Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Monday, October 27, 2014: Gone Girl and Rape Myths

Examining The False Rape Narrative


Kate Raphael discusses Gillian Flynn's Gone Girl, and the blockbuster film based on the book. Is Flynn's portrayal of a serial rape fabricator a transgressive reversal of gender stereotypes or a promotion of dangerous sexist myths?

Violence against women is real. Gone Girl is a male fantasy of a woman's fantasy disturbingly created by a woman.

We also cover the San Francisco vigil demanding justice for Jennifer Laude, trans Filipina killed by a U.S. Marine.

Listen to the entire show. 59:50 min.

Also on today's show:
Fracking for the Cure?
BAD FEMINIST Roxane Gay


Monday, October 27, 2014: Fracking for the Cure?

Stop Empty Awareness


Then we talk with Karuna Jaggar, Executive Director of Breast Cancer Action, about the Susan B. Komen Foundation's latest deal with the devil: its partnership with the company Baker-Hughes, which makes tools for fracking oil and gas. The company painted 1000 of its drill bits Komen's signature pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month and donated $100,000 to Komen.

Komen is accepting money from the very source that causes breast cancer creating an insidious profit cycle. At least 25% of the chemicals used in fracking cause cancer. Breast Cancer Action takes a stand against the Komen Foundation's commercialization of breast cancer and outlines the ways in which the pink ribbon culture distracts from meaningful progress on breast cancer.

Who isn't aware of breast cancer? What is needed is funding for research into root causes, primary prevention and protection. What is needed is funding for treatments that focus on metastasis, treatments that are affordable and less toxic. What is needed is funding for low income cancer patients so that they may continue treatment and have other necessary services. Honor the diversity of women's experience with breast cancer. Care about women's full lives.

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

Also on today's show:
Gone Girl and Rape Myths
BAD FEMINIST Roxane Gay


Monday, October 27, 2014: BAD FEMINIST Roxane Gay

Wanting Equality for Women: Roxanne Gay Discusses her Essays and Writings

And Tara Dorabji interviews author Roxane Gay, about her new collection of essays, "Bad Feminist." Gay is also the author of the novel AN UNTAMED STATE and a frequent contributor to Salon, The Guardian and The New York Times Book Review.

"I don't mind men taking care of cars and trash."

Our bodies are still under legislative control. Women still don't have the same rights as men. Gay discusses the sanctity of choice and the physical and ecomomic consequences to pregnancy.

Gay writes and talks about what it means to depict sexual violence. She talks about rape culture and how necessary it is to ethically depict sexual violence and to stop exploiting rape for craven means. Listen to how she sees the world as a "bad feminist."


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Saturday, October 11, 2014

Monday, October 6, 2014 Show: Challenging Anti-Semitism and Internalized Oppression




This Monday we look  at an issue that affects us all;  how internalize oppression prevents us from healing and  keeps us from being the best activists we can be.  In her new book "Hope Into Practice : Jewish Women Choosing Justice Despite Our Fears," activist, author and teacher Penny Rosenwasser  shows how working through internalized oppression, we can link personal healing with social justice—enabling us to fight more effectively to change systems that are immoral and unfair. 

Penny Rosenwasser takes on the most explosive issues today—racism and anti-Semitism, victimization and privilege, and Jewish politics around Israel and Palestine and  makes the crucial point that Jewish liberation is interconnected with the liberation of all oppressed people, whether they are African-American, undocumented immigrants, queer or transgender, homeless, or Palestinian.   Join us on KPFA's women's Magazine on Monday October 6th from  1-2pm as we  talk with Penny Rosenwasser and find hope thru practice. 






We'll be offering Hope into Practice as a thank you gift for your pledge to KPFA during this hour. I hope many of you will donate to show your support for feminist programming and progressive, community-controlled radio.  But whether you can give or not, please don't miss this hour of great conversation and stirring footage.

Listen to entire show. 59:50 min.


Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Monday, September 29, 2014: The UC Anti-Apartheid Movement And The Legacy of Free Speech Movement

Graduate students and other demonstrators picketing outside Sproul 1964


Twenty years after the Free Speech Movement rocked Berkeley, the University of California, and eventually the culture, UC Berkeley exploded in passionate activism. Students and faculty joined the wave of campus anti-apartheid movements calling for divestment of university pension funds and endowments from South Africa. In 1986, the UC regents' vote to divest $13 billion from companies doing business in South Africa represented the largest single divestiture and may have helped to speed the end of the apartheid regime. This accomplishment was recognized by Nelson Mandela, during his 1990 speech in Oakland.

How did that student movement emerge, mobilize and achieve this historic victory? How was the Berkeley anti-apartheid movement influenced by the Free Speech Movement two decades earlier, and the women's movement which came between?

On a special Women's Magazine on the first day of our Refresh KPFA pledge drive, I explore those questions with then-student leaders Andrea Pritchett and Rita Himes and faculty activist Ruth Rosen, who was also involved in the Berkeley movements in the 1960s, especially the anti-war and feminist movements. We'll also listen to excerpts of the film, SOWETO TO BERKELEY, which tells the story of this extraordinary time on the Berkeley campus.

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We'll be offering SOWETO TO BERKELEY as a thank you gift for your pledge to KPFA during this hour. I hope many of you will donate to show your support for feminist programming and progressive, community-controlled radio.  But whether you can give or not, please don't miss this hour of great conversation and stirring footage.

Listen to entire show. 59:50 min.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Monday, September 22, 2014: Magnificent Matriarchy: Saving the Elephant

The State of the Elephant, an Archive of Ancient Wisdom


"Nobody needs ivory. Everyone needs elephants."
Val Ibarra speaks with some of the inspiring organizers of the Global March for Elephants & Rhinos happening on Saturday, October 4th, World Animal Day. Co-founder of the local group March for Elephants, Rosemary Alles, and Tamara Birdsall share the story of the Elephant, and why we need to & how we can save this keystone species and magnificent matriarchy.

Saturday, October 4th is World Animal Day, and in 85 cities around the world - including San Francisco - groups will be participating in the March for Elephants and Rhinos. In San Francisco meet at 10:30 AM at St. Mary's Square. Why? Because poaching illegal ivory and legal ivory manufacturing have put African elephants in danger of extinction within a decade! Rosemary Alles and Tamara Birdsall tell us the story of the Elephant, and why we need to & how we can save this keystone species and magnificent matriarchy. For more information and to sign petitions go to www.MarchforElephants.org and www.march4elephantsandrhinos.org

San Francisco March for Elephants and Rhinos march route

Listen now or Get MP3. 29:11 min.





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Monday, September 22, 2014: Magnificent Matriarchy: Women's music pioneer Tret Fure


Tret Fure


Kate Raphael interviews Tret Fure, one of the pioneers of women's music. Tret produced many records for Olivia Records in its heyday, including "Meg and Cris at Carnegie Hall." She also has 18 albums of her own, continues to write, perform and produce, and is president of Local 1000, the Traveling Musicians Union. She'll be in San Francisco for a concert on September 27. The concert is at Park Presidio United Methodist Church 4301 Geary Blvd at 8 PM. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door. Or call 415-751-4438.

Tret's newest album is A Piece of the Sky.




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Listen to entire show. 59:50 min.

Also on today's show.
Saving the Elephant