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Fall 2014

October 27

Honouring Inspiring Women, Aliya Dossa of Youth4tap

The F Word honours inspiring women. Carissa Ropponen airing clips of women talking about who inspires them and why, with inspirational songs and spoken word pieces by Andrea Gibson and D’bi Young. Also featured is collective member Ariana Barer s interview with the incredible and inspiring Aliya Dossa of Youth4tap!

October 20

Dear Armen

Pragya Esh interviews Lee Williams Boudakian co-creator and producer of the multidisciplinary, interactive, performance project, Dear Armen.

October 13

Celebrating Audre Lorde: Interviews with Alexis Pauline Gumbs and Dagmar Shultz.

Pragya Esh speaks with Alexis Pauline Gumbs and Dagmar Shultz about the impact of Audre Lorde s work today, their own work, and the politics of representation.

October 6

Indigenous women speak out on the world stage at the UN on behalf of their communities.  The F Word features speakers from the recent Climate Change Summit and World Conference on Indigenous Peoples.

September 29

Migrant Detentions and Migrant Justice

Pragya Esh speaks with Shireen Soofi of local migrant justice group, No One Is Illegal about migrant detention and the inquest into the death of Lucia Vega Jiminez.

September 22

Fat and Feminism

The F Word discusses the supposed ‘age of the booty,’ as apparently evidenced by songs like Anaconda, Booty and All About That Bass. The show features Golda Poretsky s Ted X talk on “Why It s Okay to Be Fat,” exploring the myth of fat=unhealthy.

 

Summer 2014

September 15

How 9/11 changed the lives of Muslim women.

Nicole Deagan rebroadcasts an interview originally aired last September by Ellie Gordon-Moershel; it was created as part of Pacifica Radio’s 10-year anniversary of the 9/11 attacks in New York. Ellie speaks with Farrah Khan of AQSAzine about the way the North American public looks at Islam and in particular Muslim women. Also includes a segment from a presentation by bell hooks at New College of Florida from March 8, 2011.

September 8

Connected Communities Resisting

The F Word features Shilpa Narayan and Aliya Dossa – two incredible young women doing important work for our communities that make women’s lives (and frankly, everyone’s lives) safer, more interesting, and more connected.  Shipa spoke about her recent one act on rape culture, theatre, feminism, and resistance. Aliya discussed her recent 101 Days, 101 Strangers, 101 Stories project.

September 1

Black Feminism & Intersectionality

The F Word features Sharon Smith and Nikeeta Slade, two speakers from the June 2013 Socialism Conference hosted by the International Socialist Organization (or ISO) in Chicago. Their combined presentations were titled Black Feminism and Intersectionality. They offer a historical perspective as well as a class and labour lens. Weaving together the strands of intersectional oppression and resistance in the Race, Class, Gender, Sexuality, ability, age, economic soup.

August 25

Kate Bornstein

This episode of the F Word features a Q&A from the Vancouver Queer Film Festival that followed a screening of the portrait film: Kate Bornstein is a Queer and Pleasant Danger. The Q&A after the film was hosted by Festival Executive Director Drew Dennis and included Kate Bornstein and filmmaker Sam Feder.

August 18

Sins Invalid

Today’s episode features an interview with Patricia Berne from the disability justice performance project, Sins Invalid, talking about the group and the connections between disability justice, the Israeli occupation of Palestine, and pinkwashing. Sins Invalid is a performance project that incubates and celebrates artists with disabilities, centralizing artists of color and queer and gender-variant artists as communities who have been historically marginalized. Their performance work explores the themes of sexuality, embodiment and the disabled body. The group recently pulled out of the Vancouver Queer Film Festival in order to resist Israel s efforts to pinkwashing its apartheid policies.

August 11

Kitchen Table Topic: What Brought us to Feminism

The F Word airs a brand new feature: Kitchen Table Topics! Our Kitchen Table topics feature collective members getting together to chat about various issues close to our heart. This week, for our first kitchen table topic, we re focusing on the meaning of feminism for us as both individuals and as members of movement building.

August 4

Shout Back! Festival 2014

The F Word’s Pragya Sharma speaks with one of the Shout Back! Festival organizers, Idris Plum, about the ethos behind the queer, feminist, anti-capitalist, do-it-together, punk festival. The show features artists in Shout Back and in particular music from the IPOC (Indigenous and People of Colour) showcase.

July 28

Temporary Foreign Worker Program

The F Word airs a roundtable discussion about the Temporary Foreign Worker Program in Canada that No One Is Illegal hosted on June 17th in Vancouver, Coast Salish Territories. The roundtable was with migrant justice and labour organizers. It was cleverly titled TFW – WTF?

July 14

Rebroadcast: Fat Politics

On this episode of The F Word, we’re talking about Fat Politics, Fat Phobia, and Fat Activism! Fat fashion lover, fat activist, and queer feminist Sasha Burden joins Ariana Barer to discuss self-identification, realities of living in the world as a fat person, health talk and diet talk, ending fatphobia, as well as fat allyship and resources to blow your mind!

July 7

BC Poverty Reduction Coalition

Ariana Barer speaks with Trish Garner, the Community Organizer with the BC Poverty Reduction Coalition about the Poverty Reduction Act, a private members bill brought forward by NDP MLA Michelle Mungall, and the end child support clawback campaign – an initiative which is critical to single mothers on welfare.

June 30

Polymer Dance

The F Word’s Ariana Barer speaks to members of Polymer Dance – a Vancouver- based contemporary dance performing group and class. Co-founders and organizers Miriam Esquitin and Kristina Lemieux, and Polymer participant Dana Elhert discuss public space, accessibility in movement, the ways dance has been raced, classed, and gendered, playfulness, art, and the democratization of dance.

