
Late people vs. Texts while driving
Frequent selfie takers vs. Oversharers
Facebook game inviters vs. Unironic #blessed users

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It’s tough being good. After all, it’s been scientifically shown that people don’t actually like those Ned Flanders, do-gooder types.

Still, I’d rather take an army of cloying, selfless dorks any day over their opposites: the casually inconsiderate, the ungracious, the rude, the thoughtless and the annoying people who you interact with every day. These awful people, these worst humans, assault the senses in such a multitude of offensive ways that it’s hard to figure out what actually might be the most awful. So we’re going to try figuring out what that is.

Broken down into eight conference — Transportation, Social Media, Unclean, Money & Commerce, Interactions, Physical World, Human Body, Food & Drink — and 64 separate actions/traits/human ticks, Risky Fuel has organized a March Madness-style tournament to determine what makes… The Worst Human of 2015.

Voting has officially begun (first round below… VOTE NOW). Click the image directly below to see the full Worst Human bracket.

2015 Worst Human bracket. Click to enlarge.

2015 Worst Human bracket. Click to enlarge.

BAM… VOTE FOR THE WORST HUMAN – ROUND #1

First Round Voting Schedule

March 25
Voting begins at midnight, ends at 11:59 pm ET
Transportation Conference / Social Media Conference

March 26
Voting begins at midnight, ends at 11:59 pm ET
Unclean Conference / Money & Commerce Conference

See results.

March 27
Voting begins at midnight, ends at 11:59 pm ET
Interactions Conference / Physical World Conference

March 28
Voting begins at midnight, ends at 11:59 pm ET
Human Body Conference / Food & Drink Conference

VOTE FOR THE WORST HUMAN – ROUND #1

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Songs For Single Ladies And Gentlemen

Beyonce

Beyonce

Valentine’s Day was yesterday and Sarah was tasked with executing some counterprogramming for it.

She composed a list of great and empowering songs for all the single folks out in the world.

Yes, Beyonce made the list.

To read the list head over to Huffington Post Music Canada by going here.

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Matthew Good: Family Man

Matthew Good

Matthew Good

A good many people have imprinted onto their consciousness that Can-rocker Matthew Good is something of an asshole.

Fair play. He actually sold t-shirts that said as much a decade ago. But he’s not quite the same person as he used to be in that regard.

Nowadays he’s mostly a regular family man.

As such I went through a number of photos of him with his family for a collection of images published in Huffington Post Music Canada.

To check out the feature go here.

 

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