Phyllis Chesler’s journey to self-realization began in an unlikely place, more than 50 years ago, when she lived in a harem.
“I didn’t realize until the last decade that my very American feminism had been forged in the fires of my experience in Afghanistan,” Chesler told Yahoo Shine in a conversation about her newest book, a memoir, “An American Bride in Kabul,” due out on October 1. “In observing gender segregation there, it helped me to see it here, even though it was a pale reflection.”
Her remarkable story is one of a cross-cultural, cross-continental romance and huge life lessons, of a young and “invincible” Jewish girl from New York and a princely Muslim man from the Middle East. It’s about crossing over—from naiveté to eyes open wide—with a single flight across the ocean.
Chesler, now 72 and living in New York, was attending college in NYC when she met and fell in love with Abdul-Kareem, a bohemian film buff
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- Beth Greenfield, Shine Staff | Healthy Living – Fri, Sep 27, 2013 12:19 PM EDT
Phyllis Chesler’s journey to self-realization began in an unlikely place, more than 50 years ago, when she lived in a harem.She is an iconic feminist activist, scholar and best-selling author. But Read More »from My Life In a Harem: New Yorker Recounts Afghanistan Nightmare
- Beth Greenfield, Shine Staff | Parenting – Thu, Sep 26, 2013 1:40 PM EDT
Following accusations from parents that Walmart was sexualizing toddlers by offering a “Naughty Leopard” Halloween costume for little girls, the retail giant stopped selling the item, both in stores and online, on Thursday.
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“We apologize to customers who may have been offended by the name of the costume and we are pulling the costume from our shelves,” a Walmart spokesperson confirmed for Yahoo Shine.
The costume, which consisted of a black tutu with purple trim and a headband with matching ears, was neither sexy nor zoologically accurate. But it didn’t stop people from freaking out after the Consumerist first reported on its existence, based on an angry reader’s tip.
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“What sort of parent buys a costume like this for their little girl? What sort of mind designs it?” was one of the many critical comments flooding Twitter on the topic this week. Others called it Read More »from Walmart Yanks Scandalous Kids' Costume After Uproar
- Beth Greenfield, Shine Staff | Healthy Living – Wed, Sep 25, 2013 5:37 PM EDT
After Angelina Jolie announced that she’d had a mastectomy in an attempt to dodge cancer, calls from women wondering about the procedure rose sharply in the U.K., British breast cancer charities have reported. Read More »from Angelina Jolie's Honesty and Its Amazing Effect on Breast Cancer Inquiries
The story, appearing in the Daily Mail on Wednesday, dubs the surge in queries the “Jolie effect,” noting that the number of calls to Cancer Research U.K.’s helpline have increased four-fold. Visits to the organization’s website made a similar jump following the celebrity’s revelation in May.
The 38-year-old's news that she’d tested positive for the BRCA-1 gene, which radically increases a woman's risk of developing breast or ovarian cancer, was made public via her New York Times Op-Ed piece “My Medical Choice.”
And, unsurprisingly, it’s had a similar influence on this side of the pond.
“The baseline of inquiries remains a little bit higher than it was pre-story,” Rebecca Nagy, cancer counselor and president of the National Society of Genetic Counselors, tells Yahoo Shine. She
- Beth Greenfield, Shine Staff | Healthy Living – Wed, Sep 25, 2013 3:37 PM EDT
attack at the Westgate Shopping Mall in Nairobi have prompted rampant speculation that it could have been a suspect wanted for years by officials: Samantha Lewthwaite, otherwise known as the "White Widow."Reports that a white woman was among the armed terrorists in Kenya’s recent deadly Read More »from Who Is the 'White Widow'? U.K. Mom Could Have Kenyan Connection
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“Nothing is being ruled out,” noted State House spokesman Manoah Esipisu regarding whether the woman could be among the dead hostage takers in the mall’s rubble.
Lewthwaite got her nickname from the British press after her husband, Germaine Maurice Lindsay, was named as one of the four suicide bombers in the deadly London “7/7” attacks on the subway system in 2005. And although she initially condemned his actions, she went missing shortly thereafter, arousing suspicions, and later emerged as a terrorist suspect in her own right.
