CFP – Obesity in Canada: Historical and Critical Perspectives

Proposals for papers are invited for a symposium and an edited collection of essays on critical perspectives on Obesity in Canada. In Canada estimated obesity rates have risen over the course of the twentieth century, though the measurement and criteria for being obese have also changed during this time (Mitchinson 2009). Particular groups in Canada, … Continue reading “CFP – Obesity in Canada: Historical and Critical Perspectives”

A post about romantic comedies, and Queen Latifah in particular

In my last post I mentioned I have a soft spot for Queen Latifah movies. I’m not sure I’ve ever said that out loud before, and now it is on the internet forever. Oh well. Over the weekend I’ve been trying to decide what it is about QL that I find so compelling, aside from … Continue reading “A post about romantic comedies, and Queen Latifah in particular”

The Dieter (1989) by Susan Sussman

“I scanned the booklet which listed foods I could eat the first week. A few of my favourites were missing. Dry white wine. Crisp toasted bialys. Milk chocolate Dove bars. I’d have to make substitutions. The book contained some kind of diabolically complicated food exchange system. I tried to decode it. If two ounces of … Continue reading “The Dieter (1989) by Susan Sussman”

Border Crossings: Canadians at the Michigan Womyn’s Music Festival

Border Crossings: Canadians at the Michigan Womyn’s Music Festival

The Michigan Womyn’s Music Festival started in 1976 and is still held annually near Grand Rapids, MI. MWMF is a woman-only event featuring female musicians and personal-development workshops around pretty much any topic you can think of from yodeling, to massage, to sex (technique and politics), to health, to cats, to white privilege, to coming … Continue reading “Border Crossings: Canadians at the Michigan Womyn’s Music Festival”

Glee: Giving fat bottomed girls their due?

Because of my dissertation topic (fat women’s organizations in Canada), I often think about, and love to talk about, representations of fat people in popular culture. Indulging this love of talking, thinking, and fatness, my friend Adene said in a recent email: Have you caught all the talk about Glee (the cool guy being into … Continue reading “Glee: Giving fat bottomed girls their due?”