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Archive for February, 2014

Trapped in the Wrong Body … Maybe, Maybe Not.

Wednesday, February 26th, 2014

Laurie and Debbie say: The oh-so-common cultural narrative of trans people is that they were born “trapped in the wrong body.” Of course, while this is the lived experience of many people, nobody’s story is simple. Writing in Buzzfeed, Thomas Page McBee takes on the belief that “trapped in the wrong body” and trans are […]

The Search for Science without Bias

Friday, February 21st, 2014

Lynne Murray says: Science is the religion I grew up in. My father was a research psychologist who was flexible in some ways. But he was very serious about the design of experiments. I didn’t follow science as a career but when I was in grammar school my father used to quiz me about the […]

Dreadlocks, Cultural Appropriation, and Thoughtfulness

Monday, February 17th, 2014

Debbie says: Shayna Stock (who is white) cut off her dreadlocks in January, and wrote a long, nuanced post about the experience. Here’s her short version: I have learned more about the history of dreadlocks and their significance as a symbol of Rastafarianism and black/African resistance to white supremacy. I have done a lot of […]

Gracie Hagen : Illusions of the Body (NSFW)

Sunday, February 9th, 2014

Laurie says: These photos by Gracie Hagen eloquently express the illusions of the body that are reflected back at us from the innumerable media images that barrage us. My own nude portrait work was always focused on portraying a sense of the reality of the person I was photographing. Avoiding the expected stereotypical glamor poses […]

Tuesday Linksday

Wednesday, February 5th, 2014

Debbie says: The “it’s all about me and my feelings” club has a new self-elected president, Jen Caron: A few weeks ago, as I settled into an exceptionally crowded midday class, a young, fairly heavy black woman put her mat down directly behind mine. It appeared she had never set foot in a yoga studio—she […]

Kendra James, Tonya Harding, and the Dictatorship of Expectation

Monday, February 3rd, 2014

Laurie and Debbie say: In 1994, the figure skating world was rocked with a major scandal, when skater Nancy Kerrigan was attacked and hit in the leg the day before the U.S. Figure Skating Championships. Kerrigan was unable to skate the next day, and Tonya Harding won the championship (which she might well have lost […]