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.

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Thurs, March 31, 9-10pm–a Mini-CR on-the-air, with National Women’s Liberation: What goes into women’s decisions to have or not have children? If we do have children, does our society support us?

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In February and March of 2016The New York Chapter of National Women’s Liberation held CR (Consciousness Raising) meetings, where women testified, from their own experience, on what factors have determined–or will determine–whether or not they have children. Those who have had children testified on whether/how that experience changed their views.

Some of the testifiers will be live in the studio and some on the phone, for a “mini-CR on-the-air”–as well as talk about the conclusions they reached through looking at these questions in depth.

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We’ll also look at how our society supports or does not support these parenting decisions and the “Social Wage” programs that women in many other countries have, such as (Single Payer National Healthcare, free or low-cost Childcare and Paid Parental Leave).

Lastly, we’ll discuss the Zika virus and current instructions being given to women by governments, the U.N. and healthcare workers, about whether/when to become pregnant .

Here is the complete list of questions that were brought to these meetings and will be addressed on this show:

1. What are our reasons for wanting children, if/when we wanted them. (Whether we had them, didn’t, or are still planning to.) Reasons for not wanting them?

If we had them, did our thinking about this change after we had them? If we didn’t have them, did our thinking change?

2. Additional question for those who have done parenting work: When does this work feel like an individual responsibility? When does it feel like a collective (community, society wide,national) responsibility?

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In the latter part of the show, we will be taking listener phone calls on these topics at (718) 780-8888.

We’ll also present our worldwide feminist news headlines and topical music.

 

Thursday, September 3, 9-10 pm, A Consciousness-raising session on “femininity training”

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On Thursday, September 3, 9-10 PM, Joy of Resistance proudly presents a Consciousness Raising (CR) session. Five women, ranging in age from 22 through 70, and from family backgrounds as varied as Equadorian, Mexican, Colombian and East European/Jewish, answered, from their own experience, the question “How were you trained into “femininity” and “how to be a woman” in your familiy of origin?”

Recorded live at the studios of WBAI this past July, this presentation is part of JOR’s attempt to bring this critical practice in building the feminist movement, to a new generation.

About Consciousness Raising…

Consciousness-raising is a practice that built the feminist movement in the late 60’s and 70’s, when women formed CR groups throughout the country to share the truth of their lives, and often build actions on what they learned. Consciousnes- raising sessions were also broadcast live on the air on WBAI during this time.

Quoting Carol Hanisch, writing in On the Issues ( http://tinyurl.com/puzspmt ): “It (CR) has its roots in the 1930’s practice in China of “speak pains to recall pains” or speaking bitterness to get to the root of collective problems. This practice was used in Chinese movements including the Chinese Cultural Revolution of the 1960s. CR also takes off fro an adaptation of the Civil Rights Movement‘s “Tell it like it is,” a practice of Blacks testifying as to their specific experiences with racism, in churches or other organizing spots, to get sharper and deeper on the conditions they faced as well as the aim they should take in making change.

CR is a way to study our own lives as women, to use our experiences as data. We compare and contrast our experiences and draw conclusions so we can get closer to the truth about what is making us feel the way we do and act the way we do.”

The way it works…

According to Allison Guttu, who has led CR groups with the Women of Color Caucus of National Women’s Liberation: “The way it works is that participating women answer one question, each speaking from her own experience as a woman. After all who want to have a chance to speak, we draw conclusions, sum up and investigate what we’ve all testified about. Conclusions are the most important part – the scientific part. Often there will be commonalities between our experiences. We will think about those commonalities and ask “who benefits from this? Who is gaining? Who is suffering?” And in this way we use these conclusions to get a deeper understanding of our oppression as a group and in turn how best to fight this oppression.”

And from the Carol Hanisch article quoted above: “Consciousness-raising as a deliberate program was sparked in a New York Radical Women meeting early in 1968…In the autumn of 1968, Kathie Sarachild (a member of NYRW), wrote up A Program for Feminist Consciousness-Raising (which can be found at Redstockings.org) to distribute at the first national women’s liberation conference at Lake Villa near Chicago over Thanksgiving weekend. It initially received a mixed reception, but before long, even groups that had previously disparaged consciousness-raising as “therapy” or “navel-gazing” began to take it up. Consciousness-Raising swept the country, with groups in every major city and many smaller towns.

Conclusions drawn in these groups were used to write such insightful and influential papers as Pat Mainardi’s The Politics of Housework,Irene Peslikis’ Resistances to Consciousness, Shulamith Firestone’s Women Rap about Sex, Anne Koedt’s The Myth of the Vaginal Orgasm, Ellen Willis’s Women and the Myth of Consumerism, and my article,The Personal Is Political—to mention only a very few. Such theory did not spring up in isolation. It came from months of weekly meetings where both strong feelings of unity from shared experience and lively, sometime heated, disagreements abounded. Actions—large and small—also resulted from these discussions. For example, I got the idea for the 1968 Miss America Protest in a consciousness-raising group.”

CR is not a thing of the past and is being practiced today by such groups as National Women’s Liberation, Women of Color Caucus (of National Women’s Liberation) and Gainesville Women’s Liberation. Most recently (2012-14) it was used by National Women’s Liberation in their fight to get the Morning After Pill (MAP) available over the counter and without a prescription, as women shared experiences of needing the morning after pill and not being able to easily access it. This led to many of the actions that contributed to the victory of MAP now being accessible without a prescription and over the counter in pharmacies n the U.S.

This program will also include a Feminist News Roundup.