June 23

Mia Mingus: Shifting from a politic of desirability and beauty to a politic of ugly and magnificent.

The F Word airs a talk by Mia Mingus, a writer, community educator, organizer, fierce femme of colour, and disability justice activist from Oakland, California about shifting form a politic of desirability to a politic of ugly and magnificent. Also featured is music by the Femme City Choir, from their June 7th show Femme-stravaganza in Vancouver. Femme City Choir is an all-genders, queer and trans* centred femme-fabulous singing extravaganza!

Spring 2014

June 16

Dr. Sarah Hunt on Indigenous communities, Sex Work and Self-Determination.

The F Word’s Pragya Sharma speaks with Dr. Sarah Hunt about the new proposed sex work legislation in Canada, Indigenous self-determination, allyship, and complicated relationships with feminism.

June 9

Interview with Jenna Tenn-Yuk

Ariana Barer speaks with spoken word artist, public speaker, educator and singer-songwriter, Jenna Tenn-Yuk, about her work as an artist-in-residence with the Vancouver Biennale, and finding her way identifying as a gay Christian Jamasian woman.

June 2

Interview with Vi Levitt

The F Word talks about the proposed trans* inclusion updates to the Vancouver School Board policy statement on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identities, including a discussion with a former VSB student and an activist for trans* rights, queer inclusion, and anti-colonialism.

May 26

Femme City Choir

Ariana Barer speaks with the co-organizers of the Femme City Choir in Vancouver, Lau Sequins and Kate Monstrr. We ll be talking about self-identified femm-ness, creative community, friendship, femme visibility, taking up space, and joyful activism.

May 19

Susan Boyd on the Criminalization of Drug Use

The F Word airs Pragya Sharma’s an interview with Susan Boyd on the criminalization of drug use, especially amongst pregnant women, and about the social control of women who use drugs. Susan Boyd, PhD, is a professor in the Faculty of Human and Social Development at the University of Victoria. She is a member of the Canadian Drug Policy Coalition s steering committee and a chair of the Policy Working Committee. She also works with local community groups in Vancouver such as the SALOME/NAOMI Association of Patients (SNAP).

May 12

Interview with Keisha Charnley

Angela Matthews interviews Keisha Charnley about the culturally relevant land-based Indigenous curriculum she facilitates at the UBC Farm.

May 5

Patricia Hill Collins – Part 2

The F Word airs Part 2 of Dr. Patricia Hill Collins’ keynote talk, “Toward Social Justice: Sharpening Intersectionality’s Critical Edge,” recorded on April 24 in Vancouver at the Intersectionality Research, Policy and Practice: Influences Interrogations, and Innovations conference hosted by the Institute for Intersectionality Research and Policy at Simon Fraser University.

April 28

Patricia Hill Collins – Part 1

The F Word airs the first part of a keynote talk by Dr. Patricia Hill Collins,“Toward Social Justice: Sharpening Intersectionality’s Critical Edge,” recorded on April 24 in Vancouver where she opened the Intersectionality Research, Policy and Practice: Influences Interrogations, and Innovations conference hosted by the Institute for Intersectionality Research and Policy at Simon Fraser University.

April 21

 Intersectionality

Carissa Ropponen speaks with visual artist Alana Boltwood about creating artwork that mashes up feminism, mathematics and statistics and Boltwood’s upcoming exhibit called “Intersectionality” at Simon Fraser University’s international conference “Intersectionality Research, Policy and Practice: Influences, Interrogations & Innovations.”

April 14

Passover, Feminism, and Social Justice

The F Word airs social justice and feminist interpretations of the Jewish holiday of Passover.

 April 10

Who am I to do this?: The Importance of Kindness in Activism

Ariana Barer speaks with Pragya Sharma about the importance of kindness in activism and shifting our thinking around struggles for social change. They discuss the hero sandwich, no-shame invitations to accountability, white supremacy, connection to the land, feminisms, orienting to action, and that voice in all of us that says, ‘Who am I to do this?’. Sharma is an educator, group facilitator and support worker in the anti-violence field. She has been in and out of organizing for the past ten years in Alberta and British Columbia.

April 3

Sister Spit Ramblin’ Roadshow: Part Two

The F Word airs performances from the Sister Spit Ramblin Roadshow in Vancouver, BC, featuring Chinaka Hodge and Virgie Tovar. Sister Spit is a queer feminist spoken word and performance art collective from San Francisco.

March 27

Sister Spit: Queer Feminist Spoken Word

The F Word airs performances from the Sister Spit Ramblin’ Roadshow in Vancouver, BC, featuring Beth Lisick, Dia Felix, and Amber Dawn. Sister Spit is a queer feminist spoken word and performance art collective from San Francisco.

 March 20

Vancouver Status of Women: A Conversation with Benita Bunjun

Ariana Barer speaks with Benita Bunjun, a Coordinating Collective Member of Vancouver Status of Women and an Advisory Committee member at the Centre for Race, Autobiography, Gender and Age (RAGA) at the University of British Columbia. They speak about the recent devastating funding cuts to Vancouver Status of Women, the impacts the cuts will have on women, the ongoing dismantling of women s equality, and the necessity of building our social justice movements around indigenous sovereignty.

Winter 2013/2014 

March 6

The Misogyny Factor in Films About Technological Innovation

Ariana Barer speaks with Caity Goerke about her recent blog post published on the F Word site called, “What do Her and The Social Network have in common? A lot about him.” In the blog post Caity discusses how the films The Social Network and Her represent a progression between where we’ve been and where we’re going in regards to social technology and how gender plays out in media depictions of technological progress.

February 27

Rebroadcast – Aboriginal Feminism(s)

Ariana Barer interviews Darla Goodwin. How do feminist principles and Aboriginal teachings from local territories intersect?  Is there such thing as Aboriginal Feminism(s)?  Given Canada’s context of colonization and systemic privileging of some over others, how have feminists been able to stand as allies with Aboriginal women and activists?

