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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 […]

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 […]

Joan Rivers: Icon, Mean Girl, and Feminist All at Once

Wednesday, September 10th, 2014

Debbie says: I never liked her performances; I’m allergic to mean comedy–I see plenty of meanness out there without intentionally adding more to the mix. At the same time, I understand the role of mean comedy–for other people–as catharsis, as outlet for feelings otherwise repressed. So I try not to write off the Joan Rivers, […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

Visit to Sojourner Truth Archive

Saturday, August 9th, 2014

Laurie says: I wrote about discovering Sojourner Truth’s cartes-de-visite in my post ” Sojourner Truth: I Sell The Shadow To Support The Substance.” I came across the first mention of the cartes-de-visite in a video interview with Nell Painter, who has written a superb biography of Truth which I highly recommend. Painter mentioned on the video […]

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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