Blog Posts by Elise Solé, Shine Staff

  • School's Girl Power Ad Campaign Sends the Right Message

    The fairy tale is dead. That’s the message that Mercy Academy, an all-girls' Catholic school in Louisville, Kentucky, is sending with a splashy new ad campaign that tells students, “You’re not a princess. But you can still rule the world,” “Mirror, mirror on the wall. Be more than just the fairest of them all,” and “Don’t wait for a prince. Be able to rescue yourself.”

    The campaign, created by Doe-Anderson, a Louisville-based advertising agency, is meant to reflect one of the school's core goals: to help its students become independent, productive women in the real world. For example, during entrepreneur courses, students create real businesses and donate the proceeds to women in Sudan; in chemistry class, they clean up simulated oil spills. It’s also an attempt to woo prospective students to the school, which serves grades 9 to 12. “Our ad campaigns have been pretty traditional in the past, but this year we wanted to really get the message across that Mercy students have the power to

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  • Will Canceling School Dances Stop Kids From Grinding, Twerking?

    Everett CollectionTwerking is the unofficial dance of 2013 (thanks, Miley Cyrus!), and similar sexually suggestive dance moves favored by teens aren't sitting well with the adults in their lives. With bans on inappropriate dancing now the norm at many schools around the country, one high school is going a step further to make sure its students aren't tempted to bump and grind, by banning most school dances.

    Jeff Maher, principal of Stowe High School in Stowe, Vermont, wrote on the school’s blog last month:

    “This morning I announced to students that we are canceling school dances for the remainder of the year. The Prom in May will be the only exception. I arrived at this decision following considerable feedback from parents, faculty and staff, and students. All of this feedback was directed at the 'style' of dancing common among students in high schools across the nation; students and adults alike are uncomfortable with 'grinding' as this style of dance is called. It is inappropriate, demeaning, and does

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  • Tween Catches Bully Teacher on Tape

    ThinkStockWhen the father of a fourth grader learned that a teacher had been  bullying the boy and his classmates, he was determined to prove it. His solution? Sending the 9-year-old to school with a hidden tape recorder to catch her in the act.

    In mid-September, when Isaac Robinson, 43, of Villa Rica, Georgia, asked his son (whose name he declined to provide) how school was that day, he sensed something was wrong. “He kept saying, ‘Fine’ but I probed and he finally said that he didn’t want to go to school because he doesn’t like the way his teacher talks to the class,” Robinson tells Yahoo Shine. “When I pressed him, he said she tells them, ‘Shut up’ and even threatened to take the kids to jail because they were misbehaving.”

    Robinson wanted to report the incident to Villa Rica Elementary School, but he had a feeling the accusations would require proof. “I knew it would be my son’s word against his teacher’s, so I asked him if he felt comfortable secretly recording his class,” says Robinson. Read More »from Tween Catches Bully Teacher on Tape
  • Why Tea Makes You Happy, Healthy, and Smart

    ThinkstockMove over, coffee. Tea, java's subdued little sister, is having a moment. According to 12 new studies published in the December issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, consuming tea on a daily basis can boost weight loss, bone health, concentration, problem-solving skills, even your mood.

    "Although we’re a nation of coffee drinkers, tea is the oldest beverage in the world and its health properties are indisputable," Julie Upton, MS, RD, CSSD, a registered dietitian and a media resource of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, tells Yahoo Shine. "To experience the health benefits of tea, people should aim to drink 3 to 5 cups per day." Behold, five benefits of the brew:

    It boosts productivity: That guy in the neighboring cube who won't stop humming? Drinking black and green tea will help drown out the noise. The research found that sipping two to three cups over a 90-minute period improves alertness, attention span, and focus, helping people produce more accurate work. Read More »from Why Tea Makes You Happy, Healthy, and Smart
  • Extra, Extra! Kate Middleton Has Gray Hair, Too

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    From her tailored coats to her fabulous hats to her favorite nude stilettos, Kate Middleton has the polished look down pat. Which is why we were surprised when the duchess stepped out with Prince William on Thursday, rocking her usual beachy waves and visible in her hair were silver-gray strands. 

    Instead of her go-to side part, Middleton opted for a middle split, revealing the wiry silver hairs. The occasion was Poppy Day, a holiday observed in the Commonwealth countries to commemorate soldiers who died during World War 1. Observers wear red to symbolize the rose-colored poppies that bloomed along the battlefields and to get into the spirit, Middleton wore an ankle-length red Red L.K. Bennett coat fastened with three poppies, black opaque tights, and black suede pumps.

