Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Monday, May 20, 2019: Fund Drive: The Stonewall Era - Before, During and After

"The Hairpin Drop Heard Round the World"

Jovelyn Richards host of The Space Between Us features the amazing Stonewall retrospective that Corinne Smith and others pulled together from Pacifica archival tape. Listen to the voices of people who were at the Stonewall 70 years ago when the bar was raided by a group of cops called the Moral Squad. But this night the drag queens, gay men and lesbians fought back.

In the next part of the show Jovelyn talks with Carol Leigh and Erica Elena about the San Francisco Bay Area Sex Worker Film and Arts Festival May 23-26. The movie marathon will be at the Roxie Theater on Saturday, May 25th. Check out the website for other events during the week.

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

Friday, May 17, 2019

Monday, May 13, 2019: Fund Drive Special: Socialist Feminism Past, Present and Future

Two weeks ago, the Socialist Feminist Working Group of Philadelphia DSA hosted a gathering of 200 leftist feminists from all over the U.S.  It was the first explicitly socialist feminist national convergence in this country since 1975, when more than 1500 women gathered in Yellow Springs, Ohio for the first National Socialist Feminist Conference. Is socialist feminism making a comeback? As recent events concerning the International Socialist Organization and Worker's World Party illustrate, it is certainly badly needed.

For May, 2019, KPFA Women's Magazine is excited to bring you a selection of interviews Lisa Dettmer and Kate Raphael conducted on Socialist Feminism in February of this year. Included in this sampling are authors Elana Dykewomon (Beyond the Pale), Helen Zia (Last Boat Out of Shanghai),  Tithi Bhattacharya (Feminism for the 99%; she was also the keynote speaker at the recent Philly conference), Zilla Eisenstein (The Audacity of Races and Genders), educator Lois Helmbold and activist Leslie Cagan.  They discuss the Yellow Springs conference, the resurgence of DSA, real and perceived splits between "socialists" (presumed male) and "feminists" (presumed bourgeois and white) and how women are organizing now toward a socialist future. (We'll be doing more of these interviews in the coming months.)

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

We are offering the entire interviews -- more than five hours, plus two hours of archival material from the 1975 conference (the Third World panel and Lesbian panel) as a thank you gift for your donation of $75 or more to KPFA.  It's a great way to support Women's Magazine and community radio, and to keep our radical feminist herstory alive.

Call 1-800-439-5732, 1-800-HEY-KPFA (handy mnemonic) or donate securely online at www.kpfa.org and ask for the Socialist Feminist Pack.

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Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Monday, May 6, 2018: Comics Diane Amos and Lisa Geduldig

Lisa Geduldig
Diane Amos
Then we lighten it up with comics Diane Amos, a mom and grandmother (and the internationally renowned Pine Sol Lady), and Lisa Geduldig, an honorary Jewish mother. They'll be performing Thursday night at Ashkenaz, along with comic moms Emily van Dyke, Karinda Dobbins and Brandi Brandes.

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

Also on today's show:
Writers Grace Talusan and Nayomi Munaweera
Author Jenny Brown

Comedy at Ashkenaz! Mother’s Day Comedy Show
Thursday, May 9, 2019
8:00 PM  9:30 PM

Doors at 7:30 pm; Show at 8:00 pm
Tickets are $15 - $20 Sliding Scale

Don't forget to Donate to KPFA during the Spring 2019 Fund Raiser that starts next Tuesday.

Monday, May 6, 2018: Jenny Brown talks about Birth Strike

As people around the country prepare to celebrate Mother's Day, we contemplate the reality that U.S. women are having fewer children than ever before. What are the social conditions and personal decisions leading to this development, and how does it change our concepts of family and even of womanhood?

Next we speak with Jenny Brown, organizer with National Women's Liberation and author of Birth Strike: The Hidden Fight Over Women's Work. "By some measures our birth rate is the lowest it has ever been.  With little access to childcare, family leave, health care, and with insufficient male participation, U.S. women are conducting a spontaneous birth strike," says Jenny Brown on her Birth Strike Blog. The Birth Strike has four demands: national health care, universal childcare, paid parental leave and shorter working hours.