February 20

Reclaiming Feminism

Ariana Barer and Carissa Ropponen feature two women speaking about reclaiming feminism and how they, their communitites, and their generations are defining the word and the movement. We aired a TEDx Euston talk by award-winning Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie called “We Should All Be Feminists” followed by Courtney Martin’s TED Women talk entitled “This Isn’t Her Mother’s Feminism.”

February 13

Stranger Harassment and Impacts on Women’s Health

Ariana Barer interviews Angela Matthews about her recent research on stranger harassment and its impact on the holistic health of women and the health of our communities.

February 6

Breaking Cycles: 2011 Women’s World Conference

The F Word airs two short lectures from the Breaking Cycles plenary at the 2011 Women’s World Conference in Ottawa: feminist economist Devaki Jain and feminist scholar and anti-violence advocate Andrea Smith.

January 30

Plan B

Carissa Ropponen speaks with the director of Plan b, a forthcoming TV series that takes a dramatic dark comedic approach to telling the stories of people who work in an abortion clinic, people who oppose abortion, and their family and friends.

January 23

Magneta Lane

Ariana Barer interviews Magneta Lane‘s singer/guitarist Lexi Valentine about being unafraid to brandish the label ‘feminist,’ rocking out in an unladylike fashion, refusing to buy into the required sexualization of women musicians, and paving the way for a new genre of music called Witchrock.

January 16

Rebroadcast: Men discuss taking responsibility for masculinity and violence against women

The F Word airs Tony Porter’s ‘A Call to Men’. Jackson Katz talks about men taking responsibility for what have typically been defined as women’s issues, and the connections between men’s violence and definitions of manhood. Colin Stokes questions the role that movies play in conditioning men into masculinity.

January 9

Lee Maracle on the connections between violence against the earth and violence against women

Featuring a lecture by Lee Maracle: There is a Direct Connection between Violence Against the Earth and Violence Against Women: Looking to the Past to Restore our Future.

January 2

Surviving Sexual Assault: Part One

Nicole Deagan interviews Wendy Potter, the Education and Outreach Co-ordinator with the Sexual Assault Service, a BC Women’s Hospital-based program.

December 26

Women In Trades

Nicole speaks with Charlotte, one of the founders of WMovers, which is an all-female moving company with the mandate of empowering women and trans* folks through safe and stable employment. Carissa Ropponen speaks to Erin Maguire about her experience taking a Women in Trades Program at Camosun College in Victoria, BC. They talk about why this program is important and empowering for women.

Autumn 2013

December 19

Rebroadcast: Feminism and Christianity

Discussion of the image of woman in the Christian creation myth, the religious persecution of women as witches, the catholic school system, and negotiating the development of feminist consciousness within a Christian community.

December 12

Fat Politics

On this episode of The F Word, we’re talking about Fat Politics, Fat Phobia, and Fat Activism! Fat fashion lover, fat activist, and queer feminist Sasha Burden joins Ariana Barer to discuss self-identification, realities of living in the world as a fat person, health talk and diet talk, ending fatphobia, as well as fat allyship and resources to blow your mind!

December 5

Rebroadcast of Eve Ensler: In the Body of the World

Ariana Barer speaks with internationally bestselling author of The Vagina Monologues, founder of V Day, and award-winning playwright Eve Ensler about her new book, In the Body of the World. The book is a memoir connecting her own body with herself, with the earth, and with women’s bodies all over the world. Ensler speaks about shame, joy, violence, activism, cancer, and love. [WARNING: discussion of sexual assault and bodily functions]

November 28

Interview with Julia Serano, author of Excluded: Making Feminist and Queer Movements More Inclusive.

Carissa Ropponen interviews Julia Serano, author of Excluded: Making Feminist and Queer Movements More Inclusive. They discuss how social justice movements can become exclusive and shut out folks who are different and strategies to make our activism more inclusive.

November 21

Rebroadcast – Invisible War: Rape in the Military

Nicole Deagan interviews Amy Ziering, an award winning and Emmy nominated documentary producer and director, about her most recent film, The Invisible War.

November 14

Treating Female Veterans of War: a talk by Dr. Darrah Westrup

The F Word airs a talk by Dr. Darrah Westrup called Treating Female Veterans of War. Dr. Westrup is a Clinical Psychologist from California. She is a proponent of advanced mental health for women veterans, a consultant to the Veterans Administration, and she specializes in the treatment of PTSD.

November 7

Rebroadcast: Interview with Martha Redbone

Ariana Barer and Carissa Ropponen play women’s folk music and interview Martha Redbone of Martha Redbone Roots Project. Redbone’s music is a mix of Rhythm and Blues, Soul, Traditional Native American, and Gospel. She discusses religion, her experiences as an Indigenous woman, and her anti-violence work with youth.

October 31

Killjoy’s Kastle: A Lesbian Feminist Haunted House

Ellie Gordon-Moershel’s story about Canadian artist Allyson Mitchell’s “Killjoy’s Kastle: A Lesbian Feminist Haunted House”. This haunted house is a play on traditional Hell houses, which are typically run by American, Christian churches. They depict sin, the torments of the damned in Hell, and usually conclude with a depiction of heaven. They are usually open in the days preceding Halloween. Warning: Explicit content.

October 24

Solidarity and Sisterhood: How women inspire each other.

The F Word talks to women about the women who have inspired them throughout their lives. Includes quotes, clips, and songs from some of the women who have shaped feminism and today’s world. Plus, Ariana Barer interviews the incredible and inspiring Aliya Dossa!

