Fat Chance

Will we ever see an article about fat women and widening beauty standards that doesn’t feel the paternalistic need to mention all the health issues associated with obesity (because the fat girls might not know)? I’d rather just focus on…

Strident and Proud

Feministing‘s Jessica Valenti has an article up at Salon today about Katha Pollitt, one of my favorite feminists. And she makes some interesting points about feminist politics: I was thinking about how timid and deferential and also Beltway-oriented so much…

Jailed for having abortions

Three Portuguese women are sentenced to prison time for procuring illegal abortions. The doctor who performed their abortions is also being sent to jail, along with his assistant. Portugal is one of the only European countries where abortion is generally…

Watch Out, Mule Day Parade of Columbia, Tennessee

Because the terrorists are gonna getcha. Or at least, you’re inexplicably listed in the federal anti-terrorism database. It reads like a tally of terrorist targets that a child might have written: Old MacDonald’s Petting Zoo, the Amish Country Popcorn factory,…

Bombings in India

A really sad story out of Mumbai (Bombay): Seven trains are bombed, killing hundreds of people.