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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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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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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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Feminist Coffee Hour Episode 20: Self Care In The Age of Trump

Posted in Editorials, Podcast Episodes on October 12th, 2017
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Self Care In The Age Of Trump

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How are you doing? We check in with each other and share our favorite ways to take care of ourselves, and how we like to help others. Also some podcast updates!

Discussed in this episode:

Stumbling Stones

Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson

Equal Justice Initiative

The Memorial To Peace and Justice

Hope in the Dark by Rebecca Solnit

Lindsay Ellis – “Mel Brooks, The Producers and the Ethics of Satire about N@zis”

“We aim to try!” is a quotation from Reno 911!

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Feminist Coffee Hour Podcast Episode 19: Anastasia Bodnar, GMOs, and Gendered Food Panic

Posted in Editorials, Podcast Episodes on September 21st, 2017
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Anastasia Bodnar, GMOs, and Gendered Food Panic

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We interviewed Anastasia Bodnar of Biofortified to talk about the Science March, GMOs and the way food panics target women in general and mothers specifically.

Discussed in this episode:

Anastasia’s blog

Genetically Modified Foods Revisited

North Carolina Hog Farms Spray Manure Around Black Communities; Residents Fight Back

Popular Remington 700 rifle linked to potentially deadly defect

Panic Free GMOs by Nathaniel Johnson – Grist

Genetically Modified Broccoli Shrieks Benefits At Shopper

Farmworker Justice: Pesticide Safety

Millennials want more facts about their food

Science Moms Documentary

Bottled Up

Senate confirms Perdue as agriculture secretary

5 Sketchy Facts About Trump’s Pick for USDA Chief

Sociology of the March for Science

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Saturday Night Live is Entertainment. Do Not Take Tina Fey’s Cake Sketch Seriously.

Posted in Editorials, Videos on August 18th, 2017
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I’ve written before about how Saturday Night Live’s politics are maybe not as liberal as you think, in their choice to have Donald Trump host the show during the Republican primary and to blunt criticism of his racism.

I want to talk now about a sketch in which Tina Fey encourages people to eat cake instead of protesting Nazis.

Heather Heyer is dead but cake is delicious.

Saturday Night Live is what Jon Stewart insists he is: entertainment, not political commentary. However, many people, including people I respect and love look to it for analysis and catharsis. (My alternative suggestion – The Majority Report with Sam Seder. It’s funny but also provides in depth information.) If you like SNL because it’s funny, great! But if you watch it for political commentary, you need to know this: Lorne Michaels doesn’t want the show to be liberal (or conservative). He wants it to appeal to all Americans, and he’s aiming for the middle. He said so during an interview with Marc Maron in 2015.

So with that in mind, let’s think about how this cake sketch meets that standard. On one hand liberals can see themselves in Tina Fey, angry, righteous, feeling helpless. And conservatives can laugh at the paranoid liberal chick getting fat because she doesn’t like that someone challenged her PC notions. And the “middle” if there is one, can feel good about doing nothing. Because that’s what Tina Fey is saying here, she’s affirming complacency and inaction, as long as there’s some guilt mixed in, it’s ok. She’s telling people to channel their outrage into self indulgence. As entertainment, it’s funny. But as praxis, it’s terrible. Now, I’m all for self care. So here’s what I propose instead:

Feminist Coffee Hour Episode 18: School Based Health Centers and Girls Inc

Posted in Editorials, Podcast Episodes on June 8th, 2017
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School Based Health Centers and Girls Inc

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We interviewed our friend Robin who works in a school based health center and the awesome nonprofit Girls Inc.

Discussed in this episode:

School Based Health Centers

Girls, Inc.

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Feminist Coffee Hour 17: Lindsay Beyerstein’s Care in Chaos

Posted in Editorials, Podcast Episodes on May 25th, 2017
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Lindsay Beyerstein’s Care in Chaos

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We interviewed Lindsay Beyerstein about her upcoming documentary “Care in Chaos” which is the story of two abortion clinics in red states and how their relationships with police impact access to reproductive healthcare.

