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October 18, 2006 |
Girls in trouble with the law in Orange County are being taught how to act, dress and even salsa as part of an ambitious project to boost their self-esteem and provide them with the basic social skills and support they will need to lead productive lives.
October 15, 2006 |
Women aren't the only ones who shop until they drop. Men can be just as compulsive when it comes to binge buying, according to research from the Stanford University School of Medicine. But men tend to prefer such things as electronic equipment, tools, books and CDs, compared with the jewelry, perfume and designer apparel that women often favor. Lead author Dr. Lorrin M.
August 25, 2006 |
When Howlin' Wolf sang, "The men don't know / But the little girls understand," he couldn't possibly have been thinking of the Disney Channel's business plan, but that describes it well enough. Following the world-shaking phenomenon known as "High School Musical," which conquered young minds this year, comes a belated sequel to the network's successful but not quite as successful "The Cheetah Girls," based on a series of books by Deborah Gregory about a high school singing group.
July 13, 2006
I read with disbelief [Quick Takes: "Jill Scott Assails Images of Women," July 6] that Jill Scott finds black women degraded in popular music and videos, since she runs at the front of the pack. The first two lines of her latest CD are "I am not afraid to be your lady / I am not afraid to be your whore," and 14 of the 16 songs are about her lover. Her successful debut CD included a song about two women fistfighting over a man. Hey, Jill, how about a song or two about a woman's vision, self-esteem or success?
July 3, 2006 |
As the playwright, poet and marriage counselor all know, the emotional boundary between love and hate can be surprisingly porous. For many, partners can inspire intense tenderness and devotion one week and glassy-eyed loathing the next. For others, the feelings for a loved one are much more constant and less apt to flip between extremes. Such flips between loving and loathing can make for a wilder life -- witness the sizzling combat and sex scenes between Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie in "Mr.
December 5, 2005 |
THE elderly woman, white hair brushed and tidy, peach lipstick matching her velour jogging pants, isn't quite sure why she goes to the adult day-care center in Van Nuys, and can't remember how long she's been going there. "My memory isn't so good anymore," says Irene Overlee, 88, of North Hollywood.
August 31, 2005 |
We'll call this one Cupid because, with his golden curls and wide-eyed cherubic face, it seems like a decent handle. He's 26, fresh out of the military and, despite his Abercrombie good looks, he tends to panic when he talks to girls. "I'm totally an introvert," he says early on a Friday evening. But now it's into the wee hours of Saturday morning and he's at the Saddle Ranch on the Sunset Strip.
August 8, 2005 |
Magazines, TV shows and films are chock-full of toned women and muscle-bound men without an obvious trace of body fat. Although such bodies can be the product of intense diets, workout regimens, genetics, cosmetic surgery or even photo retouching, adolescents are trying to get those same physiques through dietary supplements, hormones and steroids.
July 7, 2005
Re "A Question for the Ages: To De-Bag or Not," Commentary, July 5: As I sat in the middle of the post-Fourth of July block party debris, sipping my morning coffee and musing over the previous day's family conversations, I chuckled out loud at the reflections of Dinah Lenney and her puffy eyes. Unlike her mother, I work hard at pumping up the self-esteem of my six now-adult hatchlings and their spouses, and they still think I'm wrong or unhelpful most of the time. Lenney's theory about 11-year-old girls being as fully realized as they will ever be again until after menopause is wonderful.
July 2, 2005
Re "From Strip Show to Ski Row," Opinion, June 26: USC professor Diane Winston is to be commended for her excellent article on Goodwill Industries. Besides not being "your charity," Goodwill Industries isn't even "Aunt Beulah's charity." During its formative period in early-1900s Boston by Methodist clergy and laity, the organization's slogan was "not a charity, but a chance." Goodwill's purpose has always been to provide employment training for individuals, which often leads to the development of a healthy self-esteem and sense of purpose in one's life.