With the tragic events in Aurora still fresh in the public's mind, one TV presenter, MSNBC's Joe Scarborough, went and salted the wound.
Batman himself, Christian Bale, not only issued a statement expressing his grief over the mass theatre shooting but also spent hours visiting the victims in hospital. He didn't don the black cape, yet in my books that gesture makes him a true superhero.
Scarborough, on the other hand, is backpeddling after a statement he made on his "Morning Joe" show, speculating that the alleged shooter James Holmes is on the autism spectrum which prompted him to lash out:
"As soon as I heard about this shooting, I knew who it was. I knew it was a young, white male, probably from an affluent neighborhood, disconnected from society—it happens time and time again," said Scarborough. "Most of it has to do with mental health; you have these people that are somewhere, I believe, on the autism scale. I don't know if that's the case here, but it happens more often than not."
Needless to say, his comments sparked fury in autism circles. Blogger "Flappiness is..." published an eloquent open letter to Scarborough, expressing the dangers in linking autism with violence:
"... much of the public will perceive this to mean that autistics are inherently dangerous to the general population. When, in reality, it is the opposite. Statistically, persons with developmental disabilities and mental illness are more likely to be harmed by the rest of us. They are more likely than you or me to be harassed, bullied, abused, and defrauded. And, if the public suddenly begins to fear them, we can be assured more of the same. For it is always fear that begets violence. "
Scarborough has since clarified his position, claiming that "Americans [should] focus more on mental health in this country. I also stated that my own experiences raising a son with Aspergers made me keenly aware of how important strong support systems are to those who might otherwise be isolated."
Health Canada has recalled the Avigo Fire Rescue Hero's Trike with Helmet (Item # 10705) as well as the Avigo You and Me Trike with Helmet (Item # 10704). Both trikes were found to have weak seat welds which can detach, posing a fall hazard to the child sitting on them.
Health Canada has received one report of a toddler falling off the Avigo Fire Rescue Hero's Trike and injuring her arm.
Customers are advised to remove the trike and return it to the place of purchase.
For further information, customers may contact Stoneridge Cycle Ltd. toll-free at 1-888-220-5604.
From March 2012 to May 9, 2012, approximately 651 units of the trikes were sold exclusively at Toys R Us stores across Canada.
I don't know about you, but 'sexy' wasn't in my lexicon until at least junior high. These days, what with the intense sexualization of children, it seems little girls are no longer content to be sugar and spice; they want to be sexy.
The U.S. study currently published in Sex Roles presented 60 girls between the ages of 6 to 9 with dolls dressed in different styles—one dressed in tight, revealing clothes, the other doll simply trendy—and asked which doll they aspired to look like and/or be friends with.
You guessed it: time and again girls chose the sexy doll.
“It’s very possible that girls want to look like the sexy doll because they believed sexiness leads to popularity, which comes with many social advantages,” lead researcher Christy Starr told MSNBC.
More and more retailers are being called out for creating sexy versions of women's clothes. But sexualization of girls doesn't stop at fashion; media and certain celebrities play a key role, though the influence of mothers shouldn't be discounted.
Sadly, it seems the link between popular and being sexy is still going strong. What girls today want most is to be popular, so it follows that they will also want to be perceived as sexy, too.
I remember a friend telling me how her young niece went around singing and blithely dancing to LMAO's hit song, "I'm sexy, and I know it." Amusing, until you really stop and think about it.
And we really do need to think about it, and stop.