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Archive for November, 2006

Politics and Recovery

Wednesday, November 29th, 2006

Laurie and Debbie say: An extremely thoughtful post from Feral Scholar got us thinking about how profoundly the disease metaphor was a very successful 20th century way to depoliticize the oppression of many groups, including women. Stan Goff at Feral Scholar focuses mostly on anorexia and the problems of returning soldiers to make a point […]

Academically Fat

Tuesday, November 28th, 2006

Laurie and Debbie say: Fat: It’s not just for the diet ads any more. Immediately after Thanksgiving, the New York Times ran an article about the growing fat studies movement. Although the article focuses on a conference that happened six months ago at Smith College, if you read it carefully, you’ll see that it’s actually […]

Thanksgiving 2006

Thursday, November 23rd, 2006

Laurie and Debbie say: For our second year doing this blog, we’d like to take the occasion of the American Thanksgiving holiday to list some things in the world to be thankful for. So much in the world is disturbing, disgusting, and infuriating; that’s why it’s important to spend a moment looking at what’s worth […]

The Boy Crisis

Wednesday, November 22nd, 2006

Laurie and Debbie say: Ampersand has a deeply felt and thoughtful post commenting on on Michael Kimmel’s article, “The Boy Crisis and Anti-Male Ideology.” Kimmel’s analysis of masculinity always brings a much-needed perspective to an issue that is too often presented as a narrow-minded sexist lecture (He wrote the introduction to our own Familiar Men: […]

Where Did that Grunt Come From?

Tuesday, November 21st, 2006

Laurie and Debbie say: Most of you have probably heard about the controversy that developed after Planet Fitness (a gym with 120 national locations) had a member escorted out by the police for grunting. This has been written about in various places. We thought about making some comments on the class implications; however Zuzu at […]

Immigration or Abortion: You Be the Judge

Saturday, November 18th, 2006

Laurie and Debbie say: Zuzu at Feministe picks up on a Washington Post story about how a panel of the Missouri legislature (and specifically only the Republicans on that panel) is pinning the nation’s current immigration troubles on abortion. See, all those aborted babies make a labor shortage. And so the evil Mexicans come pouring […]

Body Impolitic Presents the 27th Carnival of Feminists

Wednesday, November 15th, 2006

In the last two weeks, all news (feminist or otherwise) has been dominated by the American elections: run-up, suspense, and aftermath. We’ll start there. Ampersand is one of our very favorite bloggers. In the context of a feminist view of the elections, he raises the very interesting question of what effect female legislators actually have […]

Body Impolitic Meets BlogTalkRadio

Tuesday, November 14th, 2006

Laurie and Debbie say: We have just finished our first show on BlogTalkRadio. You can listen to it here (and please be patient with our technical problems taking call-ins, which were resolved just about halfway in). We had a great time! We expect to do it again on December 8, with the technology working perfectly, […]

“small variations”: Dance in San Francisco

Monday, November 13th, 2006

Laurie says: My daughter Cid Pearlman’s new modern dance work “small variations” will be at CounterPULSE in San Francisco, this weekend, November 17-19 at 8pm. Tickets are $15 ($10 for students and CounterPulse members). The theater is located at 1310 Mission Street, for reservations call 415 435-7552. “small variations” is the first completed work Cid […]

Big Brother Is Watching You Pee

Monday, November 13th, 2006

Laurie and Debbie say: Before we dive into Wednesday’s Carnival of Feminists (watch for it here!), and tomorrow’s radio show, we thought we’d share the news from Norway. Honestly, this one is more funny than anything else. The article doesn’t give the age of the children involved, but basically the argument is that enough boys […]

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