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Archive for March, 2009

Unexpected Art

Sunday, March 29th, 2009

Laurie says: I’ve been wanting to have beautiful 8.5 by 11″ prints of my work that really satisfied me for quite a while. On Epson 2200 printer I was able to make made beautiful 13 by 19″ archival digital prints that I was very happy with. Only a few of my images were completely satisfying […]

Old Navy: Blatant Racism and Deniability in One Commercial

Wednesday, March 25th, 2009

Laurie and Debbie say: Old Navy has launched a series of commercials and advertising featuring department-store mannequins (which they call “supermodelquins”) as the main characters. In keeping with the standards of our times, most of the supermodelquins are white, and a few appear to be African-American. In an astonishingly offensive move, one of the commercials […]

Everything Changes Now (I Hope): A Review of Julia Serano’s Whipping Girl

Sunday, March 22nd, 2009

Laurie and Debbie are delighted to introduce Marlene Hoeber, a new blogger on Body Impolitic! Marlene says: The title of this blog doesn’t mean that my contributing to this blog will be that much of a ground shift. I was really quite flattered when Laurie and Debbie invited me to join them. I hope my […]

Happy Birthday, Josef Sudek

Friday, March 20th, 2009

Laurie says: March 17th was Czech photographer Josef Sudek’s birthday. I particularly admire his work. I blogged about him quite a while ago, about the way his work brings up a sense of “time and memory” for me. “I saw Josef Sudek’s work for the first time at MOMA in San Francisco in the 80s. […]

America the Beautiful

Monday, March 16th, 2009

Debbie says: Last Thursday, I went to a benefit in San Rafael, California, for Beyond Hunger, an excellent Marin County nonprofit organization “dedicated to helping individuals overcome the obsession with food and weight.” The benefit was a screening of America the Beautiful: Is America Obsessed with Beauty?, directed by Darryl Roberts. The film covers a […]

The High Cost of “Normal”: Children’s Height, Intersex, and Other Pressures

Friday, March 13th, 2009

Laurie and Debbie say: Jessa Crispin, well-known “bookslut,” is talking about a book we hadn’t known about: Normal at Any Cost: Tall Girls, Short Boys, and the Attempt to Manipulate Height, by Susan Cohen and Christine Cosgrove. In Crispin’s longer review, she covers not only this title, but Wetlands by Charlotte Roche (a novel) and […]

Kohei Yoshiyuki: Sex in the Park

Tuesday, March 10th, 2009

Laurie says: A friend whose opinions on art I really respect pointed me at this work a while ago. Because of that respect I’ve been thinking about it but I keep ending up in the same place.  Kohei Yoshiyuki has had both gallery and museum exhibition and the work is being treated as important and […]

International Women’s Day 2009

Sunday, March 8th, 2009

Laurie and Debbie say: Happy International Women’s Day

Women, Alcohol, and the “Faith Sentence”

Friday, March 6th, 2009

Debbie says: A couple of weeks ago, Lynne Murray blogged for us about the “faith sentence,” that little coda at the end of a journalism piece that repeats common wisdom, even if it’s completely contradictory to the facts in the article. This week’s faith sentence, from this article, is “There is no level of alcohol […]

Metal, Fiber, Beads, and High Geekiness

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2009

Laurie says: I was at Potlatch (a gathering of the writers and readers of literary science fiction and fantasy at which participants exchange ideas) on Sunday afternoon.  I was  participating in a panel:  Helixes, Corals, and Brains: Oh My!.  A discussion about crafts based on math, science and nature. Have you knit a möbius strip […]