Sunday, Dec 4, 6-7 PM: “Identity Politics”, Feminism & the Election–guest: Susan Cox; excerpts from National Women’s Liberation post-election speak-out

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The above is a quote form an article by our guest, Susan Cox, from and article in, entitled: Women’s Issues Aren’t Just “Identity Politics.”

She will be our guest on Joy of Resistance this Sunday, in a far ranging discussion that will encompass the history and meanings of the term “identity politics”; how it has been used to belittle and trivialize women’s issues, including related historical incarnations such as the Communist movement’s labeling of feminism “bourgeois”–to the current left’s use of the tem “identity politics”–and why the structural nature of womnen’s oppression is much deeper than “identity.”

We will also be playing excerpts from the huge women’s meeting that took place in response to the election, on November 15 in answer to the call from National Women’s Liberation: “Women, let’s meet to organize the Resistance.”


Our show will also include feminist news and music

Thurs, June 30, 9-10 pm: Celebrating the SCOTUS decision on Whole Womens Health and understanding what it means

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On Thursday, June 30, we’ll take and in-depth look at Monday’s landmark Supreme Court decision on Whole Womens Health v Hellerstedt, which threw out TRAP laws, as constituting an “undue burden” on a woman’s constitutional right to access an abortion. The Court, ruled 5 to 3, that both the admitting privileges and surgical center requirements of Texas’ HB 2 law are unconstitutional. Twelve states currently have such laws.

TRAP laws impose medically unnecessary and exorbitantly expensive rules on clinics and have resulted in many closing, causing women seeking abortion to travel hundreds of miles.


The Court also threw out the part of HB-2 that demanded that doctors performing abortions have admitting privileges to a hospital within 30 miles of the clinic–a requirement usually impossible to comply with and medically unnecessary, as hospitals will admit patients to emergency rooms with or without an admitting physician.

We’ll discuss what this case will mean for the future of the right to aborion with Attorney Jessica Mason Pieklo, Vice President for Law and the Courts at Rewire.

The significance of Monday’s landmark Supreme Court decision is already being felt across the nation, giving women’s health advocates reason to hope that the concerted right-wing assault on reproductive rights has been “stopped in its tracks.”

More from the Supreme Court on Reproductive Rights: On Tuesday, the Court rejected appeals from Mississippi and Wisconsin seeking to put in place admitting-privilege restrictions similar to those struck down in Whole Women’s Health v. Hellerstedt. Mississippi’s law would have closed the lone abortion clinic in the state.

We will discuss where these rules csme from–who is behind them and what has been their purpose, with guests from the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health and National Women’s Liberation.

We’ll also look at how much remains to be done to provide safe, legal, accessible and affordable abortion services for all women who seek them.

In addition, we’ll play clips of recent events relating to the Hellerstedt decision as well as from the history of the reproductive rights movement–along with music of the movement.

Our Feminist News Headlines will include:

Reports on Whole Womens Health v Hellerstedt and related decisions following from it on Tuesday.

Voisine v U.S. : In a 6-2 decision, the Court ruled that reckless domestic assaults can be considered misdemeanor crimes to restrict gun ownership. The decision comes as a major victory for women’s rights and domestic violence advocacy groups.

The New York City Council unanimously decided on June 22 to fund the provision of menstrual supplies in all city public schools, prisons, and homeless shelters.


Note: Because of temporary problems with, some of the links above do not work.


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 ( ): “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 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.

Thurs, June 25, 9-10pm: Caroline Fredrickson, author: “Under the Bus: How Working Women Are Being Run Over”; Stephanie Huffaker (National Women’s Liberation): “THIS OPPRESSES WOMEN”–the 1969 vintage Redstockings sticker makes a comeback

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According to Caroline Fredrickson, author of the newly released “Under the Bus: How Working Women Are Being Run Over , the majority of the lowest paid and insecure jobs in the U.S. today are held by women–especially women of color. As income inequality grows, this ‘service sector’ is growing even faster. And while labor protection laws, such as overtime pay and equal pay for equal work, have been passed in the U.S. for over 100 years, they have been purposely crafted to not include these many women and minority workers.

