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Jennifer Hawkins poses nude, "flaws" and all

Australian beauty queen and model Jennifer Hawkins appears nude and un-Photoshopped on the February cover of Marie Claire magazine. According to Hawkins, the photo shoot is meant to... Read more »

Screenshot: Whatever Lola wants, she deserves

If there is a better metaphor for the corrosive spiritual effects of internalizing the dehumanizing commercial definition of “beauty” than the soul-sickened doctors of “Nip/Tuck,” I haven’t seen it on TV. Read more »

Support curves on screen with Fat Girls Float

Kira Nerusskaya, director of the documentary Fat Girls Float, needs your help to finish its production! Nerusskaya, a New York City native, travelled through several countries and interviewed dozens... Read more »

Top Ten Reasons Why This Feminist is a Sports Fan: #5

We've made it halfway, folks! The #5 reason why I love sports is ... Read more »

The Body Electric: Goodnight and Good Luck! The Body Electric Signs Off.

Dear Friends: My time with you has come to an end. From the Man Pad to the G20; from RadioLab to the baby binary; from  the amazing Stu Rasmussen to my (apparently controversial) exploration of transphobia; from interviews with artists to profiles of beautiful tattoos--it's been a fantastic ... Read more »

Rock of Dove

For the last several years, Dove has been busily branding itself as a socially conscious company on a mission to improve women's self-esteem. Dove's Campaign for Real Beauty strives " to free ourselves and the next generation from beauty stereotypes." This is supposedly done through thought-... Read more »

The Body Electric: Tattoo Part VII--Bats!

In yet another entry in my one-person attempt to override the portrayal of women/queers/everyone else in dumb tattoo magazines like "Inked," I present Ana Maria Ventura, a totally awesome San Francisco high school teacher who has many incredible tattoos. The description that follows, in her own... Read more »

Sarah Haskins: Fashion Expert on the Rachel Maddow Show

By now maybe you’ve heard of Ralph Lauren model Filippa Hamilton’s contract being terminated because she was “too fat.” (And all this after she was... Read more »

The Body Electric-Tattoo Part IV (and V and VI): My Continued Response to the Crappy Magazine, "Inked"

In my ongoing attempt to bring you amazing tattoos on queers and/or women--and the often even more amazing stories behind them--I have a treat for you this post. From the vault of a project I'm doing archiving the tattoo stories of people I like, I am happy to introduce you to Arwen--a fantastic... Read more »

The Body Electric: Tattoo Part III: Nine Waves and Big Beginnings

As part of my ongoing effort to bring you incredible tattoos and the stories behind them--and after my experience seeing the fantastic film "9" (have you seen it yet, by the way?)--I thought it only fitting to introduce you to Clare McBee, and the story behind her gorgeous leg piece, located in a... Read more »