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Archive for December, 2011

Body Impolitic’s 2011 Guide To Sane Holidays

Saturday, December 24th, 2011

Laurie and Debbie say: This list is for those of us fortunate enough to have people and resources to celebrate with. Even if you love the holidays, love your family, and are looking forward to the season, you still may find useful hints here. 1) To the extent possible, do as much or as little […]

Heightism: What They See Is What We Get

Wednesday, December 21st, 2011

Debbie says: It’s no secret that people, and especially men, are judged by their height and that height in men is linked to power and perceived power. Here’s an anecdotal illustration from The Social Complex, a blog focusing on “heightism.” For a “person on the street” experiment, this one is well constructed. Two white male […]

Korean Sex Slave Sculpture Confronts Japan

Saturday, December 17th, 2011

Laurie says: Many of the feminists I’ve worked with in Japan have been doing activist work for years with Korean feminists on the issue of the World War II Korean sex slaves. (The Japanese called them comfort women.)) So I learned from them a lot more about the horrors that were perpetuated on these women. […]

Linking Around

Monday, December 12th, 2011

Debbie says: We got out of the habit of posting lists of links, and we want to get back into it–there is so much interesting stuff out there that we don’t have time to write about. Here’s a bunch from the last few weeks. Well, it got people’s attention: Femen, a Ukranian feminist organization, expresses […]

San Francisco Mission District: Beware Brutal Rapist!

Saturday, December 10th, 2011

Laurie and Debbie say: (He was caught on 1/10.) This message is from San Francisco Women Against Rape and is very current. There is a serial rapist attacking women near 25th and Potrero. [He is] particularly brutal (breaking necks) and he’s doing it in public. Fighting back does not deter him. The police have requested […]

Vintage/ Victorian: Beauty and Size

Friday, December 9th, 2011

Laurie says: I saw these improve-your-body ads on Feministing from Retronaut and got thinking about the many, many historical nudes I looked at when I was making Women En Large. The reality is that post-millennial thinness, except for the Victorian dying women paintings (which were very popular), is historically rare. .. Miriam, posting on Feministing: […]

The Perfect Body Is a Lie

Tuesday, December 6th, 2011

Laurie and Debbie say: Fashion models are, almost by definition, people with “perfect bodies.” That’s how they get chosen. Bodybuilders have become, for a large segment of the populace, the symbol of a different kind of “perfect body.” Let’s take a look behind that perfection. Coleman, stepping off the stage after a competition, is dependent […]

Food: My Story

Friday, December 2nd, 2011

Lynne Murray says: Last night I dreamed about an encounter over a candy bar that ended in court. I wasn’t in the dream but the hero was one of those super-athletic, spandex clad-bicyclists whose high energy bar was stolen when he stopped to render medical aid to a child. How and why the bar was […]