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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Bess Myerson: Famous Woman You May Have Heard Of

Saturday, January 10th, 2015

Debbie says: I was struck by the headline of Katie Halper’s essay on Bess Myerson at Feministing: “Bess Myerson: The only Jewish Miss America, pianist, politician you’ve never heard of” I remember Bess Myerson because I was a compulsive game-show watcher, and she was a regular panelist on I’ve Got a Secret. I knew she […]

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 […]

Ansel Adams: Photographs Of The Manzanar Relocation Center

Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

Laurie says: Ansel Adams is known as a magnificent 20th century photographer of black and white of landscapes of the West. But he said that “from a social point of view,” his Manzanar photos were the “most important thing I’ve done or can do, as far as I know.” .. Landscape with watch tower .. […]

Thanksgiving 2013: So Much to Be Thankful For

Wednesday, November 27th, 2013

Laurie and Debbie say: There’s so much good news that we’re leaving stuff out! Let’s start with an in-your-face inspiring video. “Say it right or don’t say it at all,” says Sha’Condria “iCon” Sibley, 2012 National Poetry Slam Championship Team, in a video entitled “For All the Little Black Girls with Big Names (dedicated to […]

Births and Deaths in Real Time: A Different Way of Making the Invisible Visible

Friday, November 1st, 2013

Debbie says: Laurie and I often talk about “making the invisible visible,” by which we usually mean taking something people look at every day (like fat women’s bodies, or male bodies) and providing a different way of seeing whatever it might be. There are other ways to make the invisible visible. In these days of […]

Idle No More: Day of Action

Monday, October 7th, 2013

Debbie says: Laurie and I tend to stay away from what I call “big world” politics (goings-on in the world which are not body-image related) on this blog, but there are no rules. So today I want to shout-out Idle No More and today’s day of action. Their website lists well over 50 events, in […]

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 […]


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