Memo to Miley Cyrus, Katy Perry and the music industry at large: That planned fake-lesbian pop-star kiss thing? Totally over. Like, OVER. At least it needs to be. Because not only is it really not shocking anymore, it’s just a cheap and tired ol’ publicity stunt — one that empowers no one, while exploiting many.
It wasn’t always this way, of course.
More than a decade before Cyrus and Perry locked lips at the edge of the stage during Cyrus’s concert Saturday, Madonna, as everyone on Earth knows, famously made out with Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera during the 2003 Video Music Awards. And that make-out session? It was fierce and radical and totally hot — and it actually meant something. As Ann Powers so perfectly summed up for NPR: “The trio couldn't have devised a more blatant metaphor for the transmission of an inheritance: here was the madam of pop's brothel going in lips first, to show
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Memo to Miley Cyrus, Katy Perry and the music industry at large: That planned fake-lesbian pop-star kiss thing? Totally over. Like, OVER. At least it needs to be. Because not only is it really not shocking anymore, it’s just a cheap and tired ol’ publicity stunt — one that empowers no one, while exploiting many.Read More »from Death to the Faux-Lesbian Pop-Star Kiss
- Beth Greenfield, Shine Staff | Beauty – Mon, Feb 24, 2014 3:17 PM EST
a new survey finds. Men, by comparison, spend 4.5 hours a week working on their appearance, while teenage girls, the worst offenders, use up 7.7 hours a week on the task. And much of that time, note experts, is spent battling the negative voices in our heads.Here’s a wakeup call for you: Women spend an average of 55 minutes getting ready every morning — frittering away the equivalent of 6.4 hours a week, or 335 hours a year, on looks alone, Read More »from 335 Hours a Year Primping? Here's How to Speed Up Your Morning Ritual
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“Beauty isn’t about being perfect,” says Ann Kearney-Cooke, a Cincinnati-based psychologist and eating disorder expert who helped develop the Today/AOL Ideal to Real Body Image Survey, the results of which were released on Monday. What it’s about, she tells Yahoo Shine, is “doing the best with what you have and focusing on your signature strengths.”
The survey of 2,059 adults and 200 teens also found that 60 percent of women have negative thoughts about themselves weekly;
- Beth Greenfield, Shine Staff | Healthy Living – Fri, Feb 21, 2014 5:09 PM EST
Girl Scouts, many of which, naturally, involve Thin Mints.Little did I know, as a buck-toothed 9-year-old singing “Make new friends but keep the old…” in my knee socks and polyester green Girl Scout uniform in a stuffy New Jersey classroom, that I was part of an organization on its way to radical-political greatness. I admit I didn’t really get it back then, even though the Girl Scouts' roots — the organization was first launched in 1912 as a way to get urban girls into the great outdoors — are cool enough. But fast forward to 2014, and the Girl Scouts have become a lightning rod for feminist-hating conservatives. And whipping that crowd into a frenzy (without even trying!) is something I can totally get with. And so, for those who haven’t been following along, here are the subjects of five recent controversies surrounding the Read More »from Girl Scouts vs. the World: Who Knew They Were Such a Radical Force to Reckon With?
1. Marijuana. In San Francisco this week, the Green Cross medical marijuana dispensary posted some welcome news on its Facebook page: A savvy Girl Scout had set
- Beth Greenfield, Shine Staff | Healthy Living – Fri, Feb 21, 2014 2:34 PM EST
flak Lego has gotten lately, it’s getting plenty of love this week. That’s thanks to entrepreneur Marcy McKenna, who credits her son and his trusty plastic building blocks with turning one of her beauty-product ideas into a successful reality — one that’s made their family a million bucks.For all the Read More »from How a Boy and His Legos Gave Rise to a Cult Beauty Product
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“He loved Legos. Every Lego thing you can imagine, he’s built,” McKenna, the product inventor behind Simply Solved and a QVC guest host based in California, tells Yahoo Shine about her then-7-year-old son, Jack, who’s now 12. It’s how she wound up turning to him for help in nailing down the design for what’s become one of her most successful products to date — the Style & Go hair-care valet, which mounts on the wall and keeps hair dryers, curling irons, and other products both plugged in and stored.
