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.
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
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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