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Via The Hairpin on the book ‘Are Women People?’

Brilliant! Via Matt Cheney’s post at The Mumpsimus, which links to Lilli Loofbourow’s post at The Hairpin on the book ARE WOMEN PEOPLE? by Alice Duer Miller comes, eventually, this poem:   Women (With rather insincere apologies to Mr. Rudyard Kipling.) I went to ask my governmentif they would set me free,They …

Caved in

I’ve always enjoyed Nick Cave’s music, in much the same way I’ve always enjoyed Meatloaf’s music. Yes, really. In essence they’re two sides of the same coin: Cave’s music is a kind of slowed-down cock-rock, equally melodramatic in its imagery and just as catchy as the music of his colleague …

The weight of the chain mail bikini

Now & then I’m surprised out of my jadedness. Like when someone taps me on my feminist sensibility & asks me how responsible I’m being. And I wonder: hell, how responsible AM I being?! In SF and fantasy are we creating female characters who are restrained by the gender limitations …

I cannot look away

Like too much candy, too many mundane-beautiful images make me sick. I began with sympathy. I could see why the airbrushing occurred, why the smoothing of skin was desirable, why pleats were ironed out and bruising and other marks swept away. By the end, I craved the bags under the …

Chocolate Gender.

Chocolate gender. Chocolate. Gender. Chocolate. Chocolate. Chocolate. Gender. Gender. Gender. Yup, still sounds tasty. body_impolitic explains it here (with reference to Willy Wonka & Johnny Depp). Follow @deborah_b

Disgusted, digested, disingenous?

body_impolitic compares & contrasts the body disgust of anorexics with the body disgust of ‘new virgins’ today. (And by ‘new virgins’, I don’t mean virgins that are somehow born again, whatever that would mean, I mean virgins who proudly & obsessively control their virginity. Virginities? Vir– anyway.) (And they obsessively …

And further to that last post on beauty

Check out body_impolitic: “They own the mass imagery. They have a lock on what you see, until and unless you are willing to cast your eyes farther. And you can talk and write about body image until you’re blue in the face, but if you aren’t showing images, you aren’t …

Femininity: Define

From feminist_otd: “The thing women must do to rise to power is to redefine their femininity. Once, power was considered a masculine attribute. In fact power has no sex.” — Katherine Graham, journalist, publisher of the Washington Post. I’ve heard it said that Lucille Ball, despite being in charge of …

In & Out

It’s interesting how statements once meant to be inclusive have become exclusive. Like, take for example, B.F. Skinner. Skinner (1904-1990, or so the web tells me) is considered to be one of the forefathers of that particular school of psychology known as behaviourism. When I was studying psych, behaviourism was …