October 17

Being Working Class

Carissa Ropponen speaks with Jenna MacKay about being working class, coming into a class consciousness, and their struggles accessing university as working class women. Also aired is a powerful spoken word piece called “For the Red States” by queer, working class, femme, poet and activist Tara Hardy.

October 10

Cancer Queer by Dr. Lochlann Jain

Caity Goerke, Carissa Ropponen, and Ariana Barer air “Cancer Queer: Towards an Elegiac Politics of Disease” by Dr. Lochlan Jain. Jain’s lecture, which was originally presented by the UBC Centre for Cross-Faculty Inquiry in Education in 2010, challenges mainstream concepts of breast cancer awareness campaigns. Jain was awarded the Cultural Horizons Prize by the Society for Cultural Anthropology for best article published in the journal Cultural Anthropology in 2004. She was a National Humanities Center Fellow in 2006, and is currently a fellow at the Stanford Humanities Center.

October 3

Rebroadcast – Breast Cancer Culture: Optimism, Anger, and Activism

Carissa Ropponen and Ariana Barer rebroadcast Caity Goerke’s interview with Emilia Nielsen about her research regarding breast cancer narratives in relation to mainstream breast cancer culture. They discuss the pressures on women to perform breast cancer in a way that emphasizes optimism and delegitimizes anger. Additionally, they look at mainstream breast cancer culture’s affect on breast cancer activism and consider the barriers to cancer care for individuals based on race, class, gender-identity, sexuality, and a variety of other factors.

September 26

Rebroadcast – Women’s Sexuality and Female Ejaculation

Nicole Degan and guests discuss social and psychological barriers to women’s sexual exploration – and focus specifically on female ejaculation. This show features interviews with three women who experience ejaculation. And, of course, includes information about how to do it yourself! Warning: Explicit sexual content.

September 16

Bisexuality, Risk, and Resilience

Carissa Ropponen explores bisexual mental health. She interviews Dr. Margaret Robinson and Jenna MacKay, researchers from the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. Their project is called “Risk and Resilience among Bisexual People in Ontario: A Community Based Study of Bisexual Mental Health.” Dr. Robinson is the Project Coordinator of the Risk and Resilience study and is a Mi’kmaq scholar from Nova Scotia and a long-time bisexual activist. Jenna Mackay is the Research Analyst for Risk and Resilience and has worked with various community groups such as Ottawa Rape Crisis Centre and Ottawa Coalition to End Violence Against Women.

September 9

Afghan Women’s Writing Project and DeAnne Smith

Today on the F Word, we bring you a conversation with Montreal comedian DeAnne Smith and a story from the Afghan Women’s Writing Project. Following a trip to Afghanistan, writer Masha Hamilton founded the Afghan Women’s Writing Project at Arizona State University in 2009.

September 2

Men discuss taking responsibility for masculinity and violence against women

The F Word airs Tony Porter’s ‘A Call to Men’. Jackson Katz talks about men taking responsibility for what have typically been defined as women’s issues, and the connections between men’s violence and definitions of manhood. Colin Stokes questions the role that movies play in conditioning men into masculinity.

 

Summer 2013

August 26

Rebroadcast – Resisting Burnout in Feminist Activism

Ariana Barer’s interview with Vikki Reynolds about resisting burnout through solidarity building and community responses to oppression.

August 19

Interview with Melissa Endean; Angela Davis speaks on social change (Part 2)

Ariana Barer airs the second half of Angela Davis’ keynote speech on the question: “How does change happen?” She is also joined by Vancouver-based recording artist, Melissa Endean.

August 12

Angela Davis on Social Change – Part 1

Ariana Barer airs the first half of a keynote address by Angela Davis at the University of California’s 2006 conference hosted by the Women’s Resources and Research Centre on the question “How does change happen?” Angela Davis reflects on strategies that have made and will make social change. Please tune in next time for part two of this keynote address.

August 5

Interview with Martha Redbone

Ariana Barer and Carissa Ropponen play women’s folk music and interview Martha Redbone of Martha Redbone Roots Project. Redbone’s music is a mix of Rhythm and Blues, Soul, Traditional Native American, and Gospel. She discusses religion, her experiences as an Indigenous woman, and her anti-violence work with youth.

July 29

Vancouver Dyke March and Celebration of 10th Anniversary

Helen Polychronakos interviews Michelle Fortin and Sam Levy, organizers of the Vancouver Dyke March for its 10th anniversary! They talk to about staying grassroots, juggling the politics of inclusion, and celebrating lesbian communities.

July 22

Ava Homa: Echoes From the Other Land

Hele Polychronakos interviews Kurdish writer, Ava Homa, about her book of short stories and resistance against patriarchal oppression. Home is the current writer in residence at Vancouver’s Joy Kogawa Historic House.

July 15

Feminism and Weddings

This show explores the tensions and challenges feminists face when choosing to marry and their hopes for a future where marriage is based on equality and love. Ariana Barer interviews Chelsey about her recent marriage and Carissa Ropponen airs an interview with Jessica Valenti about her choice to marry.

July 8

Appreciating Grassroots Feminist Projects

Ariana Barer speaks with Nicole Perry, a feminist counsellor, anti-oppression advocate, and choreographer about grassroots feminist activism and community projects that keep us hopeful about the ongoing strength of the feminist movement. In particular, they discuss the ConsentEd project, the Sexual Assault Voices of Edmonton, creators of the Don’t Be That Guy campaign, and Co-Conspirators Wanted – a feminist dance production.

June 3

Heels on Wheels Glitter Roadshow

Ariana Barer speaks with the members of Heels on Wheels about their Glitter Roadshow “fuelled by underemployment and the conviction that queer, feminine-spectrum folks’ art works are critically important to share.” Heels on Wheels is a queer, working-class led organization committed to anti-oppression and a liberatory, radical, feminist, transformative framework.

