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Breast Obsession: From Games to Hard Decisions

Tuesday, March 10th, 2015

Laurie and Debbie say: Melanie Testa’s “Shirts off, Underwear on:, Play Out, Breast Cancer and Gender Expectations” is superb. Perhaps I am an anomaly in the world of breast cancer, having chosen against reconstruction while also choosing not to wear prosthesis. I was certainly made to feel as if my choice was abnormal by my […]

The Wrong Kind of Fat Body

Monday, January 5th, 2015

Laurie and Debbie say: “I was doing research. No, really.” Amanda Czerniawski, assistant professor of sociology at Temple University, spent more than two years as a plus-sized model when she was researching her new book, Fashioning Fat: Inside Plus-Size Modeling. .. .. Writing about Czerniawski’s book for TakePart, Jessica Dollin says: The beauty trend du […]

Hard Work and Performance: Beauty Across the Decades

Saturday, December 13th, 2014

Debbie says: This video from cut.com has had 16 million views, so chances are you’ve seen it: To get the obvious out of the way, what the video calls “beauty” is a specifically Western high-fashion concept of beauty, probably researched in fashion magazines. The model (Nina Carduner) is white and thin and reasonably young. Her […]

Photomicrography: Beauty We Never See

Monday, December 8th, 2014

Laurie says: I’ve always loved photomicrography images. The best of them are exquisite images of an unseen world that surrounds us. Nikon has a Small World contest every year for the best of these images.  Celebrating its 40th year, the contest invites photographers and scientists to submit images of all things visible under a microscope. […]

Reiko Brandon: Exquisite Silk Art

Sunday, November 2nd, 2014

Laurie says: When I was in Hawaii last month I saw a brief newspaper mention of an exhibition of silk art by Reiko Brandon in a  gallery space at Kapiolani Community College. How the work was made was unclear but it still sounded fascinating. I went to see it and found her work stunning.  It’s […]

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 […]


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