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Archive for May, 2010

mixed feelings

Saturday, May 29th, 2010

Marlene says: In 1992, I remember watching Bill Clinton answer questions on MTV. He was asked what he thought of the prohibition of military service by gays. His answer was that he disagreed with it and that if elected, he would change it. I turned, and looked at my lover, and said “WE WANT WHAT??!!” […]

When People Help: Battered Women, Staged Scenes, and Interventions

Monday, May 24th, 2010

Our technical problems are fixed, thanks to Paul at Juniper Webcraft, our dauntless webmaster. And we’re off to WisCon 34. We may blog from there; otherwise, we’ll be back in very early June. Laurie and Debbie say: Jezebel and Sociological Images crossposted this piece reporting on a segment on ABC’s tv show “What Would You […]

Problems on Some Browsers

Monday, May 24th, 2010

We apologize to our readers who use Safari, Internet Explorer, or some other browsers. For reasons our webmaster is trying to find out, you cannot see the comments or the right-hand navigation bar on these browsers, though the blog works fine on Firefox. We hope to have this fixed within 24 hours or less. (If […]

What I Want

Friday, May 21st, 2010

Marlene says: My birthday is in a few weeks. A friend texted me to ask what I wanted her to get me as a present. Over the next hour or so, these were my answers. Do a little dance. Come to the party and have a good time and don’t worry about it. Thrift me […]

Muslim Women: Beauty Contest Winners and Threatened Rights

Tuesday, May 18th, 2010

Debbie says: This weekend, Rima Fakih was crowned Miss USA. As I’m sure you can imagine, I don’t generally give a frig who wins beauty contests. If it was completely up to me, I’d be happy to see them disappear. Nonetheless, Fakih is the first Arab-American, and first Islamic woman, to win Miss USA, and […]

Fat Acceptance as Grieving: Jeanne Courtney’s NOLOSE Workshop

Sunday, May 16th, 2010

Lynne Murray says: I just heard of a brilliant insight and an intriguing approach to overcoming fat phobia as a grieving process from Jeanne Courtney, MFT, therapist at Feminist Therapy Associates, who will be presenting a workshop at the NOLOSE conference which will be held June 4-6 in Oakland, California. NOLOSE stands for National Organization […]

Free Speech Meets Respect

Friday, May 14th, 2010

Debbie says: Roger Ebert is, as he puts it, “currently serving for target practice on some right-wing websites.” (NOTE: He elaborated more here, also worth reading.) The issue: at a heavily Latino high school in Morgan Hill, California, five non-Latino students wore American flag t-shirts to school on Cinco de Mayo, and were sent home […]

Much Better Porn!

Tuesday, May 11th, 2010

Marlene says: A while ago, I wrote about my experience watching some porn that I wasn’t so happy with. I’m glad to say that I’m now writing about some porn that does live up to my expectations. Doing It Ourselves, The Trans Women Porn Project is important work that does the things that independently produced, […]

Airport Screening, Privacy, and Penis Size

Friday, May 7th, 2010

Debbie says: Until today, all the conversations I had heard about the full-body scanners being used in airports were about invasion of women’s privacy. (Do I have to say I think that’s an important issue? I think that’s an extremely important issue.) But this story points out a disturbing variation. Screener Rolando Negrin’s private body […]

Tasty Fat Girl Art

Wednesday, May 5th, 2010

Lynne Murray says: Marianne Kirby at the Rotund shares some literally tasty fat girl art Y’all, that is CAKE. I get as frustrated as anyone even as I laugh and laugh and laugh at the way fatties are portrayed as being obsessed with cake (I prefer pie, she remarked sardonically) but this cake is so […]