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Links on the Brink of October

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

Debbie says: I was struck by these very diverse images of women giving birth around the world. The photographer, Alice Proujansky, gave birth herself in 2012. Although she didn’t set out to become a natal photographer, Proujansky is interested in working on projects about women and said for one reason or another, she finds herself […]

Voluntary Puberty Delay for Transgender Pre-Teens Looks Promising

Friday, September 26th, 2014

Debbie says: Until I saw this rather brief article, I hadn’t heard about hormonal puberty suppression as an alternative for young transgender people. I am especially interested because I have a (very) young transgender person in my life, and it has been fascinating to watch how completely this child is committed to a gender identity […]

Elder Sexuality Is Funny or Gross Because It’s Transgressive

Saturday, September 20th, 2014

Laurie and Debbie say: The extraordinary s.e. smith has a predictably excellent post on elder sexuality: … what is so gross about older adults being sexually active? And what’s so funny about it? Because I don’t see anything particularly remarkable in it, and thus I’m either missing something — or my cohort is. The frankly […]

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 […]

Women Cartoonists Draw Their Bodies

Friday, September 5th, 2014

Laurie and Debbie say: We were absolutely delighted with this feature by Kristen Radtke at Buzzfeed, in which she asked 23 cartoonists to draw their own bodies, each followed by a short statement from the artist. Radtke obviously made brilliant choices. You have to look at the entire linked page to see the phenomenal variety, […]

Cosplay: Widening the Range

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

Debbie says: I was struck by this article by Phaedra Cook on All That’s Cosplay.   Not surprisingly, cosplay (“costume play”) tends, like most cultural activities, to be primarily thought of as being for the young and conventionally pretty. Cook did not discover cosplay until she was well over the stereotypical target age for cosplayers: […]

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 […]

A Transgender Woman Fights Back: Julia Serano’s Open Letter to the New Yorker

Tuesday, August 12th, 2014

Debbie says: This blog has long been a fan of Julia Serano, author of Whipping Girl: A Transsexual Woman on Sexism and the Scapegoating of Femininity, and Excluded: Making Feminist and Queer Movements More Inclusive. Laurie and I were both especially impressed with Serano’s “Open Letter to the New Yorker,” written in response to Michelle […]

Full Frontal Nudity, Gender, and the Penis

Tuesday, August 5th, 2014

[warning: contains images that may not be comfortable for workplace or other public computer constraints] Debbie and Laurie say: We missed Sezin Koehler’s Sociological Images post about full frontal nudity on HBO back in June. Koehler analyzes the frequent use of full frontal female nudity and the extremely rare use of full frontal male nudity […]

Gender Neutral Toilet, Not Sideshow Attraction

Saturday, August 2nd, 2014

Debbie says: Lisa Wade at Sociological Images has a brief post about the sign problem for gender-neutral bathrooms. (I always thought they could just say “Everyone,” but of course there’s an argument for icons rather than words.) In case anyone hasn’t thought it out, gender-neutral bathrooms are an important safety feature for trans and gender […]

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