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Archive for September, 2012

Planting the Seeds of Eating Disorders at the Most Vulnerable Age

Friday, September 28th, 2012

Lynne Murray says: When I heard about the Minnie Mouse makeover (which also includes Daisy Duck and other characters) by Barney’s and Disney World, I couldn’t help thinking about the day I tried to fly. I was pre-school-age–too young to read, maybe five–but I could watch TV. I was watching a television commercial where children […]

She Shrinks Penises with the Power of Her … ???

Monday, September 24th, 2012

Debbie says: I don’t actually believe that there’s a “new Italian study” that shows that penis sizes have been shrinking. The reports on the Internet on this study all seem to link back to a more-than-somewhat dubious site called, which did a feature on “Weirdest Scientific Discoveries” and included a mention of this so-called […]

Body Modification: Welcome to the Future

Thursday, September 20th, 2012

Debbie says: As a lifelong science fiction reader, I was struck by this interview on with Shannon Larratt, founder of the BME body modification site. Larratt is, unsurprisingly, an expert on the fine points of body modification, and raises all kinds of distinctions in the body modification world, starting with distinguishing tattoos (usually about […]

Space Photos

Monday, September 17th, 2012

Laurie says: I was really struck by these astronomical photos from In Focus with Alan Taylor in the Atlantic Monthly online edition: Robotic probes launched by NASA, the European Space Agency (ESA), and others are gathering information all across the solar system. We currently have spacecraft in orbit around the Sun, Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, […]

Serena Williams: The Change

Friday, September 14th, 2012

Laurie says: This blog is a huge fan of the Williams sisters, Serena and Venus, as athletes and as world changers. I saw Serena winning the US Open and then found this poem in a post on A Philosopher’s Life. .. .. The Change by Tony Hoagland The season turned like the page of a […]

Amateur and Professional Eye Candy

Tuesday, September 11th, 2012

Lynne Murray says: My name for the way television culture skillfully and constantly tells us what’s beautiful, sexy, and hot–and what isn’t–is “Team Entertainment-Fueled Eating Disorders,” a team whose only goal is to dominate and destroy our traditional cultures and our own personal perceptions, which I call “Team Just the Way We Are.” Recently while […]

Do Men and Women See Junk Science Differently?

Saturday, September 8th, 2012

Debbie says: I’ve gotten to the point where I can sense junk science from miles away, which is what happened when I saw this news article about “how men and women see the world differently.” My first clue was the fact that the study looks for a gender differentiation where there’s absolutely no evolutionary or […]

Greening a Food Desert

Tuesday, September 4th, 2012

Debbie says: One aspect of body image we don’t often talk about here is what foods people have access to, and how “healthy food” is distributed. So I was struck by this article, which I found in a local news feed for my city (Oakland, California).   Pictured above are three young food activists/entrepreneurs in […]