Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Monday, September 12, 2016: Changing Our Concept of Masculinity

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The Violent Construction of Masculinity

This Monday, September 12, Women's Magazine features two cutting-edge documentaries by men challenging masculine violence by examining how our cultural construction of masculinity pressures boys and men to be aggressive and suppress any feelings but anger.  No one exemplifies this more than Donald Trump, says Thomas Keith, in his new film, THE EMPATHY GAP: Masculinity and the Courage to Change.  Keith gives a nuanced reading of the interplay between racist and sexist stereotyping in U.S. popular culture and offers evidence-based solutions. 

Educator Jackson Katz points out that "Gender" issues are considered "women's issues," just as "race" is assumed to be a problem about people of color and "sexual orientation" is only discussed in relation to LGB people. "It's as if people of the dominant culture have no race, gender or sexual orientation," he says.  In “TOUGH GUISE 2,” he proposes a radically different approach to gender violence, foregrounding and challenging the ways that boys are taught to be men.

Kate Raphael and Lisa Dettmer present excerpts from and discuss these powerful documentaries.

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Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Labor Day 2016 on KPFA Women's Magazine: Black Women Leading the Labor Movement

Black Women Leading the Labor Movement

"And Still I Rise is a part of The Black Worker Initiative, a bold and exciting new effort launched by the Institute for Policy Studies, which is deeply committed to helping achieve both the historic and contemporary aims of the labor and civil rights movements."

This Labor Day on Women's Magazine, we speak with Robin Williams, Director of Civil Rights and Community Action for the United Food & Commercial Workers International Union.  Williams joined UFCW as an 18-year-old Safeway worker with a new baby, and has become one of its key organizers.  She is one of 27 Black women labor leaders profiled in And Still I Rise: Black Women Labor Leaders, a report from the Black Worker Initiative of the Institute for Policy Studies.

"If I'm not making a difference then I don't want to be there." Robin Williams

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Dancing to End Violence Against Women

Monday, September 5, 2016: Labor Day on KPFA Women's Magazine: Dancing to End Violence Against Women

Dancing to End Violence Against Women

In this segment we talk with choreographer Jo Kreiter, whose Flyaway Productions, takes on violence against women with a new aerial dance based on murder ballads entitled Grace and Delia Are Gone. The site-specific dance will be performed at Fort Mason’s Firehouse from September 22 – October 2. Click here for tickets to Grace and Delia Are Gone. Or call 415-672-4111.

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Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Monday, August 29, 2016: Women's Magazine examines how race and class influence sexual assault cases?

Recently widespread outrage has erupted over the bias and leniency in court decisions involving rape and the general acceptance and prevalence of violence against women.  In California, a judge's decision to give a white former Stanford University swimmer an unusually lenient  six-month jail sentence for sexually assaulting an unconscious Stanford student sparked a campaign to have him removed after the victims stomach churning impact statement went viral.  The outrage of women has succeed in forcing Judge Aaron Persky to give up his docket of criminal cases. This is just one of the many cases of sexual assault that women have been protesting in the media garnering widespread attention and also raising the issue of how race and class influences sexual assault decisions.  

Another incident which Black feminists have taken the lead in debating is the alleged sexual assault by actor and director Nate Parker 17 years ago, which came to the attention of the media  after his recent remarks about the victims suicide while promoting his new film "Birth of Nation" about the 1831 slave rebellion led by Nat Turner, a film which had been destined for an Oscar.  Today we talk about that case and how class and race intersect with issues of sexual assault  with African American Lesbian Feminist filmmaker and writer  Aishah Shahidah Simmons. Simmons directed the groundbreaking film “No! The Rape Documentary.” Check out Aisha's Vimeo channel at https://vimeo.com/afrolez. Also see Afrolezproductions.com for more information and discussions about rape.

Click here to listen to entire show. 59:50 min

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Monday, August 22, 2016: Rethinking Sexism, Gender, and Sexuality

What if schools were places where children could explore their identities and passions without worrying about gender roles? This question and more are addressed in today's show.

"Whenever you teach oppression you have to teach resistance."

Educators Jody Sokolower, Liza Gesuden, Candice Valenzuela and AJ Jennings discuss methods and opportunities for introducing conversations and curricula about sexism, patriarchy, intersectionality, gender identity and sexuality with kids from preschool to high school.  The four women are all among the 50+ contributors to a new anthology from Rethinking Schools.  The book and the interviews are chock-full of information and ideas that will be helpful to teachers, parents, students, relatives and friends of young people all over this country.