According to BBC journalist Peter Taylor, who just returned from Kenya, Lewthwaite has become a sort
- Beth Greenfield, Shine Staff | Animal Nation – Mon, Sep 23, 2013 4:00 PM EDT
Who could’ve guessed that Rihanna’s most scandalous selfie so far would be one in which she’s posing with a cute, furry critter? Read More »from Rihanna's Pose with Primate Makes Fur Fly in Phuket
RiRi, a fervent Instagrammer, has posted a slew of eye-raising photos before — of herself barely clothed, hanging in a strip club, and rolling a mysterious joint on her bodyguard’s bald head, for starters.
But this latest shot, of the pop star posing on a beach in Phuket, Thailand, with the endangered slow loris primate on her shoulder, has really stirred up some trouble — not just for the pop star, but for the two men who were using the loris as a photo prop. They were arrested as a result of the shot, which was posted to Rihanna's Twitter account on Friday.
"I had an order from the Phuket Governor to do a raid today after Rihanna posted a photo of her with the loris,” Awat Nithikul, an official with the Khao Phra Taew Forest Preserve, told the Phuket News.
Lorises are among the most endangered primates in the world, because of habitat loss and the fact that
- Beth Greenfield, Shine Staff | Parenting – Mon, Sep 23, 2013 12:19 PM EDT
reports of people gaming a system that allowed disabled park guests to advance to the front of lines. Now it seems the entitled few have ruined it for everyone. Disney Parks has just announced a change in policy: People with disabilities will no longer be ushered to the front of lines.Fans of Walt Disney World were fuming last spring following Read More »from Disney World's Message to the Disabled: Wait in Line
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It “certainly has been problematic, and we wanted to curb some of the abuse of this system,” Disneyland Resort spokeswoman Suzi Brown told the Orange County Register.
Further, a statement by Disney, provided to Yahoo Shine through a spokesperson, noted, "We have an unwavering commitment to making our parks accessible to all guests. Given the increasing volume of requests we receive for special access to our attractions, we are changing our process to create a more consistent experience for all our guests while providing accommodations for guests with disabilities.
Applebee’s asked a family to leave because of its allegedly rowdy children this week, the incident prompted a fast moving chain of events: calls to the police, outcry from the family, explanation from the eatery chain, and an online debate about what constitutes inappropriate restaurant behavior.After a Texas Read More »from Applebee's Calls Police on Family With Noisy Kids
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"I feel disrespected," Lillian Maliti, mother of 3-year-old Ryan and 1-year-old Ethan, told KHOU News in Houston on Wednesday. "This has never happened in my life."
Maliti’s husband Eli Gau told the news station that his young kids are “active,” and that they “act like children." He added, “I feel heartbroken. I feel very sad.”
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According to a spokesperson for the Harris County Sheriff, the station first received a call at 10 p.m. from an Applebee’s employee who reported “arguing” among the family in question. Six minutes later, Gau called
- Beth Greenfield, Shine Staff | Secrets to Your Success – Fri, Sep 20, 2013 11:19 AM EDT
We already know that the only child of Hillary and Bill Clinton grew up with lots of rules: no sugary cereals, very limited TV time, and no pizza eating or cartoon watching during the week.Read More »from Chelsea Clinton’s Childhood: Even Stranger Than We Thought
We also know that she withstood plenty of bizarre situations — having her bushy hair and braces mocked on "Saturday Night Live" during adolescence (the horror!), standing next to Michael Jackson for a rendition of “We Are the World,” and having to read the entire report on the Monica Lewinsky affair when she was a teen, for starters.
And now we’ve got even more interesting tidbits from the notoriously private Chelsea Clinton, 33.
“One of my most formative memories was during the 1986 gubernatorial election in Arkansas, which was a really nasty election,” Clinton recalled during an appearance on “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” Thursday night. There was a big debate coming up for her father, she said, and “The three of us, over many evenings and weekends, would play different roles in advance of
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?
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
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
Read More »from Woman's Bold Experiment to Boost Self-Esteem