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Archive for August, 2013

Cheryl Marie Wade: A Gnarly Life, A Peaceful Death

Thursday, August 29th, 2013

Debbie says: The other night, I read in my friend Jesse-the-K’s online journal that Cheryl Marie Wade had died. The name didn’t ring a bell immediately, but Jesse’s quoted description of her as “the ultimate gnarly performer” made me realize that I knew who Wade was. In 1999, Laurie organized a panel on Queer Sex […]

Marches on Washington, Then and Now

Sunday, August 25th, 2013

Laurie says: The 50th anniversary of the March on Washington is today got me thinking about an earlier march.  It was May 17th, 1957.  I was 15 and although I’d been doing activist work, it had all been near my home in NYC. My friend Pat and I had heard about the Prayer Pilgrimage for Freedom.   […]

Big Brother (by Lionel Shriver) Is Watching Your Weight

Thursday, August 22nd, 2013

Lynne Murray says: I recently read (and screamed a lot) at a New York Magazine piece,  “Warning: I Will Employ the Word ‘Fat’”, by Lionel Shriver, promoting her novel Big Brother. Shriver is attempting to write not about fat itself, but about how the world sees fat, which she apparently thinks is a fixed point […]

Iceland Photos 4: Nesjavellir Geothermal PowerStation

Monday, August 19th, 2013

Laurie says: These photos are of Nesjavellir, the second largest geothermal plant in Iceland.   I went by it on the way to Þingvellir. The gate was open so I went in and explored. The photos were taken in the pouring rain – the very local pouring rain. It seemed to be only directly overhead. […]

Grown Up Women: Big Eyed Dolls

Friday, August 16th, 2013

Laurie says: I’ve been noticing that big eyed dolls and big eyed animal toys have been increasing, but while I had connected the dolls with the sexualization of little girls, I hadn’t connected them with the sexualization of adult women. Sociological images has a very useful discussion of the topic. I am an admirer of […]

Open Letter to Michelle Obama: Cutting Calories at the Women’s History Museum

Monday, August 12th, 2013

Debbie says: Dear Mrs. Obama, I wrote to you several years ago when you first announced your anti-childhood-obesity campaign, stating my opinion that opposition to childhood obesity both focuses on a red herring instead of a problem and encourages low self-esteem in all children (and people) who perceive themselves to be fat. I was sorry […]

Iceland Photos 3

Thursday, August 8th, 2013

Laurie says: These are some more of my Iceland “snap shots”. They are rapidly turning into “memory pictures”, giving me flashbacks of the time and places. This is one of the “steps” of Gullfoss. … … It’s one of Iceland’s many beautiful waterfalls. It’s the very famous one that draws bus loads tourists. It is […]

A Letter I Needed To Read

Sunday, August 4th, 2013

Lynne Murray says: Sometimes you run across a statement that makes you take a deep breath and feel like you found something you needed to hear, even though you didn’t know you needed to hear it. That’s the way I feel about Iris Higgins’ “An Open Apology to All of My Weight Loss Clients” posted […]

A New Kind of Vagina Monologue

Thursday, August 1st, 2013

Laurie and Debbie say: You will lose your heart to the girl who stars in this ad for menstrual supplies. Or possibly to the woman who wrote the ad. If you watch most commercial television, you’ll come away with the belief that a tampon is somehow connected either to running in slow motion green fields […]