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

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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.

Interview with feminist pioneer Kathie Sarachild and National Women’s Liberation members Alex Leader and Nicole Hardin on “Busting the Myth of America.” Program aired on July 4, 2012.

Here is the complete interview I conducted with femnist pioneer Kathie Sarachild and National Womens Liberation members Alex Leader and Nicole Hardin on “Busting the Myth of America,” which JOR aired on July 4, 2012.