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.
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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
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- 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
- 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
- Beth Greenfield, Shine Staff | Parenting – Wed, Feb 5, 2014 2:14 PM EST
A Mississippi high school has been mired in anger this week after losing a beloved English teacher, Mary Porter, who resigned amidst an investigation. Her offense? Showing her 10th-grade class the violent, R-rated film “Dolan’s Cadillac,” reportedly as part of an assignment to compare the movie to an Edgar Allen Poe story. Now, in response to Porter's leaving, students are rallying around her through a barrage of social media and in-school protests — and allegedly harassing the students who complained about the movie in the first place.Read More »from Students Rally Around Teacher Under Fire for Showing R-Rated Film
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“My children are being threatened because they told. This has gotten so out of hand," Sammie Bateman, whose three kids attend Richland High School, tells Yahoo Shine through a Facebook message Wednesday. "I am so sad that the young people cannot separate the right to protest and advocate for what they think is right — an action I completely support when done in an orderly way and for a cause
toddlers might not want to speak up — but that doesn’t mean they don’t understand what you're saying to them, according to a new study of the largely misunderstood connections between shyness and language.Shy Read More »from 5 Things You Didn't Know About Shy Kids
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“Behaviorally inhibited children who may not be speaking much shouldn’t be underestimated,” says study author Soo Rhee, professor of psychology and neuroscience at the University of Colorado Boulder, in a press release about the findings. “Parents and teachers should be aware that they may need to be encouraged more in their expressive language development.”
The study, published in the journal Child Development, was prompted by a thesis student’s review paper that examined associations between shyness and verbal skills, Rhee tells Yahoo Shine. To test those associations, researchers looked at information collected on 816 toddlers — 408 sets of twins — at 14, 20, and 24 months of age, times when children’s language
- Beth Greenfield, Shine Staff | Love + Sex – Mon, Feb 3, 2014 4:43 PM EST
Barbies absolutely do not influence little girls in any way when it comes to ideals of body size, says the lead Barbie designer at Mattel. Furthermore, the doll’s inhuman proportions were made that way simply as a functional necessity, “for girls to easily dress and undress.”This just in:
As someone who was obsessed with Barbies until about the age of 10—and who has been prone to fears of getting fat, on and off, since right around then—I cannot say for certain whether there’s a connection or not. But what I can say with some conviction is this: This new explanation, courtesy of Barbie’s vice president of design Kim Culmone, is total BS.
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“Barbie's body was never meant to be realistic…Primarily it’s for function for the little girl, for real life fabrics to be able to be turned and sewn, and have the outfit still fall properly on her body,” she continues in her no-holds-barred interview with Fast Company. To that,
pull together a whirlwind ceremony, white gown and all, within 24 hours so that her mother wouldn’t miss her big day.Aly Femia of Connecticut planned to spend three leisurely years nailing down the perfect wedding plan. But she was thrown a curve ball when her mom received a terminal-cancer diagnosis in late January, prompting her to Read More »from Bride Plans Her Wedding in 24 Hours, Just for Mom
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“My favorite part of the day was having my mom see me in my wedding dress, wearing a string of her pearls, and seeing her smile,” Femia, née Enia, told BuzzFeed. “I couldn’t have asked for a more perfect day.”
Aly and now-husband Anthony Femia graduated from Greenwich High School together in 2008 but began their romance while both attended Manhattanville College in New York. He proposed marriage in 2012, on a getaway at Mohegan Sun in Connecticut, but they decided to put off the event until Aly finished grad school and Anthony recovered from shoulder surgery. But then Aly’s mom,