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Thanksgiving 2013: So Much to Be Thankful For

Wednesday, November 27th, 2013

Laurie and Debbie say: There’s so much good news that we’re leaving stuff out! Let’s start with an in-your-face inspiring video. “Say it right or don’t say it at all,” says Sha’Condria “iCon” Sibley, 2012 National Poetry Slam Championship Team, in a video entitled “For All the Little Black Girls with Big Names (dedicated to […]

Everything You Know About Nutrition Is Wrong, And the Critics Aren’t Helping

Sunday, November 24th, 2013

Debbie says: In Woody Allen’s movie Sleeper, which is now 40 years old , a man (Woody Allen) time travels to the future, where (of course), they find him very strange. In this sequence, two doctors discuss their time traveler’s food preferences: Dr. Melik: This morning for breakfast he requested something called “wheat germ, organic […]

Shadow on a Tightrope: 30 Years Casting a Powerful Shadow

Friday, November 8th, 2013

Debbie says: It’s thrilling to participate in the blog carnival for the 30th anniversary of Shadow on a Tightrope:Writings By Women on Fat Oppression, edited by Lisa Schoenfelder and Barb Weiser, hosted by publisher Aunt Lute, which is releasing a 30th anniversary edition. In a sense, this book has always been there for me; I […]

Breast Cancer: Just the Facts, Ma’am

Thursday, October 24th, 2013

Laurie and Debbie say: It’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month in the United States, which might be a good thing if it increased breast cancer awareness. Instead, it far too often reinforces stereotypes, gives marketers a hook, and increases the amount of pink in the world. Before we get to the two stories that got us […]

Body Image and Food Justice (in My Home Town and Everywhere)

Monday, October 21st, 2013

Debbie says: I love it when I have a set of ideas simmering in my mind that I know I “should” write about, and someone else does it for me. Bonus points for it being someone whose work I don’t know, and extra bonus points for it being set in my city and writing about […]

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 […]


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