Thurs, July 14, 9-10 pm–Re-air of interview w/Stephanie Coontz, author of “A Strange Stirring: The Feminine Mystique and American Women at the Dawn of the 1960’s”

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FEMINIST HISTORY SPECIAL: a re-airing of our classic feminist conversation between Stephanie Coontz, author of “A Strange Stirring: The Feminine Mystique and American Women at the Dawn of the 1960’s” and Joy of Resistance Executive Producer Fran Luck .

The discussion will center on how Betty Friedan‘s watershed book The Feminine Mystique (1963) changed the conceptual landscape for American women–and will focus on the social conditions that prevailed for women in the 1940’s ’50’s & early 60’s), when “Help Wanted: Female” ads, “Head and Master” laws (which gave men legal control of marriage) and a Freudianism that diagnosed ambition in women as a neurosis –combined to proscribe women’s lives.

We’ll examine how the feminist history of the 1920’s was erased and images of earlier feminists were distorted so that women of the 1950’s were denied their feminist history–just as the backlash against the feminists of the 1960’s going on today is denying today’s generation if young women their real history.

We’ll look at how women were pushed out of the good jobs they held in the 1940’s (which they were able to get because men were fighting World War ll), sold a bill of goods that the only path to “true womanhood” was through becoming stay-at-home wives and mothers–and how these images of American womanhood were then used as part of the “Cold War.”

We’ll look at how feminist periods run in “cycles”, with each feminist upsurge, followed by a period in which a “crisis in masculinity,” is declared–supposedly caused by “women going too far”--followed by attempts to take away gains of women achieved during the previous feminist period.

The show will be accompanied by period music from the 1950’s, including “Sincerely,” sung by The MacGuire Sisters; “How Much is That Doggie in the Window?” sung by Patti Paige; “Mr. Sandman,” sung by The Chordettes and the “I Love Lucy” themesong, sung by Desi Arnaz.

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July 7, Thurs, 9-10 PM: Questioning Gender Ideology–a panel presented at Left Forum 2016

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On Thursday, July 7, we will be running the 3rd and last in our series of Gender and Sexuality panels presented at this year’s Left Forum 2016. (See blog posts on June 9 and June 23 for our other Gender and Sexuality Panel/Left Forum 2016 recordings.) You can hear audio of this hour-long program, as well as link to the 2-hour youtube version, by accessing the audio bar or link at the bottom of this page.

This groundbreaking panel, entitled Deconstructing Gender under Male Supremacy–looked at the current Gender Identity Framework from a left perspective: A neuroscientist, a linguist, an attorney and the mother of an “almost-transitioned” child, offered a critique of current trans ideology and how it is affecting language, law and culture, as well as individuals, familes and women as a group.

From the Left Forum catalogue:

A Diversity of Perspectives

This panel will offer: the perspectives of feminism and of the LGBT community, a scientific analysis and a legal analysis. Topics will include: Sex vs. Gender; Transgender politics and women; the LGBT community and the gender binary; Legislation being passed on Equal Rights Protections; the Neuroscience of Gender and Sex

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Panelists

Kara Dansky (moderator and panelist)

Attorney; Director of One Thousand Arms, a nonprofit consulting firm working toward fundamental societal transformation. Formerly Special Advisor at the NYC Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice; Senior Counsel at the ACLU for Criminal Justice; Senior Advisor at the DHS Office for Civil Rights & Civil Liberties; Executive Director at Stanford Criminal Justice Center; Staff Attorney at the Society of Counsel Representing Accused Persons. Earned JD at the University of Pennsylvania Law.

Kara will discuss the ramifications of gender ideology as it is effecting the law.

Kathy Scarborough

Active in local women’s liberation groups in the late 70s; member of Redstockings in the 1980s; Associate Editor of Meeting Ground; currently the Editor of Meeting Ground Online; member of National Women’s Liberation (NWL) and Women’s Liberation Front (WoLF). Kathy is a scientist with a BA in Biochemistry, and a PhD in Physiology specializing in Neuroendocrinology.

Kathy will discuss the biological facts of sex and gender and define these categoies according to science and feminist and queer theory.

Samantha Berg

Radical feminist journalist and activist organizer. Her articles have been published in progressive media since 2002; in recent years she has organized anti-prostitution events in the United States and Canada; current work & website: JohnStompers.com. B.A. in linguistics.

Samantha will summarize recent transgender linguistic changes and their effect on feminist organizing.

Penny White

Radical Feminist freelance writer in San Francisco. Masters in Psychology with emphasis on childhood trauma; 10 years working as Case Manager/Peer Counselor for mentally ill people living in poverty.

Penny will tell a personal story about how gender identity affected her life and family.

