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.
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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
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- 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?
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
- Beth Greenfield, Shine Staff | Healthy Living – Fri, Feb 14, 2014 3:53 PM EST
The Biggest Loser,” but there’s one result of extreme weight loss that Rachel Frederickson may not have bargained for: the barrage of vocal critics, who have called her newly thin self “anorexic” and “disturbing.” While the 24-year-old admits that she may have been “a little too enthusiastic” with her workouts, she maintains that she’s both “confident” and “very, very healthy.” But is she happy?She shed 155 pounds and gained $250,000 by winning the 15th season of “Read More »from Life After Massive Weight Loss: It's Not Always Perfect
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It may be too soon to tell. But the harsh public reactions she’s faced thus far have served to shine a spotlight on what can be unexpected results of dropping a serious amount of weight, including the jarring realization that shedding those pounds may not be the panacea you’ve been longing for.
“When it comes to obesity, we often look at the disease as a cosmetic thing,” James Zerrios, spokesperson for the Obesity Action Coalition, tells Yahoo Shine. “But
- Beth Greenfield, Shine Staff | Healthy Living – Fri, Feb 14, 2014 2:09 PM EST
Love Letter to an Internet Bully,” encouraging women around the country to express their feelings of pain, forgiveness, and self-acceptance, and then post them, along with proud photos of themselves, on Facebook.Plus-size women who have dealt with enough nasty, body-shaming comments to last a lifetime are standing up to their haters with a powerful weapon this week: love. It's part of a Valentine’s Day-inspired empowerment campaign, “Read More »from Plus-Size Women Write Love Letters to Their Bullies in Valentine's Day Challenge
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“I was envisioning a way for people to just share their story and have it be therapeutic for them, to forgive their bully and just move on,” Chrystal Bougon, owner of the San Jose, California, plus-size lingerie shop Curvy Girl and one of the forces behind the effort, tells Yahoo Shine. “Let’s put that chapter away now, and let’s rock it and wear it.”
Bougon and her shop made headlines last year for another online campaign, “Regular Women,” which had plus-size ladies posting
- Beth Greenfield, Shine Staff | Parenting – Wed, Feb 12, 2014 4:33 PM EST
princessification,” and distorted body images, in fact, have made it downright thorny. So it's easy to understand why one vintage Lego ad — the one from 1981, in which a proud little girl in a blue T-shirt is holding up her primary-colored creation (above left) — keeps popping up online as an example of idyllic, pre-boys’-aisle-girls’-aisle nostalgia.The topic of toys is no longer child’s play: Debates over gender stereotyping, “Read More »from Girl From Iconic 1981 Lego Ad Is Now a Doctor, Not Impressed With Pink Legos
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Feminist website Jezebel, for example, praised it in 2009 for having “No princesses, no pink Legos, no glittery sparkles, just a girl and her toys, having a blast.” And it was everywhere again in 2011, when Lego was criticized after introducing its purple-packaged Friends line, aimed at girls. The ad’s most recent viral moment was in January, when a Huffington Post piece declared that its copy should be “required reading for everyone who makes, buys or sells toys.” And that was what led writer
Banking giant Goldman Sachs is apparently making an attempt to bring more female programmers aboard. Which is awesome, considering the persistent lack of women in the field, except that someone in charge there apparently had the bright idea that beauty accessories — tiny mirrors and nail files, to be exact—would provide savvy bait.
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“Not sure if this is #sexyfeminism or gender stereotyping,” wrote Instagram user Yuqi Hou. Her photo of the mirrors, posted Saturday from the Goldman-sponsored Women Engineers Code conference at Harvard, where she’s a sociology student, has since spawned a sustained, offended buzz online — as well as an official apology from Goldman Sachs.
“We are strong supporters of efforts to recruit and retain women in technology. We apologize if the gifts gave anyone offense,” a company spokesperson said in a statement to the New York Times.
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Hou drew criticism of her own for even
A Victoria, British Columbia man finds himself caught between the highest and lowest of emotions this week, simultaneously grieving for his wife and celebrating the arrival of his newborn son, Iver Cohen Benson. “Iver is healthy and is the cutest and most precious person I have ever met,” dad Dylan Benson writes on Facebook Monday, announcing the Saturday birth of his son, at 28 weeks.Read More »from When Becoming a Dad Means Losing Your Wife
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“On Sunday,” the post, already shared more than 7,500 times, continues, “we had to unfortunately say goodbye to the strongest and most wonderful woman I have ever met. I miss Robyn more than words can explain. I could not be more impressed with her strength, and I am so lucky to have known her. She will live on forever within Iver, and in my heart.”
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The bittersweet tale began just after Christmas, when 32-year-old Robyn Benson suffered a sudden cerebral hemorrhage that left her brain dead. Because
- Beth Greenfield, Shine Staff | Healthy Living – Mon, Feb 10, 2014 4:12 PM EST
major media firestorm that didn’t begin to wane until he reversed course and apologized. Still, the controversy (and a subsequently buzzy, passionate essay from one of the singled-out parents) has most likely left many Americans worried: How much do their employers know about their own expensive healthcare needs?When AOL’s Tim Armstrong unceremoniously blamed specific employees and their high-priced “distressed babies” for rising company costs last week, he set off a Read More »from AOL Fallout: What Your Employer Really Knows About Your Health
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Officially speaking, not much, notes Bruce Elliott, compensation and benefits manager at the Society for Human Resource Management, a national professional organization based in Virginia. “Your health information is protected by HIPAA,” he tells Yahoo Shine, referring to the federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, which protects the privacy of individually identifiable health information. “So HR managers get what the plan paid out,
- Beth Greenfield, Shine Staff | Parenting – Thu, Feb 6, 2014 2:29 PM EST
admitting to a contentious ritual: sharing her bed, nightly, with her 6-year-old son — while daddy sleeps in the guest room. “My beautiful, king-sized bed and the arms of my loved one await me every night as I climb the stairs at 10pm,” writes Laura Kemp at the start of her first-person essay, published Wednesday in the Daily Mail. “I quietly put on my pajamas and slip under the duvet next to him, before planting a kiss on his forehead and drifting off to sleep.” Kemp — a confessional writer whose other topics have including despising her breasts and sometimes hating motherhood — then reveals, “the person sharing my bed for the past 18 months is not my husband Jamie, but my six-year-old son Paddy.”A British parenting author has kicked off a major debate after Read More »from One Mom's Controversial Approach to Getting Her Kid to Sleep
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The story has drawn over 1,000 comments, many of them critical, calling Kemp “selfish,” “idiotic,” “weird,” and “clingy.” One warns: “Start saving now for the kid’s