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Archive for January, 2014

Pete Seeger: Clean Water Is a Human Right

Friday, January 31st, 2014

Debbie says: I don’t think of Pete Seeger in the same breath that I think of body image, but Laurie encouraged me to recognize his life and death here, and then it wasn’t hard to find a connection. He died earlier this week, at the age of 94. I’ve known his music since I was […]

Tuesday Linksday

Wednesday, January 29th, 2014

Debbie says: A very rich selection of links this week: Extreme wheelchair sports provide great visuals: Wheelz does what he calls WCMX, or wheelchair motocross. It’s like BMX, except with four wheels instead of two. Oh, and a disability thrown in just to keep it interesting. Wheelz practically invented the sport. There are other wheelchair […]

The Power of Positive Loathing

Sunday, January 26th, 2014

Lynne Murray says: “You cannot help those you loathe.” This sentence has been kicking around in my head for several days. I found it in this thoughtful piece by K.C. Gibbons, at Big Blue Dot Y’all. Gibbons’ piece about her healing journey as a victim of domestic violence is riveting and deserves to be read […]

High Stakes: Choice

Friday, January 24th, 2014

Laurie says: This blog comes from a talk I gave at an artist’s panel for the NCWCA Choice exhibition at the ARC-SF gallery in San Francisco. The women who put the exhibition and panel together did great work. Professor Tanya Augsburg moderated the panel beautifully. I’m also grateful to my gynecologist Kaht Dorward, without whose […]

Tuesday Linksday This Week

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014

Debbie says: This history of queer fashion video is oddly heteronormative for its topic, but it’s also a whole bunch of fun, and quite knowledgeable. *** We are seriously thinking about stopping providing links to Jezebel, for reasons explained below in this post. But I had already saved this one, which we found there, and […]

Elle‘s Women in TV Issue Gives Us A Knockout Photo of Mindy Kaling, In Spite of Themselves

Saturday, January 18th, 2014

Laurie and Debbie say: To understand what Elle did with its cover photo of Mindy Kaling, you need only look at this array of the magazine’s cover photos for its Women in TV issue: Kaling, who started out on The Office as a writer, and continues to write after stepping into the role of Kelly […]

Trans People in Trans Roles

Friday, January 17th, 2014

Debbie says: I don’t track broadcast TV, so I didn’t know until the Golden Globe Awards ceremony last Sunday that a cis man was playing a trans woman on The Dallas Buyers’ Club. But Jared Leto’s acceptance speech was somewhat of a travesty (and not in the historical meaning of that word, either*). Lots of […]

First Linksday of 2014

Monday, January 13th, 2014

Debbie says: Don’t miss The Aunties Project, a painting series by Aleah Chapin: Chapin won the BP Portrait Award from London’s National Portrait Gallery for this series. She says: I’ve been obsessed with realism since I was a child. But I noticed that the subject has mainly been the idealized young, female nude. Although these […]

Polar Vortex: Beautiful Photos

Friday, January 10th, 2014

Laurie says: These images from The Atlantic blog In Focus are stunning and very timely. The first week of 2014 has brought frigid conditions to much of the Northern Hemisphere, including a phenomenon called a polar vortex, which pulled Arctic weather deep into Canada and the U.S. In Harbin, China, the chilly temperatures have one […]

New Year’s Resolution: Don’t Watch Your Weight

Monday, January 6th, 2014

Laurie and Debbie say: At this time of year, we are bombarded with mainstream media lists of New Year’s resolutions, and it’s almost impossible to find one that doesn’t include weight loss. Here’s what we hate about that: Making good changes is often impossible if your focus is weight loss. Here’s Ragen Chastain from Dances […]