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hey everybody....
it's amanda palmer (from the dresden dolls).
i played a solo show in atlanta last week and a fellow unshaven beauty came up to me when i was signing stuff after the the show.
she flashed her armpits at me (which were lovely) and we started rapping about shaving and hair...and she told me that there was a livejournal community called fuck shaving.
i said YAY and looked it up later that night.... and through that i found a bunch of these other awesome communities (i am cross-posting
this is to ditch_the_blade, kissmyass_cosmo, kissmyassvogue, beauty_debate & freedomisbeauty - if any of you know of any other
communities or blogs and want to cross-post, feel free and let me know by dropping me an email at letters [at] amandapalmer [dot] net so i can follow the discussions).

i want to share something wonderful that happened a few days ago when i announced my new video and told the story about how my record label had wanted me to cut the shots that showed my bare belly (because they thought it looked FAT - which was just bullshit).
i told them to go fuck themselves and a brief struggle ensued and they backed down, but my horror with the company that i am now
contractually tied to is undeniable.
i'm stuck for a while.

the very worst moment was sitting across a huge desk from one of the record execs and listening to him explain that he knows what's best
for my videos and my images because "amanda, really, trust me. i'm a GUY. i KNOW what people LIKE." i wanted to throw up, get up, leave that room, and never go back.
they are all that's wrong with this culture.

anyway, after i posted this story on my blog, a bunch of friends started to post solidarity photos of THEIR bellies up on a discussion
thread and i swear to god i've never felt more concentrated joy on the internet. there are now over 200 pictures collected by one of the people who started the thread....
big bellies! little bellies! pregnant bellies! post-partem bellies!!!
hariy man bellies!!!!!!!! it's just so beautiful:


go check it out and add your own two belly cents if you want to.
and happy thanksgiving, may you eat and drink stuff your belly to the max with no guilt.

i'm also on tour for the next two or three weeks in the states if you want to come visit the party...starting in pittsburgh this saturday then hitting toronto, detroit, chicago, minny, colorado, SLC, vancouver, seattle, portland, sacramento, san fran and LA.
come out and represent. info is all on my site at amandapalmer.net.
the shows have been amazing. the new record, which my label now doesn't want to promote,
is also awesome, produced by and featuring ben folds, and i shamelessly want you to check it out, however you can, and share it
with anyone you think will like it.
i need the help. it's called WHO KILLED AMANDA PALMER and you can find it in a million ways.

i'm so happy to see so many communities out here dedicated to honesty and realness in our self-images.
it's no necessary in a world that i feel is sliding backwards on the feminist front.

big love,

Body Image Show on Tyra

Tyra is having another show about body image today at 5:00pm (times & channels may vary depending on your location) ..

Upcoming topics:

Mother who blames daughter for the shape she feels her body is in
young girl who hates her thighs
teen who 'wishes' she were anorexic

oh joy. But really, how mature do you have to be to blame your daughter for the way you feel your body looks? she didn't ask to be born into this world, you know.

Russian Stylist SuperStar

Oh my God this is just horrible...
Is a face or what? and THIS is a male.

But... he's very popular in Russia...
He's almost a superstar there. Why? It's disgusting...

Elven Ears Surgery - is it possible?

Hungarian plastic surgeon Dr. Lajos Nagy offers all the usual services at his clinic. You can get a breast enlargement, a nose job, liposuction, etc. But he also offers a rather unusual service: music faun surgery. He'll make your ears pointed so that you look like a music faun.

Click the picture below to see the full-size gallery.

I think the post-operative pictures on Nagy's site look like people wearing fake ears, so my hunch is that music-faun surgery is a joke. However, I wouldn't be willing to state this definitively. After all, there definitely are people who get surgery to make their ears pointed.

However, Dr. Nagy's site is registered to smartworks.hu, a Hungarian graphics studio, which makes me feel pretty sure that neither Dr. Nagy, nor his music-faun surgery, are real. This is probably some kind of art project.

What do you think?

Is having plastic/cosmetic surgery Okay?..

What do you think, is having some procedures done to improve your face and body wrong or quite normal?
Some Plastic Surgery Results Pics

What's to blame?

Hello, newbie here!

A couple of weeks ago one of the weekend papers here had a long article about how young girls, starting from the tender age of six and seven, are already 'little ladies' with a fashion sense, a bloody hunger for logos and brand names, but above all; sexuality and sexual appearance.

The article, which I have to state was not for the right half of the intelligence bell curve, posed a few points I'd like to discuss with the people of this fine community:

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Killing Us Softly 3 by Jean Kilbourne

This is a Link to a Documentary that I found at kissmyass_cosmo originally posted by the user petrichor_fizz.

