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Killer Fat: A Review

Friday, October 11th, 2013

Lynne Murray says: I love the cover of Killer Fat: Media, Medicine and Morals in the American “Obesity Epidemic” because it graphically illustrates the current perception of fatness and fat people as Monsters That Threaten Life As We Know It. More in a moment on the cover, how it happened and how it reflects some […]

Idle No More: Day of Action

Monday, October 7th, 2013

Debbie says: Laurie and I tend to stay away from what I call “big world” politics (goings-on in the world which are not body-image related) on this blog, but there are no rules. So today I want to shout-out Idle No More and today’s day of action. Their website lists well over 50 events, in […]

Know Your Rights: Obesity, Disease, Employment Discrimination

Friday, September 13th, 2013

Laurie and Debbie say: In the last month or so, the AMA, acting against its own science council’s advice, has declared obesity to be a “disease.” Vik Khanna is an “independent health consultant with extensive experience in managed care and wellness.” Looking at the first of his two-part series on obesity and the AMA, it […]

Birth Control: Have It Your Way

Thursday, September 5th, 2013

Debbie says: We humans are just so ridiculously good at telling each other what everybody should be doing, when we really mean, “Hey! I found out what I should be doing!” Jill at Feministe provides the latest example. Holly Grigg-Spall, for whom birth control pills were A Bad Idea, has written a book called Sweetening […]

Open Letter to Michelle Obama: Cutting Calories at the Women’s History Museum

Monday, August 12th, 2013

Debbie says: Dear Mrs. Obama, I wrote to you several years ago when you first announced your anti-childhood-obesity campaign, stating my opinion that opposition to childhood obesity both focuses on a red herring instead of a problem and encourages low self-esteem in all children (and people) who perceive themselves to be fat. I was sorry […]

A Letter I Needed To Read

Sunday, August 4th, 2013

Lynne Murray says: Sometimes you run across a statement that makes you take a deep breath and feel like you found something you needed to hear, even though you didn’t know you needed to hear it. That’s the way I feel about Iris Higgins’ “An Open Apology to All of My Weight Loss Clients” posted […]

A New Kind of Vagina Monologue

Thursday, August 1st, 2013

Laurie and Debbie say: You will lose your heart to the girl who stars in this ad for menstrual supplies. Or possibly to the woman who wrote the ad. If you watch most commercial television, you’ll come away with the belief that a tampon is somehow connected either to running in slow motion green fields […]

When the Medical News Is Not about Weight

Monday, July 29th, 2013

Debbie says: Cancer risk news is everywhere (because cancer is so common, and so scary). Most early articles linking increased cancer risk to anything will turn out not to be true, or to be overstated, or hugely influenced by other factors. So, I wasn’t as interested in this article because of what it says as […]

When “You’re Only As Old As You Feel” Is Not Enough

Thursday, June 13th, 2013

Debbie says: At WisCon this year, I moderated a panel (suggested by and including the brilliant s.e. smith) called “When ‘Love Your Body’ Is Not Enough.” The concept was to explore how the “love your body” message can be empowering to some subset of people, and can also be perceived as a trap, or a […]

Doctors Agree: No Fat Patients Need Apply

Sunday, June 9th, 2013

Lynne Murray says: Debbie pointed out this New York Times article by Tara Parker Pope, where transcripts of doctor patient appointments showed the doctors’ comparative lack of engagement with fat patients when compared with their interaction with normal weight patients: In conversations with patients of normal weight, the doctors offered simple comments to show concern […]

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