Sun, Sept 10, 6-7 PM: Betsy DeVos & campus rape; live CR hosted by NWL; Part 1 of tribute to Kate Millett

Joy of Resistance is heard on Sundays, 6-7 PM on WBAI Radio, 99.5 FM (EST), streams at wbai.org Follow us on twitter at @joyofresistance Email at jor@wbai.org Donate to WBAI at give2wbai.org

Joy of Resistance will present 3 segments:

1) Betsy DeVos, Donald Trump’s Secretary of Education, has announced that she will revoke Obama Administration guidelines on dealing with sexual assault on campus. We will interview Professor Caroline Heldman of Occidental College, one of the founders of End Rape on Campus (EROC) , an advocacy group for survivors of rape. Many studies confirm that approximately 1 in 5 women experiences some form of sexual assault while at college and that less than 2% of men on campus who are accused of rape are expelled or experience any other form of justice. Women’s rights and survivor organizations, such as EROC have worked for years to pressure college/university administrations for more stringent anti-rape policies, and have pushed for enforcement of these under Title 9, which mandates equality of education. This advocacy resulted in the Obama Administration issuing guidelines for making college administrations more responsive to victims–but there have been objections that there were not enough protections for the accused.

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2) National Women’s Liberation (NWL) has called for a day of organizing feminist consciousness raising (CR) groups on Sunday, September 10 as part of building a feminist movement based on the real lives and experiences of women. As part of that effort, Joy of Resistance will feature a mini-CR on-the-air. Women will answer two questions: “Have you ever felt like a sex object?” and “Have you ever felt invisible?” Stephanie Kollgaard, an organizer with NWL, will lead the CR.

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3) On Wednesday, Sept. 6, Kate Millett, an important feminist thinker of the modern era of feminism, whose book “Sexual Politics” (1970) helped to define the landscape of early second wave feminism died in Paris. Joy of Resistance will present Part 1 of a 2 Part series Kate Millet, her life, work and the movement of which she was a part. You will hear Millett ca 1976 speaking on a number of issues and Sheila Jeffreys speaking on why Sexual Politics was such an important work.

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Sun, Sept 3, 6-7 PM: Labor Day Eve Special on women & the Labor Movement, featuring music of that movement; interview w/Anne Hedgepeth of AAUW on Trump erasure of labor stats on women’s/minority pay

Joy of Resistance is heard on Sundays, 6-7 PM on WBAI Radio, 99.5 FM (EST), streams at wbai.org Follow us on twitter at @joyofresistance Email at jor@wbai.org Donate to WBAI at give2wbai.org

On Labor Day Eve, JOR will be honoring the relationship between the advancement of women and the Labor movement. We’ll be playing lots of great music about women and work (see blow for playlist), talking about women in the Labor Movement and looking at the current issues women workers face.

We’ll also have an interview with Anne Hedgepeth, Vice President for Public Policy and Government Relations at American Association of University Women (AAUW)–about this week’s move by Donald Trump to make it harder to address the gender pay gap.

Trump has just revoked an Obama-era provision mandating collection of data on employee salaries, and tracking salaries in relation to race and sex. Nixing this provision will make it harder to end pay discrimination, because if you don’t have the facts, you can’t solve the problem–or even prove that it exists!

At the beginning of the show we will present our International Feminist News Segment.

The music playlist will include:

We Were There (written by Bev Grant; sung by Bev Grant and the Brooklyn Women’s Chorus

9 to 5 (sung by Dolly Parton)

Bread and Roses (sung by Joan Baez and Mimi Farina)

Union Maid (sung by Billy Bragg band)

Bread and Roses (sung by Judy Gorman)

 

Sunday, August 27, 6-7 PM: Joy of Resistance presents “PROMISE AND BETRAYAL, VOICES FROM THE STRUGGLE FOR WOMEN’S EMANCIPATION, 1776-1920”–A Play by Carol Hanisch

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Celebrate the 97th Anniversary of women winning the right to vote on August 26, 1920–as well as the 169th Anniversary of the Seneca Falls Convention of 1848 which started the women’s rights movement in in the U.S.–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). The play presents the arguments between the abolitionists and feminists of the previously united movement that resulted from having to make this terrible choice. Many of the activists took surprising positions; some advocating that the vote for Black men be granted immediately and others wanting the movement to hold out for Universal Suffrage. We also see the racism, sexism and class elitism that came out in this 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. As part of the play, Grant performs the song for the first time. 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 right wing 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 excerpts from the passionate discussion that took place in the WBAI studios, after the performance, between the playwright and the actors (many of them also activists). In this discussion, Maretta Short questions why the author left out, in the condensed radio version presented, parts of her play that described discrimination against Black women within the suffragist movement. The discussants then debate the meaning and relevance 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.

