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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 […]

The Biggest Loser: Now Teaching Weight Cycling and Bullying to the Next Generation

Wednesday, December 19th, 2012

Lynne Murray says: We value children in America, but some more than others. Many, if not most, fat children learn very early that approval and sometimes even affection will be withheld unless and until they lose weight. Since no reliable method exists that will guarantee weight loss or prevent weight gain for most people, children–even […]

Do Most Women Think Our Breasts Are Ours?

Wednesday, July 18th, 2012

Debbie says: The title of this post is a response to James Braly’s statement, “Most women think their breasts are theirs,” blogging in a recent column in the New York Times Style section. His argument is that “Extended breastfeeding, the current scientific thinking goes, offers significant health benefits for the child, and probably for the […]

Kuttin Kandi: Hiphop, Heart Disease, Fatphobia, and Truth-Telling

Saturday, April 28th, 2012

Debbie says: I’m sorry to say I never heard of Kuttin Kandi (also known as Candice Custodio-Tan) before I read this article, clearly because I’ve been hiding under a rock. The woman is a force to be reckoned with: The first woman to reach the DMC USA Finals and a founding member of the all-female […]

Mr. Toad: Insults, Jokes, and Words of Power

Tuesday, April 24th, 2012

Lynne Murray says: I like to read urban paranormal novels in part because the heroines demonstrate their power in a very literal way. The magic used in these stories, which causes visible effects, is sometimes  accompanied by fictional “power words.” This post is about real-life power words. I can’t write from first-hand experience about wounds […]

Do You Have “Irritable Heart”? The History of PTSD

Wednesday, April 11th, 2012

Debbie says: Post-traumatic stress disorder as a publicly recognizable syndrome was first formally named when I was almost 30. I can remember the first time a friend told me she had it, and how it sounded kind of clunky and unreliable in my ears; I can trace the progression from there to now, when I […]

Korean Sex Slave Sculpture Confronts Japan

Saturday, December 17th, 2011

Laurie says: Many of the feminists I’ve worked with in Japan have been doing activist work for years with Korean feminists on the issue of the World War II Korean sex slaves. (The Japanese called them comfort women.)) So I learned from them a lot more about the horrors that were perpetuated on these women. […]

A More Hopeful Thanksgiving

Thursday, November 24th, 2011

Laurie and Debbie say: We’ve been doing Thanksgiving posts since we started this blog in 2005, and almost all of them have begun with some version of a lament for how hard it was in the previous year to find things to be thankful for. This year is very different. Just this week, a very […]

Human Dignity and Humiliation

Tuesday, November 1st, 2011

Lynne Murray says: I have not lived with what we usually think of as domestic violence–i.e., being hit by a partner. But I recently followed on the subject of humiliation studies, pointed out by Larry-bob Roberts on the Fat Studies mailing list. Here’s a brief welcoming video clip from the Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies […]

Slutwalk San Francisco – August 6th

Friday, August 5th, 2011

Laurie says: If you haven’t heard about SlutWalk this is a good explanation from Katie J.M. Baker in the San Francisco Chronicle: In January, Toronto police officer Michael Sanguinetti told law school students during a lecture on safety that “women should avoid dressing like sluts in order not to be victimized.” What does it mean […]

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