Blog Posts by Beth Greenfield, Shine Staff

  • 15-Pound Baby Doing Well After Scary Birth

    Baby George. Photo: YouTube via BBCA new mom in England got the shock of her life when the she gave birth to her son George six weeks ago—and he came out weighing a whopping 15 pounds 7 ounces.

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    “He’s a little miracle—well, a big miracle, really,” Jade King, who birthed George vaginally, told the BBC.

    No one realized just how big George was until his head had emerged, at which point his shoulders got temporarily stuck and he went without oxygen for five minutes.

    “There was about 20-odd doctors in the room, and that’s when it got really scary,” King recalled.

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    Once the baby was out, he was given a 10 percent chance of survival and transferred from Cheltenham to another hospital, in Bristol. He was kept there for four and a half weeks and then went home, and just received normal results from an MRI.

    “It might just be that he’s a little big slow with his learning,” his mom added. “So hopefully

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  • Meet the Today Show’s New Pregnant Power Couple: Jenna Wolfe and Stephanie Gosk

    Wolfe, left, and Gosk. Photo: Getty Images/NBCToday show anchor Jenna Wolfe announced on air Wednesday that she was five months pregnant—and simultaneously came out to the world when she added, “My girlfriend Stephanie Gosk and I, who works here at NBC, we’re expecting a baby girl in the end of August.”

    The way the news was delivered—with a backdrop of day two at the Supreme Court gay marriage hearings, and in an interesting blend of scripted, awkward, but ultimately no-big-deal happy banter between Wolfe, Matt Lauer, Savannah Guthrie and Al Roker—was a far cry from the on-air coming out of another lesbian host, Ellen DeGeneres, 16 years ago. It coincided with a profile of the expecting Wolfe and Goske in the latest issue of People, which hit stands Wednesday. (And it was nice break from the ongoing Lauer-Ann Curry drama, which continues to make headlines.)

    “Stephanie’s extremely adventurous, she’s been all over the world. You know me, there’s not a building I haven’t jumped off of,” Wolfe said during her announcement. “For us this Read More »from Meet the Today Show’s New Pregnant Power Couple: Jenna Wolfe and Stephanie Gosk
  • Supreme Court Justice Says Gay Marriage Newer Than Cell Phones and the Internet. We Say, Huh?

    A gay-marriage supporter in San Francisco Monday. (Getty Images)OK, so while countless gay couples wait—in some cases for many decades, their lives and families held in the balance—Supreme Court Justices are freaking out about moving too fast. The New York Times reported that some expressed a sort of “buyer’s remorse” about the hearings Tuesday, with Justice Alito feeling the need to give a little history lesson.

    “You want us to step in and assess the effects of this institution, which is newer than cellphones and/or the Internet?” he asked, urging caution in a ruling.

    Hmm. The Internet was introduced to the public by UCLA in 1969. And the mobile phone was invented by Martin Cooper in 1973.

    So, by Alito's bizarre logic, that must mean the concept of gay marriage—the mere fact of same-sex lovers entering into a commitment and living together as partners—must have been invented some time in the ’70s. Right?

    Now it's time for our history lesson, in brief, easy-to-digest timeline format:

    "A Very Long Engagement" via YouTube.1970: Minnesota couple Jack Baker and Michael McConnell tried to

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  • Top L.A. Restaurant Red Medicine Shames No-Shows on Twitter

    Got a rezzie? Then you'd better show up. Photo: Getty Images/Jamie Grill Photography Everyone knows it’s uncool to be a no-show when it comes to restaurant reservations. But should neglecting to call and cancel make you a public pariah? Apparently, according to Noah Ellis, owner of acclaimed Beverly Hills restaurant Red Medicine, who spent the weekend tweeting the names of folks who didn’t show for dinner during prime time.

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    To the no-show who either is or just shares a name with UCLA Bruins guard Kyle Anderson:

    And to a list of others:

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  • Finally: An Anti-Rape PSA that Puts the Onus on Men

    A still from the video, via YouTube.How hard is it to not blame the victim when it comes to rape? Extremely hard, apparently—as in nearly impossible.

    That’s judging by the hideous social media reactions to the rape cases of young women in both Steubenville and Torrington. And the recent asinine statements made by public figures, from Todd Akin to Joanna Lumley.

    Add to that a parade of recent anti-rape PSAs that fall right in line by focusing on how women—not men—should go about avoiding rape by dressing appropriately and curbing their booze intake. (The most noteworthy example, as Business Insider pointed out on Monday, was when the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board released a series of posters showing a woman’s legs sprawled on a bathroom floor, panties at ankles, with the text, “See what happens when your friends drink too much?”)

    But every once in a while, someone figures out how to get the anti-rape message across in a way that’s smart, straightforward, and powerful all at once. This time around, that someone is

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  • A $91,500 T-Shirt? Yes, it Exists. Right on the Rack at Hérmes.