Abstract of panel on Left Forum website:

This panel will address male supremacy as it is perpetuated by gender identity. We will explore the myriad aspects of gender including the difference between sex and gender and the conflating of sex and gender that is permeating society now. The erasure of women through control of and obfuscation of language will be addressed. Legal changes regarding gender identity, along with gay rights and the impact of gender theory on children will be presented.

Above is the audio of this program: press arrow to listen.

You can view the entire panel as well as the audence’ questions and answers from the panel at:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wbh42pYyD_s

Thurs, June 30, 9-10 pm: Celebrating the SCOTUS decision on Whole Womens Health and understanding what it means

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On Thursday, June 30, we’ll take and in-depth look at Monday’s landmark Supreme Court decision on Whole Womens Health v Hellerstedt, which threw out TRAP laws, as constituting an “undue burden” on a woman’s constitutional right to access an abortion. The Court, ruled 5 to 3, that both the admitting privileges and surgical center requirements of Texas’ HB 2 law are unconstitutional. Twelve states currently have such laws.

TRAP laws impose medically unnecessary and exorbitantly expensive rules on clinics and have resulted in many closing, causing women seeking abortion to travel hundreds of miles.

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The Court also threw out the part of HB-2 that demanded that doctors performing abortions have admitting privileges to a hospital within 30 miles of the clinic–a requirement usually impossible to comply with and medically unnecessary, as hospitals will admit patients to emergency rooms with or without an admitting physician.

We’ll discuss what this case will mean for the future of the right to aborion with Attorney Jessica Mason Pieklo, Vice President for Law and the Courts at Rewire.

The significance of Monday’s landmark Supreme Court decision is already being felt across the nation, giving women’s health advocates reason to hope that the concerted right-wing assault on reproductive rights has been “stopped in its tracks.”

More from the Supreme Court on Reproductive Rights: On Tuesday, the Court rejected appeals from Mississippi and Wisconsin seeking to put in place admitting-privilege restrictions similar to those struck down in Whole Women’s Health v. Hellerstedt. Mississippi’s law would have closed the lone abortion clinic in the state.

We will discuss where these rules csme from–who is behind them and what has been their purpose, with guests from the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health and National Women’s Liberation.

We’ll also look at how much remains to be done to provide safe, legal, accessible and affordable abortion services for all women who seek them.

In addition, we’ll play clips of recent events relating to the Hellerstedt decision as well as from the history of the reproductive rights movement–along with music of the movement.

Our Feminist News Headlines will include:

Reports on Whole Womens Health v Hellerstedt and related decisions following from it on Tuesday.

Voisine v U.S. : In a 6-2 decision, the Court ruled that reckless domestic assaults can be considered misdemeanor crimes to restrict gun ownership. The decision comes as a major victory for women’s rights and domestic violence advocacy groups.

The New York City Council unanimously decided on June 22 to fund the provision of menstrual supplies in all city public schools, prisons, and homeless shelters.

 

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SCOTUS Abortion Decision coming down this week; Women of Color feminists against prostitution

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Whole Women’s Health vs Hellerstedt is being called the most important Supreme Court decision on abortion-access in 25 years; it is-expected to be announced this week. We’ll speak with Jessica Mason Pieklo, attorney and Vice President for Law and Courts at Rewire (reproductive rights blog) who will bring us up to date on the case and discuss its significance.

trapped-this-clinic-stays-open-1024x576We’ll trace back the history of TRAP (Targeted Regulations Against Abortion Providers) Laws, which require abortion clinics to meet often-impossible “medical” requirements. These laws, which emerged in the 90’s and picked up steam after 2010, have been passed in 24 states and have caused hundreds of clinics across the country to close. The ground for them was prepared by two earlier Supreme Court decisions–the Webster Decision in 1989 and the Casey Decision in 1992.

Both decisions eroded the “undue burden” standard written into Roe v Wade  –which mandates that a woman seeking an abortion should not have to endure an “undue burden” in finding and procuring one. What constitutes an “undue burden” is what will be decided in Whole Women’s Health, and is at the heart of the case. The decision may render TRAP laws unconstitutional–and will affect subsequent attempts to restrict abortion access in the U.S.

Our Feminist News Headlines will include: Pro’s & cons of getting birth control through an app; Gun control as a femnist issue; Menstrual products now free in NYS public bathrooms; Pro-Trump t-shirts calling HRC “Bitch”; Judge Persky taken off rape case after massive protest

In the second half of the program we will continue to broadcast recordings in our series of three groundbreaking Gender and Sexuality panels presented at the recent Left Forum 2016.

