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Culture, The Exhibitionist "Truth Is Beauty" Burner Statue Finding Rocky Reception in San Leandro

"Truth Is Beauty" Burner Statue Finding Rocky Reception in San Leandro

San Leandro has courted controversy by making the centerpiece of its tech campus “Truth is Beauty,” a 45-foot statue of a naked woman that premiered at Burning Man in 2013. Why is the choice of art causing such a…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Opinions Clash on the Surprisingly not-Simple Topic of Bicycle Helmets

Opinions Clash on the Surprisingly not-Simple Topic of Bicycle Helmets

When it comes to polarizing social issues, the choice of whether to wear a helmet while biking is midrange. It's below legalizing same-sex marriage, but above, say, the battle to digitize the nation's medical records. In the behelmeted corner, we've…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist <i>Weight of the Nation</i> Serves Up More Fat-Shaming

Weight of the Nation Serves Up More Fat-Shaming

Today our nation relapses into what might be our worst case of fat fearmongering yet. The current source of our infection with pseudoscientific sensationalism is something called Weight of the Nation, a highly contagious conference/book/series/website onslaught backed by the U.S.…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Sell a Work of Art, Create a Scandal: The Ongoing Battle Over "Deaccessioning"

Sell a Work of Art, Create a Scandal: The Ongoing Battle Over "Deaccessioning"

Cultural institutions in San Francisco continually search for new acquisitions. Alexis Coe brings you the most important, often wondrous, sometimes bizarre, and occasionally downright vexing finds each week. Next Thursday (May 17), moneyed admirers of American artist Edward Hopper can…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Ashton Kutcher, I Have Something Else for Your Mouth

Ashton Kutcher, I Have Something Else for Your Mouth

I remember the first time I saw Brent Weinbach on stage. He was a new (at least to me) comedian. And it was at the Punch Line in San Francisco. It was a Sunday night, and I was supposed…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Catholic <i>Corpus Christi</i> Protesters Beware: Any Publicity Is Good Publicity

Catholic Corpus Christi Protesters Beware: Any Publicity Is Good Publicity

Back in 1985, Jean-Luc Godard released a movie called Hail Mary that made Catholics breathe fire. (Paradoxical metaphor noted.) It was a modern-day retelling of the immaculate conception where a woman named Marie gets pregnant even though she is a…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist The Sweet Spot: Barbie Brought Me to Orgasm -- Literally

The Sweet Spot: Barbie Brought Me to Orgasm -- Literally

The Barbie doll. Standing at 11.5 inches and made of plastic, this diminutive doll-woman created in 1959 has caused quite a fuss. Girls all over the world still clamor to possess their own, adult women might wax nostalgic when presented…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Disney's War on Fat Kids: Why Is It Trying to Be the <i>Hate</i>iest and Unhealthiest Place on Earth?

Disney's War on Fat Kids: Why Is It Trying to Be the Hateiest and Unhealthiest Place on Earth?

Visitors to the Habit Heroes exhibit at Walt Disney World's Epcot Center walk into Will Powers Gym, where they respond to a Snack Attack ("It's food fight time!") by shooting broccoli at sugary foods and doing high kicks to force…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Israel's Batsheva Dance Co. Is Unpredictably Severe -- Protesters Call for Boycott

Israel's Batsheva Dance Co. Is Unpredictably Severe -- Protesters Call for Boycott

Anytime you see the Batsheva Dance Company in performance, you can pretty fairly expect a gut-wrencher, a blasphemy without words. It's a trademark of the Tel Aviv troupe's leader, Israeli choreographer Ohad Naharin. But last Saturday, audience members entering YBCA's…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Why Sex Is Not Spiritual

Why Sex Is Not Spiritual

One of the things that sets my teeth on edge about what an old friend calls San Francisco's "Kinky Konfederacy" -- the loose affiliation of queers, kinksters, fetishists, swingers, pornographers, sex workers, and perverts who band together under the ethic…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Consider This: The Porn Industry Exploits Men Too

Consider This: The Porn Industry Exploits Men Too

Are women who work in porn being exploited? That question has come up more than most since I've been writing about people who work in the adult industry. While it is a valid question, it is also grossly incomplete. Women…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Five Things to Do in 2012 That Aren't <br>Radical Weight-Loss Surgery

Five Things to Do in 2012 That Aren't
Radical Weight-Loss Surgery

An acquaintance traveled to Los Angeles recently and saw the ubiquitous 1-800-GET-THIN billboards. "It was like, 'Welcome to LA ... You're fat!'" said Jennifer Yendes. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration took note of the notorious billboards in early December.…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Blogger: "Occupy Fat Street -- We Are the 68 Percent"

Blogger: "Occupy Fat Street -- We Are the 68 Percent"

Golda Poretsky calls herself a "body love coach." It sounds a lot like a life coach, except her clients are women and men who want to remove themselves from what she calls "the diet roller-coaster" yet maintain their health and…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Ridiculous Weight-Loss Procedures From a Soviet Textbook (pics)

Ridiculous Weight-Loss Procedures From a Soviet Textbook (pics)

A lot of us believe that the wealthiest .01 percent of people are conducting class warfare on the human species. Have you noticed that ass warfare (keeping us all worried about our weight) is a big part of their…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist The Problem with Gay Bullying

The Problem with Gay Bullying

Oscar Raymundo's Easy Target takes one conventional argument from news media, pop culture, local politics, or queer lifestyle -- and shoots it down. Earlier this year, I asked Dan Savage, creator of the It Gets Better campaign, what he thought…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Former Black Panther Ericka Huggins Talks About Race Relations and <i>The Black Power Mixtape</i>

Former Black Panther Ericka Huggins Talks About Race Relations and The Black Power Mixtape

In 2007, Swedish filmmaker Göran Hugo Olsson found film that had been shot for Swedish television chronicling the Black Power movement in the United States. The documentary he made from that, The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975 (co-produced by San Francisco…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Why Those Apparent Animal Sacrifices Probably Aren't the Work of Real Satanists

Why Those Apparent Animal Sacrifices Probably Aren't the Work of Real Satanists

When decapitated animals and a blood-smeared pentagram turned up in different parts of San Francisco, it wasn't long before people started using the S-word. Two S-words, in fact: Satanism and Santeria. Residents on the 800 block of Capp Street woke…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Telling Kids "Don't Be Fat!" Is a High-Risk Message

Telling Kids "Don't Be Fat!" Is a High-Risk Message

Trigger warning: bullying, teen suicide, eating disorders. The school year has started, which means it's bullying season again for fat children and teens. Fat children in grade school are 63 percent more likely to be teased, according to a 2010…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Let's Look at Society's Love/Hate Relationship with Fat People

Let's Look at Society's Love/Hate Relationship with Fat People

There's some debate about whether the opposite of love is hate or disinterest. Fat people rarely enjoy public disinterest. We are, nonetheless, targets of strongly felt and self-contradictory attentions. Is it love/hate or something else? For example: Why did a…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Get Ready for SlutWalk: Women Strip Down the Tired Old Rape Defense of "She Asked for It"

Get Ready for SlutWalk: Women Strip Down the Tired Old Rape Defense of "She Asked for It"

"Sluts say Yes," reads one sign displayed at an antirape demonstration in Toronto called SlutWalk. The sign speaks to the issue that even though a lady may enjoy wearing a short skirt and displaying her cleavage -- and that sometimes…
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