Archive for September, 2009

Glamour readers shocked by this photo; what do you think?


Glamour magazine ran in its September issue a story about body image and how other people see things in your body, you can’t. With the story they commissioned a photo of a mostly naked woman who looks like an actual real woman – meaning she has curves and a roll of fat around her stomach.

Apparently readers went crazy writing in because they were soooo thrilled to actually see a woman in a magazine who looks like them – who looks normal! (It’s like those Dove ads everybody loved because they were real women.)

There were so many letter that the editor had to write to address the issue.

Here is the original story that ran in Glamour magazine.

Here is a letter from the editor talking about the mail they have received about this one model’s photo.

I didn’t know the background to this story before I clicked on the picture and was really surprised to see a lady with a pooch. I literally thought to myself …

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School fundraising: I’m embarrassed to ask friends for money

Our school’s one and only fundraiser is this Thursday and while I want to support our school, I am embarrassed to hit up our neighbors, friends and relatives for money in such a terrible economy.

I know the school needs extra funds because the money from the state and the county is tight, however, I hate to ask anyone for money with so many people losing jobs and taking pay cuts.

Our school is doing the Boosterthon Fun Run again this year. The kids ask for pledges and then run laps. They are paid per lap or a flat fee. My mother has learned to take the flat fee. You never know how many laps these kids will do. The contributors don’t get anything in return other than a tax deduction.

I feel so uncomfortable about asking neighbors and friends for money that I’ve only allowed the kids to ask my parents, Michael’s Dad and us for donations.

The other catch to this is the school doesn’t get all of that money. The company that puts on the Boosterthon takes a cut too. So you could …

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What is normal sexual behavior for young kids?

A new study released in Pediatrics on Monday details what are normal sexual behaviors for young children and what behaviors are cause for concern.

Here is the link to the full study in Pediatrics but U.S. News and World Report did a lovely job summarizing it.

From Nancy Shute’s column in U.S. News and World Report:

“Here’s the list of what the pediatricians say is normal, common sexual behavior in 2- to 6-year-olds:

  • Touching/masturbating genitals in public or private
  • Looking at or touching a peer’s or new sibling’s genitals
  • Showing genitals to peers
  • Standing or sitting too close to someone
  • Trying to see peers or adults naked”

“But we parents also need to know when a child’s sexual behavior is not normal. The pediatricians say that sexual behaviors like these are rarely normal and can signal physical or sexual abuse:

  • Any sexual behaviors that involve children four or more years apart
  • Different sexual behaviors displayed on a daily basis
  • Sexual behavior that …

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