banner year. With the passage of trans-inclusive laws on both local and national levels, strides for students seeking equal treatment in schools around the country, and eased requirements for those wanting to change their gender on Social Security records, all in 2013, change is actually happening. That's in no small part due to the rising visibility of activists, and one in particular — Janet Mock, a powerful voice emerging from the trans community.
Since stepping into the national spotlight in 2011 with her pivotal Marie Claire essay, “I Was Born a Boy,” the Hawaii native and professional journalist has become a well-known activist for trans rights, lending her grace and knowledge to forums from NPR interviews to stints on "Melissa Harris-Perry." In February she’ll release a coming-of-age memoir, “Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More,” and take her story on the road for a national book tour. Below, five facts
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- Beth Greenfield, Shine Staff | Healthy Living – Thu, Jan 30, 2014 5:22 PM EST
banner year. With the passage of trans-inclusive laws on both local and national levels, strides for students seeking equal treatment in schools around the country, and eased requirements for those wanting to change their gender on Social Security records, all in 2013, change is actually happening. That's in no small part due to the rising visibility of activists, and one in particular — Janet Mock, a powerful voice emerging from the trans community.The transgender-rights movement had a Read More »from The Latest, Greatest Face of the Trans Movement: 5 Amazing Janet Mock Facts
- Beth Greenfield, Shine Staff | Healthy Living – Thu, Jan 30, 2014 2:36 PM EST
reunited with him.Six years ago, Jonny Benjamin stood dangerously close to the precipice of a busy bridge in London, planning to jump and end his life. Morning crowds rushed by the young man, who was struggling to deal with his recently diagnosed schizoaffective disorder, but one stranger stopped to offer kindness, empathy, and a cup of coffee. Neil Laybourn, a 31-year-old personal trainer, managed to persuade Benjamin to step away from the ledge that day. This week, after years of recovery and curiosity about the young man who had saved his life and then disappeared into the crowd, Benjamin finally Read More »from #FindMike: One Man's Internet Search for the Guy Who Saved His Life
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“I feel like I’ve won the lottery –– I’m totally elated. It means the world to me to finally have the opportunity to say thank you,” Benjamin, 26, said through a statement released by the U.K. organization Rethink Mental Illness, which helped him track down Laybourn.
Benjamin, who was in such a state that day on the city’s
obesity is now officially classified as a disease by the American Medical Association. But that decision, made in June, may actually wind up triggering more harm than good, according to a new study by a trio of psychologists.Like lung cancer, diabetes, and alcoholism, Read More »from Should We Stop Calling Obesity a Disease?
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“Reading about the decision to label obesity as a disease predicted lower concern for weight, less focus on health goals, and higher calorie food choice,” researcher Crystal Hoyt, of the University of Richmond, tells Yahoo Shine in regard to what she and fellow researchers found. In other words, when people learned that their obesity was a disease, they felt less responsible for it and, in turn, consumed more calories. Interestingly, they were also more able to let down their guard — which does have an upside, the researchers discovered: emotional lift.
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“We have evidence
- Beth Greenfield, Shine Staff | Healthy Living – Wed, Jan 29, 2014 12:22 PM EST
Forget Peyton Manning. The star of this year’s Super Bowl is quickly shaping up to be Gracie — the adorable, biracial little girl who ignited bigoted vitriol when she appeared in an oddly controversial Cheerios ad back in May. Now the cereal maker is doubling down by bringing Gracie and her fictional TV parents — one black, one white — back for a 30-second follow-up, to air on Sunday during the year’s most scrutinized advertising time slot.
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“Like millions of Americans, we just fell in love with this family,” Camille Gibson, vice president of marketing for Cheerios at General Mills, tells the New York Times. “The big game provided another opportunity to tell another story about family love.”
The commercial’s plot in May centered around Gracie lovingly pouring a pile of the cereal on her dad’s chest while he napped. But a flood of viewers were shockingly fixated on the interracial aspect — with many Read More »from Cheerios Ad Wins Super Bowl With Return of Controversial Interracial Family
- Beth Greenfield, Shine Staff | Parenting – Tue, Jan 28, 2014 4:23 PM ESTAt age 20, Samantha Geldenhuys learned some shocking news. And "shocking" is probably an understatement for describing the discovery: The beloved mother who'd raised her was also her kidnapper and had been wanted by authorities for nearly two decades.
Shortly after losing custody of the little girl in a South Carolina court, Dorothy Barnett kidnapped her daughter in 1994, taking her on a journey across four continents, and sparking a case that soon became one of the biggest child-abduction mysteries in U.S. history. The story was back in the media spotlight in November 2013, when Samantha and her mom were tracked down in Australia and Barnett was arrested. But until Monday night, the world had not heard from Samantha, née Savanna Todd, who spoke in an exclusive interview with Australian news show “Today Tonight.” In the broadcast, she says she is firmly on her mother's side.
