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Archive for September, 2006

Links Across Topics

Saturday, September 30th, 2006

Laurie and Debbie say: This link selection covers intersexuality, clothes sizes, and neuroscience. We couldn’t resist long quotations from all three of the articles. *** This excellent article is from the New York Times, so registration may be required. It details the history of Cheryl Chase, intersexuality activist. In telling her personal story, it also […]

Tee Corinne: The Conversation is Over

Thursday, September 28th, 2006

Laurie says: I just got back from Tee Corrine’s memorial in Oregon. It was at the Old Town Hall, a wonderful old wooden building near Tee’s home, “Poppy Seed,” in Sunny Valley. The sign over her door said “Well-behaved women seldom make history.” Ten of Tee’s friends from her diverse communities spoke. And everyone sang […]

Immoral and Soon to Be Illegal? (and, of Course, Fattening)

Monday, September 25th, 2006

Debbie says: Fat made the news in two very disturbing ways recently. First of all, according to The Independent Online, South African women are “becoming fat” to make it clear that they don’t have AIDS, in that continent so desperately beleaguered with the disease. Lingual X blogged Retrospectacle on this subject in the most recent […]

Fat Myth Walking

Saturday, September 23rd, 2006

Laurie and Debbie say: Over at Too Beautiful, we find a blogger’s contempt for what we think is an all-too-predictable story. We missed the media and internet hype about Steve Vaught, walking across the country to take off some of his 410 pounds and to write a book with a large advance, based on his […]

Is It Hot in Here, or Is It You?

Thursday, September 21st, 2006

Laurie and Debbie say: Elisa Gonzalez Clark is hot. And hot under the collar. And making lots of sense. Was anyone really surprised when Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said he thought Puerto Rican and Cuban women were hot? … A lot of people think that Latinas are muy caliente. So are African American women. As are […]

Feminists Go to the Carnival

Wednesday, September 20th, 2006

Debbie says: The 23rd Carnival of Feminists is up at Lingual Tremors, where Lingual X has focused on women’s health as a theme. We’re proud to be there, with our entry into what’s not interesting about Jessica Valenti’s breasts. On the same topic, she also links to Bitch Ph.D.’s take, which I was hoping to […]

Breasts Beat Content, Every Time

Monday, September 18th, 2006

Laurie and Debbie say: We’ve been big fans of Feministing just about as long as we’ve been blogging. Jessica Valenti, one of Feministing’s leading bloggers, made a horrible mistake. An unforgivable mistake. She accepted an invitation to lunch with a group of bloggers and Bill Clinton. Then, she let herself be part of the group […]

Thin, Thinner, Impossible

Saturday, September 16th, 2006

Laurie and Debbie say: There’s been a certain amount of rejoicing around the size acceptance world at the news that the Madrid regional government has banned ultra-thin models from a major fashion show on the grounds that “they could send the wrong message to young Spanish girls.” We’re all for sending good messages to young […]

A Subtle and Dangerous Misogyny

Wednesday, September 13th, 2006

Laurie and Debbie say: We both recently read James Tiptree, Jr: The Double Life of Alice B. Sheldon, by Julie Phillips, a biography of the complex and often secret life of Tiptree, a major feminist science fiction writer. It’s a superlative book and highly recommended by both of us. Tiptree (born in 1910) was, among […]

Framing and Being Framed

Sunday, September 10th, 2006

Laurie and Debbie say: On Rachels Tavern, Rachel is writing about transracial adoption. She neatly outlines how transracial adoption stories are written, and then perfectly deconstructs the framing techniques. (See her article for an explanation of framing.) 1) love vs. race consciousness–The White adoptive family is viewed as loving, kind, and pseudo-colorblind. Black people are […]