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Archive for January, 2006

21st Century Sin

Tuesday, January 31st, 2006

We were delighted with the thoughtful comments to this post. We could (and may) write several blog entries based on them. One was started by Lynne Murray‘s comment that “dieting has become a minor religion in America,” although we are going in a somewhat different direction than she was pointing. Her comment got us thinking […]

When Penises Roamed the Earth

Friday, January 27th, 2006

Sue Long has created a lot of penis art, including her personal concept of a penis with legs, which she calls a “penisaurus.” Check out this picture of the middle-aged woman artist with a larger-than-life penisaurus see Buds. penis art Body Impolitic

I’ll Just Have a Salad

Thursday, January 26th, 2006

Last week we posted this disguised-food link, and our comment was about how people deal with shame. Lori Selke picked it up as (well, duh!) a comment on food and gender. Which made us want to write about food and gender. (Can you believe it took us over six months of blogging to get to […]

Hey, Hey, FDA, How Many Kids Did You Kill Today?

Wednesday, January 25th, 2006

Our old friend Xenical was never intended for teenagers; it has always a dangerous and nasty “weight-loss” drug even for adults. Now it’s in trouble with doctors. Prescriptions are down by something approaching 2/3. That should be good news, but in the brave new FDA, it’s a reason to make the drug available over the […]

Eat Bread. It Tastes Great.

Tuesday, January 24th, 2006

Debbie says: On Saturday night, I went to ODC in San Francisco, to see a show called “Underserved II,” for which eight choreographers prepared original pieces to pop music. (This show has a bittersweet history; the first one was invented at the last minute in 2005 when a major dance performer had to cancel a […]

A Handful of Links

Thursday, January 19th, 2006

This excellent guide for fat girls dealing with doctors was published last August, and is unfortunately timeless. We would like to think that Pam Noles’ superb essay on racial representation in science fiction and fantasy was not timeless, but so far it more or less has been. Pam is part of the Carl Brandon Society, […]

Cynthia McQuillin

Wednesday, January 18th, 2006

Cynthia McQuillin, a model for and key supporter of Women En Large, died this weekend. A gifted singer and songwriter, she wrote a song called “Shifting Focus,” the lyrics for which are next to one of her photographs in Women En Large. She went on to do a whole album of body image and size […]

Victory at Any Size

Saturday, January 14th, 2006

Lynne Murray had some important things to say in response to our wholesale/retail analogy. In the size acceptance context, Lynne talks about “how many individuals get started alone or with a few others as a size acceptance group or even a small business, and either stay in a tiny group or burn out, having exhausted […]

Those Who Do Not Learn from History …

Friday, January 13th, 2006

Laurie says: I just read Peter Brooks’ brilliant article in Slate talking about American torture of prisoners, and referring to the writings of Camus and Sartre on the French crisis of conscience relating to their torture of prisoners during the Algerian War. (NOTE: You will have to go through an advertisement to get to the […]

Fat Carnivals, Stupid Fat Laws, and Fat Suits

Thursday, January 12th, 2006

Ampersand has not one, and not two, but three excellent posts on fat and size acceptance issues. First, he plans to organize a bimonthly blog event, tentatively called “The Carnival of Fatty Goodness,” which collects and highlights posts on fat issues. This is a terrific idea, and we have told him that we certainly want […]