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How to Suppress Women’s Clitorises–And How Not To

Friday, March 20th, 2015

Laurie and Debbie say: Although we are almost a decade apart in age, both of us learned a lot about female anatomy during the surge of feminist knowledge in the 1970s. In that period, Betty Dodson, the artist, became a well-known sex educator and teacher of masturbation skills for women; consciousness-raising groups everywhere encouraged women […]

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 […]

Gravitas, by Lynne Murray

Thursday, March 5th, 2015

Debbie says: Our co-conspirator (well, regular guest blogger) Lynne Murray has been pretty quiet around these parts recently, and one reason is that she’s been working on a new short science-fiction novel, Gravitas, which is now available on Amazon and in other e-book formats, for $2.99 per copy. I had the privilege of reading Gravitas […]

No, Mr. Congressman, It Doesn’t Go There

Thursday, February 26th, 2015

Laurie and Debbie say: By now, you have probably heard about Idaho Congressman Vito Barbieri, who (apparently seriously) asked during a committee hearing on (yes, still more!) abortion restrictions  if a woman could swallow a small camera to conduct a pregnancy exam. Dr. Julie Madsen, the physician witness politely told him that swallowed pills “don’t […]

Swimsuit Issue Makes the News … Twice

Tuesday, February 24th, 2015

Debbie says: Sports Illustrated is in financial trouble, and the magazine’s famous swimsuit issue is apparently what’s keeping it afloat. This is almost certainly why they put (no! I know you’re shocked!) a controversial photograph on the cover. Tracy Moore at Jezebel reports on the controversy over whether or not model Hannah Davis is “showing […]

Shout Out to Folks with Dangerous Bodies

Tuesday, February 17th, 2015

Debbie says: Verónica Bayetti Flores has a manifesto at Feministing that I appreciated so much! I’ll start where she ends: For those whose bodies are dangerous, I’m here to tell you that the life in your body, your life, matters. That it is in the interest of the betterment of the human condition that you live. […]

You Don’t Have to Settle: Fat Sex on Your Own Terms

Wednesday, February 4th, 2015

Debbie says: I don’t actually think Sarah Hollowell at The Butter (“This Is an Essay About a Fat Woman Being Loved and Getting Laid”) and Philippe Leonard Fradet at The Body Is Not an Apology (“Sex at Every Size!” were conspiring to get me to write about this topic. They probably don’t even know each […]

Links Begin a New Year

Thursday, January 22nd, 2015

Fix YouTube video,  use closing references, add tags Debbie says: I started seriously harvesting links right around the turn of the year, and now I have a bumper crop! (And look, it’s not even a mixed metaphor.) Kristina Bravo at TakePart calls our attention to “This Girl Can,” a United Kingdom public service announcement that’s […]

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 […]

My Photos in Transforming Community – Disability Exhibition

Saturday, December 20th, 2014

Laurie says: I am very happy to have 2 photos in the Transforming Community: Disability, Diversity and Access exhibition at the Westbeth Gallery in New York City. It takes place during the 2015 Women’s Caucus of the Arts National Conference, which explores access and difference in its many forms. It runs from February 7th to […]


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