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Some November Links

Sunday, November 9th, 2014

Debbie says: I have a really rich collection of links from the end of October: If you were living under a rock somewhere, you might have missed the (shocking! horrible!) news that Renée Zellweger had work done on her face. Jessica Goldstein at Think Progress sums up a sensible feminist reaction, with links to various […]

Hallowe’en: Our Costumes ‘R Our Shadows

Sunday, October 26th, 2014

Debbie says: Talking primarily about the early 21st century United States here, we are an astonishingly open culture: our fears, our flashpoints, and the shadows that haunt us are easy to find on our web pages, in our music, and in the news. We are a culture where a white high school football team can […]

Links on the Brink of October

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

Debbie says: I was struck by these very diverse images of women giving birth around the world. The photographer, Alice Proujansky, gave birth herself in 2012. Although she didn’t set out to become a natal photographer, Proujansky is interested in working on projects about women and said for one reason or another, she finds herself […]

Elder Sexuality Is Funny or Gross Because It’s Transgressive

Saturday, September 20th, 2014

Laurie and Debbie say: The extraordinary s.e. smith has a predictably excellent post on elder sexuality: … what is so gross about older adults being sexually active? And what’s so funny about it? Because I don’t see anything particularly remarkable in it, and thus I’m either missing something — or my cohort is. The frankly […]

Cosplay: Widening the Range

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

Debbie says: I was struck by this article by Phaedra Cook on All That’s Cosplay.   Not surprisingly, cosplay (“costume play”) tends, like most cultural activities, to be primarily thought of as being for the young and conventionally pretty. Cook did not discover cosplay until she was well over the stereotypical target age for cosplayers: […]

Links Re-Appear Without Warning

Monday, August 18th, 2014

Debbie says: Singer Meghan Trainor has a song called “All About that Bass” which is catchy, and sends a strong message: Chloe at Feministing loves it and deconstructs it: loving yourself because dudes like what you’ve got going on is a pretty flimsy form of self-acceptance. In fact, it’s not really self-acceptance at all if […]

A Transgender Woman Fights Back: Julia Serano’s Open Letter to the New Yorker

Tuesday, August 12th, 2014

Debbie says: This blog has long been a fan of Julia Serano, author of Whipping Girl: A Transsexual Woman on Sexism and the Scapegoating of Femininity, and Excluded: Making Feminist and Queer Movements More Inclusive. Laurie and I were both especially impressed with Serano’s “Open Letter to the New Yorker,” written in response to Michelle […]

Full Frontal Nudity, Gender, and the Penis

Tuesday, August 5th, 2014

[warning: contains images that may not be comfortable for workplace or other public computer constraints] Debbie and Laurie say: We missed Sezin Koehler’s Sociological Images post about full frontal nudity on HBO back in June. Koehler analyzes the frequent use of full frontal female nudity and the extremely rare use of full frontal male nudity […]

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 […]


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