Pope Francis, elected in March, seems like he might be up for the challenge. He’s already made some heartening waves over the last six months, and this week, in his most in-depth interview since taking the helm, he's crept closer to open-mindedness.
Though a lot remains to be seen, of course, here are some of the reasons this guy’s totally growing on us:
He acknowledges women. OK, he needs work here, but he's made some baby steps. In the new interview, published in the Jesuit America magazine, he took a swipe at the idea of “female machismo,” saying, “A woman has a different makeup than a man.” But he also admitted that the Catholic Church needs to “investigate further the role of women in the church,” adding, “The feminine genius is needed wherever we make important decisions. The challenge today is this: to think about the specific place of women also in those places where the authority of
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Pope Francis, elected in March, seems like he might be up for the challenge. He’s already made some heartening waves over the last six months, and this week, in his most in-depth interview since taking the helm, he's crept closer to open-mindedness.Using the words “pope” and “cool” in the same sentence definitely feels like an oxymoron. But Read More »from Pope Francis: Is He Actually Cool?
In her brave "Be Beautiful" project, California artist and writer Denise Jolly, 34, essentially "dated" her body for 30 days. She bared it in public places and in private, photographing herself, barely clothed, in ways that made her feel vulnerable, scared and, eventually, beautiful. And that's saying a lot in this culture for a woman who weighs 311 pounds. Though she's been vulnerable in front of a crowds before, exposing her emotions through poetry slams and other artistic endeavors, this project, she explained, was different. "This was about me trying to figure out my relationship with my body in a relatively safe public forum," Jolly told Yahoo Shine. "And I'm grateful, as a woman, that there are enough supportive people who can come together and rally around the effort."--Beth Greenfield, Shine Staff
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- Beth Greenfield, Shine Staff | Healthy Living – Wed, Sep 18, 2013 2:35 PM EDT
about people is never kind. But when it’s about a friend? Really, really not cool. GossipingRead More »from Eve Confirms that Gwen Stefani Is Pregnant: When Friends Spill Secrets
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Still, we all know it happens anyway — even to publicist-controlled celebrities, as was the case this week for Gwen Stefani. During a recently recorded interview with Live Nation, her friend and artistic collaborator Eve spilled the beans on Stefani’s pregnancy, which had been reported but not yet confirmed by the mama-to-be.
“She’s preggers! She’s preggers,” Eve said after being asked if Stefani would be a surprise guest during her then-upcoming performance in New York City. She added, “I think she’s chilling.”
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After the admission, as reported by TooFab and Us Weekly, tweets called the rapper out on her faux pas, calling it an “interview slip-up,” in which she “outed” her pal and “accidentally spilled the beans.” Representatives for both
- Beth Greenfield, Shine Staff | Parenting – Wed, Sep 18, 2013 1:41 PM EDT
Wedding” reality-show host David Tutera announced last week that he and estranged partner Ryan Jurica would split up their infant twins as part of a custody arrangement, tweeters and bloggers responded by calling them “crazy,” “selfish,” “wrong” and deserving of feeling “ashamed.”When “My Fair Read More »from Splitting Up the Twins? What Unusual Custody Agreements Mean for Children
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But this real-life version of “The Parent Trap” is just one example of today’s more unusual custody agreements — from splitting up siblings to kids spending entire years divided between their parents. To wit: When Russell Simmons and Kimora Lee Simmons divorced several years ago, their agreement was that Dad would see their two kids for a full week every eighth week, but only while accompanied by a nanny or security. Sharon Stone and ex-husband Phil Bronstein tried annual back-and-forth custody with their son years ago. And, while the splitting up of twins is one of the most unusual formulas, it has happened
- Beth Greenfield, Shine Staff | Parenting – Tue, Sep 17, 2013 2:39 PM EDT
privileged white South African family is under public scrutiny after slumming it in a poor black squatter camp for a month in an attempt to see how the other half lives, the New York Times reported Monday.A
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“Give a child love and attention and they will be happy anywhere,” wrote Ena Hewitt on her family's blog, Mamelodi for a Month, about the social experiment that was meant to expand the family’s horizons and understand more about poverty. “There have however been some difficult moments.”
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In August, Ena and her husband, Julian — with daughters Julia, 4, and Jessica, 2, in tow with no toys — put themselves on a strict budget and left their gated estate for a tin shack with no electricity or running water, next door to where their housekeeper lives. And while it seems from the family's blog that they learned many lessons on the subject of slum lifeRead More »from South African Family Trades Suburbs for Slums, Stirring Controversy
- Beth Greenfield, Shine Staff | Healthy Living – Fri, Sep 13, 2013 3:18 PM EDT
beauty pageants that just isn’t pretty.This shouldn’t come as a shocker, but there’s a side to Read More »from Miss America 'Fat'? The Ugly Side of Beauty Pageants
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The latest evidence of that came on Friday, just two days before the Miss America finals in Atlantic City, N.J., courtesy of a New York Post Page Six gossip item. It alleged that, in July, a fellow pageant contestant recorded Miss New York, Nina Davuluri, saying Miss America Mallory Hagan was “fat as f***.”
