Mina: Do you have any advice for soon to be high schoolers? (I am an 8th grader) Zoe: Fight back. Be honest, with yourself and others. And remember -- it's just high school. Anyone who tries to convince you otherwise has an agenda.
Not so very long ago girl power ruled. Sisterhood was powerful and Girls Kicked ASS! Well, we still might mouth the words but we've forgotten the tune. The Spice Girls vanished into tales of eating disorders, rumors of sapphic love and custody battles. The usual tabloid fodder, which, perversely enough, is closer to the realities of most ordinary girl's lives.
My son has a parakeet. He's a little blue and white one with black stripes over his back. Very cute. Also a bit of a sex fiend. He has a thing for one of his toys, and he coos to it, flirts with it, and mounts it, rubbing the base of his tail rhythmically and purposefully against it until some form of parakeet fulfillment is reached. I think he'd even buy it roses if he could figure out how to work the telephone, but as it is, he rubs it gently with his beak and makes grateful noises to it afterward. He's a considerate little guy.