Spring 2013

May 27

Eve Ensler: In the Body of the World

Ariana Barer speaks with internationally bestselling author of The Vagina Monologues, founder of V Day, and award-winning playwright Eve Ensler about her new book, In the Body of the World. The book is a memoir connecting her own body with herself, with the earth, and with women’s bodies all over the world. Ensler speaks about shame, joy, violence, activism, cancer, and love. [WARNING: discussion of sexual assault and bodily functions]

May 20

Equality: Work in Progress

In this F Word May Day special, Helen Polychronakos brings you two interviews from very different fields. Poet and carpenter Kate Braid talks about her memoir, Journeywoman: Swinging a Hammer in a Man’s World. Often the only woman on worksites, Kate was also the first in the Vancouver local of the Carpenters’ Union. Listen to Kate’s thoughts on women in the trades, then and now. Photo-based artist SD Holman‘s latest exhibition, Butch: Not Like the Other Girls, was on display at The Cultch in East Vancouver until April 25th. Holman discusses sexism in the art world, feminist guerrilla art, and queer identities.

May 13

Women’s Rights Around the World

Helen Polychronakos speaks with Canadian author and journalist Sally Armstrong about her eye-witness reporting on women’s rights around the world. She is the winner of three Amnesty International awards and her latest book, The Ascent of Women, was published this year about women standing up against rape, female circumcision, and other abuses.

May 6

Charlene Sayo interviews Jowita Bydlowska about her memoir “Drunk Mom.”

April 22

Justine Blainey’s Story and Sex Segregation in Sport

Ellie Gordon-Moershel interviews Justine Blainey about sex segregation in sport. Justine Blainey is most known for taking the Ontario Hockey Association to the Supreme Court of Canada for sex discrimination after she was told she was not allowed to play in the Metro Toronto Hockey League in the late 1980s.

April 15

Nicole Deagan airs a talk by Sheila North Wilson, a Communications Officer at the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs, who spoke at the Women’s Forum in Ottawa about her own experience with violence and called for a national inquiry into violence against First Nations women.

April 8

Rebroadcast - Interview with Darcie Bennet

Nicole Deagan re-airs her interview with Darcie Bennett of Pivot Legal Society about their new report  Imagining Courts that Work for Women Survivors of Violence which calls on the Government of BC to work with women’s groups to fix the justice system.

April 1

Breast cancer culture: optimism, anger, and activism

Caity Goerke interviews Emilia Nielsen about her research regarding breast cancer narratives in relation to mainstream breast cancer culture. In particular, they discuss the pressures on women to perform breast cancer in a way that emphasizes optimism and delegitimizes anger. They also look at mainstream breast cancer culture’s affect on breast cancer activism and consider the barriers to cancer care for individuals based on race, class, gender-identity, sexuality, and a variety of other factors.

Winter 2012-13

February 25

Human Rights Report: RCMP and violence against Aboriginal women

In the wake of the Women’s Memorial March, Helen Polychronakos speaks with Jennifer Allan of Vancouver Cop Watch about the Human Rights Report on the RCMP and violence against Aboriginal Women.
February 18

Transnational and Queer Women of Colour: Sexuality in Western Society

Charlene Sayo, Eirene Cloma, and guest Anushka Nagji talk about Transnational and Queer Women of Colour and the Distortion and Construction of our Sexuality in Western Society.

February 11

The Objectification and Sexualization of Breasts

Katie Schofield, Caity Goerke and Carissa Ropponen discuss the objectification and sexualization of breasts and the way this contributes to women’s experiences of breast shame.

February 4
Rebroadcast: Nicole Deagan and guests discuss social and psychological barriers to women’s sexual exploration – and focus specifically on female ejaculation. This show features interviews with three women who experience ejaculation. And of course, includes information on how to do it yourself! Warning: Explicit sexual content.

January 28

Exploring Gender and Language

Charlene Sayo and Caprice Pybus discuss gender, language and the changing role of women in contemporary society.

January 21

Angela James: The first superstar of women’s hockey

Ellie Gordon-Moershel interviews Angela James and Corey Long about the new biography chronicling Angela’s rise to stardom as the first woman in the Hockey Hall of Fame.
January 14
Indigenous Women’s Music and Spoken Word
Indigenous women’s music and spoken word. Featuring Kinnie Starr, JB The First Lady, Eekwol, Leanne Simpson, Rhiannon Johnson, and Leela Gilday.
January 7
Katie Schofield interviews Laura Petracca of Hunter Valentine and also plays artists such as The Pack AD, Peaches, Tegan & Sara, and White Lung.

December 31

Montreal Massacre Memorial Discussion

Nicole Deagan airs recordings of roundtable discussions that took place at Vancouver Rape Relief’s December 1st, 2012 Montreal Massacre Memorial event at Vancouver Public Library. Recordings made available by WINGS.

December 24

The Association of Filipinas, Feminists Fighting Imperialism, Re-feudalization, and Marginalization

Charlene Sayo and Helen Polychronakos interview Jollene Levid, National Chairperson of The Association of Filipinas, Feminists Fighting Imperialism, Re-feudalization, and Marginalization (AF3IRM), which is a national organization of women engaged in transnational feminist, anti-imperialist activism.

December 17

Darla Goodwin on Idle No More

Ariana Barer and Charlene Sayo interview the Vancouver representative of Idle No More, a movement in Canada to address Indigenous rights and honouring of treaties.

December 10

We’re re-airing our Feminism and Christianity show in time for the holidays!  This show is a discussion of the image of woman in the Christian creation myth, the religious persecution of women as witches, the catholic school system, and negotiating the development of feminist consciousness within a Christian community.

December 3

Imagining Courts that Work for Women

Nicole interviews Darcie Bennett of Pivot Legal Society about their new report  Imagining Courts that Work for Women Survivors of Violence which calls on the Government of BC to work with women’s groups to fix the justice system.

