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Archive for July, 2012

Helen Keller: Joking Matters

Sunday, July 29th, 2012

Debbie says: Helen Keller jokes have been around for decades, since well before the real Helen Keller died in 1968. A little Googling tells me that they’ve gotten nastier in the intervening decades, as jokes in general have also gotten nastier. In case anyone doesn’t have the backstory, Helen Keller was blind and deaf from […]

Iceberg Portraits

Tuesday, July 24th, 2012

Laurie says: I recently saw this remarkable slide show of iceberg photos by Camille Seaman.  What fascinates me is that they are portraits of individual icebergs, not traditional landscapes. I’m particularly interested because of comments that photos I’ve done of inanimate objects look like portraits. At first I dismissed the idea but I’m beginning to […]

Video Responses to Fat Hatred

Friday, July 20th, 2012

Lynne Murray says: In recent years, as the drumbeat stirring up hatred of fat and fat people has got louder, I have heard some pretty horrifying stories from fat activists whose only crime has been to say, “Yes, I’m fat and it’s okay.” This simple sentiment seems to provoke a disproportionate amount of rage expressed […]

Do Most Women Think Our Breasts Are Ours?

Wednesday, July 18th, 2012

Debbie says: The title of this post is a response to James Braly’s statement, “Most women think their breasts are theirs,” blogging in a recent column in the New York Times Style section. His argument is that “Extended breastfeeding, the current scientific thinking goes, offers significant health benefits for the child, and probably for the […]

Trans American Revolution

Saturday, July 14th, 2012

Laurie and Debbie say: We were deeply struck by this interview with Keelin Godsey, Olympic contender (who didn’t quite make it) for the hammer throw event. It’s worth listening to the whole thing. Godsey identifies and lives as a man, and competes as a woman, for reasons that he explains clearly in this amazingly open […]

An Antidote to Images of Headless Fat People

Sunday, July 8th, 2012

Lynne Murray says: Anyone who has ever ground their teeth at the “headless fat people” and other images of fat bodies designed to promote disgust (discussed recently by Debbie here) will be glad to hear of Stocky Photos, a new gallery of positive images of fat bodies. Linda Bacon, PhD., researcher, professor and advocate of […]

Heads with and without Bodies

Thursday, July 5th, 2012

Debbie says: I was delighted out of all proportion to learn that the Easter Island heads have bodies. (This is partly because when I was a pre-teen, I read Thor Heyerdahl’s Aku-Aku, which is entirely about Easter Island and the heads, an inordinate number of times.) This one even has a belly. More pix of […]

Vagina Drama, and Why It Matters

Sunday, July 1st, 2012

Laurie and Debbie say: Everyone is probably aware that Michigan Democratic State Senator Lisa Brown had a one-day gag order imposed upon her for using the word “vagina”  in a comment about state abortion clinic regulations. What she said was, “I’m flattered you’re all so interested in my vagina, but no means no.” This has […]