breastfeed in public, a group of about 20 women staged a "nurse-in" Wednesday at a Chick-fil-A in Knoxville, Tennessee. That’s where, earlier in the week, an employee had asked a mother nursing her 5-month-old daughter to stop.
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"Just as I was finishing up, an employee came up and told me other parents were afraid of letting their children play while I was feeding her, especially without a cover," mom Jennifer Day told ABC News 6 in Knoxville. So she rallied other lactating pals, who decided the protest would be an effective way of letting folks know that the state law — which allows women to breastfeed anywhere, public or private, where they are "otherwise authorized to be present" — is on the mom’s side.
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- Beth Greenfield, Shine Staff | Parenting – Fri, Aug 9, 2013 1:12 PM EDT
breastfeed in public, a group of about 20 women staged a "nurse-in" Wednesday at a Chick-fil-A in Knoxville, Tennessee. That’s where, earlier in the week, an employee had asked a mother nursing her 5-month-old daughter to stop.Aiming to educate diners about a woman’s right to Read More »from Chick-fil-A at the Center of Public Breastfeeding Controversy
- Beth Greenfield, Shine Staff | Work + Money – Thu, Aug 8, 2013 4:12 PM EDTmommy-judging buzz has again reached a fever pitch this week thanks to “The Opt-Out Generation Wants Back In,” the New York Times Magazine’s lengthy, well-reported story about women who left their professions to be round-the-clock moms a decade ago—but now, for a variety of reasons, want back in.The obsessive
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It’s a follow-up of the mag’s now classic (and highly criticized) “Opt-Out Revolution,” from 2003. In that piece, Lisa Belkin upheld well-off women who exchanged high-powered careers for full-time child rearing as some sort of new feminists.
This time around, writer Judith Warner revisits those moms (though not all of the same ones from Belkin’s piece), finding that, lo and behold, the decade has greatly altered their narrative. She spent time with women who now, after choosing stay-at-home-mom lives, are jumping (or attempting to jump) back into the workforce—be it for shaky finances, loss of self-worth or an Read More »from Opt Out or In? New York Times Magazine Sparks Working-Mom Debate. Again.
- Beth Greenfield, Shine Staff | Love + Sex – Wed, Aug 7, 2013 5:06 PM EDT
Remember middle school, when the school nurse scared the bejesus out of you by talking about how you’d most likely get pregnant, ending life as you knew it, if you didn’t just use a stupid condom? Congratulations if you do, because 31 percent of young women have apparently forgotten all about it.Read More »from ‘Withdrawal Method’ is Legit Birth Control for 1 in 3 Women. Seriously?
That’s the percentage of women between the ages of 15 and 24 who have used “withdrawal” as a method of birth control at least once, according to a study coming out of the Duke University University Medical Center. The study, slated for publication in the September issue of Obstetrics & Gynecology, analyzed 2006-2008 data from a national survey of 2,220 U.S. women.
Of those who used the “pull-out” method, about 21 percent became pregnant unintentionally, compared with only 13 percent of women who used other types of contraceptives.
How, in 2013, is this possible? Researchers blame it partially on doctors, who may not bother to even mention its ineffectiveness. “My overall take is that doctors
- Beth Greenfield, Shine Staff | Parenting – Wed, Aug 7, 2013 3:02 PM EDT
Hunger Games” day camp for tweens and teens in Largo, Florida is being lambasted for what critics say is a disturbing, too-violent theme, as it’s based on the best-selling trilogy about a dystopian competition to kill in order to survive.A “Read More »from 'Hunger Games' Summer Camp for Kids Raises Concerns, Obviously
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But the camp, run by the private Country Day School, is crying foul, particularly about a story in the Tampa Bay Times, which first described the camp last week.
The article captured campers getting all-too-eagerly into the theme, casually telling each other, “I will probably kill you first” and “I might stab you” before a "Hunger Games" final tournament, for which kids created posters with phrases like "Losing means certain death.” It ended with a crying 11-year-old boy claiming that he’d been maliciously stepped on.
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By Tuesday, the clearly flummoxed camp had posted a defense on its website. “As a school, we
- Beth Greenfield, Shine Staff | Parenting – Tue, Aug 6, 2013 3:46 PM EDT
Two Pennsylvania children have been banned from talking about shale gas drilling, or fracking, for what appears to be the rest of their lives by the terms of a legal settlement reached between their parents, Chris and Stephanie Hallowich, and three oil and gas companies who lead drilling operations at the state’s Marcellus Shale.Read More »from Children Given Gag Order In Pennsylvania Fracking Suit Settlement
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Though the Hallowiches consented to the terms of the $750,000 settlement in 2011, the details, including the familywide gag order, were made public just last week after a request by the Pittsburgh Post Gazette to unseal telling court documents.
