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Archive for September, 2008

Same-Sex Ballroom Dancing

Sunday, September 28th, 2008

Laurie and Debbie say: Coming up right in Debbie’s home town of Oakland is the California Dreaming Same-Sex Dancesport Classic, including the “spectacular dance show ‘Love and Marriage.’” The first thing we noticed is how much fun the people in the pictures are having. Second, of course, it’s clearly the time to be celebrating same-sex […]

Brains, Coral, and Helixes: Oh My

Wednesday, September 24th, 2008

Laurie and Debbie say: I (Laurie) was in Seattle staying with Vonda McIntyre and visiting with friends last week. Vonda is a marvelous (and multiple-award-winning) science fiction writer and she is also a maker of fabulous sea creatures. Her house has really magical clusters of anemones, jellyfish and other creatures of the sea. They’re made […]

Linking Around

Sunday, September 21st, 2008

Debbie says: Because it’s toxic to think about the economy all the time, here are three other things I’ve found worth thinking about recently: Dauntless link-sharer Arthur D. Hlavaty is a frequent source for Body Impolitic Posts (but not usually three at once!). All the links below are from him except Wheelchair Dancer, which I […]

The Medicalization of Human Variety

Thursday, September 18th, 2008

Laurie and Debbie say: We’ve been thinking about social and political effects of psychoactive drugs for a long time and these two articles by Marc Bousquet seemed like a good reason to talk about that now. In 2003, six million American schoolchildren—about 15 percent—took methylphenidate (Ritalin) alone. Methylphenidate has replaced Prozac as the drug defining […]

Disabled Children and the Election: Reasons to Believe Obama

Monday, September 15th, 2008

Debbie says: It’s no surprise to readers of any media other than Fox that the Republican candidates are completely unabashed and confident liars; nonetheless, one topic on which they sound like I would agree with them is support for families with disabled children, as prominently featured in the vice-presidential acceptance speech. Kristina Chew at Autism […]

Small Benefits of Being a Size Activist

Friday, September 12th, 2008

Debbie says: I found it extremely satisfying after a check-up this morning to have my (basically very good) doctor say, “Well, I guess the only thing we have to worry about is your BMI,” and to be able to answer, “Well, since I don’t believe in BMI, that means we have nothing to worry about.” […]

People for the Ethical Treatment of People and Animals

Wednesday, September 10th, 2008

Debbie says: Honestly, I would love to stop critizicing People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). While I’m not a vegetarian, I believe in a great deal of what they profess, and I certainly believe in ethical treatment for animals. The last time Laurie and I blogged about them, in March of this year, […]

Serena and Venus Williams: Tennis Champions, Body Image Heroes

Monday, September 8th, 2008

Laurie and Debbie say: Serena Williams, U.S. Open Women’s Champion, and her older sister Venus Williams, who lost to Serena in a very closely fought quarterfinal match last week, are two of the best, if not the two best, women tennis players in the world. They’ve been playing and winning professionally for over 13 years, […]

Privacy Is Not a Patriarchal Value

Thursday, September 4th, 2008

Laurie and Debbie say: In reflecting on the issues of Sarah Palin’s family, Amanda at Pandagon writes about privacy and autonomy. I find it interesting how the McCain/Palin campaign tried to shut down the P.R. disaster that is Bristol Palin’s pregnancy by calling for privacy, which was, just short of their invocation of “choice”, about […]

Sarah Palin: Stick to the Real Issues

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2008

Laurie and Debbie say: Sarah Palin is a terrible choice for vice president. To pick just a few reasons: 1) she’s vehemently anti-choice; 2) it seems likely that she pulled strings to get her sister-in-law’s ex-fiancee fired (and at least one other public figure got fired along the way); and 3) she reportedly believes in […]