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Teen Mothers: Defining and Determining Their Own Communities

Sunday, May 18th, 2014

Laurie and Debbie say: Probably because May has Mother’s Day in it, it’s also “National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month,” which might as well be called “National Hand-Wringing Month.”  To talk about teen mamas, let’s start by remembering that the teen birth rate has declined almost continuously over the past 23 years. In 1991, the U.S. […]

Returning with Links

Friday, April 4th, 2014

Debbie says: As you may have noticed, we were down for most of a week due to a malware attack. Endless thanks to our webmaster for tireless efforts to bring the blog (and the website) back up safely. When the attack happened, I was just about to put up a links post, so that’s where […]

“Groin Gazing”: Taboos, Penises, and “Fashion” Photography (NSFW)

Sunday, March 23rd, 2014

Laurie and Debbie say: Photographer Claire Milbrath did a fashion photography shoot for Vice (a print and online magazine) called “Groin Gazing,” in which casual clothes are (apparently) being sold to men (sexual orientation unknown) by means of torso and groin shots, showing (apparently) erect penises under the clothes on offer. Tracy Moore at Jezebel […]

Links This Week

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

Debbie says: This is only the beginning of a wonderful comic from Gallery of Dangerous Women … Cuteosphere, the cartoonist, says: it always disappointed me that Monster Girls are an anime porn thing rather than something used to explore the way society and the media dehumanises women, but oh well shout out to all my […]

Long Overdue Links

Thursday, March 6th, 2014

Debbie says So the site was down, and various things happened, and we’ve been posting a little less frequently than usual, and the links have been piling up like nobody’s business. I’m going to trim off some of the old ones from the list, but this will still get long … *** This will come […]

Make Love Not Porn, Cindy Gallop’s Voyage of Discovery

Friday, November 22nd, 2013

Lynne Murray says: I found Make Love Not Porn: Technology’s Hardcore Impact on Human Behavior as a TED Book and was captivated by Cindy Gallop and her story. As an advertising executive, she signed up with an online dating service as part of her research for a client. The rest of my team were all […]

Linksday, November 18

Tuesday, November 19th, 2013

Debbie says: Here’s this week’s assortment of interesting tidbits: It’s amazing what we will do–and what corporations will enable–to suit our cultural expectations. Looking to make life a little bit easier for their female clientele, the Japanese chain Freshness Burger launched the “Liberation Wrapper” to mask a woman’s mouth while eating. With this new burger […]


Tuesday, November 12th, 2013

Debbie says: 1) At a conference this weekend (a fabulous 40th anniversary celebration for the Center for the Study of Women in Society in Eugene, Oregon), I heard Susan Sygall from Mobility International USA, a disability advocacy organization I was not previously aware of. Susan showed this awesome international disability empowerment video. 2) Alexandra at […]

Penises, Guns, and Safer Sex Ads

Monday, October 14th, 2013

(Cross-posted on Feminste) Laurie and Debbie say: (CONTAINS GRAPHIC AND EXPLICIT IMAGES) The brilliant Lisa Wade at Sociological Images has a thought-provoking piece about penis/gun imagery in safer sex ads, like this particularly vivid one: She situates the conversation in an anthropological context which demystifies the penis, which you can read at the link. After […]

Would You Buy a Used Skull from this Woman?

Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013

Laurie and Debbie say: What do Hollywood prop shops that use sex to sell skeletons: sexualized anatomical illustrations from the 15th century and after and pin-up x-rays from a promotional medical supplies calendar have in common? Obviously, they are all using sexualized archetypes to draw our attention to something, some very different things. We’re more […]

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