Sun, Aug 6, 6-8 pm: Women in Comix & Sci-Fi 2-hour Special! Featuring “The Spectacular Sisterhood of Superwomen” & “Biketopia: Feminist Bicycle Science Fiction Stories in Extreme Futures”

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On August 6, 6-8 pm (EDT), Joy of Resistance will present a Women in Comix and Science Fiction Special, featuring two terrific books for your summer reading pleasure: “The Spectacular Sisterhood of Superwomen” and “Biketopia: Feminist Bicycle Science Fiction Stories in Extreme Futures”

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Joy of Resistance’ Fran Luck and comic book historians Ken Gale and Mercy Van Vlack will explore 80 years of women in comics and the history of comics, and in return for supporting WBAI, Listener Sponsored Non-Commercial Radio, we will offer listeners the newly released book:

The Spectacular Sisterhood of Superwomen: Awesome Female Characters from Comic Book History (4)

A collection highlighting some of the most noteworthy, memorable, and outrageous female characters from throughout comic book history, ranging from the beginning of the comic book industry’s first major book in the 1920s to the present.

Released this year, it’s a 240 page hardcover book (Quirk Books), lavishly illustrated, beautifully designed and in full color, divided into decades (1930’s-2010’s) for easy reference, with historic notes by the author Hope Nicholson–who will be joining us by phone during the show!

This comprehensive book will introduce you to 101 female comix characters, most including vintage reproductions of their of the original strips in which they appeared–it’s a real collector’s item! “The Spectacular Sisterhood of Superwomen” will be sent to you as a “thank you” gift when you make a pledge of $60.00 to support WBAI.

From left: Torchy Brown, one of the first African American women in comics (1938); Miss Fury, 1941-52; Maureen Marine, Queen of Atlantis, first appeared 1944

During the program we will be speaking with comic book historians Ken Gale and Mercy Van Vlack who will share with you their knowledge of the history and development comics, as well as the long uphill struggle of women heros and superheroes to be featured in this usually male dominated media industry. biketopiacover_copy0_lg


Biketopia: Feminist Bicycle Science Fiction Stories in Extreme Futures

by Elly Blue

Yes! Feminist Bicycle Stories!! And, believe it or not, it’s part of a four-part series called “Bikes in Space” (talk about a niche within a niche!). These stories are unique–and they are well written–GET READY TO STEP INTO THE UNKNOWN!

Twelve writers tackle extreme utopias and apocalyptic or political dystopias—and the grey areas in between. Some find love and fierce resistance in the end times; others imagine an ecological future of saving technology, with solarpunk ecotopian visions, at times paired with crushing social control. Whatever your own future or present reality, these stories will motivate and inspire you to envision something different… and maybe even better.

We’ll send you this newly released book for a pledge of ONLY $35.00!

And you can have both books for a pledge of $75.00 ($10.00 savings).

When you call (516) 620-3602 (please call during our fund-drive show, 6-8 PM (EDT), say you want the “Superwoman Pack” and you will get both books. If you want them singly, ask for them by name.

Below are links for each book–and the package of both–that will take you to WBAI’s website, where you can pledge for them through the internet.


Sunday, July 9, 6-7pm: Single Payer Healthcare as the next step in Women’s Liberation

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On Sunday, July 9, 2017, 6-7 PM (EDT) Joy of Resistance: Multicultural Feminist Radio @ WBAI, will present Jenny Brown, organizer for National Women’s Liberation (NWL) and author of Myth America, Women’s Liberation and National Healthcare* and Gabrielle Muller, NWL member and healthcare activist, in a discussion of why Single Payer health insurance would have profound feminist ramifications and may even be the next step in women’s liberation.

Areas covered will include:

*The connections between a national healthcare system and a full Social Wage program (of which it would be one component) and how that would give women more leverage with both employers and the men in their lives

*The difference between the “family wage” and “social wage”

*The connection between longer work hours in the U.S. than in other countries (particularly forced overtime) and the lack of a Social Wage–and how this particularly holds women back

*How a Social Wage would help equalize men’s cond women’s contributions to family work



Sunday, May 21, 6-8 PM: “Forbidden: Too Liberated.” What would happen if society prioritized women’s happiness? Two books and a panel!

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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!



We will also be offering Jill Filipovic’s just-out book: The H Spot: The Feminist Pursuit of Happiness (featured in the Sunday NYT Review of Books and the Atlantic. This book stands on it’s head the social constraints of the “self sacrificing woman” and explains how prioritizing women’s pleasure and happiness would make things better for everyone. (4)

And a CD recording of the PEN World Festival event on May 3: The Panel: Forbidden: Too Liberated–4 authors/feminist thinkers talk about sex, women and the “cap” on women’s pleasure.



See below for more illustrations from Sabrina Jones’ Graphic Novel “Our Lady of Birth Control: A Cartoonist’s Encounter with Margaret Sanger”.

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


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”

 Joy of Resistance is heard on Thursdays* 9-10 PM on WBAI Radio, 99.5 FM (EST), streams at Follow uson twitter at @joyofresistance Email at Donate to WBAI at

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.

*Joy of Resistance: Multicultural Feminist Radio @ WBAI airs every Thursday except the third Thursday) at 9-10 PM. We cover the “ongoing worldwide struggle of women for full liberation, equality and human rights.” You can tweet us at and follow/read our blog at and also communicate with us through the “comments” section on our blog. Programs stream live at where they are archived there for 90 days.

