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Archive for August, 2009

It’s Photoshop! No, it’s 1864 …

Saturday, August 29th, 2009

Laurie says: We think about photo manipulation as very now, but actually it’s as old as photography. I started thinking about this after reading in the NY Times a few weeks ago that Robert Capa’s famous Spanish Civil War photo “Falling Soldier” may very well have been faked. After nearly three-quarters of a century Robert […]

Fat-Friendly Books for Children and Young Adults

Wednesday, August 26th, 2009

Lynne Murray says: The topic of fat friendly books for children came up about halfway through a recent (August 12th) call-in conversation with several Pearlsong Press authors. A reader, Ivan from New York, brought up the question, it’s at 33:18 on the mp3 recording at this link. We all thought it was a great idea, […]

Women Athletes: Choose Between Strong and Sexy

Sunday, August 23rd, 2009

Laurie and Debbie say: (Cross-posted to Feministe.) Unusualmusic, blogging at The Angry Black Woman, has an excellent initial post on what we expect American women athletes to look like, and live like. One of the great problems that women athletes face is the idea that women are heterosexual sex objects. And the beauty ideal for […]

Aging is (Not) Unnatural

Wednesday, August 19th, 2009

Laurie and Debbie say: Cross-posted to Feministe. All photographs by Laurie Toby Edison. Some photos below may not be okay for office viewing. After our introductory post on Feministe last week, Daisy Deadhead asked if we wrote about age as a body image issue, since we hadn’t happened to mention it in that post. Great […]

I’m Sorry, But We’ll Need to See Your Genitals

Monday, August 17th, 2009

Laurie and Marlene say: (This post is cross-posted to Feministe.) From the Philadelphia Gay News comes this disgusting story of Kate Lynn Blatt, whose employer requested a photograph of her genitalia as a condition of continued employment. Blatt was working for Manpower, a temporary employment service. After she was asked to leave a job she […]

Horrifyingly Banal

Monday, August 17th, 2009

Marlene says: I’m a big fan of precise prose. I like saying exactly what I mean and I like when others do the same. On the other hand, sometimes poetry says things more completely. Daphne Gottlieb is really good at it, as you’ll see when you read this one. (all texts from George Sodini’s diary […]

Disabled Character: Able-Bodied (Emaciated) Actresses Only, Please

Friday, August 14th, 2009

Laurie and Debbie say: (cross blogged on Feministe) We had our attention brought to this casting call for Stargate: Universe, a Stargate franchise TV show due to debut in October of this year as a movie, and then a regular TV show on the Syfy channel. [ELEANOR PERRY] (35-40) and quite attractive. A brilliant scientist […]

Will The Real Kelly Clarkson Please Stand Up?

Wednesday, August 12th, 2009

Laurie and Debbie say: (cross blogged on Feministe) Self Magazine isn’t ashamed that they clipped pieces off of Kelly Clarkson’s body for their current cover. They’re proud of it. Lucy Danziger, editor-in-chief at Self, did a whole blog on the Self site about the decision to photoshop Clarkson’s figure. Here’s a picture of Clarkson as […]

Rewriting History

Tuesday, August 11th, 2009

Marlene says: Over the past thirty or forty years, people have spent lots of time and energy unearthing missing or obscured histories. The re-discovery of history that had been invisible or mis-reported has changed our perception of the world we live in. This has been especially true of the history of marginalized peoples. Watching how […]

Guest blogging at Feministe!

Monday, August 10th, 2009

Laurie and Debbie say: We’re delighted to have been invited to guest blog for two weeks at Feministe, one of the best feminist blogs around! We just put up an introductory post giving some context about who we are and what we do. As we put up posts over there with more current content, we’ll […]