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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Thurs, June 9, 9-10 pm: Three groundbreaking panels on gender and sexuality at Left Forum 2016; Sonia Pressman Fuentes on historic moment of first woman nominee for President

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At  Left Forum 2016  (May 28 & 29th), Joy of Resistance recorded 3 ground-breaking and controversial panels on gender & sexuality. We’ll be playing excerpts from these panels on tonight’s show and on our show on June 23.

We’ll begin with our Feminist News Headlines and a brief tribute to Nanette Rainone , who was pioneer feminist broadcaster at WBAI in the 1970’s, who died on May 23.

We’ll then speak with Sonia Pressman Fuentes , the first woman attorney in the Office of the General Counsel at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (starting in 1965) and who was instrumental in the founding of the National Organization for Women . She has been a feminist organizer for most of her 87 years and we’ll share her reaction to the first woman presidential nominee of a major political party–in the 240 year history of the United States!

After that, we’ll present excerpts from 3 Left Forum panels presented on May 28 & 29 at Left Forum 2016.

LEFT FORUM PANELS on Gender and Sexuality

1) Feminists Against Prostitution as a Tool of Imperialism Promoting Sexualized Racism

Women of Color–Asian, South Pacific and Indigenous–from a number of organizations including Asian Women Coalition Ending Prostitution (ASWEP) and Coalition Against Trafficking in Women (CATW) weigh in on the fierce worldwide debate over “prostitution” vs “sex work” / decriminalization including of pimps and johns) –vs– “The Nordic Model” , which offers women “exit strategies” and criminalizes pimps/johns, while decriminalizing the women. The panel traces both the historical and current connections between today’s worldwide sex industry and the colonization of native peoples and shows that most women in the sex industry are women of color forced into prostitution for economic reasons (rejecting the “sex-work-as-women’s empowerment” model).

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2) Warrior Sisters Self Defense

Warrior Sisters is a group dedicated to ending systemic male violence against women and draws inspiration from the “Gulabi Gang” , or “Pink Sari” women, a grassroots women-led movement fighting male violence against women in India. Through self defense lessons and discussion, Warrior Sisters works to “build a culture of resistance and empower women as a collective force”. They have chapters in many cities and are currently giving free self-defense/feminism classes in the Bronx.

3) Deconstructing Gender under Male Supremacy

A left critique of the Gender Identity Framework. The four panelists are: Kathy Scarbrough, a neuro-scientist  and feminist activist, Samantha Berg, a linguist and  anti-prostitution activist, Kara Dansky, an attorney and author-activist and Penny White, a psychologist and the mother of a shild who “almost transitioned”, offer a critique of current trans ideology and how it is affecting language, law, culture and feminist activism, as well as individuals, familes and women-as-a-group

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