November 26

Invisible War: Rape in the Military

Nicole Deagan interviews Amy Ziering, an award winning and Emmy nominated documentary producer and director, about her most recent film, The Invisible War, a groundbreaking investigation into the epidemic of rape in the U.S. military that won the Audience Award at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. Come to our screening of The Invisible War at Douglas College on Thursday Dec 6 at 2pm.

Fall 2012

November 19

Sheila North Wilson on violence against First Nations women

Nicole airs Sheila North Wilson’s presentation to the Women’s Forum in Ottawa about her experience with violence and her call for a national inquiry into violence against First Nation’s women. Sheila is the Chief Communications Officer at the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs.

November 12

The invisibilized impacts of war on women

Carissa Ropponen interviews Dr. Liz Kelly from London Metropolitan University about sexualized violence as a strategy of war and an extention of societies’ rape cultures, as well as peace from the perspective of women, going forward, and what we can do next.

November 5

Rethinking Menstruation

Carissa Ropponen and Ariana Barer investigate different cultural perspectives on menstruation.

October 29

Legal reform and the ongoing urgency of feminism

Feminist legal successes and the continued need for systemic and attitudinal change

October 22

Young single mothers becoming the authors of their own stories

The F Word speaks with Literature for Life — an organization devoted to unleashing the intellectual potential through reading circles and writing groups.

October 15

Feminism and Humanism with Dr Sikivu Hutchinson

Nicole Deagan interviews Dr. Sikivu Hutchinson about humanism and feminism as well as her feminist program for teen girls in LA.

October 8

Thanksgiving and Colonization

The F Word takes a look at the North American holiday of Thanksgiving. Ariana Barer airs pieces that illuminate the historical and present day contexts of Thanksgiving within a legacy of colonization, including short talks by Robert Jensen, Arundhati Roy, and Andrea Smith.

October 1

Dyke Memorabilia Project

Stories and memories from Emma Kivisild’s Dyke Memorabilia project from Boldfest 2012

September 24

Feminism, Lesbianism, and Polyamory

The F Word teams up with The Lesbian Show to discuss the relationship between Lesbianism and Feminism. Also featuring an interview about lesbian polyamory.

September 17

How 9/11 changed the lives of Muslim women

Interview by Ellie Gordon-Moershel with Farrah Khan. Also clips from bell hooks on Transforming Dominator Culture.

September 10

Men and Feminism part one and part two

Nicole Deagan interviews two therapists who work with boys and young men to deconstruct and unlearn ‘macho’ masculinity.

September 3

QueerFeminist Music

Bands from anarcha-feminist, queer, DIY Shout Back Fest!

 

Summer 2012

August 13

Kathleen Lahey on creating true gender equality in sport

Laura Wood reports on the Pussy Riot protests; Ellie Gordon-Moershel interviews Kathleen Lahey about the Olympics.

July 30, 2012

The importance of preserving lesbian oral history

Ellie interviews Elise Chenier the Director of the Archives at A LOT (Archives of Lesbian Oral Testimony) about the importance of preserving oral histories of oppressed communities.

July 23

Feminist comedy

Nicole and Ellie explore the ways comedy can be used to highlight social injustices rather than perpetuate the status quo. Includes interviews with local Vancouver comedians Erin Graham and Vanessa Lever.

July 16

The F Word: Andrea Smith

Ariana Barer and Nicole Deagan feature a presentation by Native American scholar and activist Andrea Smith.

July 9

Aboriginal Youth Program Funding Cuts and Women in Media

Ariana Barer and Nicole Deagan explore recent massive funding cuts to Aboriginal youth programs. Also, Nicole speaks with Jenny Uechi about women’s role in media.

July 2

Gender discrimination in sport: A closer look at why Saudi Arabian women won’t be competing in the London Olympics

The F Word explores gendered discrimination in international sport. Featuring an interview with Nikki Dryden, Canadian olympic athlete and human rights attorney about why Saudi Arabia doesn’t allow women to compete at any level of sport, and what the IOC is (and isn’t) doing to eliminate gendered discrimination in sport.

June 25

Sex testing in sport and the face of ‘new’ sexism

Sandy Wells talks to The F Word about how treating ‘hypoandrogenism’ in female athletes is representative of the current state of systematic sexism in sport.

June 18

Honouring Feminists

This show is dedicated to the feminists who have come before us, who work alongside us, and who will come after us. Interviews with Alana Higgins, Leslie Wilkin, and others.

June 11

One year after the hockey riot: Race, class, gender, and citizenship in the media, aftermath, and community response

Race, class, gender, policing, and citizenship in the Vancouver hockey riot

 June 4

Day of Feminist Dialogue

Canadian Association of Sexual Assault Centres discusses racialized and sexist violence

Spring 2012

May 21

Redefining beauty by putting health first

Lindsay Kite of Beauty Redefined speaks with The F Word about misleading women’s fitness advertising, body-shaming, and whether being fit is entirely about how you look.

May 14

Women in Music

The F Word highlights new and emerging female musicians, featuring music by Tune Yards, Grimes, and Kathleen Edwards.

May 7

 Transgenderism and Feminism

The F Word explores feminist debates and conversations around transgenderism and looks at why it’s so difficult for media and feminists alike to cover these debates and have these conversations respectfully and honestly. Featuring interviews with Sheila Jeffreys, feminist scholar, political activist, and professor in Political Science at the University of Melbourne in Australia; Barb Besharat, the Healthy TransActions Project Coordinator at The 519 Church Street Community Centre (LGBTTQ space) in Toronto; and Susan Stryker, Ph.D. Director, Institute for LGBT Studies, Associate Professor, Gender and Women’s Studies, University of Arizona.

