Monday, May 27, 2013

May 27, 2013: The Body Feminist

This Memorial Day, we consider whose "sacrifices for freedom" are acknowledged and valued in our culture.

First up, Kate Raphael speaks with Cynthia Enloe, research professor at Clark University and one of the foremost feminist scholars on militarism, masculinity and sexual violence.  Enloe discusses the recent revelations about who's running the sexual assault prevention programs in our military, and what "feminist questions" that should lead to.  Enloe is the author of thirteen books including Bananas, Beaches and Bases: Making Feminist Sense of International Politics; Maneuvers: The International Politics of Militarizing Women’s Lives and Nimo’s War, Emma’s War: Making Feminist Sense of the Iraq War. Her newest book (co-authored with feminist geographer Joni Seager) is: The Real State of America: Mapping the Myths and Truths about the United States.

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Arab women are frequently claimed as the beneficiaries of our current military enterprises, but this lens applies colonial definitions of Arab womanhood, says Rabab Abdulhadi, Professor of Ethnic Studies/Race and Resistance Studies at San Francisco State University.  Abdulhadi was one of the keynote speakers at the recent San Francisco Arab Women's Conference, an annual event hosted by the Arab Cultural and Community Center.  In this challenging and informative talk, she confronts the Islamophobia and Orientalism of some well-respected Western feminist icons, and cites stories of how Arab women are resisting both colonial and nationalistic efforts to control their image.  (unedited, 34:37)

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Kearny Street Workshop presents KSW Runway: Celebrate Your Body
Coming up this Friday night, May 31, at SomArts, KSW Runway: Celebrate Your Body is an alternative fashion and music show that pays tribute to the creativity and plurality of the Bay Area. For one night only, SOMArts’ Bay Gallery will be transformed into a street fair, replete with battling models, live performances, a DJ, pop-up food stalls, vendors, prizes, and surprise guests. Featured designers and stylists include 31 Rax, Bambie, Zuriel Bautista, Chartreuse, Kalakari, and Prince x Rose, while Dirty Boots, Little Sister, Cynthia Lin, and Micropixie rock out on the music stage. The Rice Rockettes, an all-Asian drag troupe, performs at intermission.
TJ Basa tells us about the origins of KSW Runway and the mission of Kearny Street Workshop, the oldest Asian Pacific American multimedia arts organization in the country.

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