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Feminist Coffee Hour Episode 36: Turned on with Dr. Kate Devlin (or Sexbots Part 3)

Posted in Editorials, Podcast Episodes on February 14th, 2019
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Turned on with Dr. Kate Devlin

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We interviewed Dr. Kate Devlin about her new book, “Turned On: Science, Sex and Robots” topics near and dear to our hearts.

Discussed on this show:

Turned On: Science, Sex and Robots by Dr. Kate Devlin on Bloomsbury Press

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Feminist Coffee Hour Episode 35: Dr. Susan Blaustein of Women Strong International

Posted in Editorials, Podcast Episodes on January 10th, 2019
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Dr. Susan Blaustein of Women Strong International

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We interviewed Dr. Susan Blaustein of Women Strong International.

Discussed on this show:

Women Strong International Executive Director Dr. Susan M. Blaustein Receives Asia Initiatives’ Ban Ki-moon Award for Women’s Empowerment

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2018 Year End Link Roundup

Posted in Editorials on December 31st, 2018
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As with 2017, my personal life is just fine. My son is healthy and growing, Adam and I make time for work and being together and personal projects. We went to a Families Belong Together March, and I met comedy writer Pat Cassels while bowling for abortion funds. I went to Elton John’s Farewell tour and had an amazing time and had my most viral tweet ever. Karen and I made 12 episodes of Feminist Coffee Hour, which I am so proud of.

I don’t have much to say about movies or music (though I loved The Shape of Water, and Blackkklansman) or tv (two of my favorites – Portlandia and The X-Files ended this year and I also watched a lot of baking shows and 90′s sci-fi.) But here’s some recommendations for some articles, podcasts and books:

In Case You Missed It

Judge finalizes $25 million Trump University settlement for students of ‘sham university’

Ivanka Trump tried to ‘bribe’ Planned Parenthood to stop performing abortions

Counter-Protesting at Abortion Clinics Is Actually Counterproductive

Point: A year after Charlottesville, the alt-right is in shambles

Counterpoint: The White Nationalists Are Winning

If Nike Is Serious About Oppression Against People of Color, They Should Pay Their Own Workers

Proud Boys Founder Gavin McInnes: ‘We Need More Violence from the Trump People’

Amtrak Hijacker Participated In Neo-Nazi Chats with Charlottesville Organizers

No Joke — Real Life

No Evidence New York Legislator Died from Flu Shot

How We Know Brett Kavanaugh Is Lying

When A Woman Is Raped In Rural Alaska, Does Anyone Care?

Dean Skelos, Ex-New York Senate Leader, Gets 4 Years and 3 Months in Prison

Fox News calls Donald Trump a dictator

The Deadly Incel Movement’s Absurd Pop Culture Roots

Anti-fascists were stabbed at a neo-Nazi rally. Then police tried to charge them

Jordan Peterson’s shocking remarks remind us how Nazi apologism has crept back into our political debate

Podcast Recommendations

Of course I think you should listen to my show, Feminist Coffee Hour. We even did a year-end wrap up with almost all positive news stories from 2018 – check it out!

Scam Wow – This show about great American scams is hilarious and informative.

The Dream This is a podcast about one of my obsessions: multi level marketing and why it’s evil.

The Shadows – a work of fiction from Kaitlin Prest. A soulful, haunting romance. I listened to it in November and I am still thinking about it.

Books

My Favorite Books of 2018

Rage Becomes Her by Soraya Chemaly

Failure is an Option by H. Jon Benjamin

The Road to Unfreedom

(((Semitism))): Being Jewish in America in the Age of Trump by Jonathan Weisman

Live Work Work Work Die: A Journey into the Savage Heart of Silicon Valley by Corey Pein

Song of A Captive Bird by Jasmin Darznik

Head On by John Scalzi

Invisible: The Forgotten Story of the Black Woman Lawyer Who Took Down America’s Most Powerful Mobster by Stephen L. Carter

Fantasyland: How America Went Haywire: A 500-Year History by Kurt Andersen

Cyberwar: How Russian Hackers and Trolls Helped Elect a President – What We Don’t, Can’t, and Do Know by Kathleen Hall Jamieson

Top books I read this year that were published in other years

Lock In

Cork Dork by Bianca Bosker

I Contain Multitudes by Ed Yong

RedShirts by John Scalzi

Uneasy Street: The Anxieties of Affluence by Rachel Sherman

You’ll Grow Our of It by Jessi Klein

Happy New Year! Here’s hoping for love, joy and peace to all in 2019.

