Sunday, Oct 16, 6-7PM: What does the exposure of Trump’s sexual assaults mean for women? A discussion with listener phone calls

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Since Friday, October 7, when the Washington Post released a video of Donald Trump bragging about sexually assaulting women, including “grabbing them by the pussy,” the story has not only caused Trump’s ratings in the polls to dive, but has motivated a number of women to come forward with stories of their own about how the presidential candidate groped or kissed them without their consent. After Trump tried to dismiss the tape as mere “locker room banter,” claiming he would never act on such impulses, two more women reported to the New York Times on October 14 that they had been sexually assaulted by Trump in ways similar to his bragging in the video.

These have been added to other testimonies by women, including one from a People Magazine reporter for a total of 9 such stories having surfaced, among speculation about just how many there are. There are now a number or articles counting the total number of women claiming Trump assaulted them.

This has created huge outcry from women and many men, and there seems to be a heightened consciousness right now of how widespread and even normalized this behavior is and how many women experience it.

On this show, Joy of Resistance will be attempting to deepen this moment as we take listener phone calls  at 347-335-0818 and hold a discussion in-studio with host-producer Fran Luck and long-time feminist activist Peg Rapp and present some of the recent material around these events, including portions of Michelle Obama’s moving speech on this subject.

We’ll be asking for stories of women who have experienced unwanted sexual predatoriness and harassment, why they did or didn’t speak up. We’ll be asking men to be honest with us about their experience of “locker room talk” about women. We’ll be looking at the affect on women’s work lives, psyches, and how we can combat the “entitlement” to women’s bodies that Donald Trump and so many men in this culture, claim for themselves.

Hope you can tune in and talk with us on the air at 347-335-0818.



Sunday, Oct 2, 6-7 pm: Hyde Amendment at 40; US women react to Trump’s misogyny; Equal Means Equal–a new feminist film

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~The Hyde Amendment–which cut off Medicaid funding for abortion in 1976–is 40 years old this week and a fierce campaign is revving up to finally overturn it. We’ll speak with Imani Gandy, Senior Legal Analyst at Rewire (a major reproductive justice resource blog) and and co-host at This Week in Blackness Prime, about the history of Hyde and how it impacts poor women, young women and women of color.


We’ll also look at how the exposure of Donald Trump’s fat-shaming of former Miss Universe Alicia Machado reveals another despicable chapter of his misogyny–one that may precipitate his loss to Hillary Clinton, as women across the country react and turn against him.trump9-640x460

Lastly, we’ll speak with Kamala Lopez, director of a new film that examines the status of women in the U.S.–“Equal Means Equal“–and makes the case for the need for the Equal Rights Amendment to be ratified.


We’ll also present the Feminist News Roundup and great feminist music!



Sunday, Sept 25, 6-7 pm–On the 2nd show in our new time slot, we’ll introduce a new segment: “What’s on your feminist mind?”

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“What’s on your feminist mind?”–is a new segment that Joy of Resistance will air this Sunday, September 25, between 6 and 7 pm (our new timeslot!). In this segment, groups of women will discuss, in personal terms, the burning feminist issues they confront in their daily lives–followed by a group discussion of what we’ve all said and “drawing conclusions.” We’ll then open up the discussion to listener call-ins. We hope to run this segment monthly.

The women who will be speaking this week are all in their 20’s and 30’s–but what they have to say will resonate with women of all ages, and may be a barometer of what today’s young women still face in a world supposedly more advanced on the issue of sexism.


Redstockings CR group, 1968

From Consciousness Raising (CR) to the Internet, the core of the feminist movement has always been women simply talking to each other and sharing experiences–then taking action based on what they learned in these conversations. Much is now known about what issues need to be addressed for women to be equal in society, but going back to CR grounds us and keeps us checking on ourselves and deepening our insight.

Tune in for this important interactive conversation and theory-making experiment.

We’ll also air our regular Feminist News segment–and great music.

Thurs, Sept 8, 9-10pm–Changing “sex” to “gender”: Maya Dillard Smith on her resignation as Georgia’s ACLU Director; Kara Dansky on Title IX legal suit against the DOE

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Maya Dillard Smith is an African American woman who was the head of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Georgia until she resigned under pressure –she says she was ‘pushed out’–in June, because of her questioning of her organization’s stance on the Obama Administration directive that public bathrooms henceforth be open to all genders based on the self-declaration of gender identity.


Dillard Smith says that the ACLU has not allowed a “robust discussion” on all of the implications of the issue, particularly for women and girls–and therefore has not done its job, which is to balance the rights of ALL parties affected by public policy.


Her resignation was covered in national news, from “The View” to Fox news and may have changed allowable public discourse on this issue. After resigning, Smith set up a website entitled “Finding Middle Ground–a safe space to communicate about finding civil rights for all.”

