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Gorgeous Photos: Smithsonian Contest

Friday, April 24th, 2015

Laurie says: The Smithsonian Photo Contest often has exquisite and powerful photos. This year is no exception. .. Sewing the fishing net, Vinh Hy bay, Ninh Thuan, Vietnam. Photographed by Pham Ty from Vietnam .. .. Young buddhist novices playing in Hsinbyume Pagoda, Myanmar. Photographed by Sergio Carbajo Rodriguez from La Garriga, Spain .. .. From […]

Beautiful or Average? We Pick Door #3!

Monday, April 20th, 2015

Laurie and Debbie say: What’s wrong with these options? Liz Dwyer, writing at Take Part, discusses “Choose Beautiful,” a commercialized “positive body image campaign” from Dove, in which “women participating in a social experiment suddenly had to decide whether they’d walk through a shopping center entrance labeled ‘Beautiful’ or one labeled ‘Average.’ Dove has been […]

Want to Reduce Risk of Dementia? Don’t Diet!

Thursday, April 16th, 2015

Debbie says: I know I’m not alone in being more frightened of old-age dementia than any other thing that could happen to me. Everyone is different about these things, but for me, my mind is me, and without it I do not want to survive. That fear, a lifetime of body image activism, and my […]

Exquisite Kimono

Sunday, April 12th, 2015

Laurie says: I saw these exquisite kimono at the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco this week. I have seen kimonos this beautiful in museums in Japan but not in the US before. The delicate complexity of the work in stunning in itself, but the way the asymmetry creates balance in the designs is what […]

Cole Takes on the Real Problems

Tuesday, April 7th, 2015

Debbie says: Laurie and I generally stay away from discussions about activism theory, sexism in interactions, and many other topics that engage us both, because this is primarily a body image and photography blog, and it’s stronger to focus on our own topics. Every once in a while, something comes along that’s outside of our […]

Time to Stop Deferring the Dream of Black Women

Friday, April 3rd, 2015

Laurie and Debbie say: We’re coming in at the very end of an inspiring project, #HerDreamDeferred, sponsored by the African-American Policy Foundation and a host of other social justice organizations. Black women have long mobilized against the multiple forms of discrimination they have faced in the pursuit of better lives for themselves, their families, and […]

Hidden Zackheim Social Justice Murals

Monday, March 30th, 2015

Laurie says: I had a rare opportunity to see Bernard Zakheim’s murals at UCSF in San Francisco. They are on all the walls of a lecture hall that’s for medical students and so usually not available. When I read that they were open to the public for three days this spring.  I made sure to […]

Afro-American Women’s Tennis: Beyond Venus and Serena

Tuesday, March 24th, 2015

Debbie says: Laurie and I have blogged a few times over the years about Venus and Serena Williams, so I was especially interested to read about Margaret and Roumania Peters, two sisters who aced women’s tennis together in the American Tennis Association, the first black sports league to include women. It’s not surprising that many […]

How to Suppress Women’s Clitorises–And How Not To

Friday, March 20th, 2015

Laurie and Debbie say: Although we are almost a decade apart in age, both of us learned a lot about female anatomy during the surge of feminist knowledge in the 1970s. In that period, Betty Dodson, the artist, became a well-known sex educator and teacher of masturbation skills for women; consciousness-raising groups everywhere encouraged women […]

Gravitas, by Lynne Murray

Thursday, March 5th, 2015

Debbie says: Our co-conspirator (well, regular guest blogger) Lynne Murray has been pretty quiet around these parts recently, and one reason is that she’s been working on a new short science-fiction novel, Gravitas, which is now available on Amazon and in other e-book formats, for $2.99 per copy. I had the privilege of reading Gravitas […]


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