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Heather Laine Talley
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Heather Laine Talley is a writer and sociologist living in
Asheville, N.C. She is the author of Saving Face: Disfigurement and the Politics of Appearance and Associate Editor at The Feminist Wire.

Entries by Heather Laine Talley

The Ugly Side of Lookism and What We Can Do About It

(0) Comments | Posted January 22, 2016 | 3:11 PM

Just weeks into the New Year, and one thing is abundantly clear--we are obsessed with appearance! While many of us crave a healthier lifestyle come January, our resolutions are often driven by a desire to look different or, more specifically, better than last year.

Losing weight tops the list...

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Zelda Wasn't 'Crazy': How What You Don't Know About Fitzgerald Tells Us Something About 'Crazy' Women, Then and Now

(47) Comments | Posted May 20, 2013 | 5:24 PM

Co-Authored with Vali Forrister

The 1920s are back, and we can thank Baz Luhrmann's remake of the F. Scott Fitzgerald classic, The Great Gatsby. This telling of Fitzgerald's story of American Dream hustle, the decadence of the nouveau riche and the utility of deception is bursting...

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Marital Privilege: A 'New' Conversation About Gay Progress

(21) Comments | Posted March 11, 2013 | 4:01 PM

As the Supreme Court prepares to take up the constitutionality of marriage laws that systematically exclude LGBT Americans, pro-equality forces are quick to celebrate anything that appears to be support for LGBT equality. Take for example the Institute for American Values' announcement that they are shifting their stance...

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Can 'The New Normal' Be Something Without Being Everything? or, Why a Queer Like Me Applied for a Marriage License

(10) Comments | Posted January 18, 2013 | 2:49 AM

As part of an action organized by the Campaign for Southern Equality, the date of May 11, 2012, found me and my partner at the Asheville, N.C., Register of Deeds Office requesting a marriage license. We brought the requisite paperwork, presented our Social Security cards and driver's licenses...

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