Killing Us Softly 3 by Jean Kilbourne

It's a great documentary, so I thought i'd post it here. It's a little over 30mins long, but well worth it. ;)

***Important: Tampon Danger***

The next time you buy sanitary pads or tampons, check the labels and see whether you spot any of the familiar signs stated in this email.

No wonder so many women in the world suffer from cervical cancer and womb tumors. Have you heard that tampon makers include asbestos in tampons? Why would they do this?

Because asbestos makes you bleed more, if you bleed more, you're going to need to use more.

Why this isn’t against the law since asbestos is so dangerous?
Because the powers that be, in all their wisdom (not), did not consider tampons as being ingested, and therefore, didn't consider them illegal or dangerous.

This month's Essence magazine has a small article about this and they mention two manufacturers of a cotton tampon alternative. The companies are:

Organic Essentials @ 1-800-765-6491 and Terra Femme

A woman getting her Ph. D at the University of Colorado at Boulder sent the following:

"I am writing this because women are not being
informed about the dangers of something most of us use: tampons.
I am taking a class this month and I have been learning a lot about biology and women, including feminine hygiene.
Recently we have learned that tampons are actually dangerous (for other reasons than TSS). After learning about this in our class, most of
the females wound up feeling angry and upset with the tampon industry, and
I for one, am going to do something about it.


I want to inform everyone I can, and email is the fastest way that I know how." HERE IS THE SCOOP:

Tampons contain two things that are potentially harmful: Rayon (for absorbency), and dioxin (a chemical used in bleaching the products).

The tampon industry is convinced that we, as women, need bleached white products in order to view the product as pure and clean.

The problem here is that the dioxin, which is produced in this bleaching process, can lead to very harmful problems
for a woman.

Dioxin is potentially carcinogenic (cancer associated) and is toxic to the immune and reproductive systems.

It has also been linked to endometriosis and lower sperm counts for men.

For both sexes, it breaks down the immune sys tem.

Last September, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reported that there really is no "acceptable" level of exposure to dioxin given that it is cumulative and slow to disintegrate. The real danger comes from repeated contact (Karen Couppert "Pulling the Plug on the Tampon Industry").

I'd say using about 4-5 tampons a day, five days a
month, for 38 years is "repeated contact", wouldn't
Rayon contributes to the danger of tampons and dioxin because it is a highly absorbent substance.
Therefore, when fibers from the tampons are left behind in the v... (as usually occurs), it creates a
breeding ground for the dioxin. It also stays in a lot longer than it would with just cotton tampons.

This is also the reason why TSS (toxic shock syndrome) occurs.


Using feminine hygiene products that aren't bleached and that are all cotton.
Other feminine hygiene products: pads/napkins) contain dioxin as well, but they are not nearly as dangerous.
So, what can you do if you can't give up using tampons? Use tampons that are made from 100% UNBLEACHED.

Unfortunately, there are very few companies that make these safe tampons. They are usually only found in health food stores. Countries all over the world ( Sweden , Germany , British Columbia ,etc.) have demanded a switch to this safer tampon, while the U.S. has decided to keep us in the dark about it. In 1989, activists in England mounted a campaign against chlorine bleaching. 50,000 letters later, the makers of sanitary products switched to oxygen bleaching, one of the green methods available MS magazine, May/June 1995).


Tell people.


Inform them.

We are being manipulated by this industry and the
government, let's
do something about it!

Please write to the companies:

Tampax (Tambrands); Playtex; O.B.; Kotex.
All the 800 numbers are listed on the boxes.
Let them know that we demand a safe product!



In order not to lose the impact of this email, I
suggest that anyone
who wants to forward it to your friends, PLEASE copy
this mail and
paste it to a NEW message. That way it will not
distort the whole
with all the forward arrows. Please do this with
consideration and

Thank you,
Hollie Walker
Admissions Coordinator
Palmer College of Chiropractic Florida
866-585-9677 (Toll Free)
386-763-2620 (Fax)
Media Not Totally to Blame - women's magazines' role in eating disorders

"Thomsen teamed with Kelly McCoy, assistant professor of family science, and Marleen Williams, associate clinical professor of counseling psychology. Unlike previous eating disorder studies, their research examined the motivations behind women's use of beauty and fashion magazines, not just the frequency with which the magazines are read. The findings show that anorexics use the media in a distorted manner. "Understand that it's not necessarily the media's fault, but that young women may choose to use the media to support and reinforce their eating disorder," Thomsen points out."

Effects of media on young girls.

According to the research identified by the task force, such images and promotion of girls as sexual objects negatively affects young girls in many ways.

"The consequences of the sexualisation of girls in media today are very real," said Dr Eileen Zurbriggen, chair of the group and associate professor of psychology at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

"We have ample evidence to conclude that sexualisation has negative effects in a variety of domains, including cognitive functioning, physical and mental health, and healthy sexual development." 


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