Calling a Smidge of Bullshit on the Whole Makeup-Free Thing

Most of us agree a positive body image is a good thing, but we may not agree on how to cultivate it. That much was evident when Australian website MammaMia launched a well-meaning "Body Positive" campaign on Twitter recently with the #MMbodypositive hashtag, meant to address some troubling statistics they discovered in a … » 8/23/13 1:35pm 8/23/13 1:35pm

His Name Is Luca: When Over-Parenting Becomes Child Abuse

The mother and grandparents of an Italian boy are being charged with child abuse for their smothering, overprotective love, drawing attention to the problem of overinvolved parents in Italy and elsewhere. » 10/21/09 9:30am 10/21/09 9:30am

Portrayal Of Sexuality In Mamma Mia!: Insulting Or Inspiring?

Mamma Mia!, the rollicking Abba-fest that raked in $28 million at the box office this past weekend has been hailed by some as a feminist film because the writer, director and leads are all women over 40. In early July, MM co-producer Judy Craymer told the New York Times that the movie is, "about real women." Well, I saw » 7/22/08 3:00pm 7/22/08 3:00pm

Italian Woman Held Captive Nearly Two Decades For Having Bastard Baby

And you thought it was just the Austrians who were sick fucks: 47-year-old Maria Monaco of Italy, much like 42-year-old Elisabeth Fritzl of Austria, was found captive in her mother's house after 18 years of imprisonment. Upon receiving an anonymous tip, police found Monaco locked in a room where she was "surrounded by… » 6/17/08 9:40am 6/17/08 9:40am