Blog Posts by Beth Greenfield, Shine Staff

  • 'Skinny Girl' Bethenny Frankel Jeered for Posing in Kid's Tiny PJs

    Former reality star Bethenny Frankel has never been one to shy away from discussing her obsession with body image and dieting. But her latest move has some accusing the Skinny Girl lifestyle brand creator of being a downright trigger for those battling demons of their own. Her offense? Posing in her 4-year-old daughter Bryn’s Hello Kitty pajamas — which fit Frankel’s tiny frame — and flaunting the photo as proof on Instagram.

    “It’s violently irresponsible for several reasons,” charged Meghan McCain on “The View” Monday. “I have been fat-shamed my entire life, and for her to act like fitting into your 4-year-old’s pajamas is some kind of accomplishment is absolutely irresponsible.”

    Frankel, 43, posted the controversial photo on Sunday with the following caption: “This is my daughter's nightgown and PJ shorts. Think we’re ready to start sharing clothes yet?” So far it’s gotten more than 9,000 likes, though opinions have been split. “Wow, way to go, you just destroyed the last 50 years of

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  • Determined Woman Runs 7 Marathons in 7 Days to Fight Cancer

    Marathoner Eva Casale. Photo: Courtesy Team in Training/Eva CasaleMarathoner Eva Casale. Photo: Courtesy Team in Training/Eva CasaleIt’s the rare person who runs and completes a marathon — just 0.16 percent of the U.S. population, according to 2013 statistics. But someone who runs seven marathons in seven consecutive days? Practically unheard of.

    “It is crazy,” admitted Eva Casale, a 49-year-old credit-union vice president from Glen Cove, New York, who completed the arduous task on Sunday afternoon. She spoke to Yahoo Shine just minutes before beginning the fifth marathon, on Friday, sounding unfazed and downright chipper. “Running is my passion,” she said. “It’s a way of life for me.”

    It’s also her way of giving back: The undertaking was a fundraising effort for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's Team in Training, an organization that allows volunteers to exchange their training and coaching time for monetary donations toward blood-cancer research. By completing the 183.4 miles, Casale is on her way to raising $49,000 in pledges. (Those who want to donate can do so on her Go Team Eva page.) And it’s that lofty

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  • This Male Athlete Is Getting Fat-Shamed

    The Prince Fielder cover. Photo: ESPNThe Prince Fielder cover. Photo: ESPNNow here’s a body image twist for you: The naked athlete gracing the cover of the latest ESPN the Magazine is being fat shamed all over Twitter. And said athlete is a man.

    “He's overweight, injured, and has declining stats when he should be in his prime,” is just one of the many judgmental tweets about Major League Baseball player Prince Fielder of the Texas Rangers — this one courtesy of “The Paleo Manifesto” author John Durant, who shared that opinion with his nearly 16,000 followers. Other choice tweets about Fielder, whose image fronts one of six versions of the magazine's annual Body Issue:

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  • J.Crew Criticized for Introducing 'Absurd' Size 000

    A J. Crew store in London. Photo: Dave M. Benett/Getty Images for J.CrewA J. Crew store in London. Photo: Dave M. Benett/Getty Images for J.CrewRetailer J.Crew has found itself under fire this week for introducing a teensy-tiny new size: 000. But while critics charge it’s a “vanity sizing” move that will only further encourage body shame and eating disorders, the retailer insists the goal is to keep up with the demand in Asia, where bodies tend to be smaller. The size, however, will be available for purchase online in the United States.

    “We are simply addressing the demand coming from Asia for smaller sizes than what we had carried. Our sizes typically run big and the Asia market tends to run small,” a J.Crew spokesperson told "Today" (though the company would not comment for Yahoo Shine beyond confirming that the size was introduced at the opening of a Hong Kong store in May.) “To further put into perspective, these sizes add up to the smallest possible percentage of our overall sizing assortment. Also to note, J.Crew’s sizes run across the board to try and accommodate as many customers as possible… We run up to size 16, we

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  • Fat Woman Wears Bikini, World Doesn't End

    Jenny Trout in her bikini. Photo: Bronwyn GreenJenny Trout in her bikini. Photo: Bronwyn Green“I wore a bikini in public. While being fat.” So begins a poignant and funny essay on body image, written by blogger and novelist Jenny Trout. It’s touched a collective nerve this week, and its wide impact — more than 350,000 likes on Facebook thus far, along with 45,000 shares and thousands of supportive comments — has perhaps surprised no one as much as its author.

    “WOW. Did I vastly underestimate women’s need to see ‘imperfect’ bodies just doing regular, human stuff,” Trout wrote in a follow-up to her original piece, which ran in longer form on the Huffington Post over the holiday weekend. “Not only am I getting messages going, ‘You’re helping me with my personal stuff,’ but the support I’m getting is overwhelming.… Obviously, that’s not why I posted the article, it’s a broader social commentary (the point of which was that it doesn’t matter how you look, you’re still entitled to wear whatever you want and be comfortable doing it), but the fact that I’ve received more of those

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  • Black Prep School President Steps Down After Mocking White Classmates

    Maya Peterson in the controversial photo. Photo: Instagram via BuzzfeedMaya Peterson in the controversial photo. Photo: Instagram via BuzzfeedThe most expensive prep school in the country, the Lawrenceville School, spent much of its spring semester mired in racial tensions as its first black student-body president was forced to step down for “mocking” white male students on Instagram.

