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Archive for September, 2011

We Few, We Happy Few…

Thursday, September 29th, 2011

Lynne Murray says: I was recently discussing with a friend I’ve known for 40 years what it is that makes life worth living. In my case, I listed few of the usual things that people rely on at my time of life. I could say with absolute certainty that knowing what I want to do, […]

Menstruation: Unclean! Unclean! (Well, Maybe Not)

Saturday, September 24th, 2011

Debbie says: Steven Jay Gould’s The Mismeasure of Man, published in 1981, was a formative book for me. I’ve always thought of it as two books at once: first, it’s a book about the history of IQ studies and the false belief that Africans have smaller skulls (and thus, by inaccurate extension) less brain capacity […]

Why Write Erotica?

Wednesday, September 21st, 2011

Debbie says: We’re delighted to host guest blogger Mary Anne Mohanraj. I was thinking about why I write erotica. It’s a different answer now than it was when I first started writing, twenty years ago. I was twenty years old; I had recently discovered sex, and was still kind of blown away. Hormones were running […]

Time Machine: Dinosaur Feathers in Amber

Sunday, September 18th, 2011

Laurie says: I was originally simply appreciating the beauty of the photographs of the feathers in amber, and then I started to think about them more. From the BBC : Samples of amber in western Canada containing feathers from dinosaurs and birds have yielded the most complete story of feather evolution ever seen. .. .. […]

Watching You Watching Me

Wednesday, September 14th, 2011

Laurie says: From Moa Karlberg’s site. I have taken portraits of people through a mirror when they are totally unaware of the camera inside. This way I get shots of people watching themselves. . . .Since the pictures are taken in public spaces, I can publish them how ever I want, at least in Sweden, where […]

New Tools to Fight Persistent Enemies

Sunday, September 11th, 2011

Lynne Murray says: A young woman’s humiliation at the hands of Southwest airlines recently set me to thinking  about the new tools we have to fight oppression. Some of the words used to “helpfully”  batter Athia into giving up her seat remind me of a situation from the 1960s when my father, who used to […]

Nanoflowers: Microscopic Gardens

Thursday, September 8th, 2011

Laurie says: I can’t remember what led me to these exquisite microscopic photographs of nanoflowers. You could put many, many nanoflowers on the head of a pin. This isn’t exactly “how many angels can dance on the head of a pin,” but it definitely exists in the same scale universe. And it would give the […]

What Matters? The Implant or the Woman?

Sunday, September 4th, 2011

Laurie and Debbie say: We first came across this story at the article at the link, a blog post on the L.A. Times site. Newspaper blog posts are paid journalism. A British woman’s breast implant reportedly exploded after she was hit in the chest by a paintball, which can travel at 190 mph. UK Paintball […]

What Does Size [Fill in the Blank] Look Like?

Friday, September 2nd, 2011

Lynne Murray says: A major obstacle to owning and celebrating our bodies is the lack of images of real bodies and the ocean of unreal (sometimes literally photoshopped) images that are held up in the mass media as “healthful” and “normal.” The numbers game can be particularly devastating. We are encouraged to beat ourselves up […]