Nondisclosure agreements, or gag orders, are routine in many types of settlements—including those between citizens and oil and gas companies involved in controversial fracking, or hydraulic fracturing, which releases natural gas for energy. Often, the orders ensure that the public doesn’t know how much money was paid in a
- Beth Greenfield, Shine Staff | Healthy Living – Mon, Aug 5, 2013 5:01 PM EDT
You can now add LinkedIn to the list of social networking sites facing accusations of sexism. On Monday, the career site was criticized for a decision it had made to remove ads with photos of women it had apparently thought were too sexy to be actual web engineers.Read More »from LinkedIn Photos Deemed Too Good to Be Real. Sexism or Honest Mistake?
The ads, placed by developer network Toptal, have since been reinstated by LinkedIn, which has called the whole dust-up the result of an “error.” But the situation has left some prominent members of the web-development industry with concerns.
“Today was a disappointing day at Toptal,” began a weekend blog by company CEO Taso Du Val. “We saw extreme sexism within the tech community, from an industry leader and advertising partner that we work with quite extensively: LinkedIn.” In the post, he goes on to recount the sequence of events relating to the company’s ads on LinkedIn, which began a month ago, when the ads were mysteriously disabled and a customer service representative told him that “we had to reject the ads on the
- Beth Greenfield, Shine Staff | Fashion – Mon, Aug 5, 2013 3:58 PM EDT
reportedly being snubbed by H&M, as the retail chain appears to have reached a decision regarding a recent paparazzi shot showing Delevingne in possession of what appears to be drugs.Top model Cara Delevingne is Read More »from Cara Delevingne, H&M and Modeling Industry's Sordid Drug Past
The scandalous photo, which shows the model accidentally dropping a tiny white plastic bag of white powder, appeared in UK tabloid The Sun in May.
At that time, Delevingne had already starred in an H&M campaign and in its first runway show, and a spokesperson for the company told the paper, “We have a zero tolerance policy towards drugs, and this also forms part of our advertising policy. Our team will evaluate the evidence over the next few days. If the story is true, then we will take action.”
On Sunday, an H&M spokesperson made it sound like the retailer had at least made a decision to steer clear of the rising star. "She is not a model with us and I think there was a misunderstanding that she was the face of H&M. We just used her for the show,” she told the Sun on Sunday,
- Beth Greenfield, Shine Staff | Parenting – Fri, Aug 2, 2013 5:27 PM EDTTime magazine. It includes stories like “Do Children Bring Happiness—Or Misery?” and “I Just Don’t Want a Child,” noting that the American birth rate is lower than it’s ever been in recorded history.What does “having it all” mean? Not having kids, according to the latest sure-to-be-controversial issue of
The magazine’s cover sports a photo of a blissed-out couple sprawled on a white-sand beach, no tots in sight, under the words “The Childfree Life,” which is sure to touch some nerves.
At least that’s what it did right in the Yahoo! Shine office, where just the image alone brought out some strong and varied reactions—including between writer Sarah B. Weir and myself. So we decided to have an on-the-record conversation about it (in instant messenger, natch) for all to read and join.
Sarah B. Weir, Shine Senior Writer: Alright, they look like lazy yuppies to me.
Beth Greenfield, Shine Writer: Ha ha! They look like happy free spirits to me. I'm a bit envious.
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- Beth Greenfield, Shine Staff | Healthy Living – Fri, Aug 2, 2013 3:52 PM EDT
cheerleader whose inspiring story went viral this week has been arrested on assault charges in Scottsdale, Arizona.Megan Welter, the Iraq war vet turned pro-football Read More »from Celebrated War Veteran and NFL Cheerleader, Megan Welter, Arrested Amid Internet Fame
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Now Welter, who was lauded for her service as a platoon leader and for acing her auditions for the Arizona Cardinals cheerleading squad when she returned home, is at the center of a sordid domestic dispute. And Welter’s mugshot, in which she looks disheveled and drained, has quickly replaced the glammed-up action shot of her cheering in red hot pants and cropped top.
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Here’s what's been reported so far: Welter placed a 911 call to the Scottsdale police at 3am on July 20, explaining that she’d been in a physical altercation with her boyfriend, Ryan, and that they’d both been drinking to celebrate her birthday. “My boyfriend became abusive…He smashed my head
- Beth Greenfield, Shine Staff | Healthy Living – Fri, Aug 2, 2013 2:09 PM EDT
homeless Utah man has used his insight to create and build “survival pods,” or mini-shelters, to be doled out to people who currently have nowhere to live.A formerly Read More »from Formerly Homeless Man Invents Portable Shelters to Help Others
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“I believe a person needs the dignity of something they can call their own, even if it’s only this,” Gary Pickering, a retired auto-body-shop owner in Pleasant Grove, told TV news station KSL Tuesday.
Pickering, 73, was technically homeless for three years following a divorce in the late 1980s, when he lived in his shop.
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“I lost my home after I signed everything over to my wife and seven children,” he told Yahoo! Shine. “But I had a roof over my head.” Because his shop was in an industrial area, he got to know many of the homeless men who lived in broken-down cars or in other corners of the area, eventually housing four in his van during a particularly harsh