Today we show our support for women as we ask you to show your support for Interchange. We’ll hear clips that highlight the fight for women’s rights in the country where 77% percent of women polled will not identify as feminist but believe men and women should be equal socially, politically and economically.
Those are 2013 poll numbers but I can’t imagine they’ve changed for the better.
It’s the last Tuesday of Women’s History Month and so we decided to share some clips from past shows which focus primarily on feminists and Feminism.
Let’s set the tone on Emma Goldman’s terms (and I’ll quickly note that Goldman is our topic next time on Interchange). She is principally known as an anarchist, and the person, along with Alexander Berkman, J Edgar Hoover claimed to be the most dangerous anarchist in America. Perhaps it doesn’t need saying but I will say it anyway, she was also a feminist, and as Lynn Farrow has said, feminism practices what anarchism preaches. This is from the 1910 essay “The Tragedy of Woman’s Emancipation”:
The general social antagonism which has taken hold of our entire public life today, brought about through the force of opposing and contradictory interests, will crumble to pieces when the reorganization of our social life, based upon the principles of economic justice, shall have become a reality.
Peace or harmony between the sexes and individuals does not necessarily depend on a superficial equalization of human beings; nor does it call for the elimination of individual traits and peculiarities. The problem that confronts us today, and which the nearest future is to solve, is how to be one’s self and yet in oneness with others, to feel deeply with all human beings and still retain one’s own characteristic qualities. This seems to me to be the basis upon which the mass and the individual, the true democrat and the true individuality, man and woman, can meet without antagonism and opposition.
Thank you, Emma Goldman. Of course this USA continues to be rife with social antagonism, and the clips we’ll play today show the ways women have fought to expose the structural nature of that antagonism in an oppressive male supremacist society.
Our opening song, “Tgif,” was off of the 1972 album Papa Don’t Lay that Shit On Me by The Chicago Women’s Liberation Rock Band featuring Le Tigre. I love that one. Sorry for the infantilizing bleeping FCC restrictions for radio play.
We’ll hear selections from these programs:
Eliding History: Jill Lepore On Telling Stories
Women and Children First: The Dialectic of Sex
Dissecting Male Supremacy: Kate Millett’s Sexual Politics
No One Here But Us Creeps: On Nonconsensual Sex, Sleeping Beauty, and Hunting Girls
Unmanning Sex: Meghan Murphy on Radical Feminism
All songs by The Chicago Women’s Liberation Rock Band
“Ain’t Gonna Marry”
“I’m On My Way”
Producer & Host: Doug Storm
Co-host: Jennifer Brooks
Assistant Producer: Rob Schoon
Board Engineer: Bryce Martin
Executive Producer: Wes Martin