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Archive for July, 2008

Olympic Committee: You Can’t Tell the Boys from the Girls

Thursday, July 31st, 2008

Laurie and Debbie say: Violet Blue is disturbed, as are we, by the news that the Olympic Council of Asia will be conducting gender tests on women (but not men) in the competition. The criterion for being tested is “looking suspicious.” Blue says: You know, because we’re sneaky like that. We could, like, totally kick […]

Bridesmaids and Olympic Athletes: Living in a Skin-Deep World

Tuesday, July 29th, 2008

Laurie and Debbie say: The New York Times is discussing a new trend in bridesmaid gifts: for bridesmaids as young-looking and beautiful as your dreams, you, the lovely blushing bride, can easily provide everything from tit jobs to Botox: “Giving them something for themselves — as opposed to something that they’ll never wear again — […]

Belly Dance, Trans & Serendipity

Saturday, July 26th, 2008

Laurie says: Every now and again the serendipity factor kicks in and small actions have unexpected results. About a year and a half ago I was in Jhoney’s office in San Francisco. She’s someone with whom I very occasionally have work related jewelry conversations. She’s a striking woman with large brown eyes, brown skin and […]

BlogHer ’08: Amazing Women Everywhere You Look

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2008

<b>Laurie and Debbie say:</b> This year’s BlogHer conference was in Laurie’s home city, and just across the bay from Debbie’s. Laurie went to the presenters’ party Thursday night. Laurie says: “The party gave me a chance to see folks I met last year in Chicago, have lots of brief intense conversations, and meet face to […]

LiveBlogging Laurie’s BlogHer Panel

Saturday, July 19th, 2008

Debbie says: The panel was called: Mirrors: Ours, The Media’s, Our Cultures’ and Our Kids’. It was held at 2:30 p.m. on Friday, 7/18 at BlogHer in San Francisco. The panelists are Laurie, Tracee Sioux of Empowering Girls: So Sioux Me, Kelly Wickham of Mocha Momma, and Glennia Campbell of The Silent I (also Mom-o-crats […]

Blaming the Activists

Thursday, July 17th, 2008

Debbie says: Laurie and I had a plan for today; we set time aside to blog together about the movie Wall-E and this fat activist article about it from Slate. It would have been an interesting post–maybe it still will be. But I’ve been derailed, by my friend P., who sent me the link to […]

Male Nude Removed from Tokyo Exhibition

Monday, July 14th, 2008

Laurie says: I’m back. It’s nice not to be in 110 degree weather. I was in Las Vegas for a show with my jewelry. [The photo at the end of this blog is not suitable for most office viewing] I received the email below from Fukazawa Junko, who curated the Tokyo exhibition that ended June […]

Trans Action

Sunday, July 13th, 2008

Debbie says: I’m sorry to report that transphobia is alive and well. The good news, however, is that trans activism is thriving. In the last week or so, two stories have come to my attention. Just a week ago, my friend Roz attended the LGBT (that’s Lesbian/Gay/Bi/Transgender parade in London. She encountered a problem at […]

Enjoying Our Bodies

Thursday, July 10th, 2008

Mocha Momma, who will be speaking at BlogHer on the panel Laurie is moderating, says: I have this theory. Don’t we all? My theory revolves around my body and the relationship I’ve had with it my entire life. My nails grow fast and that was a wonderful thing until I realized that everyone wanted a […]

L Heart L–J heart J

Tuesday, July 8th, 2008

Lynne Murray says: Recently I had a conversation with talking my friend, J, about Laurie’s post on writing a letter to her body. J and I both deal with chronic health issues, which in her case have sometimes been life-threatening, but we share a hard-won positive attitude toward our bodies. Her challenges are harder, dealing […]