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Archive for March, 2010

Jenner Davis, San Franciscan

Tuesday, March 30th, 2010

Marlene says: I work with a woman who goes by the name of Jenner Davis. She spends her day processing and sterilizing glassware for a biotech company, but that’s not what she really does. Really, she’s a writer and a photographer. She’s also so incredibly cool that she goes by Jenner even though her legal […]

Objectification Theory: Does Being Ogled Make Us Less Smart?

Thursday, March 25th, 2010

Laurie and Debbie say: When a blatantly silly or misogynist evolutionary psychology study turns out to have a sample size of 16 or 30, it’s easy to discard not only the study but the whole idea. For once, however, we’ve run into a study with too small a sample size (25 people) that we would […]

In-Camera Photos and Memory

Sunday, March 21st, 2010

Laurie says: I talked about the idea that one of the things the photos might be about is memory, when I last posted about them.  I’m realizing that it’s true.  Their size and imagery is strongly reminiscent of the way my visual memory flashes intense internal images.  And I just realized something that probably should […]

Fattest Woman in the World: Looking Behind the News Story

Thursday, March 18th, 2010

Debbie says: Donna Simpson has, to say the least, an odd ambition. She wants to become the fattest woman in the world, and she’s (please pardon the pun) busting her ass to get there. A 42-year-old New Jersey mom is on track to weigh in as the world’s fattest woman. Donna Simpson is determined to […]

How Sweet It Is: Pepsi Funds Diabetes/Obesity Research at Yale

Monday, March 15th, 2010

Debbie says: As an informed body-image activist, I’m a lot more skeptical about the connection between eating too much sugar and diabetes than most folks. I’m aware of the research regarding Bisphenol A (which is in everyday plastic) and DDE, which is in most human bodies. Somehow, that skepticism doesn’t make me feel good about […]

Gender and the Olympics: Some Retrospective Comments

Thursday, March 11th, 2010

Laurie and Debbie say: The Olympics (summer and winter) are, of course, gender-essentialist events, with virtually every sport and competition being men-only or women-only. And yes, there are some good reasons for sports events to be gendered, though the truths of different abilities are a lot more subtle and complex than they are generally presented […]

Celebrating International Women’s Day

Monday, March 8th, 2010

Laurie says: It is 100 years today since the German feminist Clara Zetkin’s idea of International Women’s Day was born. So do something good for a woman today or tomorrow…. Here are some images for celebration. .. .. .. ..

New In-Camera Project Images

Sunday, March 7th, 2010

Laurie says: I was thinking about memory today. Mine is pretty non-linear. Rather like the medieval christian god’s view of time, i.e. it’s all happening in one total timeless view.   My memories tend to be small vivid flashes unless I”m consciously trying to remember. Then they can be far more complex, detailed and linear […]


Sunday, March 7th, 2010

Debbie says: I just got back from watching the Oscars with a gaggle of teenage girls (and another adult). I could do a complex critique of gender and ethnicity politics (those critiques always run in my head). But I just wanted to say that the camera went frequently to Gabourey Sidibe (nominated for Best Actress), […]

Vajazzling Around

Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010

Laurie and Debbie say: Some of our friends are up in arms about “vajazzling.” If you haven’t heard the word, it refers to having tiny Swarovski crystals heat-sealed onto your waxed (or super-shaved) vagina (which here at Body Impolitic we do not call the “vajayjay”). Jennifer Love Hewitt does it and (sadly) she says she […]