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I recently watched a BBC America documentary (part of the BBC Reveals series) called Perfect Private Parts. The hour long documentary is about labiaplasty and other genital plastic surgery. Labiaplasty, for those who don’t know, involves cutting and reshaping one or both sets of the labia, to make them smaller.  The documentary is adamantly opposed to any surgery and the director, Lisa Rogers, states on camera that she is making the film in hopes of not only understanding why women undergo labiaplasty, but  also dissuading viewers from considering these surgeries.

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Confession time.  My current guilty pleasure is the TLC show Say Yes to the Dress. Yes, Friday night Professor Bean and I are curled up watching brides try on gown after gown, break down in tears when they find “their dress,” and spend thousands of dollars. So what do I, a rabid feminist, get out of this show?

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The finale of More to Love was this week and I’m glad I stuck with the show because in the end, it turned out to be about something other than women obsessing about their weight and falling in love way too fast with a guy who actually admires curves. Don’t get me wrong–there was plenty of that as well. The final two women, as they walked up the driveway to find out who Luke would pick, both lamented (in voiceover) their weight and the tribulations it has caused. But aside from these pro forma comments, the last show was not about weight, but about other forms of discrimination–class and religion–and a small victory for feminism.

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Since it was Labor Day, every channel was running marathons of the show they most want to hook people into, and TLC decided the show to pimp was Toddlers and Tiaras. The show is about as horrifying as the title suggests and as the promo demonstrates, TLC is selling it as a guilty pleasure that makes the audience feel titillated and superior:

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I’m a couple of days late on this (the beginning of the semester hit like a ton of bricks), but I wanted to mark the arrival of legalized marriage in Vermont on Sept. 1st. Oddly, the mainstream media was fairly quiet about the event (although they covered the vote back in April in detail); if you google “Vermont gay marriage” most of the hits are articles from April and reports that Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream has renamed their Chubby Hubby flavor “Hubby Hubby” for the month. They’ve even created new packaging, which I think is pretty cool (even if it is only available in Vermont and, well, very not vegan):

the one-month only Hubby Hubby packaging

the one-month only Hubby Hubby packaging

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Like all good liberals, I get most of my news from MSNBC.  Every Thursday, the MSNBC web site features the Today Show‘s newest “Ambush Makeover” participant.  There are a few things about this “news” feature that I find problematic. (more…)

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I wasn’t going to write about More to Love. I don’t want this blog to turn into the “ranting about reality dating shows blog” and Professor Bean has already written about it. But he’s away for a week, which means I have to come up with all the ideas (how do other bloggers do this?). And honestly, the show is crack for a ranty feminist. However, like Professor Bean, I will avoid the obvious topic of weight. Instead, I want to talk about their age.

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