During The New Deal, FDR traded away rights of domestic workers, farm workers and others in order to secure votes of southern Democrats for labor benefits that would accrue to white males. Today as a result, women holding low wage jobs, such as home health care aides, nannies, manicurists, housekeepers, waitresses, domestic workers, ‘independent contractors’, and ‘temps’, have zero worker protections and struggle in abject poverty and insecurity.

Women are 63% of minimum wage workers, 73% of tipped empoyees, 86% of personal care aides and 63% of part time workers. These sectors are predicted to grow, as jobs are further outsourced and the U.S. industrial base is further hollowed out.

While Cheryl Sandberg, Facebook CEO has written in her much sensationalized book on women and work: Lean In that women just have to “lean in” and be more aggressive about “asking for that raise” if they want to get ahead, Fredrickson provides poignant examples of another world in which a nanny or Walmart worker who asks for a raise–or day off to care for a sick child–is likely to be summarily fired.

In her last chapter, “Leaning Together”, Fredrickson recommends some of the reforms of a universal (not piecemeal) nature that need to be made to fix this shameful situation: getting rid of the exclusions to the New Deal that left so many out; extending benefits to workers in small businesses, temps and part time jobs; indexing the minimum wage to the cost of living; professionalizing the care industry; providing childcare and family leave–for starters.

The show will also feature an interview with Stephanie Huffaker, a member of National Women’s Liberation, the group behind the re-emergence of the vintage Redstockings 1969 sticker: “THIS OPPRESSES WOMEN” which has been making its appearance over the last week on sexist ads in New York City. One place it has appeared (see picture) is a breast augmentation/plastic surgery ad in subway cars that presents a woman looking unhappy with her “small breasts,” holding two tiny tomatoes over her chest and looking glum, next to a happy grinning version of herself holding two large melons to her chest; the ad announces that for just $3900, you can, apparently, cure this depressed condition (caused by ads like this!).

See below for THIS OPPRESSES WOMEN plastered on offensive NYC subway ad.

stickered breast implant ad

stickered breast implant ad

The show will also include feminist music and a wrap up of feminist news, including the latest attacks on abortion rights and legislation passed in New York State that will make it easier for women to report rapes on campus.


April 23, 9-10 PM: The Feminist Stake in SYRIZA & the rebellion against austerity; Hillary Clinton’s real record on abortion

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THERE IS A LOT AT STAKE FOR WOMEN around the world, as the new leftist Greek government, known as SYRIZA, challenges the European Union (European Commission, European Central Bank and International Monetary Fund) on the austerity policies it has imposed on the debtor countries of Europe. Under austerity policies, women take the biggest hit, as social services on which they and their children depend, are cut–and they are forced to compensate with additional unpaid labor.

On Thursday, April 23, 9-10 PM, we will speak with Elena Psarea, a member of the National Parliament of Greece as well as a member of the Central Committee of SYRIZA, and chair of the Secretariat of the Department of Feminist and Gender Politics of SYRIZA. We’ll be talking about The Feminist stake in SYRIZAespecially in light of possibility of the rebellion against the European Union spreading to countries, such as Spain, Ireland and Portugaland having an influence in the United States– and why “social wage” benefits are a necessary pre-requisite for women’s liberation.

We will discuss the points in SYRIZA’s Plan of Action that relate specifically to women, including women’s startling female unemployment rate (65%), women’s lack of health insurance, the history of the Greek feminist movement, the representation of women in the Greek Parliament and traditional sexist attitudes in Greek society.

In our second segment we’ll be speaking with Erin Matson, author of a popular feminist blog and former Action Vice President of the National Organization for Women, about Hillary Clinton’s actual record on reproductive rights.

The show will also include our Worldwide Feminist News Headlines.

