Person of the Year.
The highly eclectic lineup was announced Monday morning by managing editor Nancy Gibbs, providing both hope and fodder to folks on social media. “The fact that Miley is being considered for Time's Person of the Year makes me want to give up my status as a person,” noted one clearly annoyed Twitter user. But, wrote another: “Guess who made it? The always fabulous Edie Windsor! Fingers crossed she makes this cover.”
Below, please find a bit about each finalist, complete with each individual’s projected chances at winning (mathematical realities aside, natch):
Bashar al-Assad, President of Syria
A claim to fame: being accused by the U.S. of being the mastermind of a horrific chemical attack on his own people during a bloody civil war (just for
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- Beth Greenfield, Shine Staff | Healthy Living – Mon, Dec 9, 2013 5:53 PM EST
Person of the Year.Miley Cyrus, Edward Snowden, and the Pope walk into a bar … Funny already, right? Except that it’s actually not a joke that the trio, along with seven other hugely disparate candidates, have landed on Time magazine’s shortlist for Read More »from What the Pope, Edward Snowden, and Miley Cyrus Have in Common
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For women who choose to nurse their infants, sleepless nights might be just the beginning of resulting hardships, thanks to folks who think that breastfeeding belongs hidden behind closed doors. That’s the hard lesson new mom Danielle Gendron learned when a judicial marshal ushered her out of a Connecticut courtroom while she was discreetly nursing her 3-month-old son.Read More »from Court Apologizes After Tossing Out Breastfeeding Mom
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“That's never happened to me, so I wasn't sure she was speaking to me at first, so I kind of looked around, and she was like, ‘Get out,’” Gendron, 25, tells WTNH about the female marshal. Gendron was removed from family court on Wednesday as she waited to testify in a case. “It almost makes you feel ashamed, which is terrible, because you shouldn't feel that way,” she said.
But Connecticut is one of 45 states with a provision allowing women to breastfeed in public. After WTNH ran its story, the court backtracked, and apologized to Gendron's sister,
- Beth Greenfield, Shine Staff | Holiday Gift Guide – Fri, Dec 6, 2013 5:05 PM EST
princess nor a video-game warrior, but a doctor, thanks to Disney Junior’s runaway cartoon hit Doc McStuffins.Brace yourselves for a nice surprise, parents: One of the most in-demand toys of the holiday season is neither a Read More »from Doc McStuffins Is Breakout Holiday Toy for Boys and Girls of All Races
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“Doc is huge,” Jackie Breyer, editor in chief of the trade publication the Toy Insider tells Yahoo Shine about the doll based on the character, as well as other related merchandise. “The Checkup Center is almost impossible to find at this point. But it’s all hot. Anything Doc is huge this year.”
Anyone with a little kid won’t be too surprised, as the relatively new show, about a 6-year-old aspiring doctor who admires her doctor mother and treats her toys with help from her dragon and snowman friends, is hugely popular with the 2- to-7-year-old set. It draws an average of 1.3 million viewers weekly, according to the latest Nielsen ratings, and has a viewership of both boys and girls.
- Beth Greenfield, Shine Staff | Parenting – Fri, Dec 6, 2013 2:48 PM EST
misdemeanors, as police say they knew their friend Jane Modlesky, also 17, was too drunk to drive when she got behind the wheel of an SUV in July before crashing into a tree and dying.Could you be held accountable for allowing someone else to drive drunk? Two 17-year-old boys arrested in Glastonbury, CT on Thursday are finding out the hard way that you can. They were charged with Read More »from Teens Arrested for Letting Friend Drive Drunk in Fatal Crash
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“They very well knew that she was intoxicated and should not have been driving,” Agent James Kennedy of the Glastonbury Police Department tells NBC Connecticut. (Kennedy did not return calls requesting comment from Yahoo Shine.)
The young men, one of whom was driving and the other of whom was a passenger before getting out of the car and watching Modlesky drive off into the early morning, were charged separately. One was charged with reckless endangerment in the second degree, violation of passenger restrictions and operating a motor
- Beth Greenfield, Shine Staff | Healthy Living – Thu, Dec 5, 2013 4:08 PM EST
Chobani yogurt this week when Jay Z and Beyoncé announced, through Jay Z’s website, that they would go vegan for 22 days, aiming for a “spiritual and physical cleanse.” The declaration was brief, redirecting readers to the site of friend and vegan meal-bar maker Marco Borges for details about “the benefits of a plant based diet,” and implying that the decision is about health and fitness over animal rights. But does simply sticking to vegan foods automatically equal healthfulness and weight loss?The world collectively dropped its Read More »from Do Jay Z and Beyoncé Know Going Vegan is a Lifestyle, Not a Fad?
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As an ethical vegan for the better part of the last decade (as well as someone with a lifelong sweet tooth), I, for one, am fairly certain it doesn’t. Vegans, after all, can choose to subsist on Oreos and Ritz crackers topped with Jif peanut butter. And while those choices might help the health of the planet, the staggering amount of salt, sugar and hydrogenated oils won’t do much for our
- Beth Greenfield, Shine Staff | Healthy Living – Wed, Dec 4, 2013 1:17 PM EST
shoes? Yeah, well, the folks behind a new marketing campaign for Washington, D.C.’s Metro system totally agree, and have predicated one of their poster designs on the idea just to prove it.Doesn't it seem that women can’t ever stop blabbing annoyingly about Read More »from Metro D.C. Transit Takes Sexist Turn With Ridiculous Ad
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The ad features a photo of two women conversing. One notes, “A Metrobus travels about 8,260 miles between breakdowns. Didn’t know that, did you?” The other’s response is, “Can’t we just talk about shoes?”
Student journalist Lucy Westcott, of the University of Maryland’s Capital News Service, first spotted the poster on Tuesday, in the Metro Center station. She tweeted a photo of it, noting, “Nice bit of early morning sexism on the DC Metro. Oh my god, shoes.” The dcist blog picked up news of the ad, calling it a “horrifying but not at all shocking bit of casual sexism.”
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- Beth Greenfield, Shine Staff | Healthy Living – Tue, Dec 3, 2013 5:52 PM EST
GivingTuesday. The second annual event was kicked off last year by New York’s 92nd Street Y and the United Nations Foundation as a national day of charitable giving to counteract all the getting of the holidays.The best salve for the psychic damage of Black Friday and Cyber Monday (besides holing up with a jar of Nutella and a spoon, of course) is Read More »from GivingTuesday: 4 Great Ways to Support Women and Girls
The movement has taken off in a big way this year, with a frenzy of #GivingTuesday tweets, Google+ Hangout-a-thon speakers, crowd-sourcing campaigns, and nonprofit blogs asking for much-needed donations. So how to cut through the onslaught of appeals? Skim through and give where your heart is, basically. You can go big — Save the Children, Human Rights Watch, American Cancer Society— or small, though the little guys can be harder to pick out. So allow us to note a few lesser-known, women-focused charities that caught our eye to check out on GivingTuesday and beyond:
This San Francisco-based organization equips women and girls with
- 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
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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.”
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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