The Fixx is a weekly editorial roundup for humanists. It includes our favorite articles, happenings and cat memes.
BREAKING: BEAUTIFUL WOMAN ON THE COVER OF SPORTS ILLUSTRATED
For the first time in 52 years, Sports Illustrated is challenging society’s (its own?) perception of beauty by featuring plus-size model, Ashley Graham, on its cover of the annual swimsuit issue.
It was a proud moment for Ashley as she took to Instagram with a powerful message for her followers: “This cover is for every woman who felt like she wasn't beautiful enough because of her size.”
For years, the modeling industry has been under scrutiny, but has only recently been regulated in countries like France, where law requires “models working in the country to provide a medical certificate stating their overall health and showing that their body mass index is appropriate.”
While we applaud Sports Illustrated for taking an enormous first step in addressing beauty norms here in the United States, we can’t help but feel a little disheartened that a plus-size woman on a magazine cover has made national news headlines. Not only that, but Ashley was just one of three women to be featured, making the nod to plus-size models (see: normal size) feel a little half-assed (pun intended).
We need to continue pushing publications, fashion houses, and humanity, to remove the labels of beauty—size, age, race—and recognize a woman for, as Sports Illustrated puts it, “what she’s doing in the world and how she feels about herself.” Now that’s sexy.
RUTH BADER GINSBURG: YOU ARE THE CHANGE WE WANT TO SEE IN THE WORLD
While Americans were busy sending Scalia memes and reading surprisingly efficient press releases by congressional leaders and presidential hopefuls, The Notorious RBG was writing an incredibly moving tribute to her BFF, Justice Antonin Scalia.
From our years together at the D.C. Circuit, we were best buddies. We disagreed now and then, but when I wrote for the Court and received a Scalia dissent, the opinion ultimately released was notably better than my initial circulation. Justice Scalia nailed all the weak spots—the 'applesauce' and 'argle bargle'—and gave me just what I needed to strengthen the majority opinion.
Our interpretation of this is that Scalia’s dissents made Ginsburg have to address the socially-anachronistic-judiciary segment and thereby marginally improve her own arguments. But then again we are far less classy than The Notorious RBG.
Hat’s off to you, Ruth. Thank you for always being the change we want to see in the world.
TEEN GIRL RIPS OFF SUICIDE VEST, SAVES HERSELF & SCORES OF OTHERS
Unshackling herself literally and figuratively from the yoke of tyranny that is Boko Haram, a young girl in the Nigerian delta saved herself and scores of others when she refused to complete the suicide mission the terrorist group set out for her.
Strapped to a booby-trapped explosive garment, the girl ripped off the death vest and fled when she was out of sight of her captors.
She then attempted to convince the two others she was with to abandon their mission as well, but she couldn’t get them to change their minds.
The six-year-old insurgency by Boko Haram has claimed 20,000 lives and displaced 2.5 million people inside and across Nigeria’s borders yet garnered relatively little attention from western media outlets.