Greta Thunberg says that Asperger syndrome is her superpower, and more news from the week

Rihanna accused of appropriation

Before the release of Rihanna’s pre-recorded New York Fashion Week runway show, she posted an Instagram of choreographer Parris Goebel, praising her work and calling Goebel her “spirit animal.” A commenter called RiRi out, saying she shouldn’t use the term “unless you belong to one of the indigenous groups to which this concept belongs.” Rihanna promptly responded by acknowledging the mistake and apologizing with “You’re so right...won’t happen again.” The simple exchange went viral with people appreciating her reply: “it’s that simple.”


Greta Thunberg’s superpower

Swedish activist Greta Thunberg opened up about her Asperger’s diagnosis, calling it her superpower. The condition is on the Autism spectrum and affects the way people interact socially. Thunberg says Asperger’s has given her the confidence to face the climate crisis head on and speak up for her generation and the future generations affected by climate threat. She told CBS that, “I want to make sure I have done anything, everything in my power to stop this crisis from happening.”


“The One with the Ball”

Inspired by the Friends episode, “The One With the Ball,” Target is selling a game for you and your own friends to give the challenge a shot. Players compete against each other to see how long they can last throwing the ball to each other, without the ball hitting the floor. There are ball-tossing, ball-balancing, and ball-challenging rounds. The game becomes more challenging incorporating sayings popular from the show, like “You Ate My Sandwich!” Shop it for the 25th anniversary of Friends!

Shop it: $15, target.com


Teens pledge not to have kids

Thousands of teenagers are pledging not to have children until the government takes greater steps to combat climate change. Emma Lim, 18, started the movement called #NoFutureNoChildren, which teens are joining across the US and Canada. The movement comes as 16-year-old Greta Thunberg is speaking up to country leaders and demanding changes for the future generations.


Raising a baby gender-neutral

A British couple opened up about how they are raising a gender-neutral baby in order to protect the child from “unconscious bias.” The couple opted to let their baby choose their gender when they’re older, now using gender-neutral pronouns “they” and “them.” More and more parents around the globe are choosing to not reveal the sex of their child to others and raise them gender-neutral.


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