R.I.P. Isabelle Caro
Dodai at Jezebel reports that Isabelle Caro, French model turned anti-anorexia activist, died last month. Caro’s billboard campaign was controversial in part because it relied on the visual shock of her naked body, thematizing one of the biggest fears of a person with anorexia: that one’s body will be uncontrollably exposed to the scrutiny of the world at large. Kate and I both wrote...
"Every woman has a figure problem" →
“It’s a distraction while I’m on the battlefield and I have to concentrate on the guy 600 yards away, I’m worrying about this guy who’s got eyes on me… discipline does not mean sodomy.” —Virginia Delegate Bob Marshall The cranky old men who predict that the military will just up and get its legs blown off because DADT has been repealed share a...
More designers are going to want to dress her because she’s...– Said of Elle Fanning. She is not oversexed because she is ACTUALLY PREPUBESCENT. H/t Jezebel.
One article, two quotes
It’s not a secret that stars have to watch their weight […] and for “Big Love” actress Ginnifer Goodwin, the answer has been to stick to Weight Watchers…for the long haul. Goodwin reveals in the January/February 2011 issue of Health magazine that she’s been on Weight Watchers since she was 9, and in fact, she was back on it at the time of the interview. “And working with my amazing...
Let's contemplate death with Santa and the baby...
So, holidays. They are often happy occasions where you feel like you are part of something greater than yourself, because the world is celebrating with you. Tradition reminds you of where you came from and what your culture means to you; rituals bring comfort and a sense of timelessness. All of the things that make the holidays joyful in a normal year become incredibly painful in a year in which...
Less shapely, more sweet
I got burnt out on the internet for a while. We all do; it’s normal. Co-running a feminist blog was simultaneously the most heartening and dispiriting thing I’ve ever done. It was thrilling; it was nauseating. I got so tired of staying up at night fighting with people whose only goal was to discredit or hurt me. The rewards were no longer worth the risks to my mental health. The more...
they ask me to remember but they want me to remember their memories and i...– “why some people be mad at me sometimes” —Lucille Clifton
Back in the saddle
Hello, oh online world. I’m Sweet Machine, and you may remember me from such blogs as Shapely Prose, where I played the part of academic, poet, less-than-straight person, and resident four-eyes. I took a break from blogging, mostly because of this kind of nonsense, but now I find that I still have opinions and, what’s more, I still like my cartoon avatar. (Thanks again, Fillyjonk!) Here are some...