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Archive for March, 2013

Geeking Out on Mothers’ Milk

Saturday, March 30th, 2013

Debbie says: One of the many good things about Nicholas Day’s article in Slate about the science of breast milk is that, pretty close to the beginning, he goes out of his way to say that “conversations about lactation always seem to require disclaimers,” and his is that lack of breast milk has never been […]

War Photographs: Disturbing Images

Wednesday, March 27th, 2013

Laurie says: Trigger warning: Photos in this post are of war and its effects. They are disturbing. I’ve been thinking about beautiful photographs of dreadful things for a long time. They make me viscerally uncomfortable. I’ll look at the front page of a newspaper and react positively to a beautifully composed photograph, and then I […]

The Meaning Behind the Mannequins

Saturday, March 23rd, 2013

Lynne Murray says: Debbie pointed out this Washington Post blog by Delia Lloyd about “plus-sized” Swedish department store mannequins and the storm of interest in them: Let’s face it. Part of the mannequins’ viral appeal was no doubt the illusion that they came from Sweden, that Nordic bastion of pushing-the-envelope cultural fare that brought us […]

Absolutist vs. Consequentialist Bullshit

Wednesday, March 20th, 2013

Laurie and Debbie say: Melissa McEwen at Shakesville recently delivered a very satisfactory smackdown to Richard Dawkins when he decided to discuss his opinions of abortion on Twitter. In this series of tweets, Dawkins said, “My criterion for “relevant to morality of abortion” is standard consequentialist morality. Opponents follow absolutist morality. Simple.” First, to quote […]

On the Road and Female: Theory and Practice

Monday, March 18th, 2013

Debbie says: I doubt there is a better analysis anywhere of the lack of female road narratives than this amazing piece by Vanessa Veselka. It is not a pretty story: By 2004, so many women had been found dead along the interstates that the FBI started the Highway Serial Killers Initiative to keep track of […]

Junk Food Addiction and Diet Deprivation: Two Sides of the Same Coin?

Friday, March 15th, 2013

Lynne Murray says: I’ve recently come across articles about the seemingly unrelated topics of engineering food to be addictive and conditioning teenagers to be lifelong dieters. The first common element that struck me was disconnecting the body’s natural relationship with food and turning it into a marketable commodity. Food consultant Howard Moskowitz, who earned his […]

Carrying Condoms Is Evidence of What, Precisely?

Tuesday, March 12th, 2013

Debbie says: Before I get to the point, let me give you a treat from the amazing Molly Crabapple, whose article I’m going to write about in a moment. Now, back to Body Impolitic. (I only knew Crabapple as an artist before I found this post.) Condoms, it appears, are “legitimate” evidence for sexual wrongdoing […]

Becoming a Body, and Discovering the Medical Gaze

Thursday, March 7th, 2013

Lisa Freitag says: (Dr. Lisa Freitag is a former pediatrician in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Her most recent guest post on medical advertising and the meaning of caring is here.) I’ve always had trouble thinking of myself as a body. I mean, I know that I exist in space, visible to other people as a discrete solid […]

Shoes, Class and Money

Tuesday, March 5th, 2013

Laurie says: I’m not a fan of high heels and haven’t worn them in years. But that doesn’t mean I haven’t noticed the explosion of high fashion shoes over the last number of years, or the magic associated with shoe designers and shoes that used to be only associated with high fashion and couturiers. And […]

WTF?: “Smartphones are Emasculating”

Saturday, March 2nd, 2013

Debbie says: I’m not an early adopter and I didn’t know that Google Glass was coming out. I don’t even have a smart phone. I am, however, a lifelong science fiction reader and I think that having an earpiece that hooks to your glasses and gives you the internet is essentially–at least theoretically-super-cool. I want […]