April 30

Is nude protest revolutionary?

Can going nude ever be revolutionary when the male gaze is ever-present? Meghan Murphy explores nude protest within a feminist context.

April 23

Cop watch: Community activism to end police brutality

The F Word explores community resistance to police brutality.

April 16

The F Word – Pornography as a mirror: Do we want to look?

The anti-pornography movement has been a part of feminism since the ’70s; why does it feel as though now the backlash is coming from within? Featuring Robert Jensen.

April 9

The invisible man: Reflections on the Bedford case – A talk by Janine Benedet

Janine Benedet, associate professor with the UBC Faculty of Law, reflects on the Bedford case and looks at what has been left out of the conversation around prostitution in Canada.

April 2

Breaking barriers since 1938: Interview with Barbara Howard

The F Word speaks with Barbara Howard, soon to be 92-year-old former sprinter and B.C. Sports Hall of Fame inductee.

March 26

The F Word: Familial Sexual Abuse

Ariana Barer and Nicole Deagan, along with guest Leigh Malone, discuss the social climate around sexual abuse, common stories of abuse, silence and shame, the phenomenon of mother-blaming, and the role of feminism in healing.

March 18

Abortion and reproductive rights – still under attack

Laura Wood speaks with Barbara Hestrin of Options for Sexual Health about recent political challenges to women’s reproductive rights. Nicole Deagan talks with an abortion counsellor about what it’s like working in an abortion clinic.

March 12

Grounding focus in the midst of the Kony 2012 social media storm.

The F Word speaks with Juliane Okot Bitek, a woman who has been close to the conflict in Northern Uganda since 1986 and the president of the Acholi Community of British Columbia society.

March 5

Big Porn Inc: Exposing the harms of the global pornography industry

Utopia: Second annual Festival of Women in Digital Culture

F Word talks with the organizers of Utopia, the 2nd Annual Festival of Women in Digital Culture and we speak with Melinda Tankard Reist about the book she co-edited: Big Porn Inc.

Winter 2011/12

February 27

Men, feminism, & the Hugo Schwyzer controversy

Meghan Murphy speaks with Shira Tarrant and Ernesto Aguilar about issues surrounding men’s role(s) in feminism, as well as the recent controversy around male feminist Hugo Schwyzer.

February 20

Reflecting on violence against women, post-Shafia murder trial

Farrah Khan, a Muslim feminist, counselor and advocate at a Toronto violence against women legal clinic explains the spectrum of violence against women and the repercussions of the media coverage of the Shafia murders.

February 13

Occupy Valentine’s Day!

Feeling a little less than loving about Valentine’s Day? The F Word talks to Samita Mukhopadhyay about the romantic industrial complex and looks at challenging dominant narratives around coupledom.

February 6

Examining A Dangerous Method

What are the impacts of making a film about women’s repressed need for masochism and her man-doctor’s cure of sexualized violence? WAVAW women examine Cronenberg’s Dangerous Method.

January 31

How does victim-blaming impact policy, professionals and women?

Laura Wood, Meghan Murphy, Ariana Barer and special guest Leslie Wilkin look at the impact of victim blaming on our culture. This show features an interview with University of Alberta Women’s Studies professor Lise Gotell as well as a round-table discussion about how victim-blaming happens, what is behind these messages and what impact it has on women.

January 23

Women’s sexuality and female ejaculation

Nicole Deagan and guests discuss social and psychological barriers to women’s sexual exploration – and focus specifically on female ejaculation.

January 16

Does feminism discriminate against men?

While many see the concept of male privilege and patriarchy as foundational, there are some who disagree. Does feminism erase male victims or the powerlessness of men?

January 9

Audio from Women’s Worlds 2011

The show will feature some clips from this past summer’s global convergence to advance women’s equality. Women’s Worlds was held in Ottawa in early July of 2011. The F Word’s Ellie Gordon-Moershel was on site and today she will present a collection of audio she recorded while attending this historic event. Including a speech by Andrea Smith and two other presentations titled Voices of Women’s Lived Experience: Leading Collaborative Systemic Change and What the Grandmothers (Nookimisuk) Who Practice the Sacred Arts Have to Say.

January 2

Women share their experiences of sexual assault at the hands of medical professionals

Women share their stories of sexual assault and the ways in which their experiences were impacted by community and state response.

December 26

Rebroadcast of Feminism and Religion: Christianity

Leslie, Ellie, Amanda speak with Heather Frayne to discuss the image of woman in the creation myth, the persecution of women as witches, the catholic school system, and developing feminist consciousness within a Christian community.

December 19

Women & Aging

Nicole Deagan and Ariana Barer explore women’s experiences of aging with Dr Vivian Diller and Irene Tsepnopulous-Elhaimer, in particular as relating to objectification and mainstream concepts of physical beauty.

December 12

Should feminists be vegetarian?

While some argue that feminism is inextricably linked to speciesism and, therefore, vegetarianism, others don’t see that connection as necessary. We explore various perspectives on feminism and vegetarianism on this show.

December 5

The State Betrayal of Battered Women: Panel from Vancouver Rape Relief’s Montreal Massacre Memorial event.

A forum on violence against women took place on December 3, 2011, in memory of the Montreal Massacre. On this show, we air excerpts from a talk entitled “The State Betrayal of Battered Women.”

 

2011 and before 

November 28, 2011  The closure of women’s centres and the ‘Walmartization’ of services

November 21, 2011  Sex as work: Will legalizing prostitution contribute to women’s equality?