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Cherry Smiley, Founder, Indigenous Women Against the Sex Industry

This week you’ll hear recorded excerpts of the panel: Feminists Against Prostitution as a Tool of Imperialism Promoting Sexualized Racism, which featured representatives of Asian, Black, and Aboriginal women’s organizations from both source and destination countries (of the global sex trade) including Canada, Asia, and the U.S. They presented a range of analyses and examples of prostitution as violence against women–rooted in historic and social contexts of globalization. The panel included a critique of the “total decriminalization” model favored by Amnesty International and an argument for the “Nordic Model” , which criminalizes pimps and johns but not prostitutes themselves (and helps them leave the sex trade).

Panelists:

Chair–Grace Balbutin: Asian Women Coalition Ending Prostitution

Sarah Mah: Asian Women Coalition Ending Prostitution

Charie Siddayao: Philippine Women Centre

Nicole Matthews: Minnesota Indian Women’s Sexual Assault Coalition

Taina Bien-Aimé: Coalition Against Trafficking in Women (CATW)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thurs, June 9, 9-10 pm: Three groundbreaking panels on gender and sexuality at Left Forum 2016; Sonia Pressman Fuentes on historic moment of first woman nominee for President

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At  Left Forum 2016  (May 28 & 29th), Joy of Resistance recorded 3 ground-breaking and controversial panels on gender & sexuality. We’ll be playing excerpts from these panels on tonight’s show and on our show on June 23.

We’ll begin with our Feminist News Headlines and a brief tribute to Nanette Rainone , who was pioneer feminist broadcaster at WBAI in the 1970’s, who died on May 23.

We’ll then speak with Sonia Pressman Fuentes , the first woman attorney in the Office of the General Counsel at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (starting in 1965) and who was instrumental in the founding of the National Organization for Women . She has been a feminist organizer for most of her 87 years and we’ll share her reaction to the first woman presidential nominee of a major political party–in the 240 year history of the United States!

After that, we’ll present excerpts from 3 Left Forum panels presented on May 28 & 29 at Left Forum 2016.

LEFT FORUM PANELS on Gender and Sexuality

1) Feminists Against Prostitution as a Tool of Imperialism Promoting Sexualized Racism

Women of Color–Asian, South Pacific and Indigenous–from a number of organizations including Asian Women Coalition Ending Prostitution (ASWEP) and Coalition Against Trafficking in Women (CATW) weigh in on the fierce worldwide debate over “prostitution” vs “sex work” / decriminalization including of pimps and johns) –vs– “The Nordic Model” , which offers women “exit strategies” and criminalizes pimps/johns, while decriminalizing the women. The panel traces both the historical and current connections between today’s worldwide sex industry and the colonization of native peoples and shows that most women in the sex industry are women of color forced into prostitution for economic reasons (rejecting the “sex-work-as-women’s empowerment” model).

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2) Warrior Sisters Self Defense

Warrior Sisters is a group dedicated to ending systemic male violence against women and draws inspiration from the “Gulabi Gang” , or “Pink Sari” women, a grassroots women-led movement fighting male violence against women in India. Through self defense lessons and discussion, Warrior Sisters works to “build a culture of resistance and empower women as a collective force”. They have chapters in many cities and are currently giving free self-defense/feminism classes in the Bronx.

3) Deconstructing Gender under Male Supremacy

A left critique of the Gender Identity Framework. The four panelists are: Kathy Scarbrough, a neuro-scientist  and feminist activist, Samantha Berg, a linguist and  anti-prostitution activist, Kara Dansky, an attorney and author-activist and Penny White, a psychologist and the mother of a shild who “almost transitioned”, offer a critique of current trans ideology and how it is affecting language, law, culture and feminist activism, as well as individuals, familes and women-as-a-group

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“Pink” and “Blue” Brains Gotta Go!

 

 

Thurs, May 12, 8-10pm–“Chisholm ’72: Unbought and Unbossed”; “Who is Hillary Clinton?”; sexism and the Clinton campaign

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Before there was Hillary Clinton… before there was Barack Obama… there was Shirley Chisholm…

On Thursday, May 12, 8-10 PM, Joy of Resistance will feature, as part of the WBAI Spring Fund Drive, the award winning DVD: Chisholm ’72: Unbought and Unbossed, by Sola Lynch. Well discuss the film with Denise Oliver-Velez, a former member of both the Young Lords and Black Panther Parties , who, now, as a professor at SUNY, has taught and written about Chisholm’s life and times. Also commenting will be Barbara Winslow, founder and director of The Shirley Chisolm Project of Brooklyn Women’s Activism from 1945 to the Present.

Recalling a watershed event in US politics–Chisholm’s historic 1972 run for the U.S. presidency, as the first Black and the first woman to run a serious campaign for the nation’s highest office–this compelling documentary takes an in-depth look at the campaign and reactions to it at the time and now–and documents Chisholm’s life story.

