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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 […]

Seduction Guides, Pick-Up Artists, and Real Consent

Monday, June 24th, 2013

Debbie says: As readers may or may not know, the crowd-funding site Kickstarter recently cancelled the fundraiser for a “seduction guide,” and issued an admirable apology, along with the kind of change in policy that goes with a real apoogy: We are prohibiting “seduction guides,” or anything similar, effective immediately. This material encourages misogynistic behavior […]

Body Impolitic’s 2012 Guide to Sane Holidays

Sunday, December 23rd, 2012

Laurie and Debbie say: This 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 all […]

Cross-Gender Friendship, Meet Deep Cultural Bias

Wednesday, November 14th, 2012

Laurie and Debbie say: Ampersand at Alas! a Blog wrote an excellent response to last month’s article in Scientific American, “Men and Women Can’t Be Just Friends” by Adrian Ward. We only had to look at the title to know the article was wrong, because we and everyone we know has lasting friendships with people […]

Do Most Women Think Our Breasts Are Ours?

Wednesday, July 18th, 2012

Debbie says: The title of this post is a response to James Braly’s statement, “Most women think their breasts are theirs,” blogging in a recent column in the New York Times Style section. His argument is that “Extended breastfeeding, the current scientific thinking goes, offers significant health benefits for the child, and probably for the […]

Mr. Toad: Insults, Jokes, and Words of Power

Tuesday, April 24th, 2012

Lynne Murray says: I like to read urban paranormal novels in part because the heroines demonstrate their power in a very literal way. The magic used in these stories, which causes visible effects, is sometimes  accompanied by fictional “power words.” This post is about real-life power words. I can’t write from first-hand experience about wounds […]

Threads of Friendship – appreciating Leslie Moise’s Love Is the Thread

Monday, March 26th, 2012

Lynne Murray says: My friends are among the treasures of my life. Debbie posted here about friendships in January: “We don’t write about these friendships enough, we don’t talk about them enough. But we live them every day and–speaking just for myself–I couldn’t live without my friends” It took a while before I could read […]

Women’s Friendship in the Worst of Times

Friday, January 27th, 2012

Debbie says: I don’t have a lot to say about Emily Rapp’s essay, Transformation and Transcendence: The Power of Female Friendship. Unless, that is, I write a book-length response. It’s a very sad essay. I’m not so much one for trigger warnings, mostly because I believe people’s triggers are too complex and nuanced to be […]

Body Impolitic’s 2011 Guide To Sane Holidays

Saturday, December 24th, 2011

Laurie and Debbie say: This list is for those of us fortunate enough to have people and resources to celebrate with. Even if you love the holidays, love your family, and are looking forward to the season, you still may find useful hints here. 1) To the extent possible, do as much or as little […]

Fear of Fat Sex

Tuesday, November 15th, 2011

Lynne Murray says: Recently I found out about an icky situation through Ask a Guy Who Likes Fat Chicks, a wonderful blog by a young admirer of the larger figure. The guy in question, Dan Weiss, pointed out that an ad for an online matchmaking service promoting adultery, uses a photo of Jacqueline, a fat […]

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