Blog Posts by Beth Greenfield, Shine Staff

  • Doc McStuffins Is Breakout Holiday Toy for Boys and Girls of All Races

    The popular Doc McStuffins Checkup Center. Photo: Disney Consumer ProductsBrace yourselves for a nice surprise, parents: One of the most in-demand toys of the holiday season is neither a princess nor a video-game warrior, but a doctor, thanks to Disney Junior’s runaway cartoon hit Doc McStuffins.    

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    “Doc is huge,” Jackie Breyer, editor in chief of the trade publication the Toy Insider tells Yahoo Shine about the doll based on the character, as well as other related merchandise. “The Checkup Center is almost impossible to find at this point. But it’s all hot. Anything Doc is huge this year.”

    Anyone with a little kid won’t be too surprised, as the relatively new show, about a 6-year-old aspiring doctor who admires her doctor mother and treats her toys with help from her dragon and snowman friends, is hugely popular with the 2- to-7-year-old set. It draws an average of 1.3 million viewers weekly, according to the latest Nielsen ratings, and has a viewership of both boys and girls.

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  • Teens Arrested for Letting Friend Drive Drunk in Fatal Crash

    Jane Modlesky. Photo: FacebookCould you be held accountable for allowing someone else to drive drunk? Two 17-year-old boys arrested in Glastonbury, CT on Thursday are finding out the hard way that you can. They were charged with misdemeanors, as police say they knew their friend Jane Modlesky, also 17, was too drunk to drive when she got behind the wheel of an SUV in July before crashing into a tree and dying.

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    “They very well knew that she was intoxicated and should not have been driving,” Agent James Kennedy of the Glastonbury Police Department tells NBC Connecticut. (Kennedy did not return calls requesting comment from Yahoo Shine.)

    The young men, one of whom was driving and the other of whom was a passenger before getting out of the car and watching Modlesky drive off into the early morning, were charged separately. One was charged with reckless endangerment in the second degree, violation of passenger restrictions and operating a motor

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  • Do Jay Z and Beyoncé Know Going Vegan is a Lifestyle, Not a Fad?

    New vegans Jay Z and Beyoncé. Photo: Getty ImagesThe world collectively dropped its Chobani yogurt this week when Jay Z and Beyoncé announced, through Jay Z’s website, that they would go vegan for 22 days, aiming for a “spiritual and physical cleanse.” The declaration was brief, redirecting readers to the site of friend and vegan meal-bar maker Marco Borges for details about “the benefits of a plant based diet,” and implying that the decision is about health and fitness over animal rights. But does simply sticking to vegan foods automatically equal healthfulness and weight loss?

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    As an ethical vegan for the better part of the last decade (as well as someone with a lifelong sweet tooth), I, for one, am fairly certain it doesn’t. Vegans, after all, can choose to subsist on Oreos and Ritz crackers topped with Jif peanut butter. And while those choices might help the health of the planet, the staggering amount of salt, sugar and hydrogenated oils won’t do much for our

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  • Metro D.C. Transit Takes Sexist Turn With Ridiculous Ad

    The offending Metro ad. Photo: Lucy Westcott via TwitterDoesn't it seem that women can’t ever stop blabbing annoyingly about shoes? Yeah, well, the folks behind a new marketing campaign for Washington, D.C.’s Metro system totally agree, and have predicated one of their poster designs on the idea just to prove it.  

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    The ad features a photo of two women conversing. One notes, “A Metrobus travels about 8,260 miles between breakdowns. Didn’t know that, did you?” The other’s response is, “Can’t we just talk about shoes?”

    Student journalist Lucy Westcott, of the University of Maryland’s Capital News Service, first spotted the poster on Tuesday, in the Metro Center station. She tweeted a photo of it, noting, “Nice bit of early morning sexism on the DC Metro. Oh my god, shoes.” The dcist blog picked up news of the ad, calling it a “horrifying but not at all shocking bit of casual sexism.”

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  • GivingTuesday: 4 Great Ways to Support Women and Girls

    Supporting mentors for girls is one way to give. Photo: Getty ImagesThe best salve for the psychic damage of Black Friday and Cyber Monday (besides holing up with a jar of Nutella and a spoon, of course) is GivingTuesday. The second annual event was kicked off last year by New York’s 92nd Street Y and the United Nations Foundation as a national day of charitable giving to counteract all the getting of the holidays.

