Hello All–I haven’t posted in a while. I’ve been reading a lot and writing a lot of “shitty first drafts.” I am hoping to get back to the grind though because I am working on a memoir/non-fiction examination of eating disorders and body anxiety. In my period of “ramping up” to all the writing, I just finished a book called Bodies: Big Ideas/Small Books by Susie Orbach.
Orbach is the author of the widely-read book Fat is a Feminist Issue. I have never read Fat, but it should be coming in a day or two from Amazon.com.
This newer book, Bodies, focuses on the various ways “bodies” are “culturally made” as well as how Western culture with its attention to consumer empowerment encourages us to “aspire” to better bodies. (Orbach does a much better job of breaking this all down.) I’ve posted a lot here about how scary I find the cosmetic surgery industry to be, and Orbach’s book further delves into the almost pathological ways the diet, food, cosmetic surgery, beauty, and fashion industries attack both women and men’s very shaky sense of body security. I found it fascinating. I hope you all will take a read and let me know what you think!
Interesting march of topless women happened in Maine. It is more interesting to check out all of the comments posted below the article as well. Here is the link for the article and comments:
or you can read the article here:
Equal time: Women hold topless march in Maine
PORTLAND, Maine – About two dozen women drew a crowd of onlookers when they shed their shirts and marched downtown in Maine’s largest city to promote what they call equal-opportunity public toplessness.
Organizer Ty MacDowell said the point of Saturday’s march in Portland was that a topless woman out in public shouldn’t attract any more attention than a man who walks around without a shirt.
The Portland Press Herald reports that by the end of the march, more than 500 people had amassed — a mix of marchers, young men snapping photos, oglers and people just out enjoying a sunny, warm day.
It’s not illegal for a woman to be topless in public in Maine, and police said there were no incidents or arrests.
Information from: Portland Press Herald, http://www.pressherald.com
Is criminalization of a mother’s act of protection really the best answer?
Breast ironing, a painful practice for Cameroon’s girls – washingtonpost.com.