Danes at SAGWhen a glowing Claire Danes gave her acceptance speech for "Homeland" at the SAG Awards Sunday, she quickly joined a club that already counts Oprah Winfrey, Tina Fey, Kim Kardashian, Katy Perry and Miley Cyrus among its swelling ranks: the I Wear SPANX and I'm Proud Club, that is.
"As a brand spanking—or SPANX-ing new mom…" Danes said at the podium, looking stunningly fit in a clingy black Givenchy gown less than six weeks after giving birth to son Cyrus Michael Christopher Dancy. She was wearing the Slimmer & Shine High-Waisted Body Tunic, SPANX told Yahoo! Shine. And the star's admission provoked some knowing giggling in the audience, plus a collective sigh of relief among normal, jiggly, SPANX-dependent women everywhere.
It was the just latest in a long line of other celeb endorsements of the beloved modern girdle. Katy Perry told Us Weekly in November that she felt fat without her SPANX, adding, "I almost always wear them." Adele caused some empathic gasps after the 2012
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Danes at SAGWhen a glowing Claire Danes gave her acceptance speech for "Homeland" at the SAG Awards Sunday, she quickly joined a club that already counts Oprah Winfrey, Tina Fey, Kim Kardashian, Katy Perry and Miley Cyrus among its swelling ranks: the I Wear SPANX and I'm Proud Club, that is.Read More »from Claire Danes Helps Fuel the SPANX Fetish at SAG
A new Mercedes-Benz ad starring the voluptuous Kate Upton is generating some surprisingly negative buzz in the blogosphere, with critics calling it cheap and tasteless—even wondering if it's too sexy.
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"Hot girl, great car, and somehow I think this is the worst ad Mercedes has ever made," and "Cheap and stupid. Worst ad Mercedes made. Whoever thought of this needs to be fired!" are among a slew of choice comments posted on the Mercedes-Benz Facebook page.
The ad, set to air on February 3 during the Super Bowl, starts off with a slow pan upward, from feet to face, of a scantily clad Upton and her physical assets. Bluesy music blares. The screen goes blank except for a title: "Kate Upton Washes the New Mercedes CLA—in Slow Motion," and then it's back to the action, which consists of Upton suggestively blowing suds out of her hand, and then teasing and supervising a few young, wide-eyed young men in football jerseysRead More »from Is Kate Upton's New Mercedes Ad Too Tacky-Sexy?
- Beth Greenfield, Shine Staff | Healthy Living – Fri, Jan 25, 2013 4:14 PM EST
Lumley's Ladies, in case you've been in, like, a blackout or something, let us fill you in: Blaming the victim is alive and well.Read More »from Ab Fab Star Says "Bad Behavior" will lead to Rape. Let Us Explain Why This is Not OK.
"Don't behave badly," warned Brit actor Joanna Lumley, star of the classic comedy series "Absolutely Fabulous," as well as its upcoming movie version. "Don't be sick in the gutter at midnight in a silly dress with no money to get a taxi home, because somebody will take advantage of you, either they'll rape you, or they'll knock you on the head or they'll rob you."
Lumley, whose role on the series as a messy lush named Patsy took the art of onscreen inebriation to new levels, issued her warnings in an interview with the Telegraph published Thursday. And angry Twitter followers reacted with angry criticism.
"I like Joanna Lumley but it saddens me that her advice for girls is HOW NOT TO GET RAPED rather than telling boys NOT TO RAPE IN FIRST PLACE," noted one disappointed fan. Tweeted another: "Women in mini skirts get raped. Women in pyjamas get raped. Naked
Don't you just want to squeeze it?Ever want to totally squish something cute, like a kitten or a baby or a chick? You're not the only one, according to a new study, which showed that the urge is a common response to things super adorable.Read More »from “Cute-Aggression”: It’s a Thing
"They seem to bring out a strong excitement, and that may manifest in what could be called 'aggressive' behaviors," study co-author Oriana Aragón told Yahoo! Shine. "Aggressive is an awful word, though, because it doesn't capture what we're talking about. There doesn't appear to be a word in English that describes this."
Terminology aside ("cute-aggression" was the original suggestion, now being re-thought by the researchers), Aragón and co-author Rebecca Dyer did find something interesting: that looking at really cute images brought out aggro-type responses, both physically and verbally. They presented their findings to the annual meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, held January 17-19 in New Orleans.
The duo, both psychology grad students at Yale
- Beth Greenfield, Shine Staff | Work + Money – Thu, Jan 24, 2013 3:11 PM EST
Women in military combat: not a fantasy.Defense Secretary Leon Panetta's historic announcement that women may now serve in military combat has equal-rights advocates cheering--but many civilians scratching their heads.Read More »from Shine Basic Training: What Does the Military's New Women in Combat Policy Mean?
For starters, nearly 140 female soldiers have already died in action in Iraq and Afghanistan alone, and more than 800 have been wounded. If the now-ended Combat Exclusion Policy didn't allow them on front lines, how did it happen? And what does the new policy actually mean?
