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.
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
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- 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?
- 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
- Beth Greenfield, Shine Staff | Parenting – Thu, Aug 1, 2013 2:06 PM EDT
long-haired kids have been going gaga for an odd-looking plastic product that sells for about $15. Why? Because the Tangle Teezer, dubbed “magic” by its ever-growing fan base, combs knots out of hair in a way that’s miraculously pain-free.Parents with squirmy, Read More »from Tangle Teezer: The Hairbrush With a Cult Following
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Even the New York Times Style section has noticed, calling the product “a truce in hand-to-hair combat” in its story on the Teezer’s rise to stardom on Wednesday.
“You may have also spotted the Teezer, which comes in bold colors like glittery purple and hot pink, around swimming pools, where parents use it to take out children’s knots (one brush is called the Magic Flowerpot),” the story noted. “Or perhaps you’ve heard from celebrities like Emma Watson, Victoria Beckham, Cara Delevingne and Georgia May Jagger, who have all talked or tweeted about their Teezers…”
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- Beth Greenfield, Shine Staff | Healthy Living – Wed, Jul 31, 2013 4:58 PM EDT
A Russian lawmaker has proposed legislation that would give women two days monthly leave for their period, which causes “psychological and physiological discomfort.” So far, it’s been an unpopular suggestion—mainly with the country’s women’s rights activists, who find it sexist. Read More »from Russian Lawmaker Proposes Days Off for Menstruation. Is it Such a Bad Idea?
“This argument is obviously improper, unreasonable and nothing close to being serious,” Anna Sobko, a lawyer at Russia’s oldest human rights group, Memorial, told Reuters.
Marina Pisklakova-Parker, head of women’s group Anna Center, called the proposal absurd. “If we are seriously debating women’s efficiency at work during menstruation,” she said, “we should also consider how fit for work men are after a drinking bout.”
Of course, supporting new legislation in Russia is not something that anyone who is remotely empathic wants to be caught doing these days; gay people, street protestors, journalists, Internet users, atheists, and pretty much anyone who cares to express herself in public are all targets of
- Beth Greenfield, Shine Staff | Parenting – Wed, Jul 31, 2013 12:00 PM EDT
Pakistan, prompting both condemnation and praise of the show and the organization behind the scheme.Orphaned infants are being given away as prizes on a TV game show in Read More »from Pakistani Game Show's Baby Giveaway Sparks Controversy
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“Children are not things,” wrote one horrified observer on the Facebook page of Chhipa Welfare Association, the Karachi-based nongovernmental organization that has teamed up with the popular game show “Aman Ramazan” to dole out orphaned or abandoned babies. “In Europe the parents are checked at least one year till a child is given to them. What the hell is wrong with you people?”
Others wrote, “A good thing done in reckless manner is not good, human beings are not trophies, it is unethical from social point of view," and "Shame on you to make it a game show event, what will these children feel when they will grow up? Children are not game show trophies Sir, you are reckless."
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As a teenager, Prince George Alexander Louis will have a mop of brown hair, his dad's mouth and his mom's eyes and nose--at least according to a computer image by portrait artist D'Lynn Waldron, who has envisioned how the week-old royal baby might look in about 15 years. Waldron created the prince's rosy-cheeked visage through her process of "age-progressed" portraiture, which is, according to her website, "forensically based on all available source materials, including genetics, lifestyle, medical history, personality, environment, and how gravity will effect [sic] that person's face." She's given the treatment to others including Paris Hilton, Hillary Clinton and Princess Diana, but we must admit that looking at the prince's boy-band-cute pic got us in the mood for some royal-teen nostalgia.--Beth Greenfield, Shine Staff
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- Beth Greenfield, Shine Staff | Secrets to Your Success – Mon, Jul 29, 2013 4:28 PM EDT
reunited with her daughter and three sisters in Maine on Sunday, bringing with her joy, tears, and answers to many long-unanswered questions.A woman believed to be dead for more than 30 years Read More »from Maine Woman Thought Dead Reunites With Family After 32 Years
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“I fell over backwards,” Donna Keniston, a daughter of the formerly missing Betty Lukich, told Yahoo! Shine about first hearing the happy news. “My aunt called me and said, ‘Your mom is alive.’ I was blown away.”
Lukich, 69, first went missing in 1981, shortly after she had moved from Bangor, Maine, to South Bend, Indiana, leaving behind three sisters, an ex-husband, and their four children. She did not contact anyone in her family and no one could get in touch with her—and then a fifth sibling, a brother, called his sisters in Maine one day to report some bizarre and gruesome news.
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“He got drunk one day and called and said he’d buried her in the pot field behind his house,” Lukich’s