swimmer with the University of Texas reached a new level of camaraderie with his teammates this week when he told them through a group email that he’s gay — and to his relief, received nothing but support in return.
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“I've been totally blessed by this whole situation because it's gone so well," Matt Korman tells Outsports. "I've gotten zero negative feedback. There were a couple guys who always throw around the word 'faggot' and try to make every situation as masculine as possible. We have guys from the middle of nowhere conservative Texas. But they've been like, 'We're totally fine, you're still my friend and my teammate and good for you.'"
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Outsports, which covers gay sports news, reported Korman’s story after one of his teammates forwarded, with Korman’s blessing, the coming-out email. In it, the swimmer describes how he’d lately been “soul searching and
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- Beth Greenfield, Shine Staff | Healthy Living – Tue, Nov 12, 2013 3:06 PM EST
swimmer with the University of Texas reached a new level of camaraderie with his teammates this week when he told them through a group email that he’s gay — and to his relief, received nothing but support in return.A Read More »from Gay College Swimmer Comes Out to Teammates in Email
- Beth Greenfield, Shine Staff | Healthy Living – Mon, Nov 11, 2013 2:56 PM EST
Army women that’s located on an Army post, unveiled just in time for Veterans Day.There’s a new G.I. Jane in town, and she’s wearing serious combat gear and armed with a loaded M4 rifle. She’s also made of bronze. She is "Lt. FAWMA," the first statue commissioned to recognize the service of Read More »from Finally! U.S. Army Unveils First Female Soldier Statue
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“She doesn’t just represent the contemporary military women — she represents all of them throughout history,” sculptor Alex Tisch of Kodiak Studios in Brooklyn tells Yahoo Shine. Tisch created the bronze-coated fiberglass combat soldier through a cold-cast process after being commissioned by the Army Women’s Museum Association, located at Fort Lee in Virginia. The association, which raised an undisclosed amount of private contributions to make the project happen, presented the statue on its grounds in a Nov. 7 ceremony.
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“A great amount of
- Beth Greenfield, Shine Staff | Love + Sex – Fri, Nov 8, 2013 4:51 PM EST
Movember, for the uninitiated, has a simple premise: Grow a mustache from scratch, throughout November, raising funds and awareness to combat prostate and testicular cancer. Since its start in Melbourne, Australia, a decade ago—when three men launched the event and inspired 30 others to participate—it’s grown into a global event that’s raised more than $446 million so far. This year, 21 countries will host official Movember events, from New Zealand and the Czech Republic to Canada and our very own US of A. In honor of the effort, Shine has rounded up some facts and photos to help you embrace the hairy situation. See our Movember slideshow here.Read More »from Movember, a Primer: Every Weird, Hairy Fact You Ever Wanted to Know
- Beth Greenfield, Shine Staff | Parenting – Fri, Nov 8, 2013 11:56 AM EST
McDonald's? Yep, a 4-year-old New York City boy, but his dad David Schorr said nope. Now Schorr, embroiled in a child custody case, is suing a court-appointed psychiatrist for defamation for deeming him "wholly incapable of taking care of his son" after he refused to let his kid eat dinner at McDonald’s.Did somebody say Read More »from How Saying No to McDonald's Might Lead to Dad Losing Custody
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"You’d think it was sexual molestation," Schorr, an attorney-turned-consultant, tells the New York Post. "I am just floored by it."
The trouble began last week, the Post explained Thursday, when Schorr was scheduled to take his son to their usual neighborhood restaurant for their weekly Tuesday-night visit. But that night the child dug in his heels about wanting to go to McDonald's instead. Schorr, who felt the boy had been eating too much junk food lately, refused, saying he could eat anywhere else but the fast-food joint — or have no dinner at all.
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- Beth Greenfield, Shine Staff | Fashion – Thu, Nov 7, 2013 5:17 PM EST
Malls Across America,” is nostalgia that's not to be missed. For folks too young to remember the glory days of malls, the 144-page collection, released in October from Steidl, is a big-haired, educational time capsule. Galinsky, now a 44-year-old Brooklyn filmmaker, was just 20 when he drove cross country with his friend and a Nikon FG-20 to shoot the oddly fascinating mall culture for his color-film project as a student at New York University. “I saw malls as art,” he tells Yahoo Shine. And now, it seems, the world will, too. See the Shine slide show here.For anyone who can still recall the scent of Orange Julius hot dogs and the surreal sight of indoor trees through a haze of cigarette smoke, Michael Galinsky’s 1980s photo book, “Read More »from Big Hair, Smoking and Record Stores: A Photo Journey of Malls in the ’80s
- Beth Greenfield, Shine Staff | Fashion – Thu, Nov 7, 2013 11:27 AM ESTrequests for women to bend over in said pants before an in-store return was permitted. Finally, there was an admission by the athletic wear company that plus-size apparel was not part of its formula. Well, now company founder Chip Wilson has landed himself in boiling hot water by wading into full-on fat-shaming territory.It seems Lululemon didn't have its fill of bad press earlier this year. First was its see-through pants scandal. Then came subsequent
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Asked Tuesday on Bloomberg TV's “Street Smart” show about recent complaints that Lululemon’s yoga pants are prone to pilling, Wilson said, “Frankly some women’s bodies just actually don't work for it.”