November 14, 2011  Re-aired interview with Victor Malarek about his book “The Johns: Sex for Sale and the Men Who Buy it”

November 7, 2011  Filipino women speak out about the Live-in Caregiver Program in Canada

October 31, 2011  Feminism and Occupy Wall Street

October 24, 2011  Choice and childbirth

October 10, 2011  The trouble with female genitalia: Part two in a three part series on The Medicalization of Sex

October 3, 2011  Women, reproduction rights, & access to abortion

September 26, 2011  ‘The best baseball player you’ve never heard of’: The remarkable story of Toni Stone

September 21, 2011  Manifesto Festival repping for women and aboriginal people involved in the hip-hop scene

September 19, 2011  Sex for health: Part one of a documentary series on The Medicalization of Sex

September 12, 2011  The Missing Women’s Commission of Inquiry

September 11, 2011  The F Word’s 9/11 Special for Pacifica Radio: ’10 years later: how 9/11 changed the lives of Muslim women’

September 5, 2011  Misogyny in gay male culture & queer allies. Featuring an interview with David Butler

August 29, 2011  Pornography as a mirror: do we want to look? Featuring an interview with Robert Jensen

August 22, 2011  Objectifying women and sexualizing meat: How are animal rights activism, pornography and the male gaze connected?

August 15, 2011  Locking up girls ‘for their own good.’ How Canada criminalizes its young women

August 8, 2011  Feminism & the prostitution debates

August 1, 2011 Resisting burnout in feminist activism

July 25, 2011  Mary-Woo Sims on feminism, lesbianism and social justice

July 18, 2011  Older men / younger women relationships: Is age really just a number?

July 16, 2011  The F Word’s Folk Fest Special!

July 6, 2011  Honouring young Muslim women’s voices: AQSAzine makes waves

June 29, 2011  The dark history of sex testing in international sport

June 20, 2011  Prostitution laws and debates in Canada

June 13, 2011  The Waves: Where did we come from? Where are we going?

June 6, 2011  Professional men’s sports, hockey fever, and feminism 

May 30, 2011  The F Word’s Sex Show!

May 9, 2011  What’s in a name? Slutwalks & Feminism

May 4, 2011  Who Took the Bomp: Le Tigre on Tour – An interview with director, Kerthy Fix

April 15, 2011  Where have all the Radicals gone? When feminism gets moderate: A Radio Documentary

April 4, 2011  Women in politics. Featuring an interview with Amy Kishek of Equal Voice

March 7, 2011  Exploring Prostitution & Abolition: Activism, Events, and Debates

February 21, 2011  Tribute to Black History Month

February 14, 2011  Memorial March for the Murdered and Missing Women in the DTES

January 31, 2011  Women can jump. And, skate. And, canoe… An interview with sport journalist Laura Robinson

January 29, 2011  Gone but not forgotten: When art alone is not enough. Gloria Larocque speaks about the cancellation of Pamela Masik’s ‘The Forgotten’ by the Museum of Anthropology

January 24, 2011  Burlesque: Part 2 in a 2 Part Series

January 17, 2011  Burlesque: Part 1 in a 2 Part Series

January 3, 2011  But was it ‘rape-rape’? #mooreandme, rape apologism, and the left: Why are women still missing from the ‘big picture’?

December 18, 2010  Feminism and Humour: What do our senses of humour say about our political values?

December 11, 2010  Feminism. It’s on the Internet: The F Word Explores the Wild and Wonderful World of Feminist Blogging. Featuring Amanda Marcotte

November 20, 2010  Women Who Love Men Who Love Guns: Women, The Tea Party and conservative America

November 6, 2010  Pink Think: Pinkwashing and Breast Cancer Awareness Campaigns

October 30, 2010  Sexy Mrs. Potato Head? Hell No: The F Word Halloween Extravaganza

October 23, 2010  It ain’t that type of party: Women in hip hop

October 9, 2010  Will the removal of the laws that prohibit pimping and prostitution move us in the direction of safety and equality for women and girls?

October 2, 2010  Housing and Violence Against Women in the Downtown Eastside

September 25, 2010   VIFF – Interview with acclaimed film director Nina Menkes

September 18, 2010  The Metal Show

September 4, 2010  Sexual Assault on Campus

August 28, 2010  Women’s book groups

July 24, 2010  Courtney Love!

June 12, 2010  Female Sexual Dysfunction

April 24, 2010  Male Studies

April 20, 2010  Pants Off! Lady Gaga meets Feminism

February 17, 2010  Beer & feminism: together at last

February 3, 2010  The F Word vs. The Olympics!

December 17, 2009  Speaking with Leila Ahmed about identities, plural histories, and the importance of the story

August 21, 2009  The Body Politic

August 20, 2009  The Reality of Women, sport and sexuality

July 20, 2009  Interview with Gloria Larocque, organizer of the annual Indigenous Women’s Day

July 14, 2009  Canadian Black History – Interview and Dub Poetry of Afua Cooper

July 12, 2009  Feminist Science Fiction

July 12, 2009  The Roots of Hip Hop – An Interview With El Jones

July 8, 2009  Islam, women and feminisms

July 7, 2009  Eco-Feminism, Women, and the Environment

June 6, 2009  Victor Malarek on Johns and Prostitution

May 25, 2009  The Walk4Justice: Interview with Gladys Radek, organizer and advocate.

May 24, 2009  Queer Parenting: Exploring one of the many possible configurations of queer families

January 24, 2009 Feminism and Religion: Islam and Feminism (Part 3 in a three part series)

January 10, 2009  Feminism & Religion: Christianity (Part 1 in a three part series)

May 15, 2008  Part 3 of a 3 part series on prostitution: Featuring Jackie Lynne from the Aboriginal Women’s Action Network and Laura Johnson from Vancouver Rape Relief, arguing for the abolishment of prostitution.

April 17, 2008  Part 2 of a 3 part series on prostitution / sex-work. Featuring Susan Davis from the Westcoast Co-operative of Sex Industry Professionals and Sarah B, former sex-worker, arguing for decriminalization

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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