Our second guest will be Attorney Kara Dansky, who is on the Board of  the organization Women’s Liberation Front (WOLF) which on August 11th filed a suit against the US Department of Justice and the US Department of Education, challenging their recent actions, which the suit claims have caused the dissolution of Title IX, violating the rights of women and girls, including the fifth and fourteenth amendments of the Constitution.

Here is the official legal complaint:

WoLF v. United States Department of Justice complaint as filed

The swift and enthusiastic push for transgender rights in America is having dire consequences that severely threaten the privacy, dignity, safety, and equality of women and girls.

The United States Department of Justice (DOJ) and Department of Education (DOE) have abruptly enacted a new policy, defining the category of “sex” in Title IX to include “gender identity.” This effectively renders Title IX meaningless, as females can no longer be recognized as distinct from males…

The reinterpretation of “sex” to include “gender identity” also means that girls’ bathrooms and locker rooms must be opened up to any male who “identifies” as female. Girls’ rights to personal privacy and freedom from male sexual harassment, forced exposure to male nudity, and voyeurism have been eliminated with the stroke of a pen. Schools that do not comply with the demands of any male student to access to protected female spaces will now lose federal funding.

The President of the United States, the most powerful man in the world, has told teenage girls that they are now required to get over their “discomfort” at boys in their locker room.

Women’s Liberation Front (WoLF) has decided this cannot stand.


Symbol of the Women’s Liberation Front

This Thursday’s show will also feature the Worldwide Feminist News segment, including our obituary on Phyllis Schlafly, the conservative anti-feminist who died this past Monday, September 5 at the age of 92.

This will be the last Joy of Resistance show in this timeslot. Starting on September 18, Joy of Resistance will be airing on Sundays at 6:00 PM.

Sept. 1, 9-10 pm: Misogyny and the fear of female power. Guests: Terry O’Neill, Jo Freeman

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A wide ranging feminist discussion on issues of the moment, with:

Terry O’Neill, President of the National Organization for Women, the US’ largest feminist organization with over 600 chapters across the country. We’ll discuss misogyny and the Clinton campaign, why the TPP is a feminist issue, Donald Trumps reaction to Roger Ailes’ 20 years of sexually harassing employees…and more

Jo Freeman, pioneer feminist, author of “The Bitch Manifesto”, “The Tyranny of Structurelessness” and other feminist classics; She attended the Republican and Democratic conventions (2016) and will report back from a feminist perspective including differences between Republican and Democratic culture. We’ll also discuss the fear of a woman in power and how it is fueling the misogyny being lobbed at the Clinton campaign–and the question of where one draws the line between basic misogyny and legitimate criticism


News Story Links

Governor signs bill for eliminating tampon tax in NYS

Trump ally proposed disenfranchisement for those on public assistance and obtaining their birth control through Obamacare

Most men think sexism is over

Feminists see impeachment of Dilma Roussef as Sexist and discriminatory

Thursday, August 25, 9-10 pm, an encore presentation of: “PROMISE AND BETRAYAL, VOICES FROM THE STRUGGLE FOR WOMEN’S EMANCIPATION, 1776-1920″

Celebrate the 96th Anniversary of women winning the right to vote on August 26, 1920–by listening to this excerpted play by Women’s Liberation Movement pioneer Carol Hanisch. The play features the fiery speeches and debates of Frederick Douglass, Sojourner Truth, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and many more


.It focuses on how the powerful alliance that had grown up between the Anti Slavery and Women’s Rights movements during the Civil War was split asunder when the debate became centered on which was more urgent— enfranchising Black men or white women (with Black women not even in the picture).

It presents the arguments that ensued–with many of the activists taking surprising positions; some advocating that the vote for Black men be granted immediately and others wanting the movement to hold out for Universal Suffrage–as well as the racism, sexism and class elitism that came out in the sometimes bitter struggle

The play also features the modern debut of a song by 19th century feminist and author Charlotte Perkins Gilman, written in 1898, for which the music had been lost until singer/songwriters Bev Grant and Carol Hanisch created an original new melody for it–which Grant performs for the first time, as part of this play. Gilman wrote the song as a response to the bitter irony of the men of her time using the argument that women “did not really want the vote” as a reason for denying it, while claiming that they were doing this for the “good of women.” This ploy eerily reflects today’s rightwing arguments that women do not really want to have freedom and choices.

The performance is followed by Carol Hanisch’s original feminist song from the 1960’s movement: Fight On Sisters–and then excerpts from a passionate discussion that took place in the WBAI studios, after the play-recording, between the playwright and the actors (many of them also activists). In this discussion, Maretta Short questions the author about leaving out, in the condensed radio version, parts of her play that describe discrimination against Black women within the suffragist movement.Then everyone looks at the relevance–or lack thereof–of the vote today. “Promise and Betrayal” examines the question of whether the power of the ballot really changed what these freedom fighters thought it would–and what happens when political movements forfeit a larger vision of liberation for reform gains for a few.

