“but who can distinguish one human voice amid such choruses of desire”

America lost a great voice this weekend: the poet Lucille Clifton died. She was 73 years old. Clifton wrote wonderful, poignant, witty poems whose formal simplicity belies their emotional and political depth. She wrote of the realities of living in a large, black, female body in a racist, sexist culture; she survived cancer and wrote … Continue reading “but who can distinguish one human voice amid such choruses of desire”

Photoshop’s greatest hits

It's nothing most of our readers haven't seen before, but Newsweek has a refresher course on the "biggest airbrushing scandals" of the 2000s. Consider it a visual illustration of the impossibly narrow standards of beauty that we've been talking about this week (and note especially how the women of color involved have had their skin … Continue reading Photoshop’s greatest hits

Guest blogger Volcanista: Of boobages

Volcanista is a Friend of SP, geologist, and LOST evangelizer. So, over the holidays I took a badly needed holiday vacation, and because I like warmth and the tropics, I decided to go to Chicago and hang out with Sweet Machine, Mr Machine, and their most excellent cats. I read books, watched Lost, took naps, … Continue reading Guest blogger Volcanista: Of boobages

Links: Golden Globes backlash, or This one goes out to the ladies

Those of you who hopped on our Golden Globe live-blogging adventure on Sunday (which was way, way more fun than I expected -- GIVE YOURSELVES A HAND) might be interested in the following posts on Jezebel about (sadly predictable) sexist reactions to various women at the show: James Cameron & Kathryn Bigelow Used To Be … Continue reading Links: Golden Globes backlash, or This one goes out to the ladies

Just a reminder

The beauty ideal is socially constructed and changes over time. In 1912, Miss Elsie Scheel of Brooklyn, New York, was deemed the "most nearly perfect specimen of womanhood" among Cornell's four hundred coeds. Scheel was twenty-four years old, stood five feet seven inches tall, weighed in at a healthy 171 pounds (her favorite food was … Continue reading Just a reminder