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Archive for March, 2008

Height Weight Discrimination: Making Progress in Massachusetts

Monday, March 31st, 2008

Debbie says: Last week, the Massachusetts state legislature held hearings on the state’s proposed height-weight discrimination law. Lots of the finest fat activists were there, including Marina Ahmad (quoted at the link), Sandra Solovay (who wrote Tipping the Scales of Justice, Marilyn Wann, and Susan Stinson, who wrote about the experience here. It brought back […]

New Exhibition in Japan

Saturday, March 29th, 2008

Laurie says: My friend Rebecca Jennison who is one of the women who has been working with me closely on the project in Japan, was here for a visit. She came for the International Relations Conference here in San Francisco this week. I got to hang out with her for an evening and an afternoon. […]

Blog Anti-Torture Today

Friday, March 28th, 2008

Debbie says: Over on LiveJournal, ldragoon has declared Here at Body Impolitic, and everywhere else in the sane world, every day is anti-torture day. In honor of the named day, however, I remind you of Fernando Botero’s brilliant and deeply upsetting images of Abu Ghraib, which we have blogged about here and here. We don’t […]

Why Intersectionality Matters

Wednesday, March 26th, 2008

Laurie and Debbie say: There’s so much interesting going on that it took us half an hour to pick a topic! In the end, we couldn’t resist this brilliant post from Tara at Fatshionista, “A Different Kind of Rant: People of Color and the Fat Acceptance Movement.” We blogged last month about “intersectionality” the new […]


Monday, March 24th, 2008

Laurie and Debbie say: We’ve done so much blogging about nasty products which purport to make people sexier that we were completely unable to resist this. Like Susie Bright, we don’t like to say things are “not safe for work.” One friend of ours works for an internet dating site, and the office watched this […]

Comments Back On

Monday, March 24th, 2008

Laurie says: I’ve just noticed that the comments have been turned off on several of the recent posts. This may or may be related to the spam problem that’s reoccurred on our RSS feed. It’s being worked on. Please email us if you can’t comment. Thanks.

Missing Tee Corinne

Sunday, March 23rd, 2008

Laurie says: About two years ago my friend Tee Corinne was diagnosed with incurable cancer. She died at the end of August in 2006. I miss her often. She lived in Southern Oregon so mostly we talked on the phone but occasionally she’d visit. I took this nude of her in my garden in San […]

Blogging about Body Image and Our Kids

Thursday, March 20th, 2008

Laurie says: I’m going to be moderating a panel at this summer’s BlogHer conference how we blog/feel about our kids and their and our body image. There is a tentative panel description at the end of this blog. This description is where my thinking is right now, but there’s time for lots of thought. I […]

Ancient Gadgets for Men … and a New One for (Maybe) Women?

Monday, March 17th, 2008

Debbie says: Lest you were in danger of thinking that the fabulous women at Feminist Law Professors have no sense of humor, they pointed me at this post at The Art of Manliness. The ten worst products for men ever created. This has to be a highly contested category, but they found some remarkable contenders. […]

Leave Silda Spitzer Alone

Thursday, March 13th, 2008

Laurie and Debbie say: The governor of New York is caught in a prostitution scandal, and what do people want to talk about? His wife’s behavior. (Yes, we know that a prominent right-wing commentator is actually blaming Silda Spitzer. That’s not what we want to talk about.) Far more interesting is the personal rage directed […]