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

Also on today's show:
Writers Grace Talusan and Nayomi Munaweera
Comics Diane Amos and Lisa Geduldig

Monday, May 6, 2018: Four Non-Moms (and one who is)

As people around the country prepare to celebrate Mother's Day, we contemplate the reality that U.S. women are having fewer children than ever before. What are the social conditions and personal decisions leading to this development, and how does it change our concepts of family and even of womanhood?

Nayomi Munaweera

Grace Talusan
(Photo by Alonso Nichols)
Last weekend Kate Raphael caught up with Grace Talusan and Nayomi Munaweera at the Bay Area Book Festival. Nayomi Munaweera is the author of Island of a Thousand Mirrors and What Lies Between Us and Grace Talusan is the author of The Body Papers. Grace and Nayomi talk about how and why they chose to be child free and the positive ways that decision has impacted their lives.

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

Also on today's show:
Author Jenny Brown
Comics Diane Amos and Lisa Geduldig

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Monday, April 29, 2019: Kimberle Crenshaw, Kenyette Barnes and Margo Okazawa-Rey - Misogynoir and sexual abuse of Black Women

Two recent true-crime docu-series about the sexual abuse by well-known singers have rocked the mainstream world. HBO's "Leaving Neverland" about Michael Jackson and Lifetime's "Surviving R. Kelly" about acclaimed singer and producer R Kelly are causing another round of contentious debate in this time of #MeToo. Despite the revelations and decades-long public discussions of the alleged abuses of these two popular cultural giants, the documentaries seem finally to be breaking through the denial of the last 25 years. But even so, there is resistance to hold the two accountable. This is partly because of Jackson and Kelly's beloved status and partly because of the country's history of lynchings and incarceration of black men based on transgressions fabricated by white women. This history is further complicated by the fraught history of white feminists failing to include race and racism centrally in their analyses of sexual violence. Both factors complicate accusations against black men. So today Lisa Dettmer presents the views of three black feminist women who have have been working to address the denial of abuse in the black community and who discuss how white supremacy and Misogynoir can help prevent this abuse of black women by black men from getting the attention it deserves.

In the first half of the show we will hear clips from a new podcast called "Intersectionality Matters" by renowned feminist and legal scholar Kimberle Crenshaw who talks with #MuteRKelly co-founder Kenyette Barnes about her movement to expose R Kelly’s serial abuse of Black women and girls.

And then in the second half of the show renowned scholar, activist, and author Margo Okazawa-Rey talks to legal scholar and activist Kimberlé Crenshaw about how to understand and address the complex problem of sexual abuse and related trauma in black communities.

Kimberlé Crenshaw, is professor of Law at UCLA and Columbia Law School, and is a leading authority in the area of Civil Rights, Black feminist legal theory, and race, racism and the law. Her work has been foundational in Critical Race Theory and Intersectionality. And she is the co-founder of the African American Policy Forum (AAPF), a think tank that works to dismantle structural inequality. Margo Okazawa-Rey is Barbara Lee Distinguished Chair in Women's Leadership and Professor of Race, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and of Public Policy at Mills College. She also is one of the original members of the Combahee River Collective.

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

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Monday, April 22, 2109: Nell Painter and Who Gets to be Seen As an Artist?

In today's program Kate Raphael speaks with two powerful African American artists. First is an interview with Nell Painter. In the next segment we hear from Jovelyn Richards.

Nell Painter, a prominent historian and author of the New York Times Bestseller, The History of White People, didn't do what many people do when they retire. At 64, after retiring from Princeton University, she entered art school, receiving a BFA from Mason Goss School of Art at Rutgers, and then heading to the prestigious Rhode Island School of Design for an MFA in painting. There, she developed a new appreciation for formalism, while coming to terms with the fact that age was the defining element of how her young classmates saw - or didn't see - her.  She'll be speaking at the upcoming Bay Area Book Festival about her memoir, Old In Art School, a National Critics’ Circle Award Finalist, and about her understanding of how race, gender and age affect who gets to be called an artist.  She'll also be joining a panel on The Legacy of Adrienne Rich and the Shape of Our Feminist Future.

Today is Earth Day and National Poetry Month. The show begins with a reading of the poem "Rise" by Kathy Jetñil-Kijiner and Aka Niviâna. Continue listening for a recording by Adrienne Rich after the first interview. Click here to listen to the entire show. 59:50 min 

Also on today's show:
Jovelyn Richards