Huffington Post Spain writer Paloma Goni calls it torture—so she simply stopped doing it.
In an essay published Thursday, Goni describes how as a teenager, she mindlessly shaved the hair on her legs and armpits, then felt miserable about the time and effort she spent enslaved to societal beliefs she didn’t truly subscribe to.
“I'm very conscious of what I want, that if it were up to me, I wouldn't do it,” wrote Goni. “But is it really up to me? Logically, I can do what I want with my body, but I don't want to turn going out for a stroll into a quarrel, and don't want to decline plans because I feel like I need to hide. Because yes, I'll admit it: I'm not ready to listen to the criticism or endure the stares. I'm not a revolutionary. Yet.”
Goni is in good company. According to an Indiana University study of 2,451 women, among 18-24 year olds, two thirds had either partially or totally removed their pubic hair over the previous month.
Pubic hair is
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article published by a Purdue professor and researcher in the journal Trends in Endocrinology & Metabolism, this week.Frosty and fizzy diet soda may seem refreshing when the weather is hot, but diet drinks have been tied to weight gain, heart disease, stroke, diabetes, metabolic syndrome, and high blood pressure, according to an Read More »from How to Quit Your Diet Soda Habit for Good
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Artificial sweeteners (such as aspartame, sucralose, and saccharin) present in trendy zero-calorie drinks, energy drinks, and diet sodas might seem like a smart alternative when compared to their sugary counterparts, but that’s often a false perception. “We’re taught that diet beverages are tools to help prevent health conditions such as obesity and diabetes, but the reality is, people who drink full-calorie soda have about the same health outcome of people who drink diet soda,” lead author Susan E. Swithers, PhD, professor of behavioral neuroscience at
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According to a story published this week on Inforum, Galvan, 34, of Fargo, North Dakota, lost her arm in an accident when she was 3 years old. She later lost her hearing after contracting an unrelated illness. Yet, Galvan regularly drives to her job at Walmart, where she works in the stockroom. And this week, she and her 11-year-old daughter Brianna Thompson (who can hear) are headed to St. Louis, Missouri, to compete in the Dream Girls USA national beauty pageant from Wednesday to Sunday.
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- Elise Solé, Shine Staff | Healthy Living – Tue, Jul 9, 2013 2:57 PM EDT
Sarah Cox, straight-A student and book lover, was ten years old when she was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia and 13-years-old when she beat it. Her father Mark Cox, a musician and professor and at Central Michigan University, photographed her three-year journey from diagnosis to remission in a new photo series called Strong (Check out his Kickstarter page where he's raising funds for the series). "I wanted to show the beauty of Sarah, not the ugliness of cancer," Cox told Yahoo! Shine. Here are some of Sarah's most revealing moments. -By Elise Sole.
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Valerie Diaz, 15, of Virginia Beach, Virginia, had pleaded with and nagged her father, Phillip Diaz, to stop smoking, but he refused. Read More »from Facebook Reveals The Fittest Cities in America
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"I didn't want to quit," Phillip, 36, told Yahoo! Shine. "I told her that I'm the adult and she's the kid, and I'll stop when I'm ready."
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So Valerie made a deal with her father: He would quit his 25-year, pack-a-day habit if she could get 100,000 people to like a photo of her holding a sign that read, "My daddy said if I get 100,000 likes, he'll stop smoking." Phillip added, "I only agreed because I didn't think she could rally that many people."
Yet, 30 seconds after Valerie posted the photo on Facebook, the likes started pouring in. "In four days, the photo had 130,000 likes," she told Yahoo! Shine. Dad, of course, was speechless. "I was shocked at the reach Valerie had and that so many people cared," he said. Now, obliged to meet his end of
- Elise Solé, Shine Staff | Royal Baby Buzz – Mon, Jul 8, 2013 4:23 PM EDT
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Kate Middleton and Prince William are happily married with a baby on the way (any day now!), so it’s tough to imagine that back in 2007, the rock solid pair once split for several months.
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The biography Kate (U.K. publish date: July and U.S. publish date: October) by Marcia Moody, a former royal correspondent for OK! Magazine, offers an inside glimpse into the couple’s rocky period.
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The Modesty Experiment,” she chronicled her “frightening and liberating” journey this week on Salon.Writer Lauren Shields shunned makeup and stylish clothing and covered hair for nine months as part of a project to reject conventional beauty standards and discover her true self-worth. Currently writing a book called "Read More »from Would We Feel Better Without Makeup? One Woman's Modesty Experiment
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Shields is not the first woman to go to lengths in the pursuit of self-esteem. In March 2011, as a way to overcome her "obsession" with her appearance, writer Kjerstin Gruys didn't look in the mirror for the entire year leading up to her wedding. Through the process, Gruys learned to trust people when they said she was beautiful and realized that she was her own biggest critic.
It's no surprise that a great number of women grapple with their appearance. Research conducted by the Renfrew Center Foundation found that 44 percent of women experience negative emotions when not wearing cosmetics and report
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Not necessarily — reduced-fat milk is sugary and caloric, according to the results of a study published Monday in the journal JAMA Pediatrics.
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Whether they're scruffy, trendy, or practical, what a man wears on his feet speaks volumes about what's on his mind. To decipher what shoes reveal about a man's personality, we turned to Lloyd Boston, Today show style editor and author of The Style Checklist and fashion bloggers Sean Santiago (This Fruit Blogs), Thomás (My Belonging), and Brian Sacawa (He Spoke Style) Here's the scoop on his sole. —By Elise Solé.Read More »from What His Shoes Say About Him
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Tom Neijens, 36, the first secretary of the Belgium Mission to the U.N., and his wife, Roseline Remans, 34, had stopped by the Metropolis Country Club in White Plains recently to eat lunch. Although they weren’t members, they were seated on the terrace along with other diners.
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Remans reportedly began to inconspicuously breastfeed her daughter Luka at the table when a female supervisor approached and asked her to leave. “She said, ‘Please leave immediately, you are disturbing the members,'" Neijens told the New York Post.
He intervened on his wife’s behalf, telling the supervisor that the feeding would not take long, but Remans was told to finish in the restroom.