July 9, 9-10 pm: The campaign for free tampons in public toilets; Pope Francis on women; “No Platforming” campaigns within feminism

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After the feminist news roundup, a report by Rosita Libre de Marulanda on a campaign to have women’s sanitary products, such as tampons, available in all public toilets for free–in the same way that toilet paper, also a sanitary product, is now available free of charge.

Pope Francis has recently been getting high praise for his position on global warming–but his backward and sexist statements on women are being ignored.. A new poll shows that Catholic millenials–those aged 18 to 24– are in disagreement with major church positions on women, sexuality and gay marriage. We’ll discuss the poll with its author,  Jen Girdish of Catholics for Choice.


Lastly, an important and controversial piece on “No Platforming”, produced by Women’s International News Gathering Service (WINGS). “No platforming”, cuirrently rife in the feminist movement, refers to organized campaigns aimed at denying those with divergent viewpoints the opportunity to speak, work or be published.

Joy of Resistance, 7-2, 9-10 pm: The Marriage Show. Guests: Kamy Wikoff, author of “I Do but I Don’t” turns a feminist eye on the wedding industry; Nancy Polikoff’s “Beyond (Straight and Gay) Marriage” decouples benefits & marriage

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Spurred by the legalization of gay marriage, Joy of Resistance will be re-running our classic show on Marriage-as-an-institution, first aired on June 29, 2008. Guests, in order of appearance:

Kamy Wicoff, at 27, wrote the book: “I Do But I Don’t“–a story of her own attempt to have a meaningful wedding–only to run into the wedding industry’s plans for what an acceptable (and hugely expensive) big wedding is supposed to be in the U.S. today. By training her feminist eye and research skills on every part of this experience, she has produced a fresh re-examination of the creepy sexist rituals that have always been a part of heterosexual marriage–and that are making a big come-back. In chapters with headings such as: “the proposal”, “the ring”, “the dress”, the “prettiest day of your life”–as well as through noting that women do the bulk of the work of wedding planning–she shows how the rituals embedded in today’s big weddings function as a training ground for a woman to assume her “traditional wifely role”–thereby becoming an important site of male supremacy reproducing itself.

Nancy Polikoff is interviewed by Kathy Miriam about her book: “Beyond Gay and Straight Marriage“. Polikoff argues that married people should not be given special benefits (as is the case in the U.S. now) but rather that all individuals, married or single, should have access to all social benefits (such as is the case in Canada). She also theorizes that the Gay movement was influenced in deciding to emphasize marriage as its main goal, by the conservatizing of U.S. society since the 70’s (including attacks on reproductive rights and the pushing of marriage as the answer to all social problems).

The show includes testimonies by four feminists on how they feel and think about marriage. They are: Maretta Short, Erin Mahoney, Therese Lee and Nicole Whelan. It also includes a summary of the history of marriage in the West.

The live introduction by Fran Luck, will feature a recent news story on the ending of “domestic partnership” coverage by some insurance companies–as a result of the legalization of gay marriage–thus putting more pressure on those who do not wish to wed, to do so.

Thurs, June 25, 9-10pm: Caroline Fredrickson, author: “Under the Bus: How Working Women Are Being Run Over”; Stephanie Huffaker (National Women’s Liberation): “THIS OPPRESSES WOMEN”–the 1969 vintage Redstockings sticker makes a comeback

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According to Caroline Fredrickson, author of the newly released “Under the Bus: How Working Women Are Being Run Over , the majority of the lowest paid and insecure jobs in the U.S. today are held by women–especially women of color. As income inequality grows, this ‘service sector’ is growing even faster. And while labor protection laws, such as overtime pay and equal pay for equal work, have been passed in the U.S. for over 100 years, they have been purposely crafted to not include these many women and minority workers.

During The New Deal, FDR traded away rights of domestic workers, farm workers and others in order to secure votes of southern Democrats for labor benefits that would accrue to white males. Today as a result, women holding low wage jobs, such as home health care aides, nannies, manicurists, housekeepers, waitresses, domestic workers, ‘independent contractors’, and ‘temps’, have zero worker protections and struggle in abject poverty and insecurity.

Women are 63% of minimum wage workers, 73% of tipped empoyees, 86% of personal care aides and 63% of part time workers. These sectors are predicted to grow, as jobs are further outsourced and the U.S. industrial base is further hollowed out.

While Cheryl Sandberg, Facebook CEO has written in her much sensationalized book on women and work: Lean In that women just have to “lean in” and be more aggressive about “asking for that raise” if they want to get ahead, Fredrickson provides poignant examples of another world in which a nanny or Walmart worker who asks for a raise–or day off to care for a sick child–is likely to be summarily fired.

