soft serve ice cream and mac lip glass flirting with boys at the venice skatepark white tennis shoes on and a little black skirt school’s over now, i’m buying cigarettes. sylvia plath and teen vogue next to stolen cash and cherry rolling paper, getting high under palm trees like miss teen california 2010. crashing parties in the valley at night joyrides in italian cars with richie rich’s and their dad’s loving me too, if i’m a pretty baby today then one day i’ll be a wild woman.
Furry, feisty, paw-erful—Otter Girl! Last but not least for Sea Otter Awareness Week: meet Kit!
Five week-old Kit was found stranded in Morro Bay Harbor in January 2010. A California Department of Fish and Wildlife biologist rescued her, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service declared her non-releasable. Kit became the youngest sea otter pup ever to go on exhibit at the Aquarium at just 11 weeks old! She quickly learned critical otter skills, like cracking open clams and eating live crabs without getting bit! In June 2012, she was transferred to SeaWorld San Diego where she continued to mature and learned how to socialize with other exhibit animals.
In January 2013, at three years old, Kit returned to the Aquarium to become a surrogate mother and mentor to other stranded pups behind the scenes. Kit is named after a character in John Steinbeck’s The Wayward Bus. Thanks for all of your paw-erful work for otters, Kit!
Arianna “Ari” Afsar can currently be seen as Eliza in the Chicago production of Hamilton. Hamilton is her theater debut. Prior to Hamilton, Ari was a film and television actress and a recording artist. She has appeared in films including Martian Land and tv shows including Unusual Suspects and the upcoming Canal Street. She was also a contestant and semifinalist on the 8th season of American Idol.
Ari is a singer/songwriter and was a Jazz Vocal major at UCLA. She is currently working on an EP and has released songs on her SoundCloud as well. She describes her sound as a mixture of Top 40, indie, soul, and jazz. Her debut single, Love You I Don’t is out now.
Ari is also an American beauty pageant titleholder, having won Miss San Diego’s Astounding Teen 2005, Miss California’s Astounding Teen 2005, Miss San Diego County 2010 and Miss California 2010.
Ari is a feminist, activist, and supporter of many civil rights causes. She has worked with Planned Parenthood and ACLU for several campaigns and has aided costar Miguel Cervantes in his endeavors to raise awareness for epilepsy research.
Ari often posts videos of herself singing wth castmates.
Some of the barriers to elective sterilization — like the 30-day waiting period and minimum age of 21 required of Medicaid patients seeking the procedure — are well intentioned, meant to prevent the abuses and coercion that vulnerable populations have experienced throughout American history. As recently as 2010, California prisons were found to be sterilizing female inmates against their will.
But when it comes to women who make an informed decision to ask for sterilization, everything from age, marital status and previous number of pregnancies to a hospital’s religious affiliation or a doctor’s personal beliefs can be used as a reason to deny care. The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists makes these biases explicit in 2007: The procedure “may have important effects on individuals other than the patient,” such as the patient’s husband or partner (whose approval some doctors require). The unusual requirements some doctors impose — waiting periods, age restrictions and psychological evaluations — are similar to those that legislators opposed to abortion have enacted for women seeking to terminate their pregnancies.