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Archive for February, 2012

Fat Studies Journal: Review Women En Large

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

Laurie says: Esther D. Rothblum, a long time fat activist and scholar, has edited the first academic journal in the field of fat studies, Fat Studies An International Journal of Body Weight and Society. She’s currently a professor of women’s studies at San Diego State University. Esther has been one of the clearest and most […]

Emotional Eating: Love, Chocolate, and History

Saturday, February 25th, 2012

Debbie says: I’ve had this bookmarked to write about for over a month, and I’m still thinking about it.

Karl Michalak

Monday, February 20th, 2012

Laurie says: This picture, of Karl Michalak and his tiger was the poster for my solo exhibition at the National Museum of Art in Osaka, Japan in 2001. I am not a woman. I don’t know what it’s like to be raped. I don’t pretend to have any privileged insights Into the feminine psyche. But […]

Sometimes, Aging Isn’t Pretty

Friday, February 17th, 2012

Debbie says: I’d like to believe that a “retirement community” would be one of the few places in the Western world where we could age however we age, and not worry too much about how we look, or how changes in what we need affect how we are treated. But the Harbor’s Edge retirement community […]

Photos at the National Museum of Art in Japan

Monday, February 13th, 2012

Laurie says: In January, I was very excited to hear from Akiko Kasuya who curated my solo exhibition at the National Museum of Art in Osaka in 2001. She told me that I had three photographs (nudes from Women En Large: Images of Fat Nudes and Familiar Men: A Book of Nudes) on exhibit there […]

Butch Mom, Wearing Words Any Way They See Fit

Thursday, February 9th, 2012

Debbie says: If you can’t blog your friends really good posts, what’s the point of having a blog at all? I’m a frequent visitor in Lori Selke’s household, so I can confirm that when they (Selke’s preferred pronoun) say, “I am a butch biological mother in a queer parenting threesome in which the other two […]

Fighting Billboards with Billboards: I STAND Conjures Grassroots Viral Magic

Sunday, February 5th, 2012

Lynne Murray says: An amazing online effort raised $12,083 in the 24 hours of February 2nd to set up billboards with positive images and messages aimed at fostering health through self-esteem to fight hateful billboards targeting fat kids. It all started in spring of 2011 with the billboards in Georgia aimed at humiliating fat kids […]

Disabled Bodies in Able-Bodied Contexts

Wednesday, February 1st, 2012

Laurie and Debbie say: Sarah Wanenchak, guest-posting for Sociological Images, did a fascinating post on “Disabled Bodies and Ableist Acceptance”. Wanenchak uses runners Aimee Mullins .. .. and Oscar Pistorius .. .. Mullins and Pistorius present interesting examples. They are both known for being both accomplished athletes and for being physically attractive – Mullins has […]