Egyptian women carry banners that read A senior Egyptian general says that women who were arrested during a demonstration on International Women's Day in March were subjected to "virginity checks" while they were being detained by the military.
Seventeen women and about 170 men were arrested during the demonstration, in which women marched to Tahrir Square in Cairo on March 8, demanding equal rights and an end to sexual harassment. The protest became dangerous when men groped, verbally attacked, and insulted the female demonstrators, telling them they should go home where they belonged, according to Associated Press reports.
A March 23 Amnesty International report alleged that the women who had been arrested "were beaten, given electric shocks, subjected to strip searches while being photographed by male soldiers, then forced to submit to 'virginity checks' and threatened with prostitution charges." Officials had previously denied that female protesters they arrested had been tortured or forced to submit to virginity
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Egyptian women carry banners that read A senior Egyptian general says that women who were arrested during a demonstration on International Women's Day in March were subjected to "virginity checks" while they were being detained by the military.Read More »from Virginity checks: What do they really prove?
- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Work + Money – Fri, May 27, 2011 6:01 PM EDT
Who are the biggest bookworms in the country? According to Amazon.com, the residents of Cambridge, Massachusetts-home to Harvard University and MIT-live in the most well-read city in the United States.
"In anticipation of the summer reading season-one of our favorite times to catch up on pleasure reading and unwind with the new titles being published this season-we're excited to reveal the Most Well-Read City list," Mari Malcolm, Amazon.com's managing editor of Books, said in a statement.
The online bookseller took a look at its 2011 sales figures so far, crunching the numbers for books, magazines, and newspapers sold in both print and Kindle formats. And the online marketplace found that, on a per-capita basis and for cities with more than 100,000 residents, the people who live in these 20 places really, really love to read:
- Cambridge, Massachusetts
- Alexandria, Virginia
- Berkeley, California
- Ann Arbor, Michigan
- Boulder, Colorado
- Miami, Florida
- Salt Lake
While the nation is focused on childhood obesity, BMI, and healthy eating, some teenagers are using their new awareness of certain food allergies to hide their eating disorders.Read More »from Going gluten-freeâ€”or hiding an eating disorder?
"With the eating disordered population, I'd say that 110% of them are using intolerances or food 'problems' as a means to avoid eating these foods in a socially acceptable way," Julie Dorfman, director of Nutrition at Philadelphia's Renfrew Center, a residential treatment center for women with eating disorders, told Forbes. "Gluten just happens to be the fad right now."
Gluten is a protein found in all forms of wheat (including durum, semolina, spelt, and kamut) and wheat-related grains like barley and rye (though not in grains like rice, corn, and some types of oats). People with Celiac Disease have "an immune-mediated toxic reaction" when they eat even a tiny bit of gluten, which leads to damage to the small intestine and a host of other problems, according to the Celiac Disease Foundation.
- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Fashion – Wed, May 25, 2011 10:54 PM EDT
- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Healthy Living – Mon, May 23, 2011 9:58 PM EDT
India's 2011 Census reveals a serious problem: a big decline in the number of girls younger than 7 years old, a sign that the practice of aborting female fetuses may be on the rise.
According to a report by the BBC, activists think that as many as 8 million female fetuses were aborted over the last 10 years. The only country where the numbers are worse, researchers say, is China, where a "one-child" policy plus a preference for male children has resulted in 250 million fewer births since 1979 and led to a marriage crisis, with 24 million more males than females by 2010, an imbalance attributed to sex-selective abortion.
The BBC talked to Rekha, the mother of a 3-year-old daughter who lives in the lower middle-class Sagarpur neighborhood in Delhi. Last September, when an ultrasound showed that she was pregnant with twin girls, her mother-in-law forced her to have an abortion.