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The story notes pageant organizers have said the claim has “no validity” and that Davuluri has both apologized and passed the buck through a Facebook message (“I want to apologize for the awful statements made by people in my room . . . I’m sorry if someone said something that was inappropriate”). But the situation, whether true or not, is a sad reminder of the havoc that pageants can wreak—or at least support.
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- Beth Greenfield, Shine Staff | Fashion – Thu, Sep 12, 2013 3:57 PM EDT
Marc by Marc Jacobs T-shirt has gotten the boot by its designer after a blog pointed out its eerie resemblance to a neo-Nazi band’s album art.A $68 Read More »from Marc Jacobs T-Shirt Pulled for Resembling Neo-Nazi Band Art
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“Boots & Braces,” the 1987 12-inch from Skrewdriver, one of the first white-power rock groups, featured an illustration of combat boots—soles up—on its cover. At least one other group, the hardcore-punk (but not neo-Nazi) Agnostic Front, has also used a similar image.
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But according to Marc by Marc Jacobs, the T-shirt’s design was just an unfortunate coincidence.
“It has been brought to our attention that the imagery on a T-shirt of ours is similar to that used by a band,” a spokesperson told New York Magazine's The Cut. “We were not trying to make a connection to that band or make a statement of any kind. We have removed the stock of the shirt from our own stores and offer our
- Beth Greenfield, Shine Staff | Parenting – Thu, Sep 12, 2013 1:12 PM EDT
A Utah dad got so fed up with his teen daughter’s too-short shorts that he taught her a fashion lesson she'll never forget. Scott Mackintosh publicly modeled his own version of his daughter's Daisy Dukes and, in the process, became an Internet hero.
“I simply did this in hopes that my daughter would know of my great love for her and that she knows of her great worth,” Scott Mackintosh told the Deseret News about the photo of himself in cutoffs, which has since become a Tumblr sensation. “Now that it has gone viral, I hope that young women everywhere understand their great worth. I will look like an idiot any day if that point gets across."
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The story behind the trail of Mackintosh's short-shorts photo is as old as the Internet, beginning when his daughter posted it on Tumblr; and as of Thursday it has received over 130,000 notes from fans of the image.
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sneak peek of what’s to come: a new line of “daddy-approved” gowns. And yes, the segment was totally creepy.Prom-gown season is many months away. But lucky for us (not), Fox and Friends provided a Read More »from 'Daddy-Approved' Prom Dresses on Fox. Gross.
The dresses, created by “Duck Dynasty” star Sadie Robertson and longtime gown designer Sherri Hill, just debuted at New York Fashion Week. And they were cute enough. But the concept behind the dresses, not so much: They were meant to be chaste — decent enough, even, for Robertson’s father, Willie (making them, ahem, “Willie approved”). And not surprisingly, the smirking bros of the show, Brian Kilmeade and Steve Doocy, couldn’t resist taking more of a “Who’s your Daddy?” tack to the whole presentation.
“Brian, is that daddy-approved?” Doocy asked when a young model appeared in a red tulle cocktail dress.
“As long as you can zip it back on!” he mused, prompting confused laughter. “Heh heh, I’m only kidding, that looks fantastic!”
Another cocktail dress prompted this from Kilmeade: “You know, to
- Beth Greenfield, Shine Staff | Secrets to Your Success – Wed, Sep 11, 2013 2:35 PM EDT
Gucci and Prada. Still, she felt hollow and like a failure, and was desperate to find more meaning in life.California entrepreneur Mindy Budgor was just 27 when she sold off a successful business she had created, netting enough to drive a BMW and shop at Read More »from How Did This California Girl Become a Real Warrior Princess?
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Budgor found it in the unlikeliest of places: the Kenyan wilderness, where she slept on the ground with members of the Maasai tribe, shedding enough of her formerly privileged existence to become the tribe’s first female warrior.
“If you’d told me a year earlier that I’d be deep in the bush, hair knotted from days in the forest, running in the direction of a 1,300-pound [buffalo] that could make short work of me, I’d have told you to get your head examined,” she told Glamour in an October-issue story about her new memoir, “Warrior Princess.” “Yet there I was. And I’d never been more sure I was in the right place.”
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