Thurs, March 26, 9-10pm: Terry O’Neill on the Republican budget & women–Kathie Sarachild on studying Women’s Liberation history to move forward

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Part 1: The Republican-controlled Congress is on a tear to tear up what little there is of the American safety net and their budget proposal directly attacks many of the programs on which women depend.

Terry O’Neill, President of the National Organization for Women will join us to talk about the Republican Budget and Women.

Part 2: Women’s History itself is the subject of the 2nd part of our last show during Women’s History Month: An interview with legendary feminist pioneer Kathie Sarachild. From her 1975 landmark essay The Power of History (Feminist Revolution), which focused on the erasure from history of the pioneers of the early-second-wave Women’s Liberation Movement and their replacement by liberal media-chosen ‘stars’–to current examples of how the knowledge of authentic women’s history and the strategies developed by early radical feminist groups are helping today’s young activists of National Women’s Liberation achieve important victories. A “DON’T MISS!” interview!

January 29, 9-10pm–How does street harassment intersect with race? Plus LIVE music/spoken word by Mahina Movement

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On Thursday, January 29, 9-10 PM, Joy of Resistance will celebrate the end of the first month of the new year with a special treat–LIVE music and spoken word by the phenomenal 3-woman trio Mahina Movement –much of it relating to women’s experiences of street harassment. Allison Guttu, founder of the Women of Color Caucus of National Women’s Liberation and a former member of the pioneer anti-street harassment group: the Street Harassment Project (SHP) will also be live-in-the-studio and we’ll be talking about intersections of street harassment of women, and race.

The topic of race and street harassment recently got much attention, when hollaback, a group that fights street harassment, produced a video that purported to show a “day in the life” of a woman harassed on city streets by men–and all of the harassers shown in the video were Black men or other men of color! We’ll give concrete examples of how The Street Harassment Project tackled issues around racism that arose in the in the course of fighting street harassment.

We’ll also have feminist news headlines and announcements of feminist actions.

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News Stories and Links for Feminist News Round-up, January 29 Show

“March for Life” held up for 30 minutes by Stop Patriarchy on Roe Anniversary! Links with great pics of confrontation

Last Thursday, Jan 22, the 42nd anniversary of Roe v Wade, a day when Christian fundamentalists march, unopposed, by the 100’s of thousands in Washington DC–Stop Patriarchy, and others, blocked the “March for Life”, and surrounded by police, held it up for 30 minutes while holding huge signs of women who have died of illegal abortions. There were 7 arrests. You can see pictures of the confrontation, which was NOT picked up by mainstream media– through link below.

Mandatory Ultrasounds Proposed in Republican Congress

Shortly after House Republicans had to cancel a vote on Jan. 22, of an anti-abortion bill that some Republican women senators found to be too extreme, GOP congressmen introduced three new abortion restrictions, including one that would require women to receive an ultrasound procedure before an abortion.

The mandatory ultrasound bill, compels women to “receive an ultrasound and the opportunity to review the ultrasound before giving informed consent to receive an abortion.”

One of the other bills prohibits federal education funds from going to schools with access to an abortion provider on campus, and the other requires states to report information on Medicaid payments to abortion providers.

Nearly half of U.S. states have passed some kind of mandatory ultrasound bill, but political backlash in some of those states has been significant. For instance in Pennsylvania, where former Gov. Tom Corbett sparked national outrage when he defended the state’s mandatory ultrasound bill by telling women, “You just have to close your eyes.” Corbett was not re-elected.

Among Women in Unions, Gender Gap Narrows Significantly

The National Women’s Law Center (NWLC) has released an analysis of statistics from the Bureau of Labor Statistics showing that the gender wage gap, that discriminates against women–among union members–is 40 percent smaller than for non-union workers.

According to Joan Entmacher, VP for Family Economic Security (NWLC): “Today’s data show that union membership boosts wages for all workers—but especially for women,” “But last year the rate of union membership for women was flat. To promote equal pay for women, it’s time for lawmakers to stop the attacks on unions—and strengthen workers’ rights to organize.”

