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Following a steady pelting of complaints by anti-eating-disorder activists, YouTube temporarily suspended the channel of a popular raw-food adherent known as TannyRaw on Friday. And while the channel was only down for a few hours, the move touched off a social-media dustup about responsibility and blame regarding young, susceptible women, eating disorders, and those spouting diet advice, including TannyRaw and a YouTube star who calls herself Freelee the Banana Girl.
The small but vocal group of about 15 critics — Mothers (and Others) Against Eating Disorders, or MAED — took issue with what they call TannyRaw's “dangerous” approach to dispensing weight-loss and nutrition advice, and say that in one video the South Carolina woman, whose real name is Tanya, even counseled a young girl to refuse treatment for her eating disorder. “That's unethical and dangerous,” noted one woman on Twitter, where an impassioned back-and-forth between people on both sides of the argument raged all day
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- Beth Greenfield, Shine Staff | Healthy Living – Fri, Apr 11, 2014 5:44 PM EDT
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woman’s body image to take a hit. Now comes evidence to suggest that realistic social-media images — on Facebook, specifically — can add to that suffering, too. The latest study on the topic, due to be presented in May at the annual International Communication Association conference in Seattle, found that young women who spend a lot of time on Facebook tend to feel more negatively about their bodies than other young women.It’s been pretty well established that media images of thin models and toned celebrities can cause a Read More »from Facebook May Hurt a Woman's Body Image
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“The attention college women pay to physical attributes may be even more dangerous on Facebook than through traditional media because the impact is stronger when it’s people that they know, as opposed to celebrities,” researcher Yusuf Kalyango, an associate professor of journalism at Ohio University, tells Yahoo Shine. And the takeaway, he notes, is that “online objectification and social
- Beth Greenfield, Shine Staff | Parenting – Thu, Apr 10, 2014 5:23 PM EDT
American Childhood Cancer Organization. And while those numbers are staggering enough on their own, sometimes one simple photo speaks even louder than statistics — like in the case of this particular image, by Oklahoma photographer Lora Scantling, that’s currently yanking on the heartstrings of thousands of Facebook users. In it are three little girls, ages 3, 4, and 6, mostly bald from chemo and embracing each other with their eyes closed, in a pose that emanates a warmth and depth beyond their collective years. A caption notes, “Sometimes strength comes in knowing you are not alone.”Each year in the U.S., about 13,400 children under the age of 19 are diagnosed with a form of cancer, according to the Read More »from Portraits of Little Girls With Cancer Stir Emotions on Facebook
“I thought of this project just because I wanted to do something that would bring out emotion and touch peoples hearts,” Scantling tells Yahoo Shine through a message on Facebook — where her photo of the three girls has been liked nearly 4,000 times since being posted on April 5. “My
- Beth Greenfield, Shine Staff | Parenting – Thu, Apr 10, 2014 3:24 PM EDT
Social Security Administration data showing that in 2012 alone, nearly 150 American girls were named Khaleesi — after a character’s royal title on “Game of Thrones” — the whole name game has become downright surreal.Once upon a time, baby names were a simple affair — Jane, Elizabeth, Susan. Then, for a time, with Sunshine and Autumn and Moon Unit, they got hippiefied. Now, with news spreading over Read More »from Parents Are Naming Their Babies After 'Game of Thrones'
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On Wednesday, the website Vox reported on its discovery of the "Game of Thrones" baby-naming trend. After crunching the numbers, it found that the name Khaleesi had become more popular than Betsy, according to SSA data.
“There are certain qualities about a character that makes the name really catch on,” Laura Wattenberg, author of “The Baby Name Wizard,” tells Yahoo Shine. “And in general, it’s shows featuring attractive young people with supernatural powers.”
