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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Ariana Barer’s interview with Vikki Reynolds about resisting burnout through solidarity building and community responses to oppression.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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]
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.
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.
Charlene Sayo interviews Jowita Bydlowska about her memoir “Drunk Mom.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Imagining Courts that Work for Women
Invisible War: Rape in the Military
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.
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.
Carissa Ropponen and Ariana Barer investigate different cultural perspectives on menstruation.
Feminist legal successes and the continued need for systemic and attitudinal change
The F Word speaks with Literature for Life — an organization devoted to unleashing the intellectual potential through reading circles and writing groups.
Nicole Deagan interviews Dr. Sikivu Hutchinson about humanism and feminism as well as her feminist program for teen girls in LA.
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.
Stories and memories from Emma Kivisild’s Dyke Memorabilia project from Boldfest 2012
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.
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.
Nicole Deagan interviews two therapists who work with boys and young men to deconstruct and unlearn ‘macho’ masculinity.
Bands from anarcha-feminist, queer, DIY Shout Back Fest!
Laura Wood reports on the Pussy Riot protests; Ellie Gordon-Moershel interviews Kathleen Lahey about the Olympics.
July 30, 2012
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.
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.
The F Word: Andrea Smith
Ariana Barer and Nicole Deagan feature a presentation by Native American scholar and activist Andrea Smith.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Race, class, gender, policing, and citizenship in the Vancouver hockey riot
Day of Feminist Dialogue
Canadian Association of Sexual Assault Centres discusses racialized and sexist violence
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.
Women in Music
The F Word highlights new and emerging female musicians, featuring music by Tune Yards, Grimes, and Kathleen Edwards.
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.
Can going nude ever be revolutionary when the male gaze is ever-present? Meghan Murphy explores nude protest within a feminist context.
The F Word explores community resistance to police brutality.
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.
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.
The F Word speaks with Barbara Howard, soon to be 92-year-old former sprinter and B.C. Sports Hall of Fame inductee.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Nicole Deagan and guests discuss social and psychological barriers to women’s sexual exploration – and focus specifically on female ejaculation.
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?
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.
Women share their stories of sexual assault and the ways in which their experiences were impacted by community and state response.
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.
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.
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.
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
October 31, 2011 Feminism and Occupy Wall Street
October 24, 2011 Choice and childbirth
October 3, 2011 Women, reproduction rights, & access to abortion
September 12, 2011 The Missing Women’s Commission of Inquiry
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 16, 2011 The F Word’s Folk Fest Special!
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?
May 30, 2011 The F Word’s Sex Show!
May 9, 2011 What’s in a name? Slutwalks & Feminism
February 21, 2011 Tribute to Black History Month
February 14, 2011 Memorial March for the Murdered and Missing Women in the DTES
January 24, 2011 Burlesque: Part 2 in a 2 Part Series
January 17, 2011 Burlesque: Part 1 in a 2 Part Series
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 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!
August 21, 2009 The Body Politic
August 20, 2009 The Reality of Women, sport and sexuality
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
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