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Archive for October, 2013

Celebrity Dieting for Dollars

Monday, October 28th, 2013

Lynne Murray says: I was very upset to hear rumors at that diet companies were “battling” over having Rebel Wilson as their spokesperson.” Wilson is one of a very few smart, funny, sexy role models who seems to take no prisoners. Many of her interviews suggest that she understands and takes responsibility for her […]

Breast Cancer: Just the Facts, Ma’am

Thursday, October 24th, 2013

Laurie and Debbie say: It’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month in the United States, which might be a good thing if it increased breast cancer awareness. Instead, it far too often reinforces stereotypes, gives marketers a hook, and increases the amount of pink in the world. Before we get to the two stories that got us […]

Body Image and Food Justice (in My Home Town and Everywhere)

Monday, October 21st, 2013

Debbie says: I love it when I have a set of ideas simmering in my mind that I know I “should” write about, and someone else does it for me. Bonus points for it being someone whose work I don’t know, and extra bonus points for it being set in my city and writing about […]

Estonia Photos: Ducks and Sculptures

Friday, October 18th, 2013

Laurie says: Two of the snapshots below were taken in Tallinn, the capital city of Estonia. It’s a very old city but it’s also a very high tech and 21st century city. I wrote about my trip to Estonia to visit my daughter and her partner and some of it’s history in my first Estonian […]

Penises, Guns, and Safer Sex Ads

Monday, October 14th, 2013

(Cross-posted on Feminste) Laurie and Debbie say: (CONTAINS GRAPHIC AND EXPLICIT IMAGES) The brilliant Lisa Wade at Sociological Images has a thought-provoking piece about penis/gun imagery in safer sex ads, like this particularly vivid one: She situates the conversation in an anthropological context which demystifies the penis, which you can read at the link. After […]

Killer Fat: A Review

Friday, October 11th, 2013

Lynne Murray says: I love the cover of Killer Fat: Media, Medicine and Morals in the American “Obesity Epidemic” because it graphically illustrates the current perception of fatness and fat people as Monsters That Threaten Life As We Know It. More in a moment on the cover, how it happened and how it reflects some […]

Idle No More: Day of Action

Monday, October 7th, 2013

Debbie says: Laurie and I tend to stay away from what I call “big world” politics (goings-on in the world which are not body-image related) on this blog, but there are no rules. So today I want to shout-out Idle No More and today’s day of action. Their website lists well over 50 events, in […]

Would You Buy a Used Skull from this Woman?

Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013

Laurie and Debbie say: What do Hollywood prop shops that use sex to sell skeletons: sexualized anatomical illustrations from the 15th century and after and pin-up x-rays from a promotional medical supplies calendar have in common? Obviously, they are all using sexualized archetypes to draw our attention to something, some very different things. We’re more […]