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Archive for January, 2009

The Cult of Thin-ness Takes over Art History

Saturday, January 31st, 2009

Debbie says: We all (that is, everyone who is aware of fat oppression) know that the image of beauty has gotten thinner over the years. Movie stars are thinner, the definition of “fat” is thinner, and so on and so forth. I’ve known this so long that I’m pretty armored against it. But this post […]

Malia, Sasha, and the Power of Dolls

Wednesday, January 28th, 2009

Laurie and Debbie say: We’ve seen a lot around the newspapers and the blogosphere about the Malia and Sasha dolls. Most of the conversation seems to be about the commodification of these two very real girls (which is disgusting, but not the least bit surprising) or about Michelle Obama’s objections to having her daughters used […]

Inauguration 2009 – Prayer Pilgrimage 1957

Sunday, January 25th, 2009

Laurie says: Like everyone else I know I watched the inauguration.   This is the first inauguration I’ve made a point of seeing.  Many other things about it are important, but paramount for me was seeing an African-American inaugurated as president. Seeing the crowds on the mall and the speakers on the platform took me back […]

The Powerful Disempowered

Wednesday, January 21st, 2009

Debbie says: I can’t be the only person who feels a huge symbolic weight around Dick Cheney attending his last official function in a wheelchair. It’s such a complicated story: first of all, I have a personal hard time believing the “pulled muscle” story, probably just because I’ve never heard of anyone having to use […]

Krispy Kreme Attacked for “Choice”

Sunday, January 18th, 2009

Laurie says: In these brief closing days of George Bush’s America, the American Life League has brought us yet another truly surreal yet horrifying moment. The American Life League (apparently one of the largest Catholic pro-life organizations in the US) has denounced Krispy Kreme donuts because of this sweet Inauguration Day press release Krispy Kreme […]

Positively Sexy?

Thursday, January 15th, 2009

Laurie and Debbie say: We are both glad to see these two posts from Ginmar and Ren at Renegade Evolution, in which two women who have been polarized against each other for a long time pay a lot of attention to each other’s thinking, and bury the hatchet. Ren says, in part: There are people […]

Up Against the Wall, Mother.

Tuesday, January 13th, 2009

Lynne Murray says: I don’t have children unless you count the four-legged ones with a copious dusting of cat dander. I have, however, reached the point in life where younger people relate to me as Like My Mother or Like My Grandmother as in: “My grandmother has a lot of cats too” or “Wow, you’ve […]

“Thinking Makes You Fat”: Or, Science Made Even Stupider

Thursday, January 8th, 2009

Debbie says: We keep thinking we’ve reached the ultimate in silly studies … and we keep being wrong. Last week’s entry into the “no, really, how could they even publish this?” sweepstakes comes from the journal Psychosomatic Medicine. Here’s the news report: Researchers found the stress of thinking caused overeating with heavy thinkers seeking out […]

Ovarian Cancer Chemo: Another Way Medical Profession Kills Fat People

Monday, January 5th, 2009

Laurie and Debbie say: We had a completely fun post planned for this afternoon, but it has been pushed aside by an urgent public service announcement (which has Debbie literally shaking with rage). You may have read studies that say that fat people have shorter lifespans after certain cancers and chemo treatments. Want to guess […]

2008 Weblog Awards: A Tough Choice

Monday, January 5th, 2009

Debbie says: The list of blogs that made the finalists list for the 2008 Weblog Awards is very long indeed, and of course most of them are blogs I’ve never heard of (and some of the ones I’ve heard of I’ve never read). However, not one but two blogs which I really respect and appreciate […]

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