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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

http://pix11.com/2016/07/21/tampon-tax-officially-eliminated-in-new-york/

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

http://www.alternet.org/election-2016/trump-ally-urges-revoking-voting-rights-poor-and-certain-women?utm_content=bufferf594a&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

Most men think sexism is over

http://motto.time.com/4458998/men-sexism-over-pew-study/

Feminists see impeachment of Dilma Roussef as Sexist and discriminatory

https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2016/jul/05/in-brazil-women-are-fighting-against-the-sexist-impeachment-of-dilma-rousseff?CMP=share_btn_fb

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

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.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

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

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

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!

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(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.

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

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(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.

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

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 (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.

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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.

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).

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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

 

 

 

 

 

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