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Me on the Radio

I am going to be interviewed on feminist radio and have been asked to provide topics I’d like to discuss.  The format is sort of casual, just back and forth discussion, and programs are an hour long.  I’ve provided my list of proposed topics, but thought I’d ask you women what you might want to hear me talk about.

Hold forth.  🙂




19 thoughts on “Me on the Radio

  1. Well.

    How about we know what they’ve already done, say in the past 10 shows, and what your proposed list comprises? That way we aren’t shooting in the dark.

    Although, off-hand, I’d say I’d like to hear a discussion on:

    Where have all the feminists gone, and why do we have to keep re-creating this; as in, does anyone know who Lorraine Rothman is but her closest friends? A woman who shocked everyone with her radical gynecology ideas, when today, a radical gynecology idea is getting your labia carved.

    Posted by Sis | October 5, 2007, 5:37 am
  2. Sis, good idea, I was also thinking of a program on “guerilla gynecology” per Rothman.

    Their thoughts were to do a program on an article I’ve written for oob. I suggested a program on the “comfort women” (on my mind right now), the Iranian women’s movement, internet attacks on female bloggers, transgender, my presidential bid.

    Posted by womensspace | October 5, 2007, 5:50 am
  3. I’d like to hear the program to understand the format. One hour seems awfully long for one interviewee and one topic.

    Posted by Sis | October 5, 2007, 6:24 am
  4. Yeah, I should actually listen to a program as well, huh. I will get all of the information and post it so you women can give your thoughts.

    Posted by womensspace | October 5, 2007, 1:32 pm
  5. Yes , I think understanding our own history. Treasuring our own heroines, and how men subvert that. Emphasising the importance, of each new generation of girls being taught, both at school and through media, what great women like Lorraine Rothman have achieved for them, so many women don’t know.

    Bias in the media is important. Institutions like the BBC who show endless historical documentaries of men’s lives, from kings to pirates.
    Yet I have never seen one on the warrior Queen Aethelflaed, Grace o Malley or Qeen Nzinger. To name but a tip of a very big ice burg.

    Posted by helzeph | October 5, 2007, 1:59 pm
  6. What I would like to hear discussed is the supposed “Mommy Wars” and why women aren’t supporting each other’s choices. It seems to have become an ideological battle that is dividing women instead of bringing us together.

    While I don’t have a dog in that particular hunt, it would still be interesting to explore feminism in that context since it is supposed to be about women making choices.



    Posted by thailandchani | October 5, 2007, 3:02 pm
  7. Here is a link to some of the women interviewed for the “F Files,” or “Feminist Files” in the past.

    I think I’m going to be talking about several different things during my alotted hour, not just one; the producer has lots of ideas (and so do you women, thanks!)

    Posted by womensspace | October 5, 2007, 3:55 pm
  8. (Again, so sorry about Chloe, Cheryl.)

    I know that per your own perspective, I’m always really interested when I hear you talk on your own feminist history, on where you’ve been and where you’ve landed, as well as on the transitions/intersections between women coming out of fundie community and into feminist community. I find that very unique about you, and given the current cultural climate, find your words on that transition/process pretty darn valuable and also pretty unique. I think that can also easily be tied into “Mommy Wars” stuff, which I agree, is a particularly sneaky way women are being divided right now.

    Posted by Heather | October 5, 2007, 4:45 pm
  9. I think you should talk about whatever most grabs your interest at the moment. That will surely be something feminist but also very much current.

    That said, something got my attention the other day: recent surveys of Americans’ “happiness” have found a shift over the past three decades. Before, women tended to be slightly happier than men and men were doing more of the things they disliked. Now, men appear to have more leisure time, to do fewer tasks they dislike, and are scoring a bit happier than women.

    I don’t know why this is, but I think it may have something to do with women entering the workforce and working long hours at paying jobs but not getting the corresponding break in work at home. Men are not stepping up at home in significant ways, so the workload increases on women. Add to this the increase in elder care which also is falling to women, and I think you have a pretty bleak picture of women trying to be everything to everyone who needs them. Gender roles have not changed to accomodate the changing realities of how much time women have to do what’s important to them.

    I think it’s going to take a lot of time to change that.

