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Archive for January, 2010

Chromatic Comics and TV Shows

Thursday, January 28th, 2010

Debbie says: I’m not so much of a comics fan, though I delve in here and there. That makes it a little harder for me to fully appreciate the fun people are having recasting basically white comics with actors and actresses of color. You can find some of the high points here, with links to […]

Whole Foods: Paying Its Employees by Weight

Monday, January 25th, 2010

Debbie says: I wish I wasn’t surprised by this breaking news about Whole Foods. Sadly, I think we’ll see a lot more of this kind of wrong-headedness in the next couple of years. Which means we have to be as clear, as vocal, and as convincing as we can to stem the tide. Whole Foods […]

Praying on Airplane “Creates Panic”

Monday, January 25th, 2010

Laurie and Debbie say: In the United States, the trappings of Orthodox Judaism are only familiar in a few large cities and a few particular neighborhoods of smaller cities. If you live in New York City, or St. Louis Park, Minnesota, or parts of Palo Alto, California (to name a few), you’ve probably seen Orthodox […]

Change We Don’t Believe In

Thursday, January 21st, 2010

Debbie says: In a New Year when Haiti was devastated (yet again), this time by a huge earthquake, the Democrats threw away a sure thing (yet again), and the Supreme Court asserted that corporations are more important than you and I (yet again), it’s not too surprising that Michelle Obama’s choice of a new cause […]

The Panty Project, Updated

Monday, January 18th, 2010

Marlene says: I posted a little while ago about Dorian Katz’s panty chain-letter project. When I wrote it, I said that there had been no decision as to what would become of the panties. Now (at least some of) their fate has been revealed. Thursday was the opening reception for the Stanford University MFA program […]

Not-So-Beautiful People?

Thursday, January 14th, 2010

Lynne Murray says: SJ at I, Asshole pointed out this link. It’s a news story about a dating service “for beautiful people only” that recently purged its site of 5,000 or more people who had posted pictures of themselves looking unacceptably fat. Presumably candid holiday shots. The Telegraph article quotes: Robert Hintze, founder of, […]

Roger Ebert: Nil by Mouth

Monday, January 11th, 2010

Laurie and Debbie say: We wrote about Roger Ebert in 2007, on the topic of disfigurement. Now he has written an especially beautiful post about what he can no longer do: Understand that I was never told that after surgery I might lose the ability to eat, drink and speak. Eating and drinking were not […]

New Project

Saturday, January 9th, 2010

Laurie says: I have some new images to put up.  As I said in the first post about this, the idea is to make images completely in the camera except for cropping.  There is no other photo-shopping.  Since then it’s developed into my In Camera Project.  Not all of my experiments turn into projects, but […]

Mary Daly: 1928-2010

Tuesday, January 5th, 2010

Debbie says: Mary Daly, radical feminist Catholic theologian, died on Sunday. Best known for refusing to admit men to her feminist ethics class at Boston College (and eventually giving up her tenured position there as part of the settlement), Daly was one of the razor-sharp thinkers of the second half of the 20th century. Whether […]

Chasing the Ever-Elusive G-Spot

Monday, January 4th, 2010

Laurie and Debbie say: What better way could there be to start a new year of body image blogging than with orgasms, g-spots, and loony researchers? The marvelous Dr. Petra Boynton goes after the ever-reliable team of U.K. sex researchers led by Tim Spector of St. Thomas’s hospital, who, four years ago, explained that “The […]