Thank you Mattel for turning a page and adding a new chapter in your long successful history to compassionately consider more of your little customer's developing sense of self and how they feel they fit in the world around them.
Brynner died from cancer. Hoffman from addiction. Both are considered diseases by all the major medical associations in the world. Yet only addiction carries a stigma and moral condemnation by a large swath of the public.
I walk because the average age a girl begins to diet today 8-years-old and 42 percent of first through third grade girls want to be thinner. I walk because 30 million people in the United States, men and women, will struggle with an eating disorder in their lifetime.
I have read other women's stories and always commented anonymously on how strong they are and how I hope to one day be able to share mine too. I'm not sure I feel confident and strong, I just feel ready.
The body truly is a vehicle for life rather than something to be controlled. I've heard it said that our bodies are our Earth suits -- simply what we wear on this planet in order to get around. We must nourish this gift in a balanced way.
Iranian women have once more become the standard by which degrees of freedom can be measured. Their resistance will not only shape Iran's future, but have far-reaching effects on Muslim countries and the way Islam is defined.
Over a year after we celebrated the life -- and mourned the death -- of a 23-year-old Iranian protestor named Neda, another very different image caught the world's attention: that of Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani, a 43-year-old mother of two.
I am not easily shocked. But two stories that recently came across my desk were so disgraceful, and in some ways dangerous, that I feel compelled to write about them. Both featured players in the Middle East crassly abusing the living and the dead.