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Archive for November, 2013

Thanksgiving 2013: So Much to Be Thankful For

Wednesday, November 27th, 2013

Laurie and Debbie say: There’s so much good news that we’re leaving stuff out! Let’s start with an in-your-face inspiring video. “Say it right or don’t say it at all,” says Sha’Condria “iCon” Sibley, 2012 National Poetry Slam Championship Team, in a video entitled “For All the Little Black Girls with Big Names (dedicated to […]

Everything You Know About Nutrition Is Wrong, And the Critics Aren’t Helping

Sunday, November 24th, 2013

Debbie says: In Woody Allen’s movie Sleeper, which is now 40 years old , a man (Woody Allen) time travels to the future, where (of course), they find him very strange. In this sequence, two doctors discuss their time traveler’s food preferences: Dr. Melik: This morning for breakfast he requested something called “wheat germ, organic […]

Make Love Not Porn, Cindy Gallop’s Voyage of Discovery

Friday, November 22nd, 2013

Lynne Murray says: I found Make Love Not Porn: Technology’s Hardcore Impact on Human Behavior as a TED Book and was captivated by Cindy Gallop and her story. As an advertising executive, she signed up with an online dating service as part of her research for a client. The rest of my team were all […]

Linksday, November 18

Tuesday, November 19th, 2013

Debbie says: Here’s this week’s assortment of interesting tidbits: It’s amazing what we will do–and what corporations will enable–to suit our cultural expectations. Looking to make life a little bit easier for their female clientele, the Japanese chain Freshness Burger launched the “Liberation Wrapper” to mask a woman’s mouth while eating. With this new burger […]

The Hidden Truths of Major Weight Loss

Sunday, November 17th, 2013

(crossposted on Feministe) Laurie and Debbie say: Julia Kozerski lost 160 pounds, exactly the way that fat people are encouraged to. She changed her diet, she built in exercise, she stayed constant. Her goal was to change her body, and she succeeded. She went from weighing 338 (fat women can always tell you the exact […]

Half the sky: My Photo In Chinese Exhibition

Thursday, November 14th, 2013

Laurie says: I’m excited that my portrait of Okinawan peace activist Fumiko Nakamura  will be in Half the Sky: Intersections in Social Practice Art in Shenyang, China. …. She was a filmmaker and peace activist, who retired after 40 years as a school teacher to found the non-profit Ichi Feet foundation to document the horrors […]


Tuesday, November 12th, 2013

Debbie says: 1) At a conference this weekend (a fabulous 40th anniversary celebration for the Center for the Study of Women in Society in Eugene, Oregon), I heard Susan Sygall from Mobility International USA, a disability advocacy organization I was not previously aware of. Susan showed this awesome international disability empowerment video. 2) Alexandra at […]

Shadow on a Tightrope: 30 Years Casting a Powerful Shadow

Friday, November 8th, 2013

Debbie says: It’s thrilling to participate in the blog carnival for the 30th anniversary of Shadow on a Tightrope:Writings By Women on Fat Oppression, edited by Lisa Schoenfelder and Barb Weiser, hosted by publisher Aunt Lute, which is releasing a 30th anniversary edition. In a sense, this book has always been there for me; I […]

Body-Policing Police! Best Idea Ever!

Thursday, November 7th, 2013

Laurie and Debbie say: We have lost our collective hearts to Robot Hugs, a webcomic that has apparently been around since 2009, but just came to our  attention recently. A day reading the archives will clearly be a day well spent. Meanwhile, if anyone knows the number of the body-policing police, can you leave it […]

Monday Is Now Linksday

Tuesday, November 5th, 2013

Debbie says: Almost every week, I collect a bunch of links for Laurie and me out of my regular blog reading, and other folks send us cool things too. We usually only write about one or two of them. We’re going to start posting the ones we don’t feature on a regular basis, so you […]