This morning on the Council of Feminist thought, AMp hosts Molly Adams and Brian Babylon were joined by Alice Kim and Kelly Fair to talk about a an article about a first grader being suspended for “sexual harassment” after kissing another student during school. Many questions were asked surrounding the behavioral background of the student and whether or not parents should take the extra step and talk about sexual harassment with their child so they will know what is and what is not deemed inappropriate touching.
#Feminist Wednesday PSA! Fresh off the heels of the reveal the Plan B doesn’t work on people who weigh over 175 pounds, word is spreading about the dangers of NuvaRing: Manufacturuer Merck has already has over 3,500 of lawsuits filed against them and this investigative report on how the industry covered up how the drug increases risk of blood clots in Vanity Fair will certainly increase that. This morning on the AMp, hosts Brian Babylon and Molly Adams were joined by the Council of Feminist thought members Alice Kim and Kelly Fair of Polished Pebbles to talk about it from a feminist perspective.
Writer Britt Julious drops in to talk about whether white men can be discriminated against as a class, what makes a “fit” parent, and what exactly it mean when scientific studies say men and women are “wired differently.”
For the single guy and gal in 2013, what role does gender play in dating? Does it matter who pays? Does it matter who gives who a ride? Does it matter who asks questions? And if none of it matters, does Brian Babylon want his country back? Emily HeistMoss, proprietor of Rosie Says, joined Brian and AMp co-host Molly Adams this morning as she shared her reflections on being a single, straight, feminist gal just trying to find a guy who respects her boundaries.
“The products that are labelled pink are sometimes even promoting or containing toxic chemicals that cause breast cancer […] We do have a sort of issue with just slapping pink on these products.”
- Audra Wilson on the Commercialization of Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Audra Wilson, host of Practically Speaking, and Cassandra Gaddo of the Step Up Women’s Network joined the AMp’s Molly Adams and guest co-host Ernest Wilkins as they shared their thoughts about “pinkwashing” during Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Oh, and did you know that October is also Domestic Violence Awareness month? Why has Breast Cancer awareness overshadowed other, more common problems women face? From the NFL to the American Cancer Society, the purpose for all these various cancer campaigns were probed and discussed.
What happened in Maryville? A case with echoes of Steubenville (drunk young victim, popular jock perpetrators, whole small town gets involved) has reignited a lot of passions as the case was closed and charges dismissed against the alleged rapists. Now the Lt. Gov. of Missouri is calling for the state’s Attorney General to re-open the case. The Council of Feminist Thought, which consisted of the AMp’s Molly Adams, guest co-host Ernest Wilkins, regular panelists Audra Wilson from Practically Speaking and Cassandro Gado from the Step Up Women’s Network discussed the story.
This week the AMp hosts Brian Babylon and Molly Adams were joined by WBEZ pop culture columnist Leah Pickett and culture critic, writer, and Internet mean girl, Michelle Kendallas we got out all the feelings about the Baby Veronica case and went into different perspectives on adopting international children and the controversy behind the system.
This week the AMp hosts Brian Babylon and Molly Adams were joined by WBEZ pop culture columnist Leah Pickett and culture critic, writer, and Internet mean girl, Michelle Kendall to talk about designing gender-neutral cities, a terrible, terrible book of marriage advice written by reality TV house wife star, Melissa Gorga. In the book, there were excerpts where Melissa insisted that women should perform sex with their husbands with or without their own consent and regardless of mood. She also made the point that women secretly want to be taken control over, dominated, and bossed around. Outraged and horrified, the Feminist Wednesday panel discussed her motives for these claims and whether or not they are publicity stunts to keep her career going.
This weekend the Critical Ethnic Studies Association gathers for their conference, Decolonizing Future Intellectual Legacies and Activist Practices. Whoa, very grad school. But Mariame Kaba, member of the Critical Ethnic Studies Association Working Group and founder of Chicago pro-peace group Project NIA, joined the AMp hosts Brian Babylon and Molly Adams this morning, as she broke down what that means and why the future of Feminism will be found in intersectional practices.
"The thing is that with selfies, even if these people are strangers, I’m inviting people to look at me in the way that I want to be looked at and I’m totally in control of that, where in real life, the last thing I want is for strangers on the street to catcall me or otherwise comment on my looks without my consent." Feminist Wednesday took on selfies and parenting. Is there a double standard to how we police the sexy pictures teens take of themselves? FemWed panelist Veronica Arreola joined the AMp hosts Brian Babylon and Molly Adams this morning as they probed into the history of selfie-taking and why it has blown up over the last couple of years. Regular Vocalo listeners and callers chimed in on the conversation as they also touched base on the connection between self-esteem and teenage selfies.
A Victory for Same-Sex Couples: In a dual ruling, the Supreme Court struck down two laws that banned gay marriage. As of today, Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act are unconstitutional. The SCOTUS also threw Proposition 8 down to a lower court. This means that same-sex couples in…
Alicia Sowisdral, from PopGoesAlicia.com and Phaydra Babinchok, Director of SlutWalk, have a discussion with Luis about “Rape Culture” and its relation to comedy. Is it appropriate for comics to have jokes about rape? How does that play into a culture of violence?
Luis and Shantell speak with Benjamin O’Keefe from Proud2BMe.org and the NEDA about A&F’s ‘exclusionary’ business model of only catering their products to thin customers. This is part of an ongoing conversation that began in 2006 when Abercrombie CEO Mike Jeffries made a statement saying, “…we go after the cool kids. We go after the attractive all-American kid with a great attitude and a lot of friends. A lot of people don’t belong [in our clothes], and they can’t belong. Are we exclusionary? Absolutely.”
In the recent release of her memoirs Warrior Princess, Retired Navy SEAL Kristin Beck writes about struggling with her hidden sexual identity while also living a military lifestyle. Kristin, formerly known as Chris, had 20 years of service as a United States Navy SEAL. She retired from “SEAL Team 6” just months before it raided Osama bin Laden’s hide out. Luis and Shantell discuss Beck’s recent decision to become transgender, the responses that she’s received since coming out, and the various questions about leading a transgender lifestyle.