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Cat-calling could become a thing of the past in New York. A non-profit group called Hollaback "is pushing the city to commission a study, a public awareness campaign and perhaps even legislation, including 'no-harassment zones' around schools to protect young women," according to the Associated Press.
If you are under 30 you may be relieved. If you're on the other side of decade three, your reaction could be more complicated. In our unscientific Shine editorial poll today, we realized the older we get the less outraged we are by objectifying comments from strangers. Dare we say, some of us even mouth a quiet "thank you" when it happens. That may be because it happens less, or when it does the content is more polite.
Growing up in New York City, one of my biggest peeves (there was nothing pet about it) was catcalling. Starting from about 15, I became increasingly angered if a head followed me when I passed. If someone uttered something along the lines of "Hey, pretty," it could bring
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- Piper Weiss, Shine Staff | Parenting – Fri, Oct 29, 2010 10:14 PM EDT
The Groton School is under fire for the recent suicide of a student accused of bullying. (Photo via Groton's Facebook Page)Three weeks ago, The Groton School, a prestigious New England boarding school, accused three of its students of bullying. Several days later, one of accused teens, committed suicide. Now the school's zero-tolerance policy on bullying is the one under fire.
After 16 year-old student Hunter Perkins, along with two other classmates, were singled out for creating sexually demeaning cartoons about another student, he was asked to withdraw from Groton, according to his father, Walter Perkins.
Hunter wanted to fight expulsion after his grieving dad had taken him back home to Virgina. The school sent numerous emails suggesting he avoid a permanent stain on his record by quietly withdrawing, according to the Boston Herald. On Oct. 11, while his father was in another room, Hunter shot himself.
"My poor son, God love him,'' he told The Herald. "He thought the whole world hated him.''
Last month, when Tyler Clementi took his own life after fellow Rutgers students allegedlyRead More »from When the bully becomes the bullied: an elite school under fire for anti-bullying policy
Taylor Swift and John Mayer air it all out. (Theo Wargo/Wire Image)Since its release this week, Taylor Swift's album "Speak Now" has been called the year's biggest debut.
"Expectations are high, very high," Keith Caulfield, a Billboard chart analyst told MTV yesterday. "It speaks volumes about how big a star she is…She's able to engage people in a way that's different than most other artists."
Not that different. Swift's songs rely on a device employed by a lot of her contemporaries: gossip. In her commercial for the album, Swift promises to "name names," but here's a preview, leaked to the media last week: "Dear John" is about John Mayer breaking her heart. "Back to December" is an homage to her brief romance with "Twilight's" Taylor Lautner and "Better Than Revenge" is about Joe Jonas and his next girlfriend after Swift.
Incredibly, the romantic trysts of a woman who just turned 20, has the potential to break headline news and make a lot of middle-aged industry veterans very rich. And it's not just execs on Swift's label. Expect MayerRead More »from The gossip song: Turning teen drama into cash
In 1960, Alfred Hitchcock released a movie about a single mother. Or rather, a man, raised by his mother and consequently mad because of it. "He was already dangerously disturbed, had been ever since his father died," explains Norman Bates' psychiatrist at the end of the seminal thriller "Psycho." "His mother was a clinging, demanding woman, and for years the two of them lived as if there was no one else in the world."
In a time when father figures were seen as essential to the nuclear family, Norma Bates, one of the earliest and most famous single mother's in horror films, was considered a cautionary tale. She played out the two biggest myths of the time: single moms are too close to their sons, and without a father, a boy will go 'mad.'
Since the '60s single moms have been incorporated into the fear genre, and not by accident. Culture critic Monica Nolan calls showing success in single motherhood, a Hollywood taboo. "A massive amount of energy is spent to prove thatRead More »from What are horror movies saying about single moms?
- Piper Weiss, Shine Staff | Work + Money – Thu, Oct 28, 2010 7:34 AM EDT
"Oh my man, I'm fine!" And with that, Charlie Sheen wrote off yet another scandal that should have buried him. Despite three decades riddled with put-downs, rehab and assault charges, Sheen's career has turned out to be bulletproof. The latest bullet came this week, when cops busted into his trashed hotel suite, after his alleged escort called 911. Details are still emerging but today's allegations purport Sheen was fueled by cocaine when he blew up at an escort who demanded $12,000 for sex.
Every time Sheen gets into trouble, and it's becoming monthly, the same question surfaces: How does he keep getting away with it?
