gene story on Wednesday, it touched off a major controversy. One missing voice in the din, though, was that of the 28-year-old woman in the photo—whose face was not in the frame but whose upper torso, including a lumpectomy scar, small Star of David tattoo, and partial left areola were there for all to see. But on Monday she spoke out, albeit anonymously, to the New York Times.
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“When I first saw the photo I did not find it either provocative or inappropriate,” begins her personal statement, published by the newspaper on Monday. “I thought it was powerful and told my story—I am a proud, young Jewish woman who had breast cancer, and I have a scar that proves it. I am not ashamed or embarrassed by the scar.… I didn’t expect such controversy around the photo—but I’m glad the photo caused an impact.”
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- Beth Greenfield, Shine Staff | Healthy Living – Tue, Dec 3, 2013 3:28 PM EST
gene story on Wednesday, it touched off a major controversy. One missing voice in the din, though, was that of the 28-year-old woman in the photo—whose face was not in the frame but whose upper torso, including a lumpectomy scar, small Star of David tattoo, and partial left areola were there for all to see. But on Monday she spoke out, albeit anonymously, to the New York Times.When the New York Times ran a powerful front-page photo illustrating a breast-cancer Read More »from Breast Cancer Survivor Responds to NYT Photo Controversy
Is the postpregnancy body the new weapon of choice among superfit women? Yes, charge critics of Norwegian soccer wife and fitness blogger Caroline Berg Eriksen, who posted a flat-stomach, bra-and-panties selfie to her 245,000 Instagram followers just four days after giving birth.
"This is not a selfie. This is an act of war," writes one Australian blogger in response to the image — just one of many blogs, news outlets, body image experts, and social-media commenters around the world to weigh in on the matter in the past few days, putting the photo at the center of a major online body image controversy. "This whole situation has become ludicrous. The competition for women to give birth and then immediately remove any trace from their their bodies that they ever carried a child is OBSCENE. There is no other word for it." Another blogger calls the photo of Eriksen, who is married to pro soccer player Lars-KristianRead More »from New Mom Under Fire for Postbaby Body Selfie
- Beth Greenfield, Shine Staff | Parenting – Wed, Nov 27, 2013 12:55 PM EST
So besides eating ourselves sick while football drones on in the background, what’s the actual story with Thanksgiving again? Pilgrims, Squanto, Plymouth, cranberries — it’s easy to get confused. But thanks to a team of precocious New York City 5- and 7-year-olds assembled for a new 3 ½-minute video that's doing well on Mashable, we’ve got some new and enlightening (and completely amusing) answers.
“The pilgrims were people from England and their king wasn’t treating them well, so they moved to New York and they sort of took over the African-Americans’ land and now we call African-Americans Indians,” the mash-up begins. That’s courtesy of a loquacious dark-eyed 5-year-old, whose other bits of wisdom include, “The girls always wore stockings,” “There was like 100 and something people on the boat,” and “They didn’t really know how to survive and winter was coming.”
Others chimed in with their thoughts on Pilgrim customs, possible names, and fashion sense.
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- Beth Greenfield, Shine Staff | Parenting – Tue, Nov 26, 2013 4:33 PM EST
Faith Christian Academy did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Yahoo Shine. And VanDyke’s mother, Sabrina Kent, could not be reached for comment.
Update: School officials said Tuesday they would require VanDyke to style her hair differently, but not necessarily to cut or straighten it.
A 12-year-old girl will be expelled from a Florida school unless she gets her hair under control, school officials have told her. Vanessa VanDyke, an honors student and violinist at the Faith Christian Academy in Orlando, tells WKMG that administrators have given her one week to decide whether to cut and shape her hair or leave the school, which she has attended since the third grade.
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But WKMG reports that the school’s handbook includes a section on hair that says it “must be a natural color and must not be a distraction,” stating examples that include mohawks, shaved designs and rat tails. However, notes Kent, “A distraction to oneRead More »from Change Natural Hairstyle or Get Expelled, School Tells 12-Year-Old Girl
- Beth Greenfield, Shine Staff | Parenting – Tue, Nov 26, 2013 2:47 PM ESTstudy has found that families with a first child who is a daughter, or with more daughters than sons, are 11 percent more likely to be headed by Republicans than those with no daughters.It seems, liberal ladies, that there might finally be an explanation for your Republican parents: you. Yep, a new
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“Parents of daughters, it seems, have an interest in reducing male promiscuity and encouraging greater male investment in their children, consistent with the conservative family policies of the Republican Party,” study coauthor Emily Rauscher, assistant professor of sociology at the University of Kansas, tells Yahoo Shine. “Parents of sons, in contrast, are more accepting of teen sex and more liberal policies. In other words, daughters seem to encourage Republican identification through parents’ interest in their grandchildren.”
