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This Little Girl Needs Just 90 Seconds To Explain The Problem With Girls' Toys Today

Remember those classic "This is your brain on drugs" ads that scared you into not eating omelets? GoldieBlox, one of my favorite companies when it comes to inspiring girls to achieve greatness, decided to make that metaphor actually useful, just in time for Easter. Learn the facts.

This Little Girl Needs Just 90 Seconds To Explain The Problem With Girls' Toys Today

This is not to say that being a princess is somehow a bad thing. As GoldieBlox founder Debbie Sterling explained in an interview with Wired, "It’s totally cool to be into dress-up. It’s great to be a princess, but you can build your castle too. We want to encourage all types of girls to be whatever they want.”

Encouraging girls to think beyond just being a princess is kind of important. Princess culture lends itself to focusing on beauty over brains much of the time. (Though the "Frozens" and "Tangleds" of the world have shown that you can have both.) And while it's fun to be a princess too (as I sometimes do with my daughter), giving them more options that encourage bigger thinking is always a win in my book.

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When a pet is admitted to a shelter it can be a traumatizing experience. Many are afraid of their new surroundings and are far from comfortable showing off their unique personalities. The problem is that's when many of them have their photos taken to appear in online searches.

Chewy, the pet retailer who has dedicated themselves to supporting shelters and rescues throughout the country, recognized the important work of a couple in Tampa, FL who have been taking professional photos of shelter pets to help get them adopted.

"If it's a photo of a scared animal, most people, subconsciously or even consciously, are going to skip over it," pet photographer Adam Goldberg says. "They can't visualize that dog in their home."

Adam realized the importance of quality shelter photos while working as a social media specialist for the Humane Society of Broward County in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

"The photos were taken top-down so you couldn't see the size of the pet, and the flash would create these red eyes," he recalls. "Sometimes [volunteers] would shoot the photos through the chain-link fences."

That's why Adam and his wife, Mary, have spent much of their free time over the past five years photographing over 1,200 shelter animals to show off their unique personalities to potential adoptive families. The Goldbergs' wonderful work was recently profiled by Chewy in the video above entitled, "A Day in the Life of a Shelter Pet Photographer."

via Gage Skidmore/Flickr and Terry Morgan/Flickr

Senator Ted Cruz and a kangaroo.

Conservative media in the United States has painted Australia as a state on the brink of authoritarianism due to strict COVID-19 protections in some parts of the country. These news outlets appear to be using the country as an example of what can happen in America if liberal politicians go unchecked.

Fox News' Tucker Carlson ran a story on Australia earlier this month claiming the country "looks a lot like China did at the beginning of the pandemic." He ended it by saying that "what's happening in Australia might be instructive to us in the United States" and that things can "change very quickly" and become "dystopian and autocratic."

Carlson provides zero reasons why Americans should be fearful of becoming an autocratic country due to COVID-19, beyond the idea that "things can change very quickly" so his appeals sound a lot more like fear-mongering than genuine concern.

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