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Archive for December, 2012

Body Impolitic’s 2012 Guide to Sane Holidays

Sunday, December 23rd, 2012

Laurie and Debbie say: This list is (mostly) for folks who celebrate the upcoming holidays, and are fortunate enough to have people and resources to celebrate with; if you don’t fit that group, skip to the bottom. If you do fit, then even if your family are your favorite people and you look forward all […]

Anti-Semitism in Hungary: History Must Not Repeat Itself

Friday, December 21st, 2012

Laurie and Debbie say: If you live in the U.S., and you’re not watching the news extremely carefully, you probably don’t know that a powerful Hungarian politician, Marton Gyongyosi, made a speech in the Hungarian parliament at the end of November, calling for “the authorities to compile a national list of Hungarian Jews, especially those […]

The Biggest Loser: Now Teaching Weight Cycling and Bullying to the Next Generation

Wednesday, December 19th, 2012

Lynne Murray says: We value children in America, but some more than others. Many, if not most, fat children learn very early that approval and sometimes even affection will be withheld unless and until they lose weight. Since no reliable method exists that will guarantee weight loss or prevent weight gain for most people, children–even […]

“Saving Lives”?

Friday, December 14th, 2012

Dr. Lisa Freitag is a former pediatrician in Minneapolis/St. Paul (the “Twin Cities”), in the north midwest of the United States. We hope to feature some of her thoughts and observations in this space from time to time. Lisa Freitag says: All along the highways leading to the Twin Cities, a billboard advertising North Memorial […]

National Museum of Art Essay

Tuesday, December 11th, 2012

Laurie says: As I’ve written, my photo of Bob Guter was chosen my the National Museum of Art in Osaka to represent my work in the 35th anniversary catalogue of their permanent collection, issued in 2012. They have 12 of my photos in their permanent collection, and this was their choice for the catalogue. Each […]

Another Black Mark for Weight-Loss Surgery

Friday, December 7th, 2012

Debbie says: Earlier this week, the San Francisco Chronicle ran a story about how people who’ve had weight-loss surgery (or “bariatric” surgery) are much more likely to show up in the hospital with acute liver failure due to acetaminophin poisoning. Acetaminophin, more commonly known as Tylenol in the U.S. and as paracetamol in Europe, is […]

Rape-Apology Rhetoric Used to Attack Children

Monday, December 3rd, 2012

Laurie and Debbie say: Last week, a defense attorney in Cleveland, Texas, described an 11-year-old girl who was gang-raped by as many as 18 men as a “spider” luring men into her web: Like the spider and the fly. Wasn’t she saying, ‘Come into my parlor, said the spider to the fly?’ ” Taylor asked. At […]