So by now we all know the basics about Sarah Palin, first-term governor of Alaska and John McCain's utterly transparent pick for running mate: She's a self-described "hockey mom," an avid proponent of drilling in Alaska and an equally avid opponent of abortion and gay-marriage rights. (She's also so unknown as a politician that Fox News has repeatedly been referring to her as "Susan" Palin—though admittedly, getting facts right has never been the forte of that particular outlet, has it?)
Long before I was aware of concepts like oppression and feminism, I learned about animal rights.
started as love. I've had a deep love for animals for as long as I can
remember, often preferring their company to that of humans. Growing up
I could spend hours -- probably days -- sitting in the cornfields
talking to mice, playing in the snow with my dog, or visiting the toads
and turtles near my grandparents' summer trailer.
The Adipositivity Project aims to promote size acceptance, not by listing the merits of big people, or detailing examples of excellence (these things are easily seen all around us), but rather, through a visual display of fat physicality. The sort that's normally unseen.
The hope is to widen definitions of physical beauty. Literally.
Let me preface this by saying, that I don't believe this
phenomenon is revolutionary or even very subversive in terms of
gender-bending. But it IS a trend I've noticed, and one I can't help
Men have been donning this upper-lip facial hair
for a long time, of course. It was a victorian trend, it was a 70's
trend and now it looks to be a 2000's trend. But beyond the male
moustache resurgance, I've notice a trend by those of us with the
double x chromosome make-up. Nowadays fake eyelashes aren't the only
false facial hair women are taking advantage of. Plenty are having fun
with the contrast of a traditionally femme appearance in contrast with
a striking patch of hair on the lip.
The first time I became aware of this trend was at a New Year's Eve
party last year. Someone showed up with a package of fake moustaches
and the ladies in attendance went nuts. They were wearing them all
night (crooked by end) and everyone looked decidedly cute with their added facial hair.
I see a lot of people who say they believe in “intersectionality” talk about it kind of like this: Since some women are people of color, and some women are poor, and some women are queer, it’s important for feminism to take an intersectional approach that recognizes the way some women experience sexism and racism, or sexism and economic exploitation, or sexism and homophobia, or other such combinations. And then maybe they’ll go a step further, and say something about how, for women of color, sexism and racism aren’t just two separate forms of oppression experienced simultaneously, but are intertwined in really complicated ways. So, a lot of self-identified supporters of intersectionality will say, if feminism is going to be a movement by and for all women, it needs to look at how all forms of oppression, not just sexism, play out in different women’s lives. And I think that’s all true and good.
always feel like I'm racking my brain to remember what I've watched recently, and who I'd like to recommend it to. I found this little pocket Film Diary at Little Otsu,
a favorite small press of mine based in San Francisco & Portland (full disclosure: I'm currently working on designing a planner with them).
Good news for anyone who can make it to Portland, Oregon for the inaugural B-Word/Bitch lecture series, Feminist Perspectives in Pop Culture! We've got three of the four speakers lined up and tickets go on sale next
week. Come one, come all! Get the series pass!