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We see Chisholm announcing her run; giving interviews, the political maneuvering within the Democratic Party and we hear/see commentary of many involved at that time, including Amiri Baraka, Betty Friedan, Bella Abzug, Octavia Butler, Rep. Barbara Lee, Ron Dellums and others.

Though many backed her run with great enthusiasm, she was shunned by the Democratic political establishment, including the all-male Congressional Black Caucus (with the exception of Ron Dellums) as well as the media; she asked for support from people of color, women, gays, and young people newly empowered to vote at age 18. Chisholm’s bid for an equal place on the presidential dais generated strong, racist and sexist opposition. Yet her challenge to the status quo and her message about exercising the right to vote struck many as progressive and positive.

She was born in NYC but spent much of her childhood in Barbados. Her father was a Garveyite and her family was political. She became a professional educator in NYC and in 1968, she became the first African American woman elected to the United States Congress, and represented New York’s 12th Congressional District–the very poor district of Bedford Stuyvesant in Brooklyn– for seven terms from 1969 to 1983. As the first Black woman in the U.S. Congress, she was sometimes treated with disrespect by other Congress members–particularly southern white men.

The men in the Black Congressional Caucus did not support her bid for President and she famously said that she had run into more political obstacles because she was a woman than because she was Black. Some feminists did support her, but did not follow through. Ron Dellums supported her but ultimately gave his support to George McGovern, the eventual Democratic party nominee. Jesse Jackson ignored her. She didn’t play by either Democratic succession or ethnic turf rules.

“Nobody was “ready” for me”, she said. “But somebody has to be the first. After me, they’ll be more “ready”. In an interview at the end of the film that took place late in her life, Chisholm says “I want to be remembered as someone who was a catalyst for change.” And so she was.

In the second part of the show, we’ll offer the book: “Who is Hillary Clinton?” featuring two decades of writing from the Left on the woman who may very well be our next president. Authors include Erica Jong, Barbara Ehrenreich and Doug Henwood, with an introduction by Katha Pollitt of The Nation. 350 pages. For a pledge to WBAI of $75.

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This segment will also feature a discussion with Amanda Marcotte, Peg Rapp and Fran Luck on the sexism directed at Clinton so far in the campaign–sexism that would be directed at any woman getting really close to power. We’ll be asking the questions: where you draw the line between legitimate political criticism and sexism?–and what are the different manifestations of sexism by men on the right and men on the left?

Chisholm ’72 – Unbought and Unbossed

A film by Shola Lynch

Available for a pledge to WBAI for $75.

Chisolm ’72 and “Who is Hillary Clinton?” available, both together, for a pledge of $125.

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AWARDS, FESTIVALS, & SCREENINGS

Peabody Award

Sundance Film Festival

International Documentary Film Festival (IDFA)

Los Angeles Film Festival

San Francisco International Film Festival

London Film Festival

South By Southwest Film Festival

Full Frame Documentary Film Festival

Saratoga Springs Film Festival

Dallas Video Festival

Northern Lights Film Festival

Tallgrass Film Festival

Black Harvest Film Festival

American Black Film Festival

Lake Placid Film Festival

Nantucket Film Festival

Women With Vision Film Festival

 

 

Thurs, April 28, 9-10 pm: Deeper than the Wage Gap: Economics and Women under neo-liberal capitalism

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At the end of April–the month in which “Equal Pay Day” calls calls attention to the gender wage gap–Joy of Resistance will take an even deeper look into the overall economic situation of women–by rebroadcasting a program based on a Left Forum panel (2013) entitled “The Wealth Gap: Have we really come a long way?”

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Four great guests examine how the current attacks on social services in the U.S. and Europe (“austerity policies”), plus attacks on union jobs where women predominate, are combining with a women’s wealth gap that is the result of centuries of discrimination, to produce a growing economic crisis for the majority of women.

Panelists:

Veteran Feminist URPE Economist Peg Rapp, feminist activist and organizer of the Left Forum Panel on The Wealth Gap vs The Wage Gap.

Educator and Latina Rights Activist Diana Zavala on her personal experience as a newly divorced single mother who turned to the U.S. “safety net”–and the intersections of race, class and immigrant status on the economics of women’s lives.

London-based Economist Susan Pashkoff on her paper: Austerity is an Attack on Women: why and how austerity policies in Britain, Europe and the U.S. are taking their biggest toll on women.

Playright/Author Barbara Garson on women as the “scroungers” of the world who hold their families together when times are toughest but then lose power and authority to men as family wealth increases.

The panel was moderated by Fran Luck, Executive Producer of Joy of Resistance and followed by a discussion of what can be done to reverse these effects and move forward.