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Morning radar: Three things we're talking about this morning

No Harassment Zones: "Street harassment of women is as old as cities themselves," but women are fed up, according to an Associated Press piece posted on the Washington Post site.

In New York City, catcalling central, council heard testimony from women who regularly get yelled at by men to the point that they feel it limits their daily routines -- they want "no harassment zones" set up near schools.

"This harassment limits the rights and freedoms of women and girls to enjoy a simple walk outside," said councilwoman Julissa Ferreras, recalling how she learned to "speedwalk" and avoid certain areas to dodge catcallers as a teen.

Today, tech is circumventing the whistlers: Activists in Cairo are launching Harrasmap, a website where women can report leering and groping. Hollaback, an anti-street harassment organization, is releasing a smart phone app for the same purpose.



The kids are alright: All the hysteria over Shiloh Pitt's androgynous stylings suggests modern parents are wary of raising weird kids.

Aeriel Brown says embrace the strange: she was raised by vaudeville performers.

"At less than a year old, I could be found dressed in a tiny clown costume, balancing on my father's palm as a large crowd in Baltimore's Inner Harbor circle around."

Ms. Brown's younger brother played the dog, spending months on a leash. The experience would make for great dinner table comedy years later, she says.



"Rather than leaving your kids dysfunctional and mal-adjusted," she writes, "eccentric origins and behavior are more likely to make them intriguing."



Hear that Shiloh?



One creative month: Lightbulb bread? Footy smoothie? Foil bust?Over 30 days, Dominic Wilcox took it upon himself to "speed-invent" one thing a day.



The results are (predictably) baffling and give new meaning to the words "time on your hands."

 

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