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What Drives Good Design? Breast Pumps, Oxygen Tanks and More

Thursday, March 27th, 2014

Debbie says: Courtney E. Martin and John Cary have some things to say about breast pump design. The pump is a symbol of the modern work-life conundrum. In theory, women have the freedom to honor the wisdom that “breast is best,” while still pursuing their own careers. And yet, to do so, they’re forced to […]

Body Impolitic’s 2013 Guide to Sane Holidays

Tuesday, December 24th, 2013

Laurie and Debbie say: This annual list is (mostly) for folks who celebrate the upcoming holidays, and are fortunate enough to have people and resources to celebrate with; if you don’t fit that group, skip to the bottom. If you do fit, then even if your family are your favorite people and you look forward […]

Linksday Friday

Saturday, December 21st, 2013

Links got delayed twice this week, but here they are! Kathleen Turner is 60, and has something to say about aging. “I don’t look like I did 30 years ago. Get over it!” “You have to get to that place as a woman where you know your worth isn’t dependent on [looks].” *** I don’t […]

Love as a Radical Act

Thursday, September 19th, 2013

Debbie says: Every activist I know finds these times dispiriting, often paralyzing. Those of us who came to our politics in the anti-Vietnam War era (or those somewhat older than me who came to theirs in the era of the Mississippi Summer and the March on Washington) remember a time when activism–yes, yes, for all […]

The Power of Positive Playthings–Dolls with Disabilities

Thursday, June 20th, 2013

Lynne Murray says: This post started with an item about a Barbie doll in a wheelchair posted by a blog devoted to empowering those in wheelchairs. In 1997, Mattel produced a wheelchair-using Barbie doll called “Share a Smile Becky.” The doll was a unique way to intertwine Barbie dolls and people with disabilities, making sure […]

Turning the Princess Narrative Sideways

Saturday, April 6th, 2013

Lynne Murray and Debbie say: Peggy Orenstein, author of Cinderella Ate My Daughter: Dispatches from the Front Lines of the New Girlie-Girl Culture, blogs about her struggle with the creeping princess contagion: When I first started writing about the Disney Princesses, people assumed my beef was with the girl waiting around to be rescued by […]

Geeking Out on Mothers’ Milk

Saturday, March 30th, 2013

Debbie says: One of the many good things about Nicholas Day’s article in Slate about the science of breast milk is that, pretty close to the beginning, he goes out of his way to say that “conversations about lactation always seem to require disclaimers,” and his is that lack of breast milk has never been […]

Older Mothers: When the Camera Doesn’t Lie, the Captions Do

Friday, January 11th, 2013

Debbie says: Philip N. Cohen blogs at Family Inequality, where he has written recently here and here about how the older-mother phenomenon is misrepresented in articles and data. In this Sociological Images post, he takes on the visual imagery that goes with the misrepresentations. This picture is sold by a stock photo agency as a […]

The Biggest Loser: Now Teaching Weight Cycling and Bullying to the Next Generation

Wednesday, December 19th, 2012

Lynne Murray says: We value children in America, but some more than others. Many, if not most, fat children learn very early that approval and sometimes even affection will be withheld unless and until they lose weight. Since no reliable method exists that will guarantee weight loss or prevent weight gain for most people, children–even […]

Combatting Anti-Science, Anti-Vaccination Propaganda in My Workplace

Wednesday, October 10th, 2012

Debbie says: I work in a reasonably liberal, forward-looking intelligent office in San Francisco (as long as we don’t get into classism issues, which is a whole different post). Yesterday, as part of “Wellness Week,” our wonderful office manager hired a local speaker (Dr. Terrance Stackwood, a chiropractor in San Francisco) to talk about nutrition […]

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