    The movement has taken off in a big way this year, with a frenzy of #GivingTuesday tweets, Google+ Hangout-a-thon speakers, crowd-sourcing campaigns, and nonprofit blogs asking for much-needed donations. So how to cut through the onslaught of appeals? Skim through and give where your heart is, basically. You can go big — Save the Children, Human Rights Watch, American Cancer Society— or small, though the little guys can be harder to pick out. So allow us to note a few lesser-known, women-focused charities that caught our eye to check out on GivingTuesday and beyond:

    About-Face
    This San Francisco-based organization equips women and girls with

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  • Breast Cancer Survivor Responds to NYT Photo Controversy

    The front-page photo that touched off the brouhaha. Courtesy of The New York TimesWhen the New York Times ran a powerful front-page photo illustrating a breast-cancer gene story on Wednesday, it touched off a major controversy. One missing voice in the din, though, was that of the 28-year-old woman in the photo—whose face was not in the frame but whose upper torso, including a lumpectomy scar, small Star of David tattoo, and partial left areola were there for all to see. But on Monday she spoke out, albeit anonymously, to the New York Times

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    “When I first saw the photo I did not find it either provocative or inappropriate,” begins her personal statement, published by the newspaper on Monday. “I thought it was powerful and told my story—I am a proud, young Jewish woman who had breast cancer, and I have a scar that proves it. I am not ashamed or embarrassed by the scar.… I didn’t expect such controversy around the photo—but I’m glad the photo caused an impact.”

    The

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  • New Mom Under Fire for Postbaby Body Selfie


    Is the postpregnancy body the new weapon of choice among superfit women? Yes, charge critics of Norwegian soccer wife and fitness blogger Caroline Berg Eriksen, who posted a flat-stomach, bra-and-panties selfie to her 245,000 Instagram followers just four days after giving birth.

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    "This is not a selfie. This is an act of war," writes one Australian blogger in response to the image — just one of many blogs, news outlets, body image experts, and social-media commenters around the world to weigh in on the matter in the past few days, putting the photo at the center of a major online body image controversy. "This whole situation has become ludicrous. The competition for women to give birth and then immediately remove any trace from their their bodies that they ever carried a child is OBSCENE. There is no other word for it." Another blogger calls the photo of Eriksen, who is married to pro soccer player Lars-Kristian

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  • Kids Explain the Story of Thanksgiving, and It's Hilarious


    So besides eating ourselves sick while football drones on in the background, what’s the actual story with Thanksgiving again? Pilgrims, Squanto, Plymouth, cranberries — it’s easy to get confused. But thanks to a team of precocious New York City 5- and 7-year-olds assembled for a new 3 ½-minute video that's doing well on Mashable, we’ve got some new and enlightening (and completely amusing) answers.

    “The pilgrims were people from England and their king wasn’t treating them well, so they moved to New York and they sort of took over the African-Americans’ land and now we call African-Americans Indians,” the mash-up begins. That’s courtesy of a loquacious dark-eyed 5-year-old, whose other bits of wisdom include, “The girls always wore stockings,” “There was like 100 and something people on the boat,” and “They didn’t really know how to survive and winter was coming.”

    Others chimed in with their thoughts on Pilgrim customs, possible names, and fashion sense.

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  • Change Natural Hairstyle or Get Expelled, School Tells 12-Year-Old Girl



    Update: School officials said Tuesday they would require VanDyke to style her hair differently, but not necessarily to cut or straighten it.

    A 12-year-old girl will be expelled from a Florida school unless she gets her hair under control, school officials have told her. Vanessa VanDyke, an honors student and violinist at the Faith Christian Academy in Orlando, tells WKMG that administrators have given her one week to decide whether to cut and shape her hair or leave the school, which she has attended since the third grade.

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    Faith Christian Academy did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Yahoo Shine. And VanDyke’s mother, Sabrina Kent, could not be reached for comment.

    But WKMG reports that the school’s handbook includes a section on hair that says it “must be a natural color and must not be a distraction,” stating examples that include mohawks, shaved designs and rat tails. However, notes Kent, “A distraction to oneRead More »from Change Natural Hairstyle or Get Expelled, School Tells 12-Year-Old Girl
  • Why Parents of Daughters Are More Likely to Vote Republican

    These parents are 11 percent more likely to be Republicans than their friends who have a son. Photo: CorbisIt seems, liberal ladies, that there might finally be an explanation for your Republican parents: you. Yep, a new study has found that families with a first child who is a daughter, or with more daughters than sons, are 11 percent more likely to be headed by Republicans than those with no daughters.

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    “Parents of daughters, it seems, have an interest in reducing male promiscuity and encouraging greater male investment in their children, consistent with the conservative family policies of the Republican Party,” study coauthor Emily Rauscher, assistant professor of sociology at the University of Kansas, tells Yahoo Shine. “Parents of sons, in contrast, are more accepting of teen sex and more liberal policies. In other words, daughters seem to encourage Republican identification through parents’ interest in their grandchildren.”   

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