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America’s Most Egregious Mortal Sin: Being Fat

Fatness is an American mortal sin.  This is not a new situation, but I’m overjoyed to see the beginnings of a cultural backlash about it.  The most recent example of this is the controversy over the comments of one Maria

Posted in abuse, beauty, body image, confessions, Cultural Dissidence, culture, education, fat, health, news

Time to Defend Sluts

Riot.Jane Yasmin Nair has a killer post at Jezebel in which she reminds us that sluts — women who actually enjoy sex — deserve to be treated with the same respect as anyone else. Can we please remember that it’s

Posted in gender, health, other sites, sex, taboo

Another Bill to Restrict Reproductive Freedom: HR 3 (UPDATED)

Riot.Jane I just received the following e-mail, and the topic is news to me.  This is surprising because I’m usually pretty current on matters of reproductive freedom . . . More on this topic to come. This is not an advocation that anyone

Posted in culture, education, health, law, parenthood, rape

Who Can Become an Addict?

Riot.Jane In Compass of Pleasure: How Our Brains Make Fatty Foods, Orgasm, Exercise, Marijuana, Generosity, Vodka, Learning, and Gambling Feel So Good, brain scientist and neuroscience professor at Johns Hopkins University David J. Linden, PhD, describes the physiological processes of

Posted in addiction, culture, education, health, law, taboo

Critiquing "Feminist" Marketing (Part 3)

In the previous posts Critiquing “Feminist” Marketing (Part 1) and Critiquing “Feminist” Marketing (Part 2), we discussed changes in and repercussions of mass media’s co-opt of the “feminist” message, and we examined the overt versus subliminal concepts inherent in each.  Now we move

Posted in beauty, body image, culture, fat, feminism, health, self-esteem

Critiquing "Feminist" Marketing (Part 2)

In the previous post Critiquing “Feminist” Marketing (Part 1), we compared the messages between a current Verizon ad and a Nike ad from the mid-’90s.  While the overt messages inherent in ads that speak to women have changed over the

Posted in beauty, body image, culture, fat, feminism, health, self-esteem

Critiquing "Feminist" Marketing (Part 1)

The messages inherent in the ads that speak to women have changed over the years.  While we do still have plenty of housewifely cleaning product ads, recent years have seen more modern interpretations of the female experience. Some have been

Posted in beauty, body image, culture, fat, feminism, health, self-esteem

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