“Not just ‘a white girl’s thing’: The changing face of food and body image problems”

Probably the most significant factor, however, in the failure to conceptualize eating problems in an inclusive way has been ignorance of (or in some cases, resistance to acknowledging) the awesome power of cultural imagery. Fiji is a striking example of that power. Because of their remote location, the Fiji islands did not have access to... Continue Reading →

There’s No Business Like the Body Business: Profiting from Women’s Bodies

"Most women feel their bodies fail the beauty test, and the American health and beauty industry benefits enormously from continually nurturing feminine insecurities. If women are busy trying to control their bodies through dieting, excessive exercise, and self-improvement, they are distracted from other important aspects of selfhood that might challenge the status quo.* In the... Continue Reading →

Foucault, Feminism, and Sex Crimes

At the end of last month, The New York Times ran an article entitled "Punishment That Doesn't Fit the Crime" discussing juvenile sex crimes. The article goes on to say that 24,000 youth make up 800,000 of registered sex offenders, with more than one-third of that youth aged 12 to 14, arguably too young to... Continue Reading →

The Safe Car You Can’t Buy, Ralph Nader

"It is clear that Detroit today is designing automobiles for style, cost, performance and calculated obsolescence, but not for safety. A sudden deceleration turns a steering wheel or a sharp-edged dashboard into a bone-and chest-crushing agent. Penetration of the shatterproof windshield can chisel one’s head into fractions. The apparently harmless glove-compartment door has been known... Continue Reading →

Du Bois on Voting

I shall not go to the polls. I believe that democracy has so far disappeared in the United States that no “two evils” exist. There is but one evil party with two names, and it will be elected despite all I can do or say. There is no third party. On the ballot in a... Continue Reading →

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