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Archive for February, 2011

Fat Jokes and the Elephant in the Room

Sunday, February 27th, 2011

Lynne Murray says: When I started to explore this topic I was going to discuss the CBS prime time comedy Mike & Molly, about a fat couple. I can’t recall another show where both partners are fat since Roseanne, 1988-1997. I laughed at Roseanne, but Mike & Molly did not make me laugh. In fact […]

More on Cadaver Donation Selection

Friday, February 25th, 2011

Debbie says: I owe an apology to MedCure for sitting on their response to my post about their policies for so long; the reasons have to do with me and my situation, and not with Body Impolitic or their response. Valere at MedCure sent a long email a day or two after I posted, most […]

Boobs, Bodies, and Book Covers

Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011

Debbie says: Lidia Yuknavitch has a marvelous post on The Rumpus on the decision she and her female publisher made to put a woman’s breast on the cover of her new book, The Chronology of Water. (cover photograph by Andy Mingo) It’s a boob. With full frontal nip. What happened next of course is that […]

No Surprises

Thursday, February 17th, 2011

Marlene says: You may have noticed that I haven’t posted in a while. I’m back from my hiatus and will be as semi-regular as ever. So Adam Sandler told a stupid transphobic joke. Like the title says, no surprise. I don’t want to dignify it by talking about it, but here I am. I definitely […]

(Some of the Reasons) Why Slavery Has No Place in the Abortion Debate

Monday, February 14th, 2011

Laurie and Debbie say: As the battle for women’s reproductive rights heats up to even more insane levels, certain right-wing anti-abortion fanatics are comparing the rights of fetuses to the rights of slaves. (Never mind that some of these same people also want to repeal the 14th Amendment, which freed the slaves. We’re not going […]

Portrait: Ruby Dee

Friday, February 11th, 2011

Laurie says: I seem to be looking at portraits lately.  I saw this one of the actress and activist Ruby Dee and really liked it.  I’ve always admired her and this shows her at time I hadn’t seen before. … .. This was taken when she worked at the Western Electric Company’s Kearny Works during […]

Bodies on Book Covers: A Secret, Complex, and Evolving Language

Tuesday, February 8th, 2011

Lynne Murray says: Sorry not to have posted in awhile. I’ve been wandering about the internet in an obsessive state contemplating book covers, what goes on them, and what works. I’m not even graphically gifted enough to understand a lot of the art on book covers, but as a reader I know they influence whether […]

You’re Not Good Enough … And Neither Will Your Corpse Be

Friday, February 4th, 2011

Debbie says: (If reading about dead bodies is hard for you, skip this one.) For reasons that are neither especially morbid nor related to my current health, I was looking last night at a service called MedCure, which arranges autopsies, uses cadavers for medical research, and cremates after they’re done, all for free. (Frequent commenter […]