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Archive for September, 2013

Department of Illegal Superheros

Monday, September 30th, 2013

Laurie says: I saw this Illegal Superhero installation last week at the Galeria De La Raza. My friend SJ took the photos. (I was the photographer without camera.) It appealed both to my political and my comic book sensibility. The artist, Neil Rivas, said this in the Huffington Post last year I started thinking about […]

Roshini Muniam Goes to Space Camp … and It’s Not a Fairy Tale

Thursday, September 26th, 2013

Debbie says: Once upon a time … a deodorant for men sponsored a Global Space Camp for winners of a contest. Really. Axe is a commercial deodorant from Unilever that, in its copywriters’ own words, “helps guys smell good, feel great and look their best!” To say that their presentation and advertisements are sexist is […]

Forests and Bogs: Photos From Estonia

Monday, September 23rd, 2013

Laurie says: After I left Iceland, after a few days in Helsinki, I went on to Estonia. It’s one of the Baltic states and has been described as a country of cities in the forest. Over forty six percent of Estonia’s territory is covered by forests. (Unlike Iceland where trees are less then five percent.) […]

Love as a Radical Act

Thursday, September 19th, 2013

Debbie says: Every activist I know finds these times dispiriting, often paralyzing. Those of us who came to our politics in the anti-Vietnam War era (or those somewhat older than me who came to theirs in the era of the Mississippi Summer and the March on Washington) remember a time when activism–yes, yes, for all […]

Alien Images

Monday, September 16th, 2013

Laurie says: I know I said that my next photo blog would be my photos from Estonia, but then I saw these remarkable insect photos on the Atlantic’s In Focus really struck me. .. .. .. They are from ….The USGS Native Bee Inventory and Monitoring Program is a program run by biologists with the […]

Know Your Rights: Obesity, Disease, Employment Discrimination

Friday, September 13th, 2013

Laurie and Debbie say: In the last month or so, the AMA, acting against its own science council’s advice, has declared obesity to be a “disease.” Vik Khanna is an “independent health consultant with extensive experience in managed care and wellness.” Looking at the first of his two-part series on obesity and the AMA, it […]

Mandatory Underwear: Don’t Show Your Work

Monday, September 9th, 2013

Debbie says: I can’t help laughing about this article: An Aug. 29 letter from the Little Rock [Arkansas] School District’s Office of the Superintendent to all employees explains that the dress code will officially go into effect in the fall of 2014. “Foundational garments shall be worn and not visible with respect to color, style, […]

Birth Control: Have It Your Way

Thursday, September 5th, 2013

Debbie says: We humans are just so ridiculously good at telling each other what everybody should be doing, when we really mean, “Hey! I found out what I should be doing!” Jill at Feministe provides the latest example. Holly Grigg-Spall, for whom birth control pills were A Bad Idea, has written a book called Sweetening […]

Ugliness in All Its Glorious Complexity

Sunday, September 1st, 2013

Debbie says: The topic of “ugliness” has fascinated me for many years now, and I’ve never heard it discussed better than in this YouTube video by karakamos. The video is over seven minutes long, and the follow-up video Kara posted after this started getting attention is eight minutes long. Both are worth your time. I’m […]