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Archive for October, 2006

I Want to Be a Real Girl

Sunday, October 29th, 2006

Laurie and Debbie say: Technology in general, but game technology in particular, is viewed as a masculine domain. Girls use computers to word process, send instant messages, make a MySpace profile–but they don’t use them to slay dragons. They just don’t. And it’s a lot harder to see what’s wrong with that argument than a […]

Oh So Pretty

Friday, October 27th, 2006

Debbie says: If you read one post on a fashion blog this year, this is the one to read. Now, this may seem strange from someone who writes about pretty dresses (mostly) every day, but: You Don’t Have to Be Pretty. You don’t owe prettiness to anyone. Not to your boyfriend/spouse/partner, not to your co-workers, […]

Practicing Culture

Wednesday, October 25th, 2006

Laurie and Debbie say: We’re coming in quite late to the long, multilocated conversation that got started when Jill at Feministe posted about being a “fun feminist.”. This really got the feminist blogosphere going. We note with interest the responses that center around the class implications of spending money on beauty (such as Arwen, plus […]

At the Debutante Party

Sunday, October 22nd, 2006

Dear Jenny, I just came from my debutante party, it was wonderful. I’m sitting here in bed at 3 am changing my foot bandages the way Mom taught me and I have to say that love my bound feet. I feel so comfortable with them. When I was a little girl my mother always said, […]

Botero’s Images of Abu Ghraib

Thursday, October 19th, 2006

Laurie and Debbie say: Charlie Anders, blogging at Other, was not the last person on the planet to learn about Fernando Botero’s paintings based on the Abu Ghraib atrocities. We know this, because we learned about them from Charlie, and we are both completely knocked out by them. Take your time with the link to […]

Disability Blog Carnival

Wednesday, October 18th, 2006

Debbie says: This week marks the first Disability Blog Carnival. The carnival starts by giving some history to previous link collections and coordinated blog efforts to bring attention to disability, and goes on to present a host of fantastic links. Here are two that caught my eye: Andrea on being the class project: Unfortunately, caring […]

Links at Nonrandom

Monday, October 16th, 2006

Laurie and Debbie say: Whatever you can say about the links we come across, they certainly cover a wide range. Vito Excalibur has created a marvelously detailed and snarky parody of conventional comics drawing of gendered characters. To really appreciate this, you have to look at her parody and the original side by side, and […]

Empty Calories Science

Friday, October 13th, 2006

Laurie and Debbie say: We’ve been struck by two seemingly unrelated pieces this week. The inimitable Twisty eviscerates a study on sex and foreplay. Meanwhile, Rachel posting on Alas a Blog, links to a study on women, hormones, and clothes that disturbs her more than she can fully explain. In both cases, what is being […]

Hurray! Bilingual Website!

Wednesday, October 11th, 2006

Laurie and Debbie say: We’re delighted that this website went much more bilingual in early October, when we put up essays by many of the Women of Japan models, as well as supporters of the project, in both English and Japanese. Their words are powerful and wonderful. Women of Japan is of necessity a bilingual […]

Insults Will Kill You If You Don’t Watch Out

Monday, October 9th, 2006

Laurie and Debbie say: We are all vulnerable to barrages of insults. This extremely important New York Times article provides a very clear analysis of early scientific findings which strongly indicate that “Rigorous studies are now showing that seeing, or hearing, gloomy nostrums about what it is like to be old can make people walk […]