On Other Rolling Stone Covers

@Rock and Roll Ken Doll "Knew them" is a bit strong. A high school friend was dating one of them; we all went to go see them at a D.C. all-ages club—I think they were also in high school at the time. The one at the left was also my favorite. He looked like he was shooting heroin then; at that point I tended to be attracted most to guys who needed someone to take care of them. HIGH SCHOOL WAS A WEIRD TIME ALSO

Something awesome I did in high school/my favorite all-time RS cover—participate in school-spirit week on reverse sex–celebrity day (I went to a cool D.C. public magnet school) with my then-boyfriend (who definitely needed someone to take care of him!) as Courtney Love and me as Kurt Cobain:

Posted on July 18, 2013 at 12:40 pm 2

On Bilbo Floresiensis

There are Komodo dragons on the island of Flores. They are kind of cute when behind glass, but if I were hobbit-sized and lived in Indonesia, I would probably find them fearsome.


Posted on December 12, 2012 at 3:28 pm 1

On "Is Good Advice Timeless?"

@Rock and Roll Ken Doll Thanks for the great cartoon! On a serious note, it was odd that the article missed toxoplasmosis (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0001661/), which is a way cats can unintentionally kill babies or grown-ups, if those grown-ups have a weakened immune system and the infection isn't treated in time.

Posted on December 7, 2012 at 11:35 am 0

On The New Problem Areas

@Bittersweet I have a soft globule thing only near my left ankle, too. But I never thought about it because I was examining my patch of melanin on that foot shaped like Scotland and England (no Wales).

Posted on September 4, 2012 at 5:25 pm 1

On Carter said she "doesn't consider it discriminatory"

@WaityKatie Right. Shaming and judging are unethical for health professionals (and a jerk thing for anyone to do), and are also ineffective. Society, many doctors included, is way too focused on people's weights and not on actual health issues, which can be addressed in ways that may or may not lead to weight loss.

Posted on August 30, 2012 at 11:52 am 1

On Carter said she "doesn't consider it discriminatory"

@cmcm Sorry to misunderstand and be misunderstood. I've recently become convinced that there isn't solid evidence that obesity causes disease or early death. The studies available show correlation, not causation. I understood the Salon article author to be comparing the medical establishment's response to sexuality and obesity, not sexuality and obesity themselves. But maybe I was wrong. And maybe you know of more information I should read. I'm open to learning more on this.

Posted on August 30, 2012 at 11:10 am 0

On Carter said she "doesn't consider it discriminatory"

@jen325 Or some of the equipment that is available for moving patients of various sizes. See a fun Flash slideshow!

Posted on August 30, 2012 at 10:53 am 1

On Carter said she "doesn't consider it discriminatory"

@cmcm Thanks for posting the Salon article. Good points. I recently discovered April Michelle Herndon, a fat studies scholar, and everything I've read of hers, e.g., is super thoughtful and smart.

Posted on August 30, 2012 at 10:49 am 0

On Interview With a Lapsed Christian Virgin

@Faintly Macabre I agree that conversations between "the devout and unreligious" or whatever terms we might prefer, is something that needs to happen more. I'm in a grad ministry program, so being a person of faith comes up pretty quickly at PinUps and elsewhere when I usually wouldn't bring it up otherwise. But I'm grateful for some of the opportunities it provides to talk to people about their beliefs and experiences.

I grew up progressive Christian without messages about sex being dirty or bad or something for which one needed to wait until marriage. My mom is a feminist; my mentor from my church as a teenager encouraged masturbation as a way to learn more about one's body and sexual desires.

Yet though my experience of growing up, in church, at home, and in school—I went to public school until college—differed from than that of the interviewee, much of what she said resonated with me, such as being troubled by the fixation on marriage as a finish line. There's better advice on sex as part of a long-term, committed relationship on "Ask a Married Dude" than in nearly all church resources I have seen.

I also appreciated her declining to say "either I regret everything or I regret nothing." I entered a (Christian liberal arts) college with a regret-nothing attitude about sex and left with some emotional fallout from some of the choices I made. I struggled to admit what I was feeling because I worried that having regrets meant I wasn't a good feminist.

Seven years later, I'd sum up my thoughts on this as that I want everyone to have the information and space she needs to make the sexual choices that are right for her, whether a faith tradition is part of her life or not.

Posted on August 23, 2012 at 1:34 pm 5