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And if that seems like a stretch, consider this: The Read More »from Why Parents of Daughters Are More Likely to Vote Republican
- Beth Greenfield, Shine Staff | Healthy Living – Mon, Nov 25, 2013 4:01 PM EST
What’s your excuse?” landed her in the midst of a Facebook controversy about weight and fitness last month is already back in the spotlight. This time, fitness enthusiast Maria Kang wrote a pot-stirring Facebook post criticizing plus-size women in lingerie that wound up getting her reported for abuse and subsequently blocked from Facebook over the weekend. Facebook has since called the incident an “error” and has apologized to Kang, but says her post will not be restored.A California mother of three whose question, “Read More »from 'What's Your Excuse' Hot Mom in Trouble on Facebook Again
“I felt like I’d been sent to the principal’s office and been expelled,” Kang tells Yahoo Shine regarding how she was unable to access Facebook and her nearly 230,000 followers for almost three days since Friday. That’s when she received the following computer-generated message from the social media site: “Facebook does not permit hate speech, but distinguishes between serious and humorous speech. While we encourage you to challenge ideas, institutions, events, and
school district that has severed ties with a bus driver over how he handled a student with a knife, appears to be (a) — though a leading national school safety expert disagrees.OK, time for a pop quiz: As a schoolteacher or an administrator, you should deal with safety issues by (a) always following proper protocol to the letter, or (b) using common sense based on the particular situation at hand. The answer, according to an Ohio Read More »from Bus Driver Takes Weapon From Kid and Loses Job
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The trouble went down last week, when new substitute school-bus driver Dennis Kaliszewski, 60, was driving kids home from Pleasant Valley Elementary School in Parma. Though Yahoo Shine could not reach him for comment, the driver told Cleveland.com that he was heading to his first stop when “it seemed as though the entire bus of students started to yell that a young boy had a knife in his possession.” He says he then pulled over and told the boy, who was probably between 8 and 10 years old, that the bus
- Beth Greenfield, Shine Staff | Parenting – Thu, Nov 21, 2013 5:19 PM EST
National Retail Federation’s holiday survey of more than 6,200 consumers, released Thursday. But don’t go doing a STEM jig or anything, because otherwise, the report is business as usual when it comes to toys and the stubborn gender divide.Girls want something slightly surprising for Christmas this year: iPads and tablets, which tie with Disney Princesses for the No. 4 spot on wish lists, according to the Read More »from Christmas 2013: What Little Girls and Boys Want is Really Depressing
“Usually, it’s appearance-related kit and caboodle for girls, like Barbie and her entourage, then domestic and nurturing-related, so baby dolls. For boys it’s violence-related, vehicles, an exciting-adventure category and then the whole building-and-science,” Judith Elaine Blakemore, children’s gender development expert and psychology professor at Indiana University tells Yahoo Shine. “So if you look and see only those things, except for the iPad, you’re not seeing anything different.”
Bummer. Because the No.1 toy for girls? Barbie. For boys? LEGO.
“Plus, you can get Disney princess
- Ward Miles Miller is a happy, pudgy 16-month-old Ohio boy who likes chasing the family dog and slurping green smoothies. But when he was born, 15 weeks prematurely, he weighed not quite a pound and a half, and required a host of machines to keep him alive during his 107-day stay in the hospital’s newborn intensive care unit. Parents Benjamin and Lyndsey didn’t know if he would survive. Now a short video of Ward’s first year, created by his photographer dad as a birthday gift for his mom, is serving as a testament to the boy’s fighting spirit and captivating viewers worldwide.
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The 7-minute video, which he uploaded to Vimeo two weeks ago, has been viewed 169,000 times. And it’s growing in popularity during what happens to be Read More »from Dad Films Premature Son's Miraculous First Year
A Tennessee father of two found himself under arrest after attempting a school pickup on foot last week. The school policy is to wait in the car. “It’s ridiculous,” Jim Howe, a professional drag racer, tells Yahoo Shine, adding that he is “absolutely considering” legal action against the school.
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Howe uploaded a YouTube video of his confrontation with South Cumberland Elementary School resource officer Avery Aytes, who's also a sheriff's deputy, Saturday. The clip has since been viewed nearly 119,000 times.
In the video, shot by Howe's girlfriend, the 40-year-old dad is shown calmly debating the lack of safety in the new pickup policy and calling the sheriff to discuss the policy. The policy dictates that parents must wait in their cars in a line that can stretch to a mile long alongside a major highway, according to Howe. He adds that while students can get parental permission to walk along the Read More »from Dad Breaks School Pickup Rule, Gets Arrested