    Posted by twitch | October 5, 2007, 4:54 pm
  10. The historical aspect interests me too, and that can range around quite a bit, not only gyne. Why does what we do disappear, even when we have had herstory for some time now. Why do we think women are not qualified for highest public office? We must think they aren’t; few women will vote for women. Apparently women voted in record breaking numbers in the next to last American election, the percentage exceeded male voters. But they voted Republican.

    Posted by Sis | October 5, 2007, 5:00 pm
  11. Happiness shift over the last three decades: That would be the 1980s, 90s and 2000s and would correspond roughly to the backlash against women. Before it, the 70s, when women were happier, would be the heyday of the Women’s Liberation Movement. I really think it had an effect as feminism was in the air in those days, at least where I lived, and had a salutary effect on women feminist and nonfeminist alike.

    Posted by Branjor | October 5, 2007, 5:31 pm
  12. The differences between the “waves” of feminism, transgender and Michfest, comfort women, how women are under attack on their own blogs. In other words, pretty much everything you’ve likely already thought of.

    Posted by anna | October 5, 2007, 11:23 pm
  13. This is terrific news. I just got lost over at the F-files for a while. I look forward to listening to your interview.
    Its neat that you should ask your readers for opinions on what topics to talk about, I was just telling a friend about how I’d like to hear more of your own story, how did you get to where you are, from where you started? I’m especially interested in how being excommunicated affected you. Anyway, I am sure that whatever you end up discussing will be compelling. I think its all very exciting.


    Posted by Hazel | October 6, 2007, 4:12 am
  14. Great news Heart.

    All good suggestions for topics, I think ‘comfort’ women (and rape as the ‘spoils’ of war, women getting raped by all sides).

    The herstory, and why we have to keep ‘rediscovering’ feminism.

    Are you able to get a recording of the programme, and put it online?

    Posted by CrankyCrone | October 7, 2007, 8:58 am
  15. Congrats, Heart! 🙂 I know the host of the F-Files a bit, and she’s wonderful. (We’re both members of a local feminist group and were at a potluck together over the summer, but I haven’t seen or spoken to her since – though I keep meaning to email!) I’ve listened to several of the shows online.

    I don’t have any new topic suggestions, but I like all the ones mentioned so far, especially Michfest, your presidential bid, “Where have all the feminists gone?”, and Internet attacks on female bloggers.

    CrankyCrone, almost all of the F-Files’s shows are archived after they air live (on Wednesdays, at 11 am).

    Posted by Eeni B. Bella | October 8, 2007, 5:23 pm
  16. Thanks for the link. The Feminist Files has tons of interesting interviews up already. I’m looking forward to listening to them. Can you let us know when yours goes up?

    Oh, and I’m sure whatever you decide (or decided) to talk about will be great. One of these days I’d like to see someone talk about how feminist voices are silenced by others or marginalized right out of the media, sometimes, as with the recent attacks, even in the name of “freedom.”

    Posted by Gayle | October 8, 2007, 6:53 pm
  17. Heart, you should definitely tie in herstory in general, and your own feminist herstory specifically, with your presidential campaign.

    Do let us know when the interview will be airing/streamed.

    Posted by archcrone | October 8, 2007, 10:07 pm
  18. Yes, i’d love to hear the interview, or at least hear about it, Heart.

    Posted by secondwaver | October 9, 2007, 11:39 am
  19. I’ve listened to most of the show’s on the F-Files. Jackie is really awesome and seems easy to talk to.

    If you haven’t already done the show—

    what I find really interesting is also your thoughts on religion, women in religion, anything related to that subject. Like, should one use the bible or other religious texts to make a case for women’s rights, or is it not worth arguing using these texts and perhaps religious beliefs aren’t worth being debated at all. What advice would you give to women *right now* who are perhaps struggling with whether or not to “come out” of their religion? What about with a woman who is NOT a fundie but wants to be friends with one (who may or may not change)?

    I could go on, but I’m sure you can think of more.

    Maybe commenting on why the GLBT movement is not good for women and has come to totally replace (and erase) lesbian feminism.

    And if you have any thoughts on bridging that gap that divides women, well, I’m always interested in hearing that discussed.

    Good luck! You’ll do great! (or have done great! 🙂 ).

    Posted by Laur | October 15, 2007, 11:08 pm

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