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Troubling Bodies with Natalie Boero, C.J. Pascoe, and Abigail Saguy

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Natalie Boero is in the sociology department of San Jose State University. She is the author of Killer Fat: Media, Medicine, and Morals in the American Obesity Epidemic.
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C.J. Pascoe is a sociologist at the University of Oregon. She studies gender, sexuality, inequality, and youth.
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Abigail Saguy is in the departments of sociology and gender studies at UCLA. She is the author of What’s Wrong with Fat?
Identity is increasingly tied to the body. Advertisements for natural herbal supplements to improve body shape, scientific concoctions to increase libido, and surgical procedures guaranteed, if not required, to impress sexual partners fill email inboxes on a daily basis. The message is only slightly less overt in more public spaces. For instance, images of celebrities, models, and athletes displaying their chiseled airbrushed six-pack abs and cellulite free thighs guide customers …Keep Reading
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“Technological Optimism”: Egg-Freezing a Better Deal for Companies than for Women

The following is an excerpt from Rene Almeling, Joanna Radin, and Sarah S. Richardson’s CNN Op-ed, Oct. 20, 2014. Click more to read the entirety. Apple and Facebook made the headlines last week on the news that they are offering coverage for their female employees to …Keep Reading
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Race, Spanking, and Shame: Dimensions of Corporal Punishment

Football fans like me have undoubtedly heard about the indictment of Adrian Peterson on child abuse charges for striking his 4-year-old son with a thin tree branch. Pictures revealing multiple lacerations on the child’s thigh have surfaced, and exchanges regarding …Keep Reading
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The Feel of Faith

“So, what is it they believe?” As a sociologist of religion, I’m used to getting some variant of this question when colleagues, students, or curious friends want me to describe a religious community I happen to be studying. And, as …Keep Reading
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What’s Missing from the Debate Over Deportation Numbers

This past Spring, activists organized marches around the country, protesting President Obama’s record-breaking two million removals (the official term for deportations accompanied by an order of removal). The two-million milestone is significant because it is more than the sum total …Keep Reading