Disability, Media, Politics, Sweet Machine

With advocates like this, who needs hate radio?

It will surprise few people who pay attention to American politics that Sarah Palin is a world-class hypocrite. But her recent foray into the politics of language and disability have proved that her hypocrisy is dyed in the wool, an amazing contradiction of terms: openly disingenuous, profoundly committed to shallowness. She's taken one of the… Continue reading With advocates like this, who needs hate radio?

Fat, Politics, Sweet Machine

Point blank: On insults and logic

Think Progress has a couple of posts up today about Republican politicians, when directly asked if they think President Obama is a socialist, admitting that he's, you know, not. House Minority Leader John Boehner's interview is especially telling: GREGORY: Do you really think the President is a socialist? BOEHNER: Listen, when you begin to look… Continue reading Point blank: On insults and logic

Femininity, Feminism, Media, Politics, Sweet Machine

What’s the point of judicial power if you don’t have Girl Power?

Here's the thing about Robin Givhan, the WaPo's fashion journalist. She frequently writes about fashion in contexts that should make for fascinating readings: the images portrayed by women in power, and how their stylistic choices reflect (or, often, deflect) our expectations of femininity. Sounds right up our alley, no? But here's the other thing about… Continue reading What’s the point of judicial power if you don’t have Girl Power?

Fillyjonk, Medicine, Politics

Now that’s what I call a surgeon general

It appears that Obama and his administration, while educating themselves admirably on health care issues as they've been doing for the past several months, have also clued in to the fact that there are doctors who aren't on TV. Even before the inauguration, there were reports that  Obama had asked Sanjay Gupta, a fatphobic blowhard… Continue reading Now that’s what I call a surgeon general

Fat, Food, Media, Politics, Sweet Machine

The Obamas: Just like us!

Jezebel points us to a maddeningly obtuse series of recent articles about the Obamas' eating habits. (There's even an [unofficial] Obama food blog, for the truly obsessive.) Apparently the Obamas are baffling the pundit class by sometimes eating vegetables, and sometimes eating burgers. It's true! Apparently this magical family is able to eat French freedom… Continue reading The Obamas: Just like us!