Laurie Toby Edison

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Mid-Week Links

Thursday, September 18th, 2014

Debbie says:   Any fan of “subvert the dominant paradigm” (like me) will be delighted by Tampon Run, a new online game, created by two high-school students, Andrea Gonzalez and Sophie Houser, who met at a Girls Who Code summer program. They say, “”Although the concept of the video game may be strange, it’s stranger […]

Post-Labor Day Links

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014

Debbie says: The whole world is talking about the release of nude celebrity (women)’s photos and everyone has a different take on it. In the Atlantic article at the link, Jessica Valenti spins it (accurately) as violation and discusses it in terms of consent. In California, Representative Jackie Speier moves to the context of revenge […]

Links Re-Appear Without Warning

Monday, August 18th, 2014

Debbie says: Singer Meghan Trainor has a song called “All About that Bass” which is catchy, and sends a strong message: Chloe at Feministing loves it and deconstructs it: loving yourself because dudes like what you’ve got going on is a pretty flimsy form of self-acceptance. In fact, it’s not really self-acceptance at all if […]

Links Return Again

Saturday, June 21st, 2014

It would be great if this image of Karlesha Thurman had gone viral for better reasons (like because it’s beautiful) … Thurman posted this photo on the Black Women Do Breastfeed Facebook page. Although she never posted it on Instagram or Twitter, NewsOne reports that Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook went ablaze with men and women, […]

My Body Is Not an Apology: Fostering Radical Self-Love

Tuesday, May 6th, 2014

Laurie and Debbie say: This year is the 20th anniversary of the publication of Women En Large: Images of Fat Nudes, and one of the most gratifying experiences we’ve had in these two decades is watching the explosion of other artists and activists developing the same artistic, social justice, and self-delight themes we were (and […]

Fat Nudes As Old Masters

Monday, April 28th, 2014

Laurie says: I was sent a link to Fullerton-Batten’s photos of fat nudes. As someone who does portraits with the goal of capturing some essential sense of the model in their natural body language, I found both the work and the artist’s description of it thought provoking. .. .. She says: I have transposed the […]

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 […]

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 […]

Jane Austen Is Not A Pretty Girl

Friday, December 13th, 2013

Cross-posted on Feministe) Laurie says: I am a serious fan of Jane Austen’s books and of her ironic observers’ take on women and Regency society.  She did not describe her characters very much, and was far more interested in their personalities and interactions than their looks. The only authentic portrait we have of Austen is […]

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 […]

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