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Archive for June, 2013

Tough Women Make the News

Sunday, June 30th, 2013

Debbie says: Laurie and I don’t usually get our blogging sources from mainstream politics, but this week I found myself watching two clips from TV news, both of which I think have resonances for Body Impolitic readers. Rachel Jeantel was a key witness in the Trayvon Martin case. The video showing a widely-reported moment in […]

Bay Area Peeps: Girl Talk Tonight!

Thursday, June 27th, 2013

Debbie says: I’m a long-time fan of Girl Talk, the ongoing “cis and transwomen dialogue” performance series, curated by Gina DeVries, Elena Rose, and Julia Serano. This year’s performance is tonight, June 27, at the African American Art and Culture Complex in San Francisco, as part of the 16th Annual National Queer Arts Festival. Now […]

Seduction Guides, Pick-Up Artists, and Real Consent

Monday, June 24th, 2013

Debbie says: As readers may or may not know, the crowd-funding site Kickstarter recently cancelled the fundraiser for a “seduction guide,” and issued an admirable apology, along with the kind of change in policy that goes with a real apoogy: We are prohibiting “seduction guides,” or anything similar, effective immediately. This material encourages misogynistic behavior […]

The Power of Positive Playthings–Dolls with Disabilities

Thursday, June 20th, 2013

Lynne Murray says: This post started with an item about a Barbie doll in a wheelchair posted by a blog devoted to empowering those in wheelchairs. In 1997, Mattel produced a wheelchair-using Barbie doll called “Share a Smile Becky.” The doll was a unique way to intertwine Barbie dolls and people with disabilities, making sure […]

Artist Sneaks Out at Night to Change the World

Tuesday, June 18th, 2013

Debbie says: These super-fabulous street art posters have been showing up in Philadelphia and New York. The artist is Tatyana Fazlalizadeh, who also has a Tumblr called Stop Telling Women to Smile.   Fazlalizadeh lives in Bedford-Stuyvesant (a famously low-income, mostly African-American and Hispanic) neighborhood in New York, where she got sick of being constantly […]

When “You’re Only As Old As You Feel” Is Not Enough

Thursday, June 13th, 2013

Debbie says: At WisCon this year, I moderated a panel (suggested by and including the brilliant s.e. smith) called “When ‘Love Your Body’ Is Not Enough.” The concept was to explore how the “love your body” message can be empowering to some subset of people, and can also be perceived as a trap, or a […]

Doctors Agree: No Fat Patients Need Apply

Sunday, June 9th, 2013

Lynne Murray says: Debbie pointed out this New York Times article by Tara Parker Pope, where transcripts of doctor patient appointments showed the doctors’ comparative lack of engagement with fat patients when compared with their interaction with normal weight patients: In conversations with patients of normal weight, the doctors offered simple comments to show concern […]

“Oral Sex”: Forbidden Subject + HPV Causes Cancer

Thursday, June 6th, 2013

Debbie says: I was browsing something else the other day when I saw a sidebar headline that said, more or less, “Michael Douglas reveals that oral sex caused his throat cancer.” I didn’t click the link at the time. Today, I find Jessica Luther saying “We need a better way to talk about cunnilingus.” So, […]

The Male Gaze: Noxious Idea Seeks Someone to Own It

Saturday, June 1st, 2013

Debbie says: Sesali Bowen at Feministing has an interesting take on “the male gaze.” The term, which Laurie and I have often used, came into prominence nearly forty years ago: In her 1975 essay “Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema”, Laura Mulvey … stated that women were objectified in film because heterosexual men were in control […]