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A Personal Food History

Friday, May 9th, 2014

Lynne Murray says: Virgie Tovar,  MA, lecturer on fat discrimination and body image, editor of Hot & Heavy: Fierce Fat Girls on Life, Love and Fashion, recently posted  about an encounter with a fast-food slogan. This afternoon as I was walking to get a fancy sammich, I passed a smooshed up cup from Jack in […]

Kendra James, Tonya Harding, and the Dictatorship of Expectation

Monday, February 3rd, 2014

Laurie and Debbie say: In 1994, the figure skating world was rocked with a major scandal, when skater Nancy Kerrigan was attacked and hit in the leg the day before the U.S. Figure Skating Championships. Kerrigan was unable to skate the next day, and Tonya Harding won the championship (which she might well have lost […]

Love as a Radical Act

Thursday, September 19th, 2013

Debbie says: Every activist I know finds these times dispiriting, often paralyzing. Those of us who came to our politics in the anti-Vietnam War era (or those somewhat older than me who came to theirs in the era of the Mississippi Summer and the March on Washington) remember a time when activism–yes, yes, for all […]

Tough Women Make the News

Sunday, June 30th, 2013

Debbie says: Laurie and I don’t usually get our blogging sources from mainstream politics, but this week I found myself watching two clips from TV news, both of which I think have resonances for Body Impolitic readers. Rachel Jeantel was a key witness in the Trayvon Martin case. The video showing a widely-reported moment in […]

On Public Feelings

Friday, April 12th, 2013

Debbie says: A couple of months ago, Jessa Crispin at Bookslut was very actively recommending Depression: A Public Feeling by Ann Cvetkovich. I’m not prone to depression and I had never heard the phrase “public feeling,” but Crispin’s comments made me curious, and I picked up the book. [the] idea that depression can come from […]

Turning the Princess Narrative Sideways

Saturday, April 6th, 2013

Lynne Murray and Debbie say: Peggy Orenstein, author of Cinderella Ate My Daughter: Dispatches from the Front Lines of the New Girlie-Girl Culture, blogs about her struggle with the creeping princess contagion: When I first started writing about the Disney Princesses, people assumed my beef was with the girl waiting around to be rescued by […]

Shoes, Class and Money

Tuesday, March 5th, 2013

Laurie says: I’m not a fan of high heels and haven’t worn them in years. But that doesn’t mean I haven’t noticed the explosion of high fashion shoes over the last number of years, or the magic associated with shoe designers and shoes that used to be only associated with high fashion and couturiers. And […]

Rolling Jubilee: Debt and Forgiveness

Thursday, January 3rd, 2013

Debbie says: Welcome to 2013! We hope you had sane holidays. In our Thanksgiving post, Laurie and I mentioned Rolling Jubilee. We both wanted to give it a little more space of its own. Jubilee comes from many faith traditions including Judaism, Christianity and Islam. A jubilee is an event in which all debts are […]

Thanksgiving 2012

Thursday, November 22nd, 2012

Since 2005, we’ve been writing posts about news to be thankful for. This year, we have a lot to celebrate. The bulk of our good news this year (but not all of it!) comes from the U.S. elections, but before we get to that, here’s breaking good news. Israel and Hamas have agreed to a […]

Greening a Food Desert

Tuesday, September 4th, 2012

Debbie says: One aspect of body image we don’t often talk about here is what foods people have access to, and how “healthy food” is distributed. So I was struck by this article, which I found in a local news feed for my city (Oakland, California).   Pictured above are three young food activists/entrepreneurs in […]

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