    In the photo that Maya Peterson posted of herself to Instagram in March when she was a senior, she poses as a typical “Lawrenceville boi” — wearing a Yale sweatshirt and duck boots, holding a hockey stick. It's hashtagged #romney2016, #confederate, and #peakedinhighschool.  

    “I understand why I hurt people's feelings, but I didn't become president to make sure rich white guys had more representation on campus,” Peterson told BuzzFeed, which reported the story on Monday. “Let’s be honest. They're not the ones that feel uncomfortable here.” Peterson graduated from Lawrenceville, a private school near princeton, N.J., in June.

    Still, according to the school's student publication, The Lawrence, after a group of students alerted Dean of Students Nancy

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  • Pippa Middleton Speaks Out About Fame, 'Family Wedding,' in First TV Interview

     

    Though she’s known the world over on a first-name basis, Pippa Middleton hasn’t spoken to the public much. She has never done a television interview, in fact, before sitting down with Matt Lauer recently for the "Today" show, which aired most of their conversation on Monday (with more set for Tuesday). “I think she’s incredibly grounded,” Lauer said back in the studio. “I think she’s blown away by the attention she’s gotten over these last two, three years, and is not quite sure of what to do with all that attention.” Here’s what the Duchess of Cambridge’s sister revealed about:

    Her reluctance to do a TV interview: “I have this nervousness of being in front of a camera. … It has been difficult, I suppose, from going from a very normal life to sort of managing everything that happened after the wedding.”

    Pippa Middleton in that now-famous bridesmaid dress. (Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)Pippa Middleton in that now-famous bridesmaid dress. (Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)The royal wedding: “It sounds funny to say it, but we saw it, as a family, as just a family wedding. And I didn’t realize, perhaps, the scale of it, until afterwards. I had to just

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  • Eating Disorder-Themed Clothing Angers Moms on Twitter

    A bulimia bib, for sale at CafePress. Photo: CafePress.comA bulimia bib, for sale at CafePress. Photo: CafePress.comBulimia and anorexia: Universally not funny, right? Yet the deadly eating disorders are being used as fodder for a spate of DIY-made items available to purchase on the custom products retail site CafePress.com — including T-shirts, baseball caps, boxer shorts, magnets and even baby bibs.

    “Bulimia makes me want to puke!” screams the bright-green slogan printed on an $11.99 thong and $16.99 pair of boxers. Then there’s the V-neck shirt, declaring, “Bulimia blows chunks” in bright-red block letters; the white crewneck tee emblazoned with the fuchsia phrase “Anorexia (an-uh-rek-see-uh): Like bulimia, but with self-control”; an “Anorexia survivor” organic onesie; and the little white bib, which says, simply, “Bulimia.”

    The bizarre clothing items — created by individuals who use CafePress as a design and sales portal — are fueling the ire of a group of mothers whose youngsters have battled eating disorders. It’s the same group that, through its tenacious tweets, pressured high-end eyewear

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  • Stay-At-Home Dad Apologizes for Underestimating the Job

    Michael Cavender, aka Daddy Fishkins, and one of his charges. Photo: DaddyFishkins.comMichael Cavender, aka Daddy Fishkins, and one of his charges. Photo: DaddyFishkins.comA first-person essay by an amusingly honest stay-at-home-dad is causing some online buzz: “My Apology to Stay-at-Home Moms,” Michael Cavender’s blow-by-blow account of the joys and drudgeries packed into a typical day taking care of three small children.

    “A lot of men who think that they are the ‘breadwinners’ of a family have this notion that mothers who stay at home with the kids all day are, in a way, either not pulling their weight or just sitting around, doing nothing the entire day. I’m a bit guilty of this,” Cavender begins in his essay, published Wednesday on the Huffington Post. While he used to be the one to go to an office all day, he explains, now that the tables have turned and he’s at home with the kids these days, he’s been set straight. “How wrong was I?” he asks. “Dead wrong.”

    Cavender’s post originally ran in April on his own Daddy Fishkins blog (which was down on Thursday afternoon, mostly likely thanks to a spike in visitors from the media coverage), where he

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  • Mom-Designed Action Figures for Boys Highlight Brains Over Brawn


    Much has been said lately about the sexist messaging of toys geared for girls. But the ones marketed to boys leave something to be desired, too — at least according to Laura Hale, a California mother of four who’s using her entrepreneurial skills to launch a series of action figures that stresses kindness and creativity over brute force.  

    “The imaginary-play component is key, but I wanted to create something that wasn’t a superhero,” Hale, of Menlo Park, tells Yahoo Shine. She’s currently raising funds through Kickstarter for a collection of “retro” action figures she's named Generation Grit. “I actually love superheroes and find them inspiring,” she explains. But she had an epiphany years ago, while reading “Harry Potter” to her now-13-year-old son and attempting to discuss with him how the young wizard would get himself out of a tough situation.

    Laura Hale. Photo: Generation GritLaura Hale. Photo: Generation Grit“He said to me, ‘Mom, he’ll be fine! He has a wand!’” Hale recalls. “And I thought, oh, if I’m only showing him characters with special

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