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 Christian Science Monitor

Seventeen magazine's vow to celebrate all body types: It's about time.

By Chelsea Carmona | July 6, 2012

(The Christian Science Monitor) In the August issue of Seventeen magazine, editor-in-chief Ann Shoket responds to a fierce campaign to “keep it real” by vowing to keep photo shoots transparent, celebrate all body types, and never change the shapes of girls’ bodies or faces. And it’s about time. Many teen girls are caught in the body-image trap, but it snares people of all ages. Last month, talk-show hostAnderson Cooper kicked off his guest – the British mother Sarah Burge – because he could no longer hear her defend the decision to give her eight-year-old daughter vouchers for breast implants and liposuction, redeemable when she turns 18. Ms. Burge has reportedly spent more than $500,000 in plastic surgeries to become “the human Barbie,” as she calls herself.

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How AA Fails To Support Young Addicts

By Chelsea Carmona | July 6, 2012

(The Washington Post) I was 20 when I attended my first Alcoholics Anonymous meeting. “Hi, I’m Chelsea, and I’m an addict,” I said, introducing myself to a group of mostly middle-aged men and women. The room fell silent. “No!” a discouraging voice bellowed from the back of the room. “This is a meeting for alcoholics!”

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Folks without Internet need news access too

By Jesse Hardman | June 28, 2012

(Columbia Journalism Review) From 2007 to 2009, I lived in Sri Lanka and co-edited a weekly newspaper. It was a simple news outlet, just a few pages delivered directly to a very select audience, people fleeing the Sri Lankan civil war. People living in displacement camps in northern or eastern Sri Lanka got this newspaper, called Lifeline, every week. The articles covered what they needed to know about how to get back on their feet after leaving everything behind, how to find a job, how to get medical care, what their housing rights were, and how to find missing family members.

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Dallas Ratings Spike in Renewables, Too

By Anna Clark | July 2, 2012

(The Huffington Post) Dallas is back on prime time, and in more ways than one. The black stuff spewing from the gusher in the season premier may be pure fiction -- Texas oil fields are hundreds of miles away from Dallas -- but the TV producers portray at least one truth: Dallas has an abundance of wealth and energy resources. And we're getting smarter about how to use them.

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From Snow White to Brave: the evolution of the Action Princess

By Jaclyn Friedman | June 26, 2012

(The Guardian) When I was a little girl, I used to twirl around and around in my bedroom, stopping only to deflect imaginary bullets with my nonexistent indestructible cuffs. There was never any question about which kind ofUnderoos I wanted: I was a Wonder Woman girl. What I didn't know then is that my first role model belonged to a very rare tribe: the princess who is also a bona fide action hero. Or, as I like to call her, the Action Princess. This month, their tiny ranks swell by two big-budget badasses: Snow White (of Snow White and the Huntsman), and Princess Merida (ofBrave, which owned the US box office this past weekend).

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