“It started as a joke, and as just trying to involve Jack, so it was a crude prototype,” McKenna, 44, recalls. “But I
- Beth Greenfield, Shine Staff | Healthy Living – Thu, Feb 20, 2014 5:09 PM EST
Read More »from 10 Quotes Proving Why Johnny Weir and Tara Lipinski Deserve a Gold Medal in Olympic Banter
It’s no secret that retired pro figure skaters Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir are the most intriguing Olympic pair since Tonya and Nancy — though this duo's drama has nothing to do with rivalry. The chatty BFFs, who have been wowing as NBC commentators this month, don’t hold back about their passions, whether they’re spewing witticisms about their outfits, their overpacking issues, or, oh yeah, the skills of the skaters. Maybe it’s because they’ve got that magic gay-guy–straight-girl couple formula down perfectly (mutual adoration balanced with fierce judgment of others), or maybe it’s because they’re just so damn cute. Either way, Weir, Lipinski, and their clever comments are shaping up to be the most entertaining part of Sochi. Here are 10 of their best quotes yet:
On being a team:
“Tara and I take our work seriously,” Weir, 29, told the New York Times. “She’s my work wife. And she’s a slave driver, so we sit up and study until she’s satisfied. We not only plan how we look, but we’re up
- Beth Greenfield, Shine Staff | Healthy Living – Thu, Feb 20, 2014 1:22 PM EST
hot in Hollywood, but in the offices of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation they are just employees who are breaking the rules. It’s a lesson that one prison guard, Mark Williams, is learning the hard way. Williams, who has worked at the California Institution for Men in Chino for 14 years, says he’s facing disciplinary action after refusing to cut his long dreadlocks despite a policy stating that male employees must wear their hair short enough to sit above their collars.Men with long hair might be Read More »from Dreadlocks Could Cost California Prison Guard His Job
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"Why are we worried about one particular individual who has his hair long?” Williams asks CBS Los Angeles. “What does that have to do with the ability, my ability to do my job? There are other things we can worry about.”
Yahoo Shine could not reach Williams. But Bill Sessa, spokesperson for the California corrections department, tells Yahoo Shine, "He was not threatened with firing. He was told
- Beth Greenfield, Shine Staff | Healthy Living – Wed, Feb 19, 2014 6:47 PM EST
The world watched with intrigue this week as no-nukes nun Megan Rice, 84, was sent to the slammer — sentenced to 35 months in prison for breaking into a Tennessee nuclear-defense facility, spray painting it with peace signs and splashing it with human blood. When guards confronted Rice (along with her two male accomplices) back in 2012, she began singing and then offered him food. And on Tuesday, while being sentenced in federal court in Knoxville, she asked the judge for even more time behind bars. “Please have no leniency with me,” she said. “To remain in prison for the rest of my life would be the greatest gift you could give me.”Read More »from Sister Megan Rice: The Outlaw Nun Turned Folk Hero
There’s no doubt that Rice is dedicated and fearless. But who is she? And where did she come from?
The answer to that second question may not be all that surprising: Manhattan. She was born there in 1930, raised by her father, an obstetrician, and her mother, who received her doctorate from Columbia University and was ahead of her time in many ways,
- Beth Greenfield, Shine Staff | Parenting – Wed, Feb 19, 2014 2:28 PM EST
proposed Kansas law—which would give educators (and caregivers) permission to spank students even harder than currently allowed there—is serving as a harsh reminder that corporal punishment, still legal in 19 states, is alive and well in U.S. schools.The image of a paddle-wielding elementary-school teacher may seem like an antiquated one to the vast majority of Americans. But this week, a Read More »from Spanking, Paddling and Padded Rooms: Are School Punishments Getting Worse?
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“What’s happening is there are some children that are very defiant and they’re not minding their parents, they’re not minding school personnel,” Rep. Gail Finney, who introduced the Kansas bill, tells the Wichita Eagle Tuesday. She says the law—which would expand corporal punishment to allow spankings that could cause redness or bruising, rather than just those that leave no marks—is an attempt to restore parental rights and improve discipline. [Update: the Kansas bill died in a state House committee Wednesday afternoon shortly after this story
loneliness is one thing. But could it actually happen? Apparently, as researchers have found that leading an extremely lonely existence could increase an older person's chance of premature death by 14 percent — providing good reason for everyone to make sure to maintain connections with others as they age.Feeling like you might die of Read More »from Loneliness Is More Dangerous Than We Thought
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“We looked at perceived loneliness versus objective isolation, and how it leads the brain’s biology to change over time,” John Cacioppo, University of Chicago psychology professor and the study's lead researcher, tells Yahoo Shine. “There are toxic effects.” Even after taking into account lifestyle behaviors, like diet and exercise, he adds, the impact of simply feeling isolated — disrupted sleep, elevated blood pressure, surges in the stress hormone cortisol, compromised immunity, and increased depression overall — is profound. “When you are isolated from companionship, then the
- Beth Greenfield, Shine Staff | Healthy Living – Fri, Feb 14, 2014 5:11 PM EST
Janet Mock, Laverne Cox, Carmen Carrera, and Jenny Boylan, not to mention new laws on both local and national levels. Then there are the headlines across the country, almost daily, about schools grappling with equality for their transgender students on issues from prom queens to bathroom privileges. And now, of course, comes the major announcement from Facebook that its users will be able to choose from more than 50 new gender options for their profiles — transgender, genderqueer, cisgender, trans male, trans person, and intersex among them.Transgender awareness is having a moment — a sustained one. Just take the rising visibility of movers and shakers like Read More »from Here's How to Talk About Facebook's New Gender Terms
"This new feature is a step forward in recognizing transgender people and allows them to tell their authentic story in their own words," GLAAD president Sarah Kate Ellis notes in a statement about the change.
Still, treatment of the news by many media outlets, including by endless Twitter jokesters, has been a bit lacking in the