    The high-priced crocodile tee. Photo: Richard Bord/Getty ImagesThe most expensive T-shirt in New York City—and possibly (hopefully?) the world—is apparently the one selling for $91,500 at Hermés.

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    The black crew-neck men's T-shirt, made of crocodile skin, was sniffed out on the racks by a blogger at the Awl Monday, who wrote, “Yes. It finally happened. Congratulations to us, and to the Hermès men's store on Madison Avenue for just hanging it quietly on a shelf with some rather more normal clothes. (I mean, expensive clothes! But everything looks cheap next to this price tag.)”

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    The Awl posted a sneakily-snapped image of said price tag but not the shirt itself, explaining that Hermes prohibits the taking of photographs inside its store. But the item walked the runway in Paris as part of the Hermés men's spring collection in June of 2012. 

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  • Ford Apologizes Over Sexist Ads Using Cartoons of Bound-and-Gagged Women

    One of the offending images, starring Berlusconi. Image for Ford by JWT.Mock-up Ford ads using cartoon images of the Kardashian sisters and other women bound and gagged in trunks are causing a public-relations disaster for the auto giant.

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    The three unapproved rogue ads for the compact Ford Figo, made in India by young creatives at ad agency JWT, were posted on the portfolio-sharing site Ads of the World last week and spotted by a Business Insider reporter, who called them “disturbing.”
    One depicted Paris Hilton at the wheel, winking, with the three Kardashian sisters tied up in the car’s trunk. Another featured three bound and gagged women in the trunk and former Italian prime minister and infamous “Bunga Bunga” partier Silvio Berlusconi at the wheel, flashing a peace sign, and the following tagline: “Leave Your Worries Behind with the Figo’s extra-large boot.” The third put Formula One driving champ Michael Schumacher at the wheel with a trunk full of his longtime male rivals. They have since

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  • Transgender Woman Rejected from Smith is Just the Latest Tale of Trans-Woman Bias

    An image from the supportive Facebook page, Smith Q&A: Trans Women Belong Here.When Connecticut high school senior Calliope Wong posted her rejection letter from Smith College on her Tumblr earlier this month, the anti-discrimination blogosphere lit up. That’s because Wong is a transgender woman—but still officially “male” on her government financial aid document. And, according to said letter from Smith College’s Dean of Admission Debra Shaver, “Smith is a women’s college, which means that undergraduate applicants must be female at the time of admission.”

    But, explains Wong on her Tumblr, “In order to be legally recognized as ‘female’ on my birth certificate according to BOTH Massachusetts and Connecticut law, I have to undergo vaginoplasty (feminizing genital surgery). From what I understand, Smith College will only evaluate me as a ‘real’ girl if I get sex reassignment surgery.”

    That, she continues, “is perhaps the most obscene of rights violations that I have ever witnessed from a school. It’s not a loud and boisterous violation, which is all the worse: its slyRead More »from Transgender Woman Rejected from Smith is Just the Latest Tale of Trans-Woman Bias
  • Fugitive Tips Off Own Arrest with "Wanted" Shirt

    A shirt similar to this one landed a man in hot water with the law. Photo: Zazzle.comAnd now, from Taiwan, a cautionary tale with the following lesson: Don’t wear T-shirts with writing that you can’t understand.

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    A fugitive in the town of Huwei, in the southern country of Yunlin, learned that the hard way when he was arrested earlier this month while wearing a shirt bearing the word “Wanted," a police spokesperson told the French news agency AFP.

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    The criminal, identified in reports by only his surname Wu, didn’t know any English, and had no clue what his shirt, a gift from his son, meant.

    But as it turned out, a patrolling police officer did; he’d passed a proficiency test and was curious about the word on the tee.

    That exchange led to Wu inspiring more questions—no doubt he appeared nervous—and to the cop checking his status on his police system. Which led to Wu being hauled in on drug charges.

    End of lesson. Capiche?

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  • Someone Invented Actual Period Underpants? We're In.

    Sexiest period undies ever? Photo courtesy of Thinx.Period panties just got a whole lot prettier.

    (And don’t act like you don’t know what we’re talking about—we know you’ve got some scary stain-worthy pairs reserved for your little friend just like the rest of us.)

    Thinx, a new line of women’s underwear that’s specially made to deal with leaks and pads when you’re on the rag, is coming to a retailer near you in May. And the best part? These undies are bloody cute.

    They come from a trio of New York based entrepreneurs—identical twin sisters Miki and Radha Agrawal and their friend Antonia Dunbar—and represent three years of brainstorming, research, design and fund-raising efforts (including $65,000 from a Kickstarter campaign). The result is a line of lingerie that’s leak and stain-resistant, anti-microbial, moisture wicking and durable. It’s all meant to provide some trusted backup to your sometimes less-than-perfect tampons—and there’s also plenty of material in the crotch for a pad if that’s how you roll.

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