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Archive for April, 2008

Words are Powerful

Tuesday, April 29th, 2008

Laurie says: Deb and I consider the essays and texts that accompany my photos to be vital to our work. We spend lots of time doing outreach, lectures, workshops etc., and working with the communities of people who are photographed in order to get the right texts. We listen a lot. We never have an […]

Gastric Bypass – It’s Not Just for Fat People Anymore

Sunday, April 27th, 2008

Lynne Murray says: Remember those 1950-60s sci fi movies like Invasion of the Body Snatchers, and Night of the Living Dead where everyone you know turned into an alien or a zombie? I just had that experience last Sunday night when 60 Minutes, a news show I have respected for years, broadcast essentially an infomercial […]

You Don’t Look Jewish

Thursday, April 24th, 2008

Laurie says: As I’ve talked about, I am moderating a panel at BlogHer on Kids and Body Image. It’s started my thinking about a piece of my own youth. From the time I was little, I got high praise for not looking like who I was. In my 1950’s Jewish world of NYC, “You don’t […]


Monday, April 21st, 2008

Laurie and Debbie say: First, Debbie is going out of town for ten days starting tomorrow, so Laurie will be blogging alone (and with guest bloggers) during that time. Now, back to your regularly scheduled blog entry. It’s easy to read this story as just another sad story about how kids treat each other and […]

More Great Dance

Monday, April 21st, 2008

Laurie says: There are 2 very exciting dance events coming up soon. I’ve written about my daughter Cid Pearlman‘s work before, but I’m particularly impressed with her newest work “Firesale”. It’s part of the California Touring Project, appearing at CounterPULSE this week on Friday and Saturday night (April 25 and 26th) at 8PM. I saw […]

Alicia Shvarts: Abortion, Art, Politics, Shock, and Consequences

Saturday, April 19th, 2008

Laurie and Debbie say: News media outlets and blogs all over the political map have been condemning Yale University performance artist Alicia Shvarts for what she originally described as “a documentation of a nine-month process during which she artificially inseminated herself ‘as often as possible’ while periodically taking abortifacient drugs to induce miscarriages.” Once the […]

Ever Had One of Those Days?

Friday, April 18th, 2008

Debbie says: Liz put this oh-so-satisfying link into our comments this week, and I can’t resist sharing it with you all. The [skinny] woman is now weighing the pros and cons of having skim milk versus two percent milk in her latte, and she says, “God, I don’t know, I just feel so, like, fat […]

Plastic Surgery and Kids’ Books in Newsweek

Thursday, April 17th, 2008

Laurie and Debbie say: A lot of people have been up in arms since this story about a book for young children justifying their mom’s plastic surgery appeared in this week’s Newsweek: What’s the market for a children’s picture book about moms getting cosmetic surgery? No one specifically tracks the number of tummy-tuck-and-breast-implant combos (or […]

Laurie on Internet Radio: Tonight!

Wednesday, April 16th, 2008

Debbie says: Tonight at 8 pm (PDT), Laurie and Lisa Breisch will be interviewed on Deborrah Cooper‘s BlogTalkRadio show, “The Sucka Free Dating Talk Show.” You can listen here. The focus of the interview will be weight and body size, America’s obsession with weight and how people LOOK, and the cultural and racial differences in […]

Don’t Change the Law: Change How We See

Wednesday, April 16th, 2008

Laurie and Debbie say: We are delighted to be back; we think we’ve solved all of the problems with the blog, and got a spiffy new back-end upgrade into the bargain. Thanks to our webmaster, Paul, and our advisor Bill for helping us figure it all out! To jump back into the deep end, you […]