"The public still seems to like Charlie Sheen, and it hasn't caught up with him," publicist Howard Bragman told "Good Morning America," yesterday. "We've seen it so many times that we hardly get fazed when something happens to Charlie Sheen."
Compared to addiction-addled Lindsay Lohan, Sheen's treatment by fans and the penal system has beenRead More »from The great Charlie Sheen mystery: How has his career survived?
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Can one blog post spark a national debate? It happened yesterday, when Marie Claire writer Maura Kelly published a story titled "Should "Fatties" Get a Room?"
The post was first published on the magazine's web site as well as on Yahoo! Shine, a content-sharing partner with Marie Claire and several other female-oriented websites.
Kelly's piece centers on the question: "Think people feel uncomfortable when they see overweight people making out on television?"
It's an issue raised by viewers of the new CBS show "Mike and Molly," about a heavy-set couple who met at their Overeaters Anonymous group. After considering the question herself, Kelly answers yes.
"I think I'd be grossed out if I had to watch two characters with rolls and rolls of fat kissing each other ... because I'd be grossed out if I had to watch them doing anything," she writes. "To be brutally honest, even in real life, I find it aesthetically displeasing to watch a very, very fat person simplyRead More »from Controversy over 'fatties' sparks apology
- Piper Weiss, Shine Staff | Love + Sex – Wed, Oct 27, 2010 12:01 AM EDT
Ashley Madison isn't a woman, it's an online dating website for spouses looking to cheat. Maybe you've seen the commercial featuring a philandering husband caught in the act by his wife. Or the one with the guy who's repulsed by his wife's snoring. "Life is short. Have an affair," reads the tag-line. Until now, the site's target demographic has been men.
But that's about to change. A new site for female cheaters called DiscreetAdultery.com had Ashley Madison defending it's female cheating turf today. The new site was temporarily shuttered after it's false claim of affiliation with AshleyMadison. That's how serious the lady biz is. According to Ashley Madison co-founder Noel Biderman, Canadian membership is now 32 percent female, and the German version of the site boasts a clientele that's 42 percent female.
But the numbers don't seem to add up. Countless studies on why nearly half the country has admitted to cheating, suggests that men and women do it for different reasons. For
Just a heads up, adorable baby, you're not allowed to wear aviator sunglasses with that costume. (via amazon.com)Read More »from The weirdest Halloween laws in the country
Halloween is a time to be thankful... that you don't live in Walnut, California.
Trick-or-treaters in that town need a permit to wear a mask. The code strictly states: "No person shall wear a mask or disguise on a public street without a permit from the sheriff," according to Idiot Laws. So before you can even plan a costume, you have to plan a visit to the police precinct.
In Belleville, Illinois, you can't even trick-or-treat if you're in high school. The mayor of the county signed an ordinance banning kids past eight grade from asking for candy. "We were hearing more and more about bigger kids knocking on doors after 9 at night, and the people who lived in the homes were scared," the Mayor told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. "We believe that Halloween is for little children."
Several townships in Virginia agree, banning kids over 12 from participating in the sweet-treat soliciting.
In several towns in Oklahoma, celebrating Halloween on October 30, is encouraged this year.
- Piper Weiss, Shine Staff | Healthy Living – Tue, Oct 26, 2010 7:27 PM EDT
Thank you birth control pill for all your tireless efforts. Now it's time to step aside.
A new topical contraceptive gel is in the works, and studies so far suggest it's a whole lot better than the original pill. Rubbing this treatment on your arms, legs, shoulders or abdomen on a daily basis, may be just as effective as a means of contraception. Plus, no side effects!
"In a test of 18 women who used it for 7 months, none became pregnant - we assume that, in the name of science of course, they were sexually active at the time - or suffered any serious side effects...[like] sickness, weight gain, or a muted sense of sexual desire," according to Popular Science.
The drug in the gel contains estrogen, like the pill. But it also contains Nestorone, a synthetic form of progesterone. Unlike the patch, the gel doesn't fall off. And unlike the pill, it's safe for women who are breast-feeding.
Dr Ruth Merkatz, director of clinical development of reproductive health at theRead More »from Coming soon: a better birth control method for women
Who knew a Tiger could do a better job of describing the bane of our month? The Internet gives us lots of gifts, but an oversize cat who understands the painful mental and physical trials of our period pauses is more than I could ever have hoped for. Some genius created Time of the Month Tiger, a meme that lets you air exactly what's pissing you off 6 days out of the month. Here's mine:
Make your own here and tweet us at @YahooShine and include #periodmeme. We'll add to the gallery.Read More »from The Internet gets us: introducing the period meme