In her last chapter, “Leaning Together”, Fredrickson recommends some of the reforms of a universal (not piecemeal) nature that need to be made to fix this shameful situation: getting rid of the exclusions to the New Deal that left so many out; extending benefits to workers in small businesses, temps and part time jobs; indexing the minimum wage to the cost of living; professionalizing the care industry; providing childcare and family leave–for starters.

The show will also feature an interview with Stephanie Huffaker, a member of National Women’s Liberation, the group behind the re-emergence of the vintage Redstockings 1969 sticker: “THIS OPPRESSES WOMEN” which has been making its appearance over the last week on sexist ads in New York City. One place it has appeared (see picture) is a breast augmentation/plastic surgery ad in subway cars that presents a woman looking unhappy with her “small breasts,” holding two tiny tomatoes over her chest and looking glum, next to a happy grinning version of herself holding two large melons to her chest; the ad announces that for just $3900, you can, apparently, cure this depressed condition (caused by ads like this!).

See below for THIS OPPRESSES WOMEN plastered on offensive NYC subway ad.

stickered breast implant ad

stickered breast implant ad

The show will also include feminist music and a wrap up of feminist news, including the latest attacks on abortion rights and legislation passed in New York State that will make it easier for women to report rapes on campus.














Thursday, April 30, 9-10 PM, Joy of Resistance rebroadcasts: “The Wealth Gap–Have We Really Come a Long Way?”

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At the 2013 Left Forum in New York City, the Union for Radical Political Economics (URPE) sponsored a panel on wealth and women, with a focus on how women’s lives are changing for the worse under austerity and neo-liberal policies–and how these policies threaten to push the progress of women back to times when we were completely dependent on men. Organized by Peg Rapp, the panel was titled: “The Wealth Gap–Have We Really Come a Long Way?” On July 3, 2013, we proudly presented a radio version of this groundbreaking Left Forum Panel. Panelists included:

Veteran Feminist URPE Economist Peg Rapp on The Wealth Gap vs The Wage Gap, who spoke on the “Wealth Gap” between men and women, and why looking at wealth accumulation over a lifetime–taking into account women’s discontinuous paid-work due to family care–provides a better lens for understanding economic disparities between men and women, than the more simplistic, but commonly referenced “Wage Gap.”

Educator and Latina Rights Activist Diana Zavala will speak from her personal experience as a newly divorced single mother who turned to the U.S. “safety net” for help in supporting herself and her children while finishing her education–only to find herself facing the same dire conditions as her mother who had emigrated from Honduras a generation earlier. She also spoke of the attack on public schools as an attack on women, as well as  the intersections of race, class and immigrant status as they affect the economics of women’s lives.

London-based Economist Susan Pashkoff discussed her research on Austerity as an Attack on Women: why and how austerity policies in Britain and Europe (with a U.S. version rapidly developing) are taking their biggest toll on women–who are both more dependent on “The Welfare State” and hold the majority of public sector jobs (with good benefits)–and how “benefit caps,” shrinking of “childcare tax credits” and other “austerity” measures, are threatening the very survival of women and their families.

Playright/Author Barbara Garson spoke on women as the “scroungers” of the world who hold their families together when times are the toughest–and the loss of power 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.

On April 30, 2015, the day before May 1st–Mayday–the holiday of the working class, as the people of Greece fight a spirited battle against austerity policies imposed on them by the European Union, this program is especially relevant.


April 23, 9-10 PM: The Feminist Stake in SYRIZA & the rebellion against austerity; Hillary Clinton’s real record on abortion

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THERE IS A LOT AT STAKE FOR WOMEN around the world, as the new leftist Greek government, known as SYRIZA, challenges the European Union (European Commission, European Central Bank and International Monetary Fund) on the austerity policies it has imposed on the debtor countries of Europe. Under austerity policies, women take the biggest hit, as social services on which they and their children depend, are cut–and they are forced to compensate with additional unpaid labor.

On Thursday, April 23, 9-10 PM, we will speak with Elena Psarea, a member of the National Parliament of Greece as well as a member of the Central Committee of SYRIZA, and chair of the Secretariat of the Department of Feminist and Gender Politics of SYRIZA. We’ll be talking about The Feminist stake in SYRIZAespecially in light of possibility of the rebellion against the European Union spreading to countries, such as Spain, Ireland and Portugaland having an influence in the United States– and why “social wage” benefits are a necessary pre-requisite for women’s liberation.

We will discuss the points in SYRIZA’s Plan of Action that relate specifically to women, including women’s startling female unemployment rate (65%), women’s lack of health insurance, the history of the Greek feminist movement, the representation of women in the Greek Parliament and traditional sexist attitudes in Greek society.

In our second segment we’ll be speaking with Erin Matson, author of a popular feminist blog and former Action Vice President of the National Organization for Women, about Hillary Clinton’s actual record on reproductive rights.

The show will also include our Worldwide Feminist News Headlines.

