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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 […]

“Oral Sex”: Forbidden Subject + HPV Causes Cancer

Thursday, June 6th, 2013

Debbie says: I was browsing something else the other day when I saw a sidebar headline that said, more or less, “Michael Douglas reveals that oral sex caused his throat cancer.” I didn’t click the link at the time. Today, I find Jessica Luther saying “We need a better way to talk about cunnilingus.” So, […]

The Willendorf Project: Brenda Oelbaum Goes National with the Goddess at Her Back

Monday, May 6th, 2013

Lynne Murray says: In August of 2010, I posted here about feminist artist Brenda Oelbaum’s work turning diet books into papier mâché models of the Venus of Willendorf. Now Brenda is bringing her vision to the larger stage with “a national ad campaign to take down $66 BILLION Diet Industry.” She calls her project “DUMP […]

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 […]

Geeking Out on Mothers’ Milk

Saturday, March 30th, 2013

Debbie says: One of the many good things about Nicholas Day’s article in Slate about the science of breast milk is that, pretty close to the beginning, he goes out of his way to say that “conversations about lactation always seem to require disclaimers,” and his is that lack of breast milk has never been […]

Carrying Condoms Is Evidence of What, Precisely?

Tuesday, March 12th, 2013

Debbie says: Before I get to the point, let me give you a treat from the amazing Molly Crabapple, whose article I’m going to write about in a moment. Now, back to Body Impolitic. (I only knew Crabapple as an artist before I found this post.) Condoms, it appears, are “legitimate” evidence for sexual wrongdoing […]

Becoming a Body, and Discovering the Medical Gaze

Thursday, March 7th, 2013

Lisa Freitag says: (Dr. Lisa Freitag is a former pediatrician in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Her most recent guest post on medical advertising and the meaning of caring is here.) I’ve always had trouble thinking of myself as a body. I mean, I know that I exist in space, visible to other people as a discrete solid […]

One Billion Rising: February 14, 2013

Thursday, February 14th, 2013

Laurie and Debbie say: ONE IN THREE WOMEN ON THE PLANET WILL BE RAPED OR BEATEN IN HER LIFETIME. ONE BILLION WOMEN VIOLATED IS AN ATROCITY ONE BILLION WOMEN DANCING IS A REVOLUTION One billion women are rising tomorrow, all over the world. On V-Day’s 15th Anniversary, 14 February 2013, we are inviting ONE BILLION […]

Health Panics in Historical Perspective

Wednesday, January 30th, 2013

Lesley A Hall is an archivist at the Wellcome Library, London and a historian who has published extensively on issues on gender, sexuality and bodies in the nineteenth and twentieth century UK. Her most recent publication is Sex, Gender and Social Change in Britain since 1880, 2nd edition (Palgrave, 2012). Check out her website and […]

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