To wit: Katniss, from the "Hunger Games” trilogy, which was among the
- Beth Greenfield, Shine Staff | Parenting – Wed, Apr 9, 2014 5:19 PM EDT
firing back against state Rep. Alvin Holmes and the race-based, controversial comments he made during an abortion-bill debate in March. In addition to claiming that 99 percent of white legislators would force their daughters to have an abortion if impregnated by a black man, Holmes also said, "I will bring you $100,000 cash tomorrow if you show me a whole bunch of whites that adopted blacks in Alabama. I will go down there and mortgage my house and get it cash in 20 dollar bills and bring it to you in a little briefcase." Now he may need to head to the bank, as families who have done just that staged a press conference at the Alabama State House Wednesday.Adoptive parents in Alabama are Read More »from Families Protest Alabama Lawmaker's Racist Comments
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“Rep. Holmes’ statements were very offensive. He implied transracial adoptions do not happen in Alabama, which is far from the truth,” notes a press release about the demonstration that was posted on the Facebook page for
- Beth Greenfield, Shine Staff | Parenting – Wed, Apr 9, 2014 4:35 PM EDT
parents are totally freaking out about it.What ever happened to imaginative, movie-inspired play? You know, like, where a 5-year-old reenacts the scenes from her favorite Disney film while wearing an odd pastiche of dress-up clothes that are mostly mommy’s castoffs? Or plays the soundtrack of said favorite movie while dancing or singing along or, simply, listening? What’s happened to it, apparently, is that it’s gone the way of the record player (just please don’t tell my daughter that). And how I know that is this: “Frozen” merchandise is pretty much sold out everywhere, and Read More »from Disney's 'Frozen' Memorabilia Shortage Causes Panic
“Enterprising individuals are charging up to $1,000 for ‘Frozen’ items on eBay, which has driven parents completely insane,” Jezebel notes with an understandable tone of schadenfreude. “Frustrated moms are currently freaking out all over Disney's Facebook page, posting angry messages in the middle of the night.” An example, posted Wednesday afternoon: “What is up, Disney? Why are you not properly stocking Frozen
- Beth Greenfield, Shine Staff | Healthy Living – Wed, Apr 9, 2014 2:42 PM EDT
The Opposite of Loneliness,” Marina Keegan’s posthumous collection of essays and stories, comes a gift no one ever fully wants to receive — bright and youthful wisdom from a talent who died too soon. Keegan was just 22 years old and five days past graduating magna cum laude from Yale University when she was killed in a car accident on her way to meet her family for her father’s birthday party on Cape Cod. And while she had a brilliant future ahead of her — a job lined up at the New Yorker, a play about to be produced at a theater festival — the rising star had already made a major mark.With this week’s publication of “Read More »from Life Lessons From Marina Keegan's Posthumous Book of Essays
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“When a young person dies, much of the tragedy lies in her promise: what she would have done,” notes Anne Fadiman, a professor and Keegan’s mentor at Yale, in the new book’s introduction. “But Marina left what she had already done: an entire body of writing far more than could fit between these
- Beth Greenfield, Shine Staff | Healthy Living – Tue, Apr 8, 2014 2:03 PM EDT
92-pound Yale University student has finally ended her face-off with school officials who spent months insisting that she either gain weight or be suspended. And Frances Chan, 20, who contends she never had an eating disorder to begin with but is simply genetically thin, could not be more relieved.A Read More »from Yale University Drops Threat to Kick Out Student for Being Too Skinny
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“It felt really bad to be this powerless,” the student told the New Haven Register Sunday. “I ate ice cream twice a day. I ate cookies. I used elevators instead of walking up stairs. But I don’t really gain any weight.”
Chan’s problems with the Ivy League school began back in September, when she went to Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale-New Haven to have a breast lump checked. Though the lump was benign, it led to Yale Health, the student health center, scrutinizing her general health and, in particular, her low weight.
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Oppressed Majority” four years ago but just recently added subtitles. “What’s happened to my film is fantastic,” she told the New York Times. “I don’t know if it’s just the subject or the buzz.”A short French film that uses simple role reversal to illustrate sexism has gone viral, surprising no one more, perhaps, than the filmmaker, Eléonore Pourriat, who created “Read More »from The Viral French Feminist Film Everyone's Talking About
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Though the 11-minute film — which, WARNING, contains female nudity — received little attention when it was originally released in 2010, Pourriat uploaded it to YouTube with the addition of English subtitles in February. Since then, it’s reached more than 9 million views (compared to the 700,000, interestingly, on the French-only version) and spurred an impassioned social-media dialogue about gender oppression.
The film follows a harried father through his day in a society ruled by women (many of whom we see jogging past him, topless). And as he goes
- Beth Greenfield, Shine Staff | Parenting – Mon, Apr 7, 2014 2:01 PM EDT
canceled a planned fundraiser for the National Autism Association after finding itself under pressure by pro-vaccine groups.The ongoing national debate surrounding vaccines has swept into its morass an unlikely player this week: the restaurant chain Chili’s, which Read More »from Chili's Cancels Autism Awareness Fundraiser After Pro-Vaccine Pressure
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The chain had announced plans to donate a portion of its Monday sales to the organization in honor of National Autism Awareness Month. But that prompted outcry on social media when critics pointed out the association’s controversial belief about vaccines. “The National Autism Association believes vaccinations can trigger or exacerbate autism in some, if not many, children, especially those who are genetically predisposed to immune, autoimmune or inflammatory conditions,” according to the association's website. The idea goes against that of the medical mainstream, which points to various studies to show there is no link between vaccinations and autism.