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Feminist Coffee Hour Episode 34: 2018 Holiday Extravaganza

Posted in Editorials, Podcast Episodes on December 13th, 2018
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2018 Holiday Extravaganza

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Join us for a year end wrap up and our best wishes for a happy and wonderful holiday season.

We give updates on some of our previous guests and stories we discussed on the show as well as our Feminist Wish List and New Year’s Resolutions.

Discussed on this show:

UU Church wins solar panel lawsuit

Richard Carrier Loses His Lawsuit

Elon Musk’s War on Journalism, Unions, and Safety

Elon Musk | Philosophy Tube

Surly Amy’s Surly-ramics

Brooklyn Flavors

Two Photon Art

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This episode was edited by Brianna Carpenter.

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Feminist Coffee Hour Episode 33: Invisible with Professor Stephen Carter and Leah Carter

Posted in Editorials, Podcast Episodes on November 29th, 2018
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Invisible with Professor Stephen Carter and Leah Carter

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We interviewed Professor Stephen Carter and his daughter Leah Carter to talk about their new book, Invisible: The Forgotten Story of the Black Woman Lawyer Who Took Down America’s Most Powerful Mobster. The book is about Eunice Carter, Professor Carter’s grandmother.

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Feminist Coffee Hour Episode 32: Shitty Atheist Men (with Adam Lee)

Posted in Editorials, Podcast Episodes on October 18th, 2018
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Shitty Atheist Men (with Adam Lee)

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We interviewed Adam Lee to talk about feminism in the atheist movement, the shitty men who oppose it, and his new book.

Discussed on this show:

Feminist Coffee Hour Episode Four: Adam Lee, Objectivist Gender Roles and Paul Ryan

Richard Dawkins’ Reasonable and Proportionate Response to Criticism

This Firebrand Atheist Was Just Fired After Allegations Of Financial Conflicts And Sexual Assault

Leading atheist, accused of sexual misconduct, speaks out

Will Misogyny Bring Down The Atheist Movement?

He Became A Celebrity For Putting Science Before God. Now Lawrence Krauss Faces Allegations Of Sexual Misconduct.

University finds prominent astrophysicist Lawrence Krauss grabbed a woman’s breast

Why Is America’s Most Progressive Voting Block Often Overlooked?

Meta: On God, The Big Questions And The Just City (An Uncommon Exchange) by Andrew Murtagh and Adam Lee

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This episode was edited by Brianna Carpenter.

Our theme song is composed by Bridget Ellsworth, check out her sound cloud page!

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Feminist Coffee Hour Episode 30: On the Ground for the 2018 Midterms in Wisconsin with Rebecca Lynch

Posted in Editorials, Podcast Episodes on August 16th, 2018
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On the Ground for the 2018 Midterms in Wisconsin with Rebecca Lynch

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Rebecca Lynch returns to our podcast. She spoke to us from Wisconsin where she’s working with the Working Families Party to turn Wisconsin blue. We talked about Wisconsin and what’s going on with the midterm elections coming up this November nationwide.

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This episode was edited by Brianna Carpenter.

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Feminist Coffee Hour Episode 27: Kathryn Moeller and The Gender Effect

Posted in Editorials, Podcast Episodes on May 17th, 2018
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Kathryn Moeller and The Gender Effect

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We interviewed professor Kathryn Moeller about her new book, The Gender Effect: Capitalism, Feminism, and the Corporate Politics of Development.

Note: Yes, this interview was done in two sessions, one of which had much better sound quality. Sorry if this is distracting!

Discussed in this episode:

The Nike Foundation

The Girl Effect

Forging the Ideal Educated Girl: The Production of Desirable Subjects in Muslim South Asia by Shenila Khoja-Moolji

Unjust Conditions: Women’s Work and the Hidden Cost of Cash Transfer Programs by Tara Patricia Cookson

The Gender Effect at University of California Press

Buy The Gender Effect at Indie bound

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This episode was edited by Brianna Carpenter.

Our theme song is composed by Bridget Ellsworth, check out her sound cloud page!

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Feminist Coffee Hour Episode 24: Taking the DSM out of BDSM

Posted in Editorials, Podcast Episodes on February 13th, 2018
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Taking the DSM out of BDSM

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In time for Valentine’s Day and the release of Fifty Shades Freed, we interviewed psychologist Dr. Sarah Fraser about her dissertation “Taking The DSM out of BDSM: Sexuality, Personality, and Stereotypes of Psychopathology.” We talk about stereotypes, stigmas and popular representations of BDSM in popular culture and psychology.

