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Archive for July, 2010

Historical Perspectives: To Be Nude or Naked

Thursday, July 29th, 2010

Laurie says: Sociological Images linked to  art historian John Berger in the BBC documentary Ways of Seeing. …perspective on the objectification of women in European art and advertising, starting with paintings of nude women.  “To be naked,” he argues, “is to be oneself.  To be nude is to be seen naked by others and yet not […]

Lenses of Our Times, Obstacles to Social Change, and Mel Gibson

Sunday, July 25th, 2010

Laurie and Debbie say: In her recent post on Clara Park, Laurie said, “We no longer have the 1950’s Freudian lens. Instead we have the lenses of our times that work to support the structures that run our world, and still serve to obscure the realities and complexities of human lives.” That comment got us […]

Native Americans without Stereotypes: A Lesson in Descriptive Navajo

Thursday, July 22nd, 2010

Debbie says: Although stereotypes of Native Americans are easy to find, mainstream culture does not have a lot of images of everyday Native American people engaged in familiar pursuits. One thing we virtually never see is any connection between Native Americans and technology, which is why I am so pleased by this video, in which […]

Living Wages, College T-Shirts, and Journalism

Sunday, July 18th, 2010

Debbie says: How a story is told can be as important (or more) than the story itself. I found this when I was looking for something else, so I came to it with no specific expectations, as I might have if someone whose web page I was reading had linked to it. Here’s the headline: […]

Clara Park: Groundbreaking Writer on Autism

Thursday, July 15th, 2010

Laurie says: Clara Park died this week at 86.  She wrote The Siege, in 1967. The book was about her eight-year-old daughter Jessica, who had been diagnosed with autism. For many years autism had been blamed on “refrigerator mothers,” cold uncaring women whose children became autistic in response to them. You can imagine the havoc this wrought […]

Curiously Inedible Food Art

Sunday, July 11th, 2010

Laurie and Debbie say: Just for fun, we thought we’d share this beautiful food art, done in advertising photography style. (Several years ago, we found fine art food sculptures, which are very different.) Notice how the blueberries were carefully auditioned for their roles in the handbag, each one perfect and perfectly matched for size and […]

Bride of the Living Dead: Lynne Murray’s Virtual Book Tour

Thursday, July 8th, 2010

Debbie says: In honor of Body Impolitic’s regular blogger Lynne Murray’s new book, Bride of the Living Dead from Pearlsong Press, of course our blog was a natural stop on her virtual book tour. Since we’d already announced the book’s publication, I thought it would be nice to have an author interview. Debbie: In her […]

The Movement is the Message: Danza Voluminosa

Monday, July 5th, 2010

Laurie says: I’ve recently become aware of Danza Voluminosa, a Cuban government-sponsored fat dance company. The performance clips I’ve seen are really impressive. Formed a decade ago by Juan Miguel Mas, this company of obese dancers has become a cultural phenomenon in Cuba, breaking stereotypes here of dance, redefining the aesthetics of beauty and, along […]

it happens all the time

Thursday, July 1st, 2010

Cross posted at Fukshot Marlene Says: When I was fifteen, if you had told me that I would be who I am now, I would have stabbed you. I’ve said these words to friends over the years. I’ve said them with a smirk. I’ve said them to claim some kind of rough trade credibility. I’ve […]