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Archive for February, 2008

G-Spot: A Highly Profitable Zone

Thursday, February 28th, 2008

Laurie and Debbie say: Both of us are old enough to remember when the G-spot (for German gynecologist Ernest Grafenberg) was publicized in 1981. The G-spot is a highly erogenous zone behind the pubic bone. At the time, some women said, “I knew that!” while others went looking for theirs, often successfully. Now, it appears […]

Fat, Courtesy, and Theater Seating

Monday, February 25th, 2008

We’re delighted to present this guest blog from our friend Ariel Franklin-Hudson, who is interning and ushering at San Francisco’s American Conservatory Theater this year. Ariel says: SCENE: The American Conservatory Theater, a.k.a. the Geary, a theater,which celebrated its 98th birthday last month. It was remodeled in the early 1990s, and is “fully accessible.” It […]

Ain’t I A Woman?

Saturday, February 23rd, 2008

Debbie says: I found myself quoting “Ain’t I a woman?” in an online exchange yesterday about body image, and it got me to thinking about how Sojourner Truth’s story isn’t told as a body image story … but it is. Sojourner Truth was born as a slave in New York State. When New York abolished […]

Conspiracies Against Fat People

Wednesday, February 20th, 2008

Debbie says: At first glance, the two items sent to me today for Body Impolitic don’t seem to have much in common: First, Jessica Simpson (who, as near as I can tell, is a small-time talent who is now famous for being famous) has pulled out of an agreement to release a workout DVD. She’s […]

Vote for the Blog of Your Choice … But Vote

Friday, February 15th, 2008

Debbie says: From yesterday’s mailbox: Congratulations! Your blog has been nominated for at least one (1) Canadian F-word Blog Award! These awards have been created to highlight and celebrate the best feminist bloggers (and their supporters) in Canada and the world. Festivities take place at A Creative Revolution . Virtual refreshments and entertainment will be […]

Write a Letter to Your Body

Thursday, February 14th, 2008

Debbie says: BlogHer, the organization which supports women bloggers, chose Valentine’s Day to move its body image section from a subtopic of “Health and Wellness” to its own topic. Kicking off the new topic is a “Write a Letter to Your Body” campaign. If you do this, and link to the topic (using the gadget […]

More Advertising from the Dark Side

Monday, February 11th, 2008

Laurie and Debbie say: Here’s another “dark side” billboard, really quite different from yesterday’s post. Here, we have to believe that the folks at Tylenol and the ad agency know exactly what they are saying: “You can afford to skip a meal, because we have a drug that will make the consequences go away.” And […]

Advertising from The Dark Side

Sunday, February 10th, 2008

Laurie and Debbie say: We were completely horrified by this unbelievably blog post from Copyranter about a nonprofit campaign against statutory rape. All three pictures all over-emphasize sexual availability (while warning against it) to a terrifying degree, but the text in the background of this one is particularly telling:

Botox: We Suspected It All Along

Saturday, February 9th, 2008

Laurie and Debbie say: You know what you should never have to ask your doctor? Here’s one answer: “Is this drug poisonous?” We have been suspicious of Botox since it came to our attention as the miracle cure for wrinkles. For those who don’t know, Botox (as it sounds) is derived from botulism toxin. If […]

David Roche’s Militant Self-Acceptance

Wednesday, February 6th, 2008

Lynne Murray says: To be honest, I dreaded reading David Roche‘s book, The Church of 80% Sincerity. David has had so many challenges in life that I was afraid it would depress me. Also, I’m rather cynical about “inspirational” stuff. Fortunately so is David. I call him by his first name although we have not […]