The headline of the UK's Daily Telegraph article was the first shocker: "First drug addict sterilized under 'cash for vasectomy.'" Humans are paid 200 pounds (or $300) to self-sterilize in England? It brings to mind mobile ASPCA trucks and Bob Barker's closing message on every "Price is Right" episode. Treating addicts like stray animals, is going too far; even for a country responsible for Simon Cowell.
Then comes shocker #2: "Project Prevention, the charity running the scheme, has made similar payments to thousands of men and women in America in a crusade to prevent them having children who may inherit their addictions," continues the article.
Wait, it's an American organization? Turns out the attempt to keep drug addicts from having kids was set in motion in 2006 right here in the States and has now sterilized at least 3000 people nationally through permanent measures like tubal ligation and vasectomies.
The reasoning is to protect unborn children from a life of addiction and
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- Piper Weiss, Shine Staff | Healthy Living – Tue, Oct 19, 2010 7:31 AM EDT
The headline of the UK's Daily Telegraph article was the first shocker: "First drug addict sterilized under 'cash for vasectomy.'" Humans are paid 200 pounds (or $300) to self-sterilize in England? It brings to mind mobile ASPCA trucks and Bob Barker's closing message on every "Price is Right" episode. Treating addicts like stray animals, is going too far; even for a country responsible for Simon Cowell.Read More »from They're spaying and neutering humans now. Holy crap.
Courtesy of AMC/Mad MenIt can tear apart the fabric of a community, hamper productivity and even drive some to change jobs. But office gossip has its benefits. For example, it can bring two rivals together. It's a scenario that was played out on Sunday's season finale of "Mad Men." As Ginia Bellafante put it in her recap on The New York Times' ArtsBeat blog, the moment inter-office competitors, Joan and Peggy, bonded over Don Draper's engagement to his secretary, was simply lovable.Read More »from In defense of office gossip
"It was great not only for the girl talk it produced and the rapprochement it signaled between the two women but because it punctuated the extent to which they are soul sisters in a sense: Each has had her ambitions and gone about them in different ways; each has been shafted by the big bad patriarchy," writes Bellafante.
The series has long chronicled the challenges women faced in the 1960s workplace, and the symptomatic rivalries that resulted. So the rare kinship between the two female colleagues brought to light an occasion
- Piper Weiss, Shine Staff | Work + Money – Tue, Oct 19, 2010 4:54 AM EDT
With another season of "Mad Men" in the can, we're already getting nostalgic for the old days. Even if we weren't around back then, the series' whiskey-and-mahogany soaked lens makes everything seem sexier. In Don Draper's world, dresses were tailored, fedoras were commonplace and ad campaigns didn't require reformatting every time another iPad launched.
A simpler time, maybe. A better time, no. A collection of ads from the '50s and '60s, recently posted on the blog uFunk, serves as a reminder of just how far women, and many men, have come. It's time to appreciate the way things are.Read More »from Ad campaigns: then and now. We've come a long way, baby.
If a century of Hollywood superstars has taught us anything, it's how to covet glamorous hair and makeup-celebrities have spent years testing out lip colors and hair styles which has translated to true beauty inspiration for the rest of us. And, though the stars have an army of professionals to get them ready for close-ups, with the right tools and a little persistence, the following iconic looks can be achieved at home with no assistance at all.Read More »from 10 iconic beauties (and how to get their looks)
Photo by Getty ImagesLiz Taylor's mega-lashes
Tools: false eye-lashes, manicure scissors, black eye-liner pencil, smudge tip brush, mascara
For Liz's "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" look, it's all about the eyes, and the secret weapon here? False eye-lashes. For this extra-feminine effect, pick up a pair of false lashes along with some manicure scissors. Trim the extensions to a quarter of the size in width, cutting at the lash band. Then set aside.
Now take eyeliner and draw a thin black line on your upper lids starting with the corners, thickening the line as you move
Mick Jagger has a lot of children, "so many bloody children," he once famously said at an awards show. But Georgia May Jagger is more like his spitting image. The 18 year-old Londoner has been modeling overseas for a couple of years now, but after relocating to New York to study photography at the School of Visual Arts, she's making a name for herself in the States. First stop: the cover of November's Harper's Bazaar.Read More »from Whose daughter is this? Hint: check out the lips
By all accounts, she didn't inherit her the reckless rebellion gene that other rock spawn, like Peaches Geldof, Kim Stewart or Theodora Richards, claim. Instead she's described as "polite, well spoken, and even a little shy," in the article by Christine Lennon.
But in pictures, she's not afraid to put it all out there, recently stirring controversy and titillation with topless photos for a denim ad. One person who wasn't disturbed by her exposure: super-model mom Jerry Hall.
"My mum did a lot of very provocative work with Helmut Newton. She understands. It is pretty
Kelsey and Camille at the Tony Awards, right before it got ugly. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images)Read More »from Would you leave your husband for a year?