    Of course, finding a gray hair or two in your 30s isn't unusual — but given Middleton's status as a beauty icon, Twitter exploded with commentary.

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  • Teens' Burning Twin Towers Costume = Most Offensive Idea Ever

    SWNSToday in horrible news: Two friends in England thought it would be hilarious to wear Halloween costumes depicting New York City’s twin towers burning to the ground. They've issued an apology for their actions, but that hasn't stopped the story from going viral, with people expressing their outrage and disgust.

    Amber Langford and Annie Collinge, both 19-year-old students at the University of Chester, sent the following statement to the British newspaper, The Sun, which broke the story: “We never meant to be offensive, but we apologize if any offense was caused. The idea was to depict a serious, modern-day horror that happened in our lifetime and was not intended as a joke.”

    On Oct. 31, as part of a Halloween contest at Rosie’s Nightclub in Chester, the women wore cardboard cutouts of burning skyscrapers labeled “South Tower” and “North Tower.” Each featured protruding fiery flames and figures of people jumping to their deaths on September 11, 2001. They also wore hats in the shape of

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  • Bald Woman Wins Beauty Pageant, Also Our Hearts

    Miss Philippines Earth USABeauty pageants often evoke images of orange-streaked fake tans, sparkly tiaras, and blindingly white teeth, but one Utah teen has flipped conventional beauty standards by winning a title in the Miss Philippines Earth USA competition, despite a condition that’s caused her to go bald.

    Angelica Galindez, a 19-year-old licensed cosmetologist from Salt Lake City, has alopecia, a condition in which the immune system attacks hair follicles, causing hair loss. In many cases, the damage to the follicles isn’t permanent, but Galindez was diagnosed at age 12 and went completely bald three years later. Competing in the Miss Philippines Earth USA pageant — and ditching her wig — was her way of conveying that beauty is not one-size-fits-all. “It was really hard to lose my hair during puberty, so I wore a hat to school, but boys teased me and ripped it off my head,” Galindez tells Yahoo Shine. “As I grew older, I came to terms with the fact that my hair wasn’t growing back, so I decided to own it.”

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  • Eating Disorders in Boys: More Common Than You Think

    CorbisEating disorders have long been associated with women, but a new study published Monday in JAMA Pediatrics proves that the problem affects both sexes by exposing adolescent boys' obsession with body size and weight.

    The research found that nearly 20 percent of boys aged 12 to 18 are extremely concerned with the state of their bodies, yet those around them may not know it. “Male eating disorders are greatly underestimated for two reasons,” the lead study author, Alison Field, ScD, of Boston Children's Hospital Adolescent Medicine Division, tells Yahoo Shine. “Anorexia and bulimia — the disorders we studied — are traditionally associated with a desire to be thin, a standard that men generally don’t aspire to, and many are ashamed to seek treatment because the disorders are deemed a female problem.”

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    Guys Get Eating Disorders Too

    Big and brawny were traits that the boys studied most valued: 9.2 percent of guys were “highly concerned” with muscularity, 2.5 percent strove

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  • Why Man's 'Marriage Isn't For You' Essay Misses the Mark

    Is this what marriage should look like? (Photo: Corbis)The Internet is loaded with marriage advice, but rarely does one single tidbit resonate strongly with so many people. On Saturday, writer Seth Adam Smith posted an essay on his blog titled, "Marriage Isn’t for You," about his utterly selfless approach to marriage, generating both praise and vitriol.

    Twitter was flooded with commentary:

    Then came the backlash.

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  • Early Puberty: Another Scary Side Effect of Obesity

    ThinkStockIt’s no secret that little girls today are hitting puberty earlier than ever before, but new research published Monday in the medical journal Pediatrics has identified a new reason for the surge: obesity. 

    Frank Biro, a physician in the Division of Adolescent Medicine at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, and his team tracked 1,200 girls 6 to 8 years old in San Francisco, New York, and Cincinnati, observing their body mass index (BMI), when they started developing breasts and the results were surprising. “We found that the mean age for early puberty in Caucasian girls is 9.6, four months earlier than previously believed, and the median age is 8.5, about one year earlier than previously believed,” Biro tells Yahoo Shine. 

    The study also found that African American girls experienced breast development at a median age of 8.8 years, Hispanic girls at 9.3 years, and Asian girls at 9.7 years.

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