Laurie Toby Edison

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Soujourner Truth: I sell the Shadow to support the Substance

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

Laurie says: I was listening to a Nell Painter video that Ta Nehisi Coates linked to, talking about, among other things, her book The History of White People. I just finished the book, and it’s fascinating. She mentioned on the video that Sojourner Truth, the abolitionist and suffragist, (whose biography she’s written) had used photography. […]

My Work in US/Chinese Feminist Exhibition

Saturday, April 19th, 2014

Laurie Says: I wrote a few days ago about the US/Chinese feminist exhibition Half The Sky: Intersections of Social Practice Art in Shenyang, China at the Luxun Academy of Fine Arts. It runs from April 15th to the 30th. As I said, I’m delighted to be in the exhibition. The catlogue is beautiful and the […]

Natural Hair vs. Military Regulations

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

Laurie and Debbie say: Since the forthcoming military regulations on hairstyle and grooming were leaked in March, we’ve seen a lot of discussion of the hairstyle limitations for women, and especially how those limitations affect African-American women. The regulations in general are much more specific and more limiting than previous regulations.  For example, according to […]

Chinese/US Feminist Exhibition in China

Thursday, April 10th, 2014

Laurie says: (We’re still dealing with the after effects of the website being hacked. Hopefully things will be running smoothly soon.) I wrote a while ago that my portrait of Fumiko Nakamura was part of an exhibit of Chinese and US women artists at the Luxon Academy of Fine Arts in Shenyang, China.  It’s an […]

What Drives Good Design? Breast Pumps, Oxygen Tanks and More

Thursday, March 27th, 2014

Debbie says: Courtney E. Martin and John Cary have some things to say about breast pump design. The pump is a symbol of the modern work-life conundrum. In theory, women have the freedom to honor the wisdom that “breast is best,” while still pursuing their own careers. And yet, to do so, they’re forced to […]

“Groin Gazing”: Taboos, Penises, and “Fashion” Photography (NSFW)

Sunday, March 23rd, 2014

Laurie and Debbie say: Photographer Claire Milbrath did a fashion photography shoot for Vice (a print and online magazine) called “Groin Gazing,” in which casual clothes are (apparently) being sold to men (sexual orientation unknown) by means of torso and groin shots, showing (apparently) erect penises under the clothes on offer. Tracy Moore at Jezebel […]

Links This Week

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

Debbie says: This is only the beginning of a wonderful comic from Gallery of Dangerous Women … Cuteosphere, the cartoonist, says: it always disappointed me that Monster Girls are an anime porn thing rather than something used to explore the way society and the media dehumanises women, but oh well shout out to all my […]

Gracie Hagen : Illusions of the Body (NSFW)

Sunday, February 9th, 2014

Laurie says: These photos by Gracie Hagen eloquently express the illusions of the body that are reflected back at us from the innumerable media images that barrage us. My own nude portrait work was always focused on portraying a sense of the reality of the person I was photographing. Avoiding the expected stereotypical glamor poses […]

Tuesday Linksday

Wednesday, February 5th, 2014

Debbie says: The “it’s all about me and my feelings” club has a new self-elected president, Jen Caron: A few weeks ago, as I settled into an exceptionally crowded midday class, a young, fairly heavy black woman put her mat down directly behind mine. It appeared she had never set foot in a yoga studio—she […]

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 […]

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