Laurie Toby Edison

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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 […]

Open Letter to Michelle Obama: Cutting Calories at the Women’s History Museum

Monday, August 12th, 2013

Debbie says: Dear Mrs. Obama, I wrote to you several years ago when you first announced your anti-childhood-obesity campaign, stating my opinion that opposition to childhood obesity both focuses on a red herring instead of a problem and encourages low self-esteem in all children (and people) who perceive themselves to be fat. I was sorry […]

Rosy Esparza: What’s A Life Worth?

Friday, July 26th, 2013

Laurie and Debbie say: Last Friday, Rosy Esparza (apparently also known as Rosa Ayala-Goana) died after falling off the Texas Giant rollercoaster, at the Six Flags over Texas amusement park in Arlington, Texas. Other passengers on the ride heard her express her concern that she hadn’t been fully secured before the ride started, and have […]

Tough Women Make the News

Sunday, June 30th, 2013

Debbie says: Laurie and I don’t usually get our blogging sources from mainstream politics, but this week I found myself watching two clips from TV news, both of which I think have resonances for Body Impolitic readers. Rachel Jeantel was a key witness in the Trayvon Martin case. The video showing a widely-reported moment in […]

On Public Feelings

Friday, April 12th, 2013

Debbie says: A couple of months ago, Jessa Crispin at Bookslut was very actively recommending Depression: A Public Feeling by Ann Cvetkovich. I’m not prone to depression and I had never heard the phrase “public feeling,” but Crispin’s comments made me curious, and I picked up the book. [the] idea that depression can come from […]

Absolutist vs. Consequentialist Bullshit

Wednesday, March 20th, 2013

Laurie and Debbie say: Melissa McEwen at Shakesville recently delivered a very satisfactory smackdown to Richard Dawkins when he decided to discuss his opinions of abortion on Twitter. In this series of tweets, Dawkins said, “My criterion for “relevant to morality of abortion” is standard consequentialist morality. Opponents follow absolutist morality. Simple.” First, to quote […]

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