Just in case anyone thought they heard it wrong, he elaborated. “They don't work for some women's bodies,” he continued. “It's really about the rubbing through the thighs, how much pressure is there over a period of time, how much they use it."
That’s whenRead More »from Lululemon Founder Blames Yoga Pant Problems on Customers' Thighs
- Beth Greenfield, Shine Staff | Fashion – Wed, Nov 6, 2013 5:39 PM EST
is having her moment. Ever since twirling onto the pop-culture stage as a scantily clad contestant on “RuPaul’s Drag Race” in 2011, the New Jersey native, born a boy named Christopher, has been enjoying a fast ascension as a model. Carmen CarreraRead More »from Meet the Beauty Who Could Become Victoria's Secret's First Transgender Model
After publicly transitioning to female after her stint on the reality show, Carrera has signed with Elite Model Management, walked the runway for designer Marco Marco during last month’s LA Fashion Week, and been featured twice in W magazine, most recently in a 13-page spread shot by Steven Meisel for the September issue.
Now she’s the subject of a Change.org petition created by fans to request that Victoria’s Secret sign Carerra as the brand’s first transgender model. The effort has already garnered more than 20,000 signatures — and a slew of supportive comments — since its creation by Marco Regalado of California on Monday.
“I'm amazed!” Carrera wrote on Facebook on Tuesday in response to the fast-growing support. “And just to make it clear,
- Beth Greenfield, Shine Staff | Healthy Living – Wed, Nov 6, 2013 3:22 PM ESTratings can clue you in about a film’s sex-violence-profanity level before you settle in with your popcorn. But what about the sexist factor? That’s remained a mystery — until now, perhaps, thanks to some Swedish cinemas that have begun implementing a feminist rating system called the Bechdel test.It’s always nice when
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The litmus test has actually been around for a while—since 1985, when American cartoonist Alison Bechdel (author of “Fun Home”) created it for her long-running “Dykes to Watch Out For” comic strip. It eventually became common film parlance, at least among movie buffs and reviewers. To receive Bechdel's new “A” rating (for "Approved"), a film has to meet three seemingly simple requirements: It must contain at least two female characters, those two characters must converse, and they must talk about something other than a man. Sounds simple, right?
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- Beth Greenfield, Shine Staff | Parenting – Tue, Nov 5, 2013 3:17 PM EST
Read More »from Parents Forgive Driver Two Weeks After She Killed Their Daughters
How do families move on from unspeakably tragic losses? For some, including the Oregon parents of two young girls killed in an October hit-and-run, the answer may be surprising: forgiveness.
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“I can't change what happened to my girls. I've said many times I just want to wake up, reverse the clocks, but I can't change it,” Susan Dieter-Robinson, the mother of Anna Dieter-Eckerdt, 6, and stepmom of Abigail Robinson, 11, tells KGW in an interview Monday. But she and husband Tom Robinson say, amazingly, that they’ve already forgiven the 18-year-old who accidentally ran over their girls as they played in a pile of curbside leaves on Oct. 20.
“It's one of those freaky things that happen, the timing of it all, totally freak accident and they understand and realize that,” the couple’s friend, Pastor Eric Schmitt of the Sonrise Church in Forest Grove, tells KGW. He admits that their big-hearted reaction is rare,
hovering and … happier than you? That may very well be true, according to a new study, which found that “child-centric” parents—those who put their child’s well-being above their own—experience higher levels of happiness and fulfillment.Overprotective, Read More »from Why Helicopter Moms Might Get the Last Laugh
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“Greater child-centrism was associated with the experience of greater positive affect, less negative affect, and greater meaning in life,” writes University of Amsterdam psychologist Claire-Ashton James, lead author of the study published in the November issue of the journal Social Psychological & Personality Science. In contrast with recent arguments about the pitfalls of overinvestment in children, James says that her research supports recent findings that show "personal well-being is associated with investing in others rather than oneself.”
Kostadin Kushlev, one of the study co-authors, tells Yahoo Shine in an email that the study looked at how much time parents