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Raiderettes suing the Oakland Raiders for alleged labor-law violations has failed to convince you that being an NFL cheerleader is not as glamorous as it seems, then listen up—because the newly leaked handbook of condescending cheerleader policy just might.If recent news about the Read More »from The Crazy Demands of Being a Pro Cheerleader
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“It takes 3-5 seconds to form a first impression of someone,” notes part of the Raiderette handbook’s etiquette section, according to Robin Abcarian of the Los Angeles Times. “Keep nail polish pads in your car for emergencies. Smile, shake hands with everyone.” Abcarian explains that she received the handbook in the mail after writing last week about the squad’s class-action lawsuit, led by cheerleader Lacy T. She alleges, among other points, that the team withholds pay—a measly $125 per game—until the season is complete, and that the contract she signed is “packed with illegal provisions.”
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- Beth Greenfield, Shine Staff | Parenting – Mon, Jan 27, 2014 4:06 PM ESTThought Catalog, in a piece that’s been working many a nerve since its publication earlier this month. In her 400-word essay, called “I Look Down on Young Women With Husbands and Kids and I’m Not Sorry,” Glass rails against wives and moms and the people who celebrate them, calling them “average” and asking, “If women can do anything, why are we still content with applauding them for doing nothing?” Her harsh opinions, naturally, have kicked up a thrumming, angry buzz — along with death threats directed at her, Glass tells Yahoo Shine.“Every time I hear someone say that feminism is about validating every choice a woman makes I have to fight back vomit,” declares Amy Glass, a blogger for the site
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“Do people really think that a stay at home mom is really on equal footing with a woman who works and takes care of herself?” her piece, published Jan. 15 but gaining significant attention just this week, continues. “There’s no Read More »from Blogger Slams Motherhood, Gets Death Threats — Here We Go Again
- Beth Greenfield, Shine Staff | Healthy Living – Mon, Jan 27, 2014 1:33 PM EST
Long before Kate Middleton was a real-life duchess, she played a wanna-be one in her school play. As a Cockney-accented Eliza Doolittle in a production of “My Fair Lady,” Kate played a down-with-the-people role even back then. The adorable 1:23-minute video, from 1993, emerged Monday and is poised to blow up the Internet.Read More »from Found! 11-Year-Old Kate Middleton in 'My Fair Lady' School Play (Sorry, Kate!)
The footage shows the 11-year-old Middleton starring as the unpolished-to-posh faux duchess, reciting famous lines — “The rain in Spain stays mainly in the plain” — and receiving lively applause, generally lighting up the scenes with her stage presence. And while no one seems to know where this video has been all our lives or why it’s here now, the consensus is that it’s awesome.
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Other worth-noting details about the short but satisfying clip: Middleton’s co-star in the St. Andrew’s School production was played by Andrew Alexander, who recently appeared as aristocrat Sir
- Beth Greenfield, Shine Staff | Healthy Living – Fri, Jan 24, 2014 4:32 PM EST
Used to be that important news interrupted pop culture — like when Walter Cronkite broke into “As the World Turns” in 1963 to announce that JFK had been shot, or when “Another World” was halted in 1981 (much to my adolescent dismay) for a report about Ronald Reagan’s assassination attempt. Even “The Celebrity Apprentice” got put on hold for news of Osama Bin Laden’s demise in 2011. On Thursday, though, MSNBC made it abundantly clear that the tables have truly turned.
That’s when Andrea Mitchell cut a former congresswoman off mid-sentence to make an earth-shattering announcement: The Biebs was on his way to the slammer. “Congresswoman, let me interrupt you just for a moment, we have some breaking news out of Miami,” Mitchell said, completely straight-faced, as Jane Harman, former Democratic Rep. of California, ardently discussed the NSA’s collecting of phone records, via satellite from Switzerland. “Stand by if you will.” Because the right to privacy, apparently, has got nothing on the Read More »from MSNBC Interrupts Congresswoman to Announce Justin Bieber's Arrest. World Implodes.
- Beth Greenfield, Shine Staff | Parenting – Fri, Jan 24, 2014 3:03 PM ESTIn response to cruel cyberbullying that has left their 16-year-old daughter feeling humiliated and unable to sleep, a pair of fed-up parents are striking back at the offending classmates in a unique and public way: They're suing all seven of the teens for libel and all of their parents for negligence.
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“We’re being superaggressive about it, because this behavior really needs to stop,” Tej Paranjpe, the Houston-based attorney for parents Reymundo Esquivel and Shellie Tingle-Esquivel, tells Yahoo Shine. “It’s really an issue of principle.”
Although the Esquivels’ daughter (who is not being named to protect her privacy) has been getting bullied in person by several fellow students at Klein High School in Klein, Texas, for about a year now, the situation came to a head in recent weeks, according to her mother. That’s when the girl’s photo appeared, along with those of many others (some of whom were topless), on Read More »from Parents Slap Daughter's Cyberbullies With Rare Lawsuit