Discussed in this episode:

Rewire

Tape Reveals Nixon’s Views On Abortion

Lindsay’s new podcast, The Breach

Lindsay Beyerstein on Twitter

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Feminist Coffee Hour Episode 16: Voices Of The Resistance

Posted in Editorials, Podcast Episodes on May 11th, 2017
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Voices Of The Resistance

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Greetings listeners, it’s been a while, but we are back!

In this episode hear interviews Karen did at the Women’s March.

Discussed in this episode:

‘Learning Curve’ as Rick Perry Pursues a Job He Initially Misunderstood

Science Is For Everyone

Neil deGrasse Tyson: When Science Becomes A Partisan Issue, It Is The Beginning Of The End Of Informed Democracy

What Do I Say When I Call My Representative?

The 65

The Women’s March Take Action Page

The Congressional Docket

Find Your Community Board

New York State Independent Democratic Conference

Our Interview with Rebecca Lynch

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Conservatives are the OLD Punk Rock

Posted in Editorials on February 27th, 2017
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I balk when I see tweets about conservatives being the new punk rock just because people vehemently hate Milo Yiannopoulos for being a *fashionable* blowhard. This is because I associate punk with my rebellion against fascistic tendencies and I associate the alt right with shitty old nazis who just so happen not to carry the SES association with rednecks. But today, my “shuffle all” played 7 Seconds and I realized how much I cling to the good and put aside the bad in my memories of the punk rock I loved in my youth. As a tween and teen, I clung to bands like 7 Seconds because they had the edge and the energy I loved about punk, but they also created space for me. With feminist 101 songs like “Not Just Boys Fun” and lines like “fuck big business, church and war/that’s not what we’re fighting for” in “Definite Choice,” I had music to get me fired up for the political work and to comfort me in times when I felt like maybe I was the crazy one and I should just conform. The flip side of that realization of how fucking great 7 Seconds was, is that there was SO MUCH that was garbage.

I remember the first time I listened to Nevermind the Bollocks, Here’s the Sex Pistols and thought Bodies was an incomprehensible story of abortion stigma. Is the problem that she was poor? “A case of insanity”? That she was a “no-one who killed her baby”? Was the transgression supposed in the graphic gorey descriptions? If so, then the purity ring wearing indoctrinated tweens outside clinics who carry signs bearing gorey images of god knows what are as punk rock as the Pistols. I did not find it to be progressive or transgressive, and I didn’t have the language or discourse of the problematic fav so I just had to live with my cognitive dissonance and continue to call punk progressive while knowing it could be weirdly conservative. Bodies is downright milquetoast compared to what I heard as I got into hardcore and oi!

I remember smiling while my at-the-time boyfriend and his bestie listened to “Politically Incorrect” by Combat 84 not quite ironically enough to justify their smirks at “Equal opportunity?! What about my fucking opportunities?!” (also lol, this line basically sums up the entire argument of conservative transgression). Yes, for every kid with a SHARP patch, there was a kid with an 88 patch (or the little patch with a no symbol over the SHARP logo because I guess graphic design for nazis died in the 40s); for every Kathleen Hanna there was a Fat Mike; for every “Jesus was a Communist,” there’s a really bizarrely high number of white dudes trying to convince you that Screwdriver is just really great punk music if you can put aside the white power shit. As a kid I had a lot of trouble navigating whether or not some kid I was meeting was gonna say some outrageously dehumanizing shit about Jews without noticing (or maybe intentionally because they did notice) that I’m Jewish.

At that time, I had to dig to find Team Dresch or Bitch and Animal (ok, does anti-folk count as punk? I don’t know, don’t @ me) to express that queer anger I had inside me, an anger that was definitely not acceptable to a lot of the traditional-gender-role-loving hardcore scene. Punk rock and queercore is now a huge part, if not the dominating genre, of punk. Thanks in part to band like MEN and Gravy Train!!!, we have bands like PWR BTTM being featured in the New York Times. The new punk rock is a glittering queermo paradise, not some fucking punch bait dude with a frog pin talking about how he’s *technically* not a member of the KKK.