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Archive for September, 2009

Voices from Japan

Tuesday, September 29th, 2009

Laurie Says: We recently received these texts from  Kawamoto Eriko and  Masaki Motoko who I photographed for Women of Japan. I wanted to share them on the blog. From Kawamoto Eriko When I fell in love with a woman in my student’s days, I felt desperate thinking that I would never be able to have […]

Fasting Girls: A Feminist Social History of Anorexia

Friday, September 25th, 2009

Debbie says: My friend Lizzie, who is a regular commenter here, gave me a copy of Fasting Girls: The History of Anorexia Nervosa by Joan Jacobs Brumberg. I was skeptical about reading it, only because it’s twenty years old. I figured most of the information would be out of date. That’s because I hadn’t paid […]

Colorblindness, Race, and Children: The Elephant in the Living Room

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009

Laurie and Debbie say: We’d like to be surprised that in 2009 America, race is still a taboo topic in lots of (white) homes. But we’re not. Earlier this month, Newsweek ran a long article about racial awareness and discrimination in young children. They start by describing a small study: … parents were to discuss […]

Body Image in Brief

Sunday, September 20th, 2009

Laurie says: I’m back from my trip and more or less recovered. I’ve been meaning to put this up this Get Fuzzy for a while. It says more about body image politics in 3 panels then many, many articles I’ve read. I love it. On another note Carrie Fisher has an impressive rant directed at […]

The Power of Positive Lying

Saturday, September 19th, 2009

Lynne Murray says: I have been thinking recently about the power of art to reframe reality. Novels, for example are a fancy form of extended lying, with the same kind of embroidery and polishing that turns simple anecdotes into family legends. The truth may be useful when one is in therapy, but the legend will […]

Link Roundup

Wednesday, September 16th, 2009

Debbie says: I’m always excited when someone has the ingenuity to take something tired and familiar and turn it into something new and fresh. That’s what Shayne Austen has done, just by directing these tips at assaulters. There are ten tips in all, but here are a couple of my favorites: When you see someone […]

Pan(dem)ic Does Not Equal Panic

Wednesday, September 9th, 2009

Debbie says: Body image isn’t just about how we look, or how we think we look. It’s also about how we feel, including how healthy and safe we feel. Last week, I read something about a “severe form” of the H1N1 flu which was reputedly putting young and healthy people into intensive care. This report […]

Bad Sex, Good Sex

Tuesday, September 8th, 2009

Marlene says: I’ve been wanting to write about this for a while, but have been waiting for something to make it seem like the right moment had arrived. It hasn’t, so here goes, because any moment is the right moment… My friend Jen Cross leads writing workshops entitled Writing Ourselves Whole. These workshops are intended […]

Invisible Black People: One Aspect of the Invisibility Epidemic

Friday, September 4th, 2009

Debbie says: Laurie and I talk a lot about how closely connected body image is to visibility: if we don’t see positive images of people like ourselves, we have a very hard time seeing ourselves in a positive light. In this article, Ashton Lattimore discusses media-created invisibility from a Black perspective. Writing about Black people […]

(Sex)abled: Disability Uncensored

Tuesday, September 1st, 2009

Laurie says: The (Sex)abled: Disability Uncensored video is a superb discussion on the issues. There is almost no conversation about sex and the disabled in our society, making this and the other work these folks do truly groundbreaking.  It’s powerful, positive, direct and personal. ( The discussion may not be safe for office.) (Sex)abled: Disability […]