Thurs, April 2: Holly Jacobs, Carrie Goldberg on Revenge Porn; Farah Diaz-Tello on the sentencing to 41 years of Purvi Patel for “feticide”

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On Thursday, April 2, 9-10 pm, Joy of Resistance will feature two segments, each detailing a serious current attack on women–with interviews with frontline activists in these areas.

1) Anti-Revenge Porn activists Holly Jacobs and Carrie A. Goldberg, founders of End Revenge Porn and Cyber Civil Rights Initiative (CCRI). Revenge Porn usually occurs when men angry at ex girlfriends post nude photos of them without their consent, often on misogynist websites and with intent to damage their lives. These posts typically include the names and addresses of the women, and are sent to their work places and relatives. According to Professor Dannielle Keats Citron, author of “Cyber Civil Rights”, a core text of this movement: “Revenge porn can ruin a person’s life” as the images may go viral, result in multiple threats of rape and stalking from anonymous men, lead to the loss of a job or result in not being hired (80% of employers use the internet to assess potential employees), result in depression and forced withdrawal from the internet–and in extreme cases, suicide. Until recently there has been no legal recourse for those targeted. Now, several states have adopted or are considering laws to protect victims.

2) Farrah Diaz-Tello, Staff Attorney for National Advocates for Pregnant Women (NAPW), will speak with us about last Monday’s shocking sentence of Purvi Patel to to 41 years in prison, apparently for having had a miscarriage. It is the first sentencing in the U.S. for “feticide”–a new kind of law, pushed in a number of anti-abortion right wing-dominated state legislatures. We will discuss the terrifying implications of women being sentenced to long prison terms for miscarriages–or for abortions–that are being legally interpreted as homicides and why they are an ominous development for women. So far, both of the two women who have been charged under the new Indiana feticide law are Women of Color.

We’ll also listen to Katie Goodman‘s recent viral hit: “You’re a Feminist!”a challenge to entertainers and others in the public sphere who proclaim they are “not a feminist” while taking full advantage of the gains made for them by feminism. We’ll also have our International Feminist News Segment

Some of our Feminist News Headlines

On Monday, April 30, an Indiana woman of East Indian descent–Purvi Patel–was sentenced to 41 years, 20 of them to be served in prison, for the crime of ‘feticide’–or killing a fetus. She claimed to have had a miscarriage. She is the first woman in the U.S to be sentenced for this so-called crime.

In the 2nd half of the show tonight, we will be speaking with Farah Diaz-Tello, staff attorney for National Advocates for Pregnant Women on the very serious implications for all women of her prosecution and sentencing.




In Georgia 4 Women were arrested trying to meet with a sponsor of a “religious liberty” bill that could give employers the right to fire women who have had an abortion–and could be against used to fire gay people and just about anyone else that employers have religious qualms about.


In Yemen, An 11 year-old girl has drawn the world’s attention to the issue of child brides after denouncing her arranged marriage in an impassioned video online, saying “I am not an item for sale, I’m a human being and I would rather die than get married at this age.”

The practice of marrying child brides is widespread in Yemen.


Pulitzer prize-winning journalist Chris Hedges was scheduled to give the keynote address at a conference at Simon Fraser University in Canada. But because he had delivered a scathing report on worldwide global prostitution, calling it “the quintessential expression of capitalism”, Sexwork activists pressured the UNiversity to ban him, which it did for awhile, until many feminists defended him and the ban was revoked. The tactic used was No platforming–an organized pressure campaign to keep people of opposing views from airing them, which many claim is stifling feminist debate. You see what Hedges had to say in the news section of our blog at joyofresistance.wordpress.com


The recent Germanwings plane crash/suicide has been blamed on feminism on MRA (men’s rights activism) blog–saying the crashing of a plane by Andreas Lubitz could have been avoided if “the sluts of the world were a little more equitable in their distribution of oral sex” and that this crime was an indirect result of feminism. This would be laughable if such sites did not have followings known to have provided inspirtation for murders aimed at women–such as those by Elliott Rodgers, in 2014.



Thurs, March 26, 9-10pm: Terry O’Neill on the Republican budget & women–Kathie Sarachild on studying Women’s Liberation history to move forward

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Part 1: The Republican-controlled Congress is on a tear to tear up what little there is of the American safety net and their budget proposal directly attacks many of the programs on which women depend.

Terry O’Neill, President of the National Organization for Women will join us to talk about the Republican Budget and Women.

Part 2: Women’s History itself is the subject of the 2nd part of our last show during Women’s History Month: An interview with legendary feminist pioneer Kathie Sarachild. From her 1975 landmark essay The Power of History (Feminist Revolution), which focused on the erasure from history of the pioneers of the early-second-wave Women’s Liberation Movement and their replacement by liberal media-chosen ‘stars’–to current examples of how the knowledge of authentic women’s history and the strategies developed by early radical feminist groups are helping today’s young activists of National Women’s Liberation achieve important victories. A “DON’T MISS!” interview!