Discussed in this episode:

Naked, Tied-Up Paul Ryan Tells Staff He Can’t Prepare For Debate Unless They Slap Him Harder

Ohio Lawmaker Who Backed Family Values Resigns Over ‘Inappropriate Behavior’

Jenny Trout novel series in response to 50 Shades

Bound

Sarah Fraser, Psy.D.

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This episode was edited by Brianna Carpenter.

Our theme song is composed by Bridget Ellsworth, check out her sound cloud page!

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2017 Link Roundup

Posted in Editorials on December 31st, 2017
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Like last year, I am not optimistic about the future of the United States. However, I’d still like to share these links with you.

Culture

RIP Rose Marie. Before she passed she gave this fantastic interview about her life, career and sexism in Hollywood.

If Cat Person made you want to read more short fiction, try this – “So Much Cooking” by Naomi Kritzer. It’s an apocalyptic story in the form of a cooking blog.

Queens Bookshop Initiative Opens Brick and Mortar Store

Mel Brooks, The Producers and the Ethics of Satire about N@zis

Surround Yourself with Books, Save Humanity

‘Gwyneth glows like a radioactive swan’ – my day at the Goop festival

Garfield creator Jim Davis finds “dog semen” theory hard to swallow

This Moment Isn’t (Just) About Sex. It’s Really About Work.

Politics

My favorite ad of the year. Feminist Circlejerk is now mainstream political discourse. Dana Nessel 2018.

Undercover With the Alt-Right

The Airport Bomber From Last Week You Never Heard About

Why you should stop telling people to “just adopt.” The ‘orphan’ I adopted from Uganda already had a family

This is darkly funny. The Convicted Con Artist Of The Winter White House

Even if you hate him, this is worth it. A Guide to Understanding Ben Garrison’s Political Cartoons

The Quiet, Revolutionary Act of Working at Planned Parenthood

Professor Jody Freeman on Trump’s “2 for 1” Executive Order

Stay Classy, Long Island Republicans! Long Island Village Clerk Says Women’s Marchers ‘Probably Should Have Been Aborted’

We should probably still keep an eye on this. Washington Post Trump Nominations Tracker.

If you want to know the history of those “In this house we believe Black Lives Matter, Women’s Rights are Human Rights, Love is Love, Science is Real, etc” signs – These Moms Are Inspiring Us To Spread Kindness, And You’ll Want To Be Part Of The Movement

Police shoot far more people than anyone realized, a VICE News investigation reveals

I spoke my mind on guns. Then my Senate confirmation was put on hold.

Inauguration Protesters Found Not Guilty On All Charges In Jury Trial

Good News

Teamsters Win 82 Day Strike at Clare Rose, Long Island’s Largest Beer Distributor

School bus driver hailed as “true hero” after bus bursts into flames

Dutch electric trains become 100% powered by wind energy

My Recommendations

Television
Lady Dynamite
The Defenders

Books

Warnings: Finding Cassandras to Stop Catastrophes by Richard A. Clarke, R.P. Eddy My favorite book of the year. An excellent piece of policy writing that attempts to create a model for thinking about the future. More than statistical forecasting, Clarke and Eddy want citizens and decision makers to think critically about possible disasters and act to avert them.

Antifa: The Anti-Fascist Handbook by Mark Bray This book fills in a lot of history I never got in school. They don’t tell you socialists and communists and anarchists have been fighting Nazis in the streets for decades in Europe. Because then they’d have to admit that sometimes communists are the good guys

On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century by Timothy Snyder Harrowing but necessary – if you liked that piece by Masha Gessen about autocracy, read this too. It’s quick and thought provoking.

Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America by Michael Eric Dyson An excellent read with the bonus of a list of books for further reading on the American Civil Rights movement.

A Crack in Creation: Gene Editing and the Unthinkable Power to Control Evolution by Jennifer A. Doudna, Samuel H. Sternberg I liked this book even though the science part wasn’t as clear to me as I hoped it would be and the policy suggestions were even more confused. (Doudna and Sternberg ignore the powerful politics of abortion while pretending that no one can know why stem cell research is so controversial.) However, it’s probably the best primer on an incredibly important topic that exists or will exist for a while.

Testosterone Rex: Myths of Sex, Science, and Society by Cordelia Fine In her followup to “Delusions of Gender,” Fine explains what the evidence shows testosterone is and isn’t capable of doing. A myth busting book you don’t need an advanced degree to understand. Fascinating.

See All Books I’ve Read in 2017

Happy New Year!

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