“Right is of no sex. Truth is of No Color”: Masthead of the antislavery newspaper The North Star, edited by Frederick Douglas and Martin Delane

“Men their Rights and Nothing More; Women their Rights and Nothing Less”: Masthead of feminist newspaper The Revolution, edited by Elizabeth Cady Stanton & Parker Pillsbury


Creator/Author: Carol Hanisch; Producer, Casting, Editing: Fran Luck; Direction: Ethel Michelson, Fran Luck; Music: Carol Hanisch, Bev Grant; Singer, Guitarist: Bev Grant; WBAI recording Engineers: Tony Ryan, DeLise Lum


Narrator: Pawnee Sills; Sojourner Truth, boy’s voice in motherhood sketch: Maretta J. Short; Frederick Douglas: Will Sales; Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony: Ethel Michelson; Lucy Stone: Julie Weiner; Nebraskan Anti-Suffrage male: Bobby Hieger; Frances Ellen Harper: Vicki Ridley; Gertrude Bustill Mossel: Marcia M. Walker; Matilda Joslyn Gage, Rev. Olympia Brown: Jennifer Fasulo; Robert Purvis, Charles Remond, Labor Union statement: Ngoma; William Lloyd Garrison, Parker Pillsbury, voice of Blackstone: Pete Dolack; Abby Kelley Foster: Fran Luck

On Thurs, Aug 4, 9-11 pm, JOR will offer listeners “Our Lady of Birth Control: A Cartoonist’s Encounter with Margaret Sanger”–a graphic novel by Sabrina Jones (plus other ‘thank you’ gifts for supporting WBAI’s summer fund drive)

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Cover of book

Joy of Resistance is proud to offer our listeners the newly-released feminist classic graphic novel: “Our Lady of Birth Control: A Cartoonist’s Encounter with Margaret Sanger”, a 160-page graphic novel by award-winning cartoonist/graphic artist (and activist) Sabrina Jones (for a pledge of $50. to support WBAI and feminist radio at the station). It spans the life and times of the woman who bucked the rigid sexist taboos of her age to start a movement for women to be able to decide for themselves if and when to bear children (we are still fighting for that goal!) Scroll through and enjoy these drawings–there are hundreds more in the book!


(above): Site of Margaret Sanger’s first birth control clinic in Brooklyn, NY

Sanger was arrested many times, even exiled from the U.S. (but always came back to continue the fight); she had many lovers, was part of the Greenwich Village cultural rebellion of her era, was a working-class nurse, mother of three and a Labor organizer–a revolutionary in more ways than one.


(above): “The Woman Rebel”, Sanger’s magazine for which she was jailed for sending ‘obscene’ material through the mail


(above): Margaret Sanger, husband Bill come to Greenwich Village to join Emma Goldman, John Reed, Eugene O’Neill and other political rebels & artists

Sabrina Jones’ autobiographical sections of Our Lady of Birth Control show her own journey into activist art in response to the anti-feminist backlash of the Reagan era, from street theater and protest graphics to alternative comics.

These interweaving stories are illustrated in page after page of deliciously rich and beautiful–and often humorous–drawings, accompanying a story which will add to your knowledge of such topics as what, exactly, women DID for birth control before the modern era–and includes some of the theoretical debates of the time–with a careful look at the controversy about Sanger and the Eugenics movement.


(above) Hypothetical debate between Sanger and abortion rights activist today


 (above): activists carry Sabrina Jones’ iconic repro rights graphic, often seen, during the 90’s, at marches and on flyers

The program will feature a live interview with the artist.

Joy of Resistance is proud to offer this newly released graphic novel which includes about 600 drawings of the quality of what you see above–a fascinating journey that you will both enjoy and learn much from (and which is getting great reviews!).

You can pledge during our show by calling (5i6) 620-3602

 We will also be offering the wonderful (and only) DVD on the 1972 Presidential campaign of Shirley Chisholm, Unbought and Unbossed–as well as the timely book “Who is Hillary Clinton?: Two Decades of Answers from the Left”

About our other two premiums

Chisholm ’72: Unbought and Unbossed, by Sola Lynch. 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.


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.

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. And she can be credited with making the first serious “crack” in the “glass ceiling” that Hillary Clinton’s nomination has now broken (against a woman being nominated for President by a major party).

“Nobody was “ready” for me”, Chisholm says in an interview in the film–then continues: “But somebody has to be the first. After me, they’ll be more “ready”.

“Who is Hillary Clinton?” features 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.

With Hillary Clinton now the official nominee of the Democratic Party, this is an excellent time to catch up on her background and read the analyses of many current thinkers on her legacy thus far–to help assess what it may be if she is elected President (which seems likely).


Chisholm ’72: Unbought and Unbossed and  “Who is Hillary Clinton?”  are available as a package for a pledge of $125. They are $75. each, if pledged for separately


*Except for 3rd Thursday, when “Rape Declaration Forum is heard in this timeslot