Meet Beth Davis of Tulsa, Oklahoma. She ran by Walmart to run and errand and stopped first in the women’s restroom. There should found a man, standing in front of the mirror partially clothed, jerking off. So Davis whipped out her cameraphone and started filming him as he tried to leave the store, while she yelled for someone to stop the man because he’d been masturbating But Walmart being Walmart, did nothing. In fact, as Davis told KJRH News, only one person — a vendor — tried to stop the man but was told by an employee not to touch him. Keep reading »
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When most people visualize their dream vacation, Caribbean beaches and margaritas on a lounge chair come to mind. For British writer and cyclist Lois Pryce, however, her dream trip equated to something a little different — a solo motorcycle trip across Iran. Pryce spent this September on a three-week tour of the country, her curiosity fueled by the conflicting advice she’d heard about traveling there. “On the one hand I’d hear awful things about women being stoned for adultery, the highest rate of execution in the world, and nuclear enriching,” she told the UK’s Telegraph. “Then overland travelers would say Iran was wonderful and their favorite country, and that difference intrigued me.” Keep reading »
Kickass Woman Of The Day: Joy Johnson, 86, The Oldest Woman To Run The NYC Marathon, Dies Days After Completing 25th Race
Joy Johnson, the oldest woman to ever run the New York City Marathon, died today at age 86, just two days after she successfully completed her 25th run in the race. Johnson, who’s from San Jose, California, hit her head around the 20th mile on Sunday, but refused medical attention and successfully completely the 26.4 mile race in eight hours. (At her peak in the mid ’90s, Johnson’s time was around five hours.) In a pre-race interview, she explained, “I’ll be at the back of the pack, but I don’t mind. I just praise the Lord I can get out of bed each morning and run. A lot of people my age are in wheelchairs.”
On Monday morning, the day after the marathon, Johnson stopped by “The Today Show,” as had become tradition in her years coming to NYC, and then went back to her hotel for a nap. She never woke up. ”At least she was running, the way she wanted to go,” said Johnson’s daughter, Diana Boydston. Indeed. What a bittersweet reminder to never stop doing what you love. [NY Daily News]
Dream job anyone?! British 27-year-old Emma Gray is not a shepherdess; she has just become the first woman in history to win the Northumberland Sheepdog Trials League. The storied championship has never had a female winner in its 40 years. She began shepherding while helping out at her parents’ farm in Scotland as a young girl, and has been breaking boundaries ever since as Britain’s youngest in the profession. Gray told the UK’s Daily Mail:
“I am really proud to be the first woman to have won the trials and I feel overwhelmed by it all … I was one of only a handful of women taking part; it is a very male-dominated sport, so it feels like an amazing achievement.” Keep reading »
In case you were looking for some inspiration for your morning run, two British women have dedicated themselves to trying out all 114 summer Olympic events available to women in the 2016 Brazil Olympic games. Keep reading »
Kickass Woman Of The Day: Mikayla Clark, The High School Cheerleader Who Did 44 Back Handsprings In A Row
Sometimes I think about how cool it would be to do a back handspring, but then I get kind of dizzy and I have to sit down and swear to myself I won’t think about it again for a long time. An Atlanta high school cheerleader named Mikayla Clark has a very different approach to thinking about back handsprings: she thinks about them, and then she does them, and then she thinks about breaking the Guinness World Record for most consecutive back handsprings, and she does it. Last week, 16-year-old Clark shattered the world record by doing 44 back handsprings in a row — I repeat, IN A ROW — at Westlake High School’s homecoming football game. You must watch this video of her feat, because it’s insane. Like a much bouncier and more flexible Energizer Bunny, she just keeps going and going and going… [People]
Eleanor Cattan became the youngest winner in the Man Booker Prize’s history at 28, winning over other literary hard-hitters like Jhumpa Lahiri and Colm Toibin. Her novel The Luminaries is a murder mystery set during the New Zealand gold rush, and has been praised for its mastery of storytelling and language, not to mention its great heft, weighing in at 848 pages. This is incontrovertible proof that 28 really is the year that changes everything. Check out this excerpt here and hustle to your nearest friendly bookseller, stat. [Reuters]
After a long and fruitful career as one of the most prolific and talented short story writers of our time, Alice Munro can now add Nobel Prize winner to her long list of achievements, making her the first Canadian and 13th woman to win. A pioneer of the Southern Ontario Gothic genre, which was later explored by the early works of Margaret Atwood, Munro is considered one of the preeminent masters of the short story. If you’re not familiar with her work, stop what you’re doing and read her short story “Gravel” right now. Once you’ve collected yourself, hustle to your bookseller of choice with our starter list of Munro’s best works, after the jump.
When life threw Michele Prieve Wilkinson a curveball with a breast cancer diagnosis, she chose positivity. A survivor in more ways than one, she just completed her second Ironman Wisconsin competition last month. Wilkinson, who is gracing the cover of Brava magazine this month, participated in her first Ironman just 10 months after finishing cancer treatment.
When Wilkinson found a lump in her breast, she expected it to be benign. When she instead received the call that she had cancer in September 2008, she was determined to fight it on her terms. She resolved to turn her diagnosis into a launchpad for positive changes in her life, and began racking up accomplishments she never dreamed possible. Her choice to find humor and hope in life’s darkest moments carried her through difficult treatments and even several marathons. Instead of making the anniversary of her diagnosis a grim reminder of tough times, she chose to dub it her “Canciversary” as a celebration. Keep reading »
Warsan Shire, 24, has just become London’s first ever Young Poet Laureate. The Kenyan-born Somali poet writes about both English and African culture, exploring war, sex, culture, love, and everything in between with a great depth and sensitivity. She expresses her worldview with an honest vulnerability that most would shy away from. Her first book of poems, Teaching My Mother How To Give Birth, was published in 2011. She has a BA in creative writing and even teaches workshops on using poetry to heal trauma – and she’s not even halfway through her 20s yet. Warsan was chosen from six young finalists, and she will now undertake a residency at the Houses of Parliament and spend the next year creating work that reflects on London. Carol Ann Duffy, London’s current poet laureate, announced Warsan as the winner as part of National Poetry Day. Her willingness to be candid and speak her truth in her work is something we could all stand to learn from. ”It is our vision for east London to be a thriving cultural district,” said chief executive Dennis Hone, “and Warsan as the first Young Poet Laureate for London will play a key part in that transformation.” Congratulations! [BBC; Well & Often; Warsan Shire]