"I said there's no difference between girls and boys. But here they think differently," she told the BBC inRead More »from Census shows fewer girls being born in India due to sex-selective abortion
- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Parenting – Sat, May 21, 2011 5:52 AM EDT
Botox Mom Kerry Campbell—a.k.a. Sheena Upton—talks to TMZ.com (Photo from TMZ)The Botox Mom-a.k.a. Sheena Upton, who told the world that she gave her 8-year-old daughter Botox injections to make her a better child beauty pageant contestant-has appeared in a set of cringe-inducing videos over at TMZ in an attempt to prove that she never actually gave her daughter Botox. While she's offering up copies of the script she says she was told to read for the "role" of Kerry Campbell (and while the reporters who interviewed her in The Sun, "Good Morning America," and "Inside Edition" scramble for an explanation) the bottom line is that she deliberately duped a lot of people for money-and forced her child to go along with it.Read More »from Botox mom isn't the only one making her kid play along with a scam: 3 other famous hoaxes
But she isn't the only parent who has made his or her child play a part in a scam. Here are three recent examples of hoaxes where the parents got caught-and the kids ended up paying the price.
The Balloon Boy scam
In October 2009, the world watched, horrified, as news crews tracked a large metallic balloon floating high up in the Colorado sky. A
- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Fashion – Fri, May 20, 2011 10:49 PM EDT
- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Work + Money – Fri, May 20, 2011 8:43 PM EDT
Photo: ThinkstockWhat happens when a family is divided by belief? The Haddad family of Middletown, Maryland, is one of many whose faith will be tested tomorrow: The parents whole-heartedly believe that they will be taken up on Saturday, May 21, as part of the Rapture foretold in the Bible. But their three teenagers don't.Read More »from Do you believe the Rapture is coming? What if the rest of your family doesn't?
"My mom has told me directly that I'm not going to get into heaven," Grace Haddad, 16, told The New York Times. "At first it was really upsetting, but it's what she honestly believes."
Two years ago, Grace's mother, Abby Haddad Carson, quit her job as a nurse in order to dedicate herself to missionary work with her husband, Robert Carson (who kept his job as an engineer for the federal Energy Department). They stopped fixing up their house and stopped saving for their teenagers' college educations, instead putting all of their effort into telling people that the end of the world is coming.
"People look at my family and think I'm like that," said 14-year-old Joseph Haddad. "I don't
- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Work + Money – Thu, May 19, 2011 10:49 PM EDT
Badge from emergency.cdc.govEarlier this week, the CDC-yes, seriously, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention-posted a handy guide to zombie apocalypse preparedness.Read More »from The CDC prepares for a zombie apocalypse (and other disasters)
"There are all kinds of emergencies out there that we can prepare for," their article says. "Take a zombie apocalypse for example. That's right, I said z-o-m-b-i-e a-p-o-c-a-l-y-p-s-e. You may laugh now, but when it happens you'll be happy you read this, and hey, maybe you'll even learn a thing or two about how to prepare for a real emergency."
Their advice sounds suspiciously like preparing for hurricane or something but, according to longtime zombie apocalypse aficionado Jenny Lawson, who blogs at The Bloggess, that may be just because we don't have any historic zombie attacks to learn from.
"Yes, I know some people will say that zombies are so 2009 and that I should move on but I'm sorry but cholera was so 1892 but I'm still pretty concerned about that too," she wrote in November. "Plus, cholera won't eat your face off and also
- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Parenting – Thu, May 19, 2011 6:40 PM EDT
Photo: Screengrab from ABC NewsGet ready for another wave of outrage: Kerry Campbell, the 34-year-old part-time aethestician who told the world that she gave her 8-year-old daughter Botox injections and body waxing in order to help her do better in kiddie beauty pageants, now says that it was all a hoax.Read More »from Mom who said she gave her 8-year-old daughter Botox admits it was all a hoax
"The truth is that I have never given my daughter Botox, not allowed her to get any type of waxing, nor is she a beauty pageant contestant," the mom-whose real name is Sheena Upton-admitted in a statement.
Upton says that she accepted $200 "to play the role of Kerry Campbell" for an interview that appeared in the British tabloid The Sun on March 23. After appearing on ABC's "Good Morning America" and "Inside Edition" last week, San Francisco Human Services Agency launched an investigation and her daughter, Britney, was removed from her home by Child Protective Services. Upton issued her statement, which is dated May 18th, in order to regain custody of her daughter.
Statement obtained by TMZ.comIn the written statement, which was obtained by