Last night's premiere of "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" introduced us to a new carnival of complicated relationships. Not the least was between Camille, and her husband, "Frasier" star Kelsey Grammer. In the season opener, Kelsey is packing for a trip to New York...for a year. He's starring in the Broadway musical, La Cage Aux Folles, and Camille is staying in L.A. to care for the kids and (implicitly) film this series.
They kiss goodbye. She watches his car drive off. And in a matter of months, they're divorcing. According to Camille, the last straw was when her husband didn't call his kids on Father's Day. Grammer denies that accusation, but he doesn't deny taking comfort in New York with a flight attendant with whom he now makes a home.
It's all very Hollywood, or rather Beverly Hills. Or is it commonplace when you separate from your spouse for one whole year? Maybe there were underlying issues in their relationship, but weathering 12 months apart is no small feat. It takes a
- Piper Weiss, Shine Staff | Work + Money – Fri, Oct 15, 2010 7:58 PM EDT
(Courtesy of The View/ABC)
We've had a day to process what happened yesterday on "The View." It's time to tackle just why the Fox News host sent two of the five hosts flying off the couch and out of the studio. A disagreement over political views? If only it were that simple. The argument started with O' Reilly claiming a mosque at ground zero was inappropriate. He used that word a lot. Then came an indictment of an entire religion. Sure Joy and Whoopi blew their top, storming off the set. But the argument came on the heels of 10 minutes of talking to women like children at the dinner table in 1950's. If you're a woman of a certain age, you've encountered one of these blood-boiling moments where you're put down the minute you open your mouth, under the assumption that based on your chromosomal make-up you couldn't possibly understand politics. But let's start with the talking point...
5. "You're Outraged About Muslims Killing Us on 9/11?"
This was the sentiment that caused the hailstorm. Barbara,Read More »from The 5 worst things Bill O'Reilly said on "The View"
- Piper Weiss, Shine Staff | Love + Sex – Thu, Oct 14, 2010 11:01 PM EDT
69 days underground.
6 alleged mistresses.
$27 million dollars at stake.
In a matter of hours news of the Chilean miners' rescue has turned from heroism to a Fox reality competition. It began while Yonni Barrios Rojas was still underground. His request to have both his wife, Marta, and his mistress Susana present at his rescue sparked a flurry of "copycat" revelations, as five other women alleging extra-marital affairs with trapped miners came forth.
"There has been a lot of conflict between women," on-site Red Cross worker, Marta Flores, told the London Telegraph. "We had a big bust up in the canteen tent when a wife came across a woman who claimed to be her husband's lover - we had to step in and pull them apart before things got physical. Unfortunately the conflict stems from money issues."
Big money is on the table. Government handouts for missed wages during the ordeal is being allotted to the miners' families. Then there's the $27Read More »from Do the miners' mistresses deserve a piece of the reward?
- Piper Weiss, Shine Staff | Love + Sex – Thu, Oct 14, 2010 6:49 PM EDT
Doh! David really shouldn't have phones or computers for a while. (Photo by John M. Heller/Getty Images)David Arquette posted a series of frantic tweets apologizing for over-sharing about his 11 year marriage to a national audience.Read More »from Know who woke up in the doghouse today? David Arquette
Here's what his brain might have sounded like in the moments after he awoke: Five more minutes, coffee, Courteney will make some. Courteney? No that's right she's gone, but maybe she'll come back? Oh wait, I slept with that other girl. OH WAIT. I went on Howard Stern. (Gasp, sits up in bed ) I think I sad having sex with that new girl made me feel manly. Oh crap. Oh jeez, Please tell me the part where I talk about how long it's been since Courteney and I had sex was just a dream. Oh god, oh god. oh god. Maybe no one heard the radio show? Stupid! Stupid!
Let's all take a moment and be thankful we're not celebrities. If you're in the middle of a painful breakup, clouded by rage and jealousy, you have far too much access to live national broadcasts. David Arquette learned that the hard way yesterday when he opened up to Howard Stern about his breakup. Maybe
- Piper Weiss, Shine Staff | Love + Sex – Thu, Oct 14, 2010 2:56 AM EDT
Men can change. At least in the world of publishing. Slate's Greg Beato recently observed a new trend of men's service-oriented websites modeled after tried-and-true women's magazines. Arm curls and Megan Fox photos are giving way to advice on landing a job and communicating in your relationship. But Beato's not sure if that's a good thing:Read More »from Men's advice on women: the good, the bad and the ugly
"In feeling the pain of today's beleaguered males, these new men's mags also co-opt the dog-whistle decree that has informed women's magazines for years: You're not good enough. Try harder. With these 13 steps you can be a better person. "
It's an interesting point--men subjecting themselves to a media culture that has riddled women with insecurities for decades. If only that was the biggest problem. The more pressing issue is that many men's lifestyle sites are disseminating some pretty bad advice. Here guys are trying to improve their work and love lives, and their own comrades are leading them astray
But before we bash the men's self-help