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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 […]

Bess Myerson: Famous Woman You May Have Heard Of

Saturday, January 10th, 2015

Debbie says: I was struck by the headline of Katie Halper’s essay on Bess Myerson at Feministing: “Bess Myerson: The only Jewish Miss America, pianist, politician you’ve never heard of” I remember Bess Myerson because I was a compulsive game-show watcher, and she was a regular panelist on I’ve Got a Secret. I knew she […]

Body Impolitic’s 2014 Guide to Sane Holidays

Wednesday, December 24th, 2014

Laurie and Debbie say: This annual list is (mostly) for folks who celebrate the upcoming holidays, and are fortunate enough to have people and resources to celebrate with; if you don’t fit that group, skip to the bottom. If you do fit, then even if your family are your favorite people and you look forward […]

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 […]

Four Sisters, Forty Years, Four Connected Lives

Tuesday, December 16th, 2014

Laurie and Debbie say We were both taken with this series of photographs by Nicholas Nixon. In 1975, he was visiting his wife’s family, and he asked her and her three sisters if they would pose for a photograph. The next year at a wedding, he asked them to pose again in the same order. […]

Hard Work and Performance: Beauty Across the Decades

Saturday, December 13th, 2014

Debbie says: This video from cut.com has had 16 million views, so chances are you’ve seen it: To get the obvious out of the way, what the video calls “beauty” is a specifically Western high-fashion concept of beauty, probably researched in fashion magazines. The model (Nina Carduner) is white and thin and reasonably young. Her […]

Body: My Photograph Juror’s Choice in Budapest Exhibition

Monday, December 1st, 2014

Laurie says: I was delighted when I heard that my photograph Debbie Notkin and Tracy Blackstone from Women En Large was the juror’s choice in Body, an international photography exhibition at the PH1 Gallery in Budapest, curated by Zsolt Bátori.  One of the reasons in that the overall quality of the exhibition is thoughtful and […]

HAES, Intersectionality, Inclusion, and Bravery

Wednesday, November 12th, 2014

Debbie says: Jessica Wilson is the most exciting HAES (health at every size) blogger I have come across in a long time. Blogging at My Kitchen Dietitian from my home town of Oakland, California, she identifies herself as a thin woman of color, not the most common description of a size-acceptance-friendly dietitian. She doesn’t mince […]

Some November Links

Sunday, November 9th, 2014

Debbie says: I have a really rich collection of links from the end of October: If you were living under a rock somewhere, you might have missed the (shocking! horrible!) news that Renée Zellweger had work done on her face. Jessica Goldstein at Think Progress sums up a sensible feminist reaction, with links to various […]

Hallowe’en: Our Costumes ‘R Our Shadows

Sunday, October 26th, 2014

Debbie says: Talking primarily about the early 21st century United States here, we are an astonishingly open culture: our fears, our flashpoints, and the shadows that haunt us are easy to find on our web pages, in our music, and in the news. We are a culture where a white high school football team can […]


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