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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 […]

Who’s Afraid of the Willendorf Venus?

Monday, December 16th, 2013

Lynne Murray says: The Willendorf Venus is celebrating this holiday season with a little fat activism in front of a San Francisco store (wisely unnamed in the quotation below) that thought they had a hip/edgy way to package their holiday fat-bashing as an interactive experience. Marilyn Wann, author of FAT!SO? and creator of the Yay! […]

Half the sky: My Photo In Chinese Exhibition

Thursday, November 14th, 2013

Laurie says: I’m excited that my portrait of Okinawan peace activist Fumiko Nakamura  will be in Half the Sky: Intersections in Social Practice Art in Shenyang, China. …. She was a filmmaker and peace activist, who retired after 40 years as a school teacher to found the non-profit Ichi Feet foundation to document the horrors […]

Would You Buy a Used Skull from this Woman?

Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013

Laurie and Debbie say: What do Hollywood prop shops that use sex to sell skeletons: sexualized anatomical illustrations from the 15th century and after and pin-up x-rays from a promotional medical supplies calendar have in common? Obviously, they are all using sexualized archetypes to draw our attention to something, some very different things. We’re more […]

Marches on Washington, Then and Now

Sunday, August 25th, 2013

Laurie says: The 50th anniversary of the March on Washington is today got me thinking about an earlier march.  It was May 17th, 1957.  I was 15 and although I’d been doing activist work, it had all been near my home in NYC. My friend Pat and I had heard about the Prayer Pilgrimage for Freedom.   […]

“The Role of Sex in History”

Thursday, July 4th, 2013

Debbie says: (Title taken from The Lion in Winter, line spoken by Eleanor of Aquitaine) Just for fun on the long weekend, this article got me thinking about sex work in history. Dating from the 2nd century B.C.E. is … a circular bathhouse measuring nearly 25 feet in diameter, at the center of which was […]

The Meaning Behind the Mannequins

Saturday, March 23rd, 2013

Lynne Murray says: Debbie pointed out this Washington Post blog by Delia Lloyd about “plus-sized” Swedish department store mannequins and the storm of interest in them: Let’s face it. Part of the mannequins’ viral appeal was no doubt the illusion that they came from Sweden, that Nordic bastion of pushing-the-envelope cultural fare that brought us […]

On the Road and Female: Theory and Practice

Monday, March 18th, 2013

Debbie says: I doubt there is a better analysis anywhere of the lack of female road narratives than this amazing piece by Vanessa Veselka. It is not a pretty story: By 2004, so many women had been found dead along the interstates that the FBI started the Highway Serial Killers Initiative to keep track of […]

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 […]

“Racism Still Exists”: The Power of Art

Friday, January 18th, 2013

cross-posted on Feministe Laurie says: RISE (Racism Still Exists) is an anonymous artist group putting up powerful posters in Bed-Stuy in Brooklyn. It’s a very long time black neighborhood and is now rapidly gentrifying. I used to visit a good friend of my grandmother’s there years ago. It sounds like I wouldn’t recognize much of […]

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