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Creating Bodies, Creating a Nation: How the Idea of the Straight, White, Muscular Male Body Shaped America

Governing Bodies: American Politics and the Shaping of the Modern Physique

Rachel Louise Moran

 University of Pennsylvania Press, 2018. 224 pages.

 

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When Michelle Obama launched the “Let’s Move” campaign in 2010, it triggered a backlash by conservatives anxious about the so called “nanny state” interfering unduly in the private sphere. The campaign was a national initiative “dedicated

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Web Roundup: Marketing, Masculinity, and Commodity Activism

On January 13th, Gillette, a razor blade brand, released a new ad campaign called, “We Believe.” The video ad opens with a collage of news clips that—unlike the voiceover narrator—explicitly use the words, “toxic masculinity” and “#MeToo movement.” The narrator then asks, “Is this the best a man can get?” In the short film, Gillette plays on their decades-old slogan

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Narrating MeToo

Bill Cosby is in prison, and Harvey Weinstein and Matt Lauer have been fired. Donald Trump is in office despite his own admission that he has grabbed women “by the pussy”. Roy Moore lost his race, but Brett Kavanaugh sits on the SCOTUS despite accusations of sexual assault. Academics have been in the news, too:  Avital Ronell, Marcus Anthony, Ric …

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We Need to Talk About “Gun Violence”: Reflections on Terminology and Contexts of Violence

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Among the many political challenges of our time, gun violence in America has emerged as one of the most divisive. A retreat into partisan communities prevents us from considering the complexity or lived experiences of our political opponents. The fears and insecurities of each group are projected onto the other. Both consume media that influences how they are likely to …

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Web Roundup: Women, Withdrawal, and Antidepressants

In April, an article in the New York Times caused a stir with the headline, “Many People Taking Antidepressants Discover They Cannot Quit.” The piece begins with a young woman who “would hunch over the kitchen table, steady her hands and draw a bead of liquid from a vial with a small dropper.” Over a period of months of trying …

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(Anti)Institutional Menses: Our Blood, Our Business

Jane started us off by saying “I grew up in the US, so I could never count on having healthcare.” Jane (for whom I’m using a pseudonym) is a midwife, dark hair pulled back in a low ponytail, with a warm look in her eyes. She’s holding a device that looks like a weird experiment, some combustion between a school …