Click here to listen to entire show. 59:50 min

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Monday, August 15, 2016: Pornography, Sexuality and Femisnists

Gail Dines talks about the violence of pornography

The mainstream has become increasingly outspoken about the increasingly violent and ubiquitous 97 billion dollar Pornography industry which makes more than the top tech companies combined with 3 billion made annually on child porn. Time Magazine's recent cover story “Porn and the Threat to Virility” examines how men who watched porn as children and teenagers have started a movement against porn. But ironically within the feminist community there are some feminists who defend pornography and attack the voices of radical anti porn activists. Today, we will hear a talk by anti-porn activist and scholar Gail Dines, professor of Sociology and Women's Studies at Wheelock College, and author of "Pornland: How Porn has Hijacked our Sexuality."

In a talk titled "From the Personal Is Political to the Personal is Personal: Neo-Liberalism and the Defanging of Feminism." Gail Dines, explores how mainstream feminism has lost its way by fighting for the individual rights of a small group of elite white women instead of the collective liberation of all women. Dines argues that some third wave feminism offers a pseudo-empowerment to women who conform to the narrow standards of femininity set by porn culture. She calls for a feminism that is unapologetically fierce in its commitment to radical social change.

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Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Monday, August 8, 2016: SHOUT THEIR NAMES Town Hall

This week, Women’s Magazine features excerpts from SHOUT THEIR NAMES, a Town Hall held at the Eastside Arts Alliance in Oakland on July 31st 2016. In response to preventable and tragic deaths, advocates at the California Coalition for Women Prisoners (CCWP) held this Town Hall to call attention to the ongoing crisis occurring at California Institution for Women (CIW). The program features an overview of the situation at CIW and comments from the families of several women who have born the brutal impact of the crisis.

Dear Community,
In response to another preventable and tragic death, advocates at the California Coalition for Women Prisoners (CCWP) are reaching out to ally organizations in the Bay to call further attention to the ongoing crisis occurring at California Institution for Women (CIW). CIW is at 130 percent capacity and has a suicide rate that is 8 times the national average for people in women’s prisons, and 5 times the rate for all California prisons.  We will be holding a Town Hall on Sunday, July 31st at the Eastside Arts Alliance in Oakland and want to invite your organization to endorse and be part of it.

The injustice and conditions of abuse and violence at CIW are happening inside and outside of prison walls across the country. Too often, lives are being lost to state violence and the majority of lives stolen are Black and Brown, queer and transgender. At CIW, people are dying as a result of direct neglect by cops, and from medical and mental health neglect. Outside, women are being killed by police. In 2013, Kayla Moore, a Black trans woman was killed by the Berkeley police in her home. On May 19, 2016, a Black woman named Jessica Nelson Williams was killed by San Francisco police in the Bayview neighborhood. There are no shortage of examples of punishing people and communities who have survived generations of racism, sexism, homophobia and transphobia with policing, incarceration and neglect.

Just a few weeks ago Shaylene Graves, a 27 year old Black woman, died from this state violence. She was six weeks away from her release. Before Shaylene, Erika Rocha committed suicide. Erika was 35 years old and had been incarcerated for 21 years. She was one day away from her Youth Parole Hearing. Last November, five people at the CCWF women’s prison were physically abused, sexually harassed and placed in solitary confinement by prison guards. They are planning to bring a suit against the CDCR.

Legal advocates with CCWP are working with and supporting survivors inside and family members outside to get much needed attention and support to those suffering behind these walls. We are reaching out to you because more needs to be done.

We hope that the Town Hall Meeting on Sunday, July 31st, 2016 from 3-5pm at the East Side Arts Alliance can help us connect these struggles and bring more attention to the ongoing crisis at CIW. We hope that you will endorse the event, share the information with your networks and come to Eastside Arts Alliance on July 31st. To endorse the town hall, please email info@womenprisoners.org.

Join us in demanding justice for Shaylene, Erika and all lives stolen by the CDCR and the police. BRING OUR LOVED ONES HOME ALIVE!

In Solidarity,

California Coalition for Women Prisoners

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This program was recorded by Mary Salome and Emily Charles of Queer in Your Ear Productions. For the full recording of the Town Hall go to: https://soundcloud.com/queer-in-your-ear

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