Now with BONUS OTTER by the same photographer:
Today is the birthday of Indira Gandhi and Jodie Foster. It’s also International Men’s Day and World Toilet Day. World Toilet Day aims to improve sanitation conditions worldwide, improving health and well-being in poor communities, promoting social inclusion, and increasing school attendance. Toilets are also (or should be) an important feminist issue – as the UN notes in their Sanitation Fosters Social Development factsheet:
“Poor women and girls are hit hardest by the absence of toilets. They care for the sick and are in greatest physical contact with human waste. Lacking toilets in overcrowded slums means going the whole day without relieving oneself and then risking exposure – or even assault – at night, a humiliating daily routine that can damage health. Menstruation adds considerably to the need for sanitary facilities. Sexual harassment and rape are also a risk in rural areas, where women often seek privacy in the darkness, and in refugee camps, which all too often fail to provide safely located, women-only toilets. These realities absorb women’s time, imperil their physical well-being, and limit their free and equal participation in the economic and social life of their societies.”
Please feel free to use this thread to natter about anything your heart desires. Is there anything great happening in your life? Anything you want to get off your chest? Reading a good book (or a bad one)? Anything in the news that you’d like to discuss? What have you created lately? Commiserations, felicitations, temptations, contemplations, speculations?
 “[IMD] is an occasion to highlight discrimination against men and boys and to celebrate their achievements and contributions, in particular for their contributions to community, family, marriage, and child care.” I’m off to bake some cookies.