Among union women, Latinas experience particularly high financial benefits, making 46 % more than Latina non-union workers. African American women union members typically make 34 percent more than they would if they were non-union workers

SYRIZA Win in Greece, Significant for Feminists

SYRIZA, a coalition of left parties in Greece that is opposed to the austerity policies of the European Union–under which Greece has been plunged into poverty with a 25% unemployment rate and social services discontinued–has come to power in Greece. Although it will be an uphill battle to get all of their program implemented in the face of possible economic retaliation from the European Central Bank, their 40 point plan includes much that would, if implemented, improve the lives of women. Points include: support for single family households, increasing the public sector (unions, etc) and equal salaries for men and women. It is known that under austerity policies, women suffer the most, including, but not limited to: losing what gains they have made in public sector jobs, such as teaching and losing childcare services.

Marissa Alexander out of jail; Mandatory Minimum Sentencing Works Against Women Who Defend Themselves

Supporters of Marissa Alexander in the U.S. and all around the world are overjoyed that she has been released from jail after serving 3 years behind bars for defending her life. In 2010, Alexander, a black mother of three from Jacksonville, Florida, was forced to defend her life from a life-threatening attack by her estranged husband by firing a single warning shot that caused no injuries. State Prosecutor Angela Corey prosecuted Alexander, pursuing a 60 year mandatory minimum sentence. In November, Alexander accepted a plea deal that included time served of nearly 3 yearsand 2 years of probation while under home detention. Her time behind bars is now over.

In California, a prison study found that 93 percent of women who had killed their significant others had been abused by them. and that 67 percent reported that they had been attempting to protect themselves or their children when they wound up killing their partner. According to Rita Smith, executive director of the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence: “Most battered women who kill in self-defense end up in prison. There is a well-documented bias against women [in these cases]. Black wmn more likely to do real time–white wmn to get probation.

Mandatory minimum sentences, under which Marissa Alexander was sentenced, mandate that particular situations of women defending themselves against abuse not be taken into account in sentencing.–criminalization.html

Femicide in Argentina and Around the World is Growing Phenomenon

On average, 21 adolescent girls in Argentina are victims of femicides every year, a growing phenomenon linked to domestic violence on the part of current or ex-boyfriends and husbands. But in the case of Argentina, some independent reports, such as one by the local non-governmental organisation La Casa del Encuentro, have begun to make it clear that not only are there more gender-motivated killings, but the number of victims under 18 is increasing. The local statistics are in line with a global tendency. The World Health Organisation (WHO) reports that three out of 10 adolescent girls suffer violence at the hands of their boyfriends. On her Facebook page, “Acción Respeto: por una calle sin acoso” (Operation Respect: for harassment-free streets), Veronica Lemi talked about an aggressive, sexist culture” whose worst expression is femicide.

And that is part of a much longer story that we urge you to follow on the links provided on our blog site (repeat)

TV Show in Peru Shows Men Sexually Harassing Their Own Mothers-in-Disguise–and the Mothers’ Response!

A TV show in Peru has captured the moment unwitting men have been caught wolf-whistling their own mothers.

The experiment took two mothers, whose sons were identified as repeat cat-callers, and disguised them using make-up, wigs and clothes. The women then women walked past their sons to gauge their reaction.

In the video, one of the mothers gets so angry, she tells off her son and hits him with her pocketbook.

In the second case, the mother, wearing a green dress, walks past her son, who calls her ‘piggy’. She then calls his name before taking off her wig and confronting her son, hitting him with her hairpiece.

She tells her son to he should be ashamed of himself, as he pleads with his mother to quiet down, as he is working. He then tries to claim he didn’t make the remark and it was a man in a nearby car, but he eventually apologizes, before his mother walks off.

The video ends with a warning saying men should start respecting women before they unwittingly harass their own mothers!

It comes after the video claims that seven in 10 women say they have experienced sexual harassment on the streets of the Peruvian capital Lima