TWO ABOLITIONIST AND FEMINIST NEWSPAPERS OF THE PERIOD

The North Star, edited by Frederick Douglas and Martin Delaney. The masthead of the anti-slavery newspaper was: “Right is of no sex. Truth is of No Color”

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

CREDITS

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

THE CAST

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

 

Sunday, August 20, 6-7 PM: Is the ‘manosphere’ a ‘gateway drug’ to White Nationalsm? Guests: Loretta Ross, Matthew Lyons

Joy of Resistance is heard on Sundays, 6-7 PM on WBAI Radio, 99.5 FM (EST), streams at wbai.org Follow uson twitter at @joyofresistance Email at jor@wbai.org Donate to WBAI at give2wbai.org

When the “Unite the Right” Nazi-style rally was held in Charlottesville last weekend (August 15/16), on Friday night, as the event kicked off, people all over the world saw on their TV screens a suprisingly well-organized and disciplined demonstration of 500 men (and a few women) wearing identical uniforms and carrying torches as they marched in double file, chanting in unison their white supremacist and anti-semitic slogans. It was a scene reminiscent of, and no doubt inspired by, the tradition of “spectacle” that was used as a tool of building the Nazi Party in Germany. Many watching, taken by surprise at the level of organization, asked “Who are these people? Where did they come from?”

On this show, we will explore what some writers and researchers are claiming to be a causal relationship between the current “Men’s Rights Movement,” or “manosphere” (on the internet) and the rise of White Nationalism in this country over the last few years.

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MGTOW (figure on left, above) stands for “Men Going Their Own Way”, one of the prominent groups in the “manosphere”

Our guests will be Loretta Ross, a founder of Sistersong: A Woman of Color Reproductive Justice Collective and a co-creator of the concept of “reproductive justice”. She is also a long-time analyst of White Nationalism. We will also interview Matthew Lyons, who recently wrote “The Alt Right Hates Women as As Much as it Hates People of Colour” (The Guardian), who will break down for us the how the strain of misogyny of the alt right differs from that of the Christian right. We’ll also be reading from a number of texts exploring these ideas.

In addition we’ll have our international feminst news segment, which wil cover domestic stories such as the recent Texas law mandating insurance no longer cover abortion and international stories on advances for women in Nepal, Tunisia, Jordan, Saudi Arabia and the UK.

Background:

The recruitment of young men into the White Nationalist cause over the internet has been going on for at least a decade. Many men were attracted, at first, to the transgressive culture of sites like 4chan, where “anything goes” and the most sadistic fantasies could be shared and joined in by other men. Often self-described “beta males”–those who could not get women to have sex with them–nurtured a hatred of women that festered and interacted with other strands of misogyny, such as the PUA (pick up artist) “movement” that sees women as inferior prey to be tricked or raped into sex. Such sites became incubators of no-holds-barred misogyny and often their internet talk moved off-screen to terrorize specific “offending” women (usually feminist writers)–outing their addresses, threatening them with rape or other violence and even stalking them. Manosphere participants in these outrages justified them by portraying feminism as the cause of the misery in men’s lives!

Journalist Aja Romano wrote in a Vox article in 2016 (just after the election): “While it’s true that the (alt right) movement is most frequently described in terms of explicit white supremacy… for many of its members, the “gateway drug” that led them to join it in the first place wasn’t racist rhetoric but rather sexism: extreme misogyny evolving from male bonding gone haywire.”

In the anonymous world of the internet, any fantasy, no matter how ugly or sadistic could be shared without consequence. A toxic mixture of insecurity, misogyny, racism and anti-semitic conspiracy theory, along with a need for rebellion, excitement and a sense of power in a society of shrinking possibilities and tightening controls, combined with the never-absent core of racism and sexism in U.S. society, to form a toxic stew that was ripe for manipulation by a rising right wing.

The “Men’s Rights Movement,” which, decades earlier, had had both anti- and pro-feminist wings, cohered into a vehemently misogynist movement, where “beta men” fumed about the “bitches” who wouldn’t sleep with them. It was’t much of a stretch to go from this virulent anti-feminism to a world view in which feminism was seen as a “threat to Western Civilization.”

Angela Nagle, in her underground best-seller, “Kill All Normies: Online Culture Wars from 4chan and tumblr to Trump and the alt-Right,” cites “cross-pollination between the “manosphere” and the alt-right”. She is backed up by others who trace this history:

Siyanda Mohutsima has written: “Young men came to these online groups for tips on picking up girls andme out believing that it was up to them to save Western civilization.”

David Futrelle, who hosts the manosphere-critical site We Hunted the Wooley Mammoth, writes: “They weren’t fighting for the right to look at boobs in videogames any more, but fighting against ‘white genocide.” and “They came to learn to pick up girls and wound up feeling they were going to save civilization itself.”

Many of the leaders of Unite the Right, such as Christopher Cantwell and Kevin McGinnis were active in “men’s rights” before they became figures on the white nationalist scene.

We will explore this recent history in more detail on our Sunday’s show. Please join us for a thought-provoking hour.

 

 

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”

Joy of Resistance is heard on Sundays, 6-7 PM on WBAI Radio, 99.5 FM (EST), streams at wbai.org Follow uson twitter at @joyofresistance Email at jor@wbai.org Donate to WBAI at give2wbai.org

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

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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

OUR SECOND BOOK OFFERING IS:

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.

https://www.give2wbai.org/ProductDetails.asp?ProductCode=OB0827-Su17 https://www.give2wbai.org/ProductDetails.asp?ProductCode=OB0828-Su17 https://www.give2wbai.org/ProductDetails.asp?ProductCode=PB0683-SU17

THANK YOU FOR SUPPORTING WBAI–AND FEMINIST RADIO!

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

Joy of Resistance is heard on Sundays, 6-7 PM on WBAI Radio, 99.5 FM (EST), streams at wbai.org Follow uson twitter at @joyofresistance Email at jor@wbai.org Donate to WBAI at give2wbai.org

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