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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 […]

Breast Obsession: From Games to Hard Decisions

Tuesday, March 10th, 2015

Laurie and Debbie say: Melanie Testa’s “Shirts off, Underwear on:, Play Out, Breast Cancer and Gender Expectations” is superb. Perhaps I am an anomaly in the world of breast cancer, having chosen against reconstruction while also choosing not to wear prosthesis. I was certainly made to feel as if my choice was abnormal by my […]

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 […]

The Only Black Woman in (Republican) America

Wednesday, October 8th, 2014

Laurie and Debbie say: Under the #IAmRepublican hashtag, the Grand Old Party is trying to advertise its diversity and the wide range of people who support it. Unfortunately, apparently they couldn’t find a single African-American woman to pose for the pictures, so they took an effectively free stock photo from istockphoto.com’s “happy portraits” series. And […]

Mid-Week Links

Thursday, September 18th, 2014

Debbie says:   Any fan of “subvert the dominant paradigm” (like me) will be delighted by Tampon Run, a new online game, created by two high-school students, Andrea Gonzalez and Sophie Houser, who met at a Girls Who Code summer program. They say, “”Although the concept of the video game may be strange, it’s stranger […]

Joan Rivers: Icon, Mean Girl, and Feminist All at Once

Wednesday, September 10th, 2014

Debbie says: I never liked her performances; I’m allergic to mean comedy–I see plenty of meanness out there without intentionally adding more to the mix. At the same time, I understand the role of mean comedy–for other people–as catharsis, as outlet for feelings otherwise repressed. So I try not to write off the Joan Rivers, […]

Links Re-Appear Without Warning

Monday, August 18th, 2014

Debbie says: Singer Meghan Trainor has a song called “All About that Bass” which is catchy, and sends a strong message: Chloe at Feministing loves it and deconstructs it: loving yourself because dudes like what you’ve got going on is a pretty flimsy form of self-acceptance. In fact, it’s not really self-acceptance at all if […]

A Transgender Woman Fights Back: Julia Serano’s Open Letter to the New Yorker

Tuesday, August 12th, 2014

Debbie says: This blog has long been a fan of Julia Serano, author of Whipping Girl: A Transsexual Woman on Sexism and the Scapegoating of Femininity, and Excluded: Making Feminist and Queer Movements More Inclusive. Laurie and I were both especially impressed with Serano’s “Open Letter to the New Yorker,” written in response to Michelle […]

Full Frontal Nudity, Gender, and the Penis

Tuesday, August 5th, 2014

[warning: contains images that may not be comfortable for workplace or other public computer constraints] Debbie and Laurie say: We missed Sezin Koehler’s Sociological Images post about full frontal nudity on HBO back in June. Koehler analyzes the frequent use of full frontal female nudity and the extremely rare use of full frontal male nudity […]

The Unexpected Body

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

Debbie says: When two different regular readers refer us to the same link (and a third to the source material), they’re probably on to something. It’s exciting enough that Prince Fielder (is that the best name ever for a baseball player?) was the cover model for ESPN Magazine’s “The Body” issue. Fielder posed naked, in […]


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