Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Amazing Girls of Color

I realized that I should absolutely make sure to be titling these posts "Amazing Girls of Color" instead of "Women of Color" when they're under 18, as our culture has a tendency to portray and think of girls of color as women, negating their youth and innocence as well as hypersexualizing them. This helps to fuel the criminalization of black children.

Anyway, today's amazing girl of color is Kylie Simonds, an 11-year-old cancer survivor who invented the "chemo backpack" after having to deal with bulky and depressing IV poles for so long. They're simply backpacks that can be decorated with cute stuff like Hello Kitty with a chemo pole and cage for the bag attached to make sure there's no punctures. This way, kids can be much more mobile while getting chemo and not have to feel like there's a huge spotlight on them. It also makes chemo a lot less scary for young children.

It's kind of amazing how no one thinks of these simple things that can make children's lives better. This is why I believe we should be listening to kids. They're smarter and more resourceful than we give them credit for, and it's so easy to forget what it's like to be a kid. Children's emotional needs are so often overlooked because we (adults) fail to put ourselves in their shoes while also refusing to listen to them. I'm glad someone listened to Kylie Simonds.

Thanks, Kylie, for being so awesome!

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