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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 […]

Colour by Significance

Monday, March 2nd, 2015

Laurie says: As someone who has been a black and white photographer for most of her photographic life, I’ve always considered color both easy and difficult. Easy because it reflects the way we think we see the world. (Although photography is always a particular vision or/an interpretation.) Black and white for me is simultaneously abstract […]

No, Mr. Congressman, It Doesn’t Go There

Thursday, February 26th, 2015

Laurie and Debbie say: By now, you have probably heard about Idaho Congressman Vito Barbieri, who (apparently seriously) asked during a committee hearing on (yes, still more!) abortion restrictions  if a woman could swallow a small camera to conduct a pregnancy exam. Dr. Julie Madsen, the physician witness politely told him that swallowed pills “don’t […]

Swimsuit Issue Makes the News … Twice

Tuesday, February 24th, 2015

Debbie says: Sports Illustrated is in financial trouble, and the magazine’s famous swimsuit issue is apparently what’s keeping it afloat. This is almost certainly why they put (no! I know you’re shocked!) a controversial photograph on the cover. Tracy Moore at Jezebel reports on the controversy over whether or not model Hannah Davis is “showing […]

Alberta Who? Where, Oklahoma? Erased Black History

Thursday, February 12th, 2015

Debbie says: Unlike Aurin Squire, who wrote “MLK’s Mother Was Assassinated, Too: The Forgotten Women Of Black History Month” for Talking Points Memo, I am not of African descent. However, Squire and I are alike in having thought we were “fairly well-versed in African-American history.” What’s more, I was (and Squire perhaps was not) alive […]

Featured Artist: Women’s Caucus of the Arts

Monday, February 9th, 2015

Laurie says: It was a surprise to be chosen as one of the twelve Women’s Caucus of the Arts members to be featured for a month on the front page of the WCA website. The “Featured Artist” section of the website includes 3 rotating images. It was hard to choose 3 images to represent my […]

You Don’t Have to Settle: Fat Sex on Your Own Terms

Wednesday, February 4th, 2015

Debbie says: I don’t actually think Sarah Hollowell at The Butter (“This Is an Essay About a Fat Woman Being Loved and Getting Laid”) and Philippe Leonard Fradet at The Body Is Not an Apology (“Sex at Every Size!” were conspiring to get me to write about this topic. They probably don’t even know each […]


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