We turned to experts including Greg Jacob, policy director for the Service Women's Action Network, which works for military equality and challenged the federal ban with a lawsuit brought by the ACLU in 2012, to break down the details of the policy change for Shine readers. Here's what we learned:
There are no laws prohibiting women from combat units.
Those were repealed in the early 1990s. However, since then, it has been U.S. military policy to restrict women from certain units and military occupations, particularly ground combat units.
The loathed—and loved—condom.We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal, and that all want to have sex without a condom, because it just feels better.Read More »from Condom Sex Feels Good, Says Study Shocker
Well, not exactly--at least not according to the results of a major study just published in The Journal of Sexual Medicine, which reveals a total shocker: that men and women consistently rate sex as highly arousing and pleasurable, with few differences based on condom or lubricant use.
In addition, the study, which was based on the results of 5,865 respondents, found no significant differences regarding men's ability to achieve erections based on condom and lubricant use.
"We've seen [results like this] for some time in smaller studies, but it was interesting to see it in a large national study," lead study author and sex researcher Debra Lynne Herbenick told Yahoo! Shine. "Then again, sex is usually good and pleasurable, and it's nice to know that even when people take steps to make sex safer, as with condom use, or more
- Beth Greenfield, Shine Staff | Love + Sex – Tue, Jan 22, 2013 2:58 PM EST
Overweight woman could experience conflict when partnered with thinner men.Mixed-weight couples have rockier relationships than same-weight couples, a new study has found. But here's the clincher: The problems only seem to crop up when it's the woman who's overweight, and not the other way around.Read More »from Woman Fat, Man Thin? Could Be a Rocky Road, Claims New Study
"However many advances we have made, body image issues abound, and women, unfortunately, are more vulnerable to the societal pressures," Ruthy Kaiser, senior therapist for the Council for Relationships, based in Philadelphia, told Yahoo! Shine. When it comes to being overweight, then, "that makes it harder in a relationship for the woman, and easier for the man."
The results of the study, by researchers at the University of Puget Sound, in Tacoma, Wash., and the University of Arizona, in Tucson, were published last month in the Journal of Social and Personal Relationships. It had a small sample size—just 43 heterosexual couples, from 18 to 69 years old—but the findings were clear: When just the man was overweight, couples reported no more conflict than same-weight
- Beth Greenfield, Shine Staff | Healthy Living – Fri, Jan 18, 2013 5:14 PM EST
The groovy movie posterDid you know that the home-birth world had its very own rock star? Yep: Ina May Gaskin, the world's most famous midwife, worshiped by natural-birth proponents since 1975, when her book Spiritual Midwifery, now in its fourth edition, captivated women everywhere.Read More »from Graphic Births, Good for the Soul, in New Midwives Doc
And this week, when a new doc examining her life and work opened in New York City, with Gaskin on hand to answer post-film questions, her groupies showed up in full force—more than 200 of them. Many of them were hugely pregnant, and a handful carried newborns, nursing in their slings. They got what they came for, both from the 72-year-old dynamo, a warm, old-school hippie who covered topics from acid trips to vaginal walls, and from the film, Birth Story: Ina May Gaskin and the Farm Midwives, packed with more raucous, gooey, joyous birth scenes than pretty much anyone has ever seen.
"We've got young women now who think giving birth the old way is gross," Gaskin laments early on in the film, made by young moms Sara Lamm and
A new documentary about a heart-stopping subject--gendercide, or the systematic killing of newborn girls in countries like India and China simply because they are girls--has inspired one super-cool man to help raise awareness through music.
After seeing just the trailer to the new film, It's a Girl, rapper Omékongo Dibinga was moved to compose a powerful hip-hop song of the same name. Upon hearing it, the film's director Evan Grae Davis joined forces with Dibinga to film a music video, which they shot together in New York City with the musician's daughters and niece.
In it, Omékongo, a hip-hop artist, poet and organizer of the motivational 1,000,000 Youth Campaign, raps: How have we forgotten that the woman is key / to open the future's door for our children to see? / The phrase 'It's a girl' should bring cause to rejoice, / but we kill innocent victims who have no choice.
"I wrote this song because hip-hop is a global force, yet too many hip-hop artists do not use their powerful Read More »from Men We Love: “It’s a Girl” Rapper
- Beth Greenfield, Shine Staff | Healthy Living – Fri, Jan 18, 2013 11:54 AM EST
This annual nadir was discovered by UK psychologist Cliff Arnall, who has written a formula that takes into account despair-causing factors like bad weather, distance from the holidays, and abandoned New Years’ resolutions. Crunch the numbers and what you get is the Monday of the last full week in January, this year being the 21st. It’s the saddest day of the year.
Though it's often been dismissed as pseudoscience, "Interestingly, no one has ever disputed any of the factors that appear in my formula," Arnall told Yahoo! Shine.Read More »from Most Depressing Day of the Year: Here's How to Cheer Up on Blue Monday
All, however, is not lost. We rounded up some ways to combat the Blue Monday blues.
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