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“Girth and Nudity, a Pictorial Mission” May 12, 2007

Posted by ajaramillo in "the gaze", bodies, books, controversy, Fat Feminism, in the news, magazines/photography, sex sells, sexuality.
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I just came across this article in the New York Times about Leonard Nimoy (yes, Spock) and his new book, “The Full Body Project.” His book features nude, obese women in provocative poses.  He says that the project is a direct response to the pressures women face in being a size 2…

“The women are interested in fat liberation. Their self-esteem is strong. They will tell you that too many people suffer because the body they live in is not the body you find in the fashion magazines.”

He also has a show of photographs, and guess where it is… the photographs are on view at the R. Michelson Galleries in Northampton, Mass., through June!
So what do you guys think? Is this girl power or just another, albeit very different, form of the male gaze?

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Riot Grrrl February 28, 2007

Posted by Rob Anne in Bikini Kill, Fat Feminism, Girl Power, Indie, Kathleen Hanna, Lillith Faire, Perez Hilton, Queercore, Rebel Girl, Riot Grrrl, Spice Girls, The Gossip, Third-Wave Feminism.
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Lately I’ve been doing a lot of Wikipediaing (yes, I made up that verb) about girl power/Third-Wave feminism related stuff and there is a FASCINATING world out there that I never imagined existed.

It also started like this: I have recently become obsessed with the bitchiest celebrity gossip blogger on the net, Perez Hilton and he has lately been promoting this band called The Gossip. I became intrigued with this punk/blues/experimental group who sound like a mix of The Killers to Le Tigre. The leas singer of this band, I Wikipedaed them after listen to a worthy sample of songs and stumbled on this underground world of feminist sub-genres that I didn’t know existed – Queercore, Buffy Studies, and the Fat Feminist movement. However, Riot Grrl, which I had heard of but didn’t know much about, struck me the hardest.

Taken explicitly from Wikipedia:

Riot Grrrl – “An indie-punk feminist movement that reached its height in the 1990s but continues to exert significant influence over alternative culture. Starting first as a reaction, personal and political, against the inarguably male-dominated music scenes of Northwestern American cities (more…)