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Catching up with blog posts for March and April

To be filled in with more detail…

Wednesday, March 8, International Women’s Day / Replay of my Dec. 19 speech at Cooper Union on “Trump and Women: The Three Horsemen of the Trumpocalypse” / Have predictions about Trump and women proven true? (news wrap-up). Stephanie Kolgaard of NWL announcement of upcoming demo at Federal Plaza “Tom Price: Hands Off Abortion and Birth Control”

Saturday, March 11–Feminist Film Festival showing of “She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry” at the Brooklyn Commons

Sunday, March 12–tribute to Aileen Hernandez (Two of her speeches and her obituary_

Sunday, March 19–Recordings of NWL Speakout at NYC Federal Office Building. To Tom Price: Hands Off Abortion and Birth Control / Tamara Wyndham shares story of what it was like for her to be a pregnant teen who didn’t know where to get an abortion / Frieda Werden Live on the Air speaking about the history of WINGS

Sunday, March 26–Recording of UN Women event at Cooper Union CWSA (Part 1)

April 2–Int’l Anti-Street Harassment Week (Live interview with Holly Kearly of Stop Street Harassment / Part 2 of Cooper Union U.N. Women event

April 9–Encore presentation: Stephanie Coontz interview: “A Strange Stirring”

April 16–Live interviews: Jessica Pieklo (Rewire) on Neil Gorsuch / Farah Diaz Tello on study on self-induced abortion

April 23–Feminist Poets Slam the Patriarchy (list poets)

April 30–Live interview with Erin Matson on Democrats backing off from abortion / Re-run of Cox interview on Identity Politics


Sun, March 5, 6-7 PM: WBAI fund drive show offers DVD “She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry” (the birth of the modern feminist movement) & the WBAI Feminist Film Festival (March 11)

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On Sunday, March 5, 6-7PM, as a tribute to Women’s History Month, we’ll be playing clips from and offering our listeners the DVD of “She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry” by Mary Dore and talking about the early days of the modern feminist movement. We’ll also be building for this Saturday’s Joy of Resistance event at the Brooklyn Commons: The Feminist Film Festival (see below)



On Saturday March 11 at 7 pm, the WBAI Feminist Film Festival will present the landmark feminist film: “She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry” followed by a discussion with the Director, Mary Dore, invited guests and the audience. The film is arguably the best film made to date on the birth of the modern women’s movement.

With multiple interviews and amazing archival footage, Dore presents the excitement, the issues (still relevant today), the actions, the humor, the internal conflicts–and more–of that time, in a breathtaking and energizing mix. One reviewer called it “blistering, informative, and wildly entertaining.” (Bernard Boo, Way Too Indie).

Perfect for Women’s History Monthwe are showing this film in the context of the recent feminist outpouring of 5 million+ people who marched globally in the January 21 “Women’s March on Washington.” In the discussion following the film, the audience and guests will address the question of “where do we go from here?”–using the film as a jumping off point.

Please come and be part of it and bring your friends, networks and family.With delicious food and drink available at the Commons Cafe available, you can make this into a Women’s History Month party. The Brooklyn Commons is at 388 Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn.

To make sure you get a seat, you can purchase a ticket at (see link below) but can also show up at the door. This is a benefit for WBAI. There is a $20.00 suggested admission, but no one will be turned away.

Link for tickets:

Link to facebook events page:

Link to film trailer:


More reviews:


Rachel Saltz, New York Times

Ms. Dore’s movie packs a lot in, taking us on a whirlwind tour of those early years, roughly 1966 to 1971. Here are consciousness-raising groups; the birth of the National Organization for Women; protests at the 1968 Miss America Pageant; marches; poetry readings; “Our Bodies, Ourselves”; snippets of “The David Frost Show” (“Why are you so sensitive?” he asks his feminist guests); schisms in the movement (race, class, the lesbian “Lavender Menace”); and discussions of abortion, child care, sex, work and motherhood.


Bernard Boo, Way Too Indie

Mary Dore’s portrait of the Women’s Liberation Movement, She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry, is blistering, informative, and wildly entertaining.


Richard Brody, The New Yorker

This stirring and informative documentary about the rise of the women’s movement in the United States, between 1966 and 1971, is an enticing blend of historical clips (most of them too brief) and interviews with many of the movement’s leaders. There’s a warm, wise, passionate glow to this look at what the director, Mary Dore, depicts as a great political success story.






Sun, Feb 5, 6-7 PM: Judge Neil Gorsuch & the right to abortion under a Trump Supreme Court; recorded historical pieces from the abortion rights movement

We’ll speak with reporters Jessica Mason Pieklo and Christine Cauterucci on the record of Judge Neil Gorsuch, just nominated to the Supreme Court by Donald Trump, on women’s rights; we’ll hear a clip of Terry O’Neill, President of the National Organization for Women, speaking at a demo on the steps of the Capitol in Washington, D.C. on Jan. 31, in response to the nomination.

We’ll intersperse our reports on the nomination and record of Neil Gorsuch with recorded pieces on the history of the struggle for abortion rights and women’s bodily autonomy. These will include:

1. The short play “Letters to Blackmun” from the larger play Words of Choice. Harry A. Blackman was the author or the historic Roe v Wade decision making abortion legal in 1973.

2. The recorded piece produced and narrated by Fran Luck: “A brief history of reproductive rights” produced for the Freedom Files series of WBAI

3. Voices from the Redstockings 1969 Speakout on abortion, when women risked arrest to tell of their abortions when abortion was illegal.

4. Sounds of the 1989 March on Washington for abortion rights, featuring Loretta Ross and others and ending with the voice of Flo Kennedy riffing on what she called the “fetus fetishists”