Posts Tagged Interviews

The Feministing Five: JD Samson

JD Samson is a musician, producer, activist and gender rebel. Samson started her musical career with Le Tigre, the band that made songs like “Deceptacon” and “TKO,” creating music that was part of the cultural heart of Third Wave feminism, with the band that supplied much of the “grrr” in the Riot Grrrl movement.

JD grew up in the American heartland – in Pepper Pike, Ohio, a town that seems to breed teenage feminists – where it wasn’t easy to be a feminist, or an out lesbian, or an aspiring rock star. JD was all three, and she has written about her struggle with being so far from the all-American girl she was supposed to be. That sense of ...

JD Samson is a musician, producer, activist and gender rebel. Samson started her musical career with Le Tigre, the band that made songs like “Deceptacon” and “TKO,” creating music that was part of the cultural heart of ...

The Feministing Five: Nancy Schwartzman

Nancy Schwartzman is a filmmaker and activist, and the creator of The Line Campaign. The campaign, which is based on Schwartzman’s documentary The Line, promotes a healthy and nuanced conversation around consent – on a personal level and on a larger cultural level. Schwartzman has traveled the country screening her film on college campuses and facilitating those difficult but essential conversations.

One the hardest parts of the filmmaking process for The Line, Schwartzman told me, was convincing people, and particularly people who weren’t activists, that one woman’s story – Schwartzman’s own story – could change viewers’ minds about the issue of consent. But Schwartzman was right, and if you want to go see the film and the way ...

Nancy Schwartzman is a filmmaker and activist, and the creator of The Line Campaign. The campaign, which is based on Schwartzman’s documentary The Line, promotes a healthy and nuanced conversation around consent – on a ...

The Feministing Five: Somaly Mam

Project Futures is a new non-profit organization devoted to ending the horror that is global sex trafficking. And they’ve set out to do that in a very interesting way. Simply put, Project Futures is trying to make volunteering for social justice cool, by getting people, and especially young people, engaged in ending trafficking, whether it’s through concerts or cocktail hours. That might sound uncomfortably frivolous – after all, sex trafficking is a serious problem. But Project Futures is about changing the way we think about volunteering so that soon, it’s something we integrate into our daily lives, instead of, as they put it, “outdated activity run by retired people with time on their hands.” Founded in Australia, Project ...

Project Futures is a new non-profit organization devoted to ending the horror that is global sex trafficking. And they’ve set out to do that in a very interesting way. Simply put, Project Futures is trying ...

The Feministing Five: Stephanie Schriock

Stephanie Schriock is the President of EMILY’s List, a political action committee dedicated to funding and electing pro-choice women candidates (EMILY stands for “Early money is like yeast” – because it makes the dough rise). Schriock was appointed president of the powerful group at the beginning of 2010, the first post-boomer woman to run the organization. Schriock has been working in Democratic politics for over a decade, most notably in senior positions on campaigns for former Democratic National Committee chairman Howard Dean and Senator Al Franken. Schriock knows her stuff, but she also – as you might expect from someone who used to work for a comedian-turned-candidate, and as you’ll see from this interview – has a wicked sense ...

Stephanie Schriock is the President of EMILY’s List, a political action committee dedicated to funding and electing pro-choice women candidates (EMILY stands for “Early money is like yeast” – because it makes the dough rise). Schriock ...

The Feministing Five: Veronica Arreola

Veronica Arreola is the brains behind the feminist blog Viva La Feminista. Veronica is the closest thing the feminist blogosphere has to an elder stateswoman, though she’s not elderly – the feminist blogosphere is just relatively young. She’s been blogging since the early days of the internet, and her blog, where she explores the intersection of feminism, motherhood and Latina identity, is a must-read.

Veronica’s feminist activism first came to my attention at the beginning of last year, when she launched a campaign to encourage more women to go watch women’s sporting events. Most recently, Veronica has been tracking the progress of HB 1958, a bill in her home state of Illinois that would make it illegal ...

Veronica Arreola is the brains behind the feminist blog Viva La Feminista. Veronica is the closest thing the feminist blogosphere has to an elder stateswoman, though she’s not elderly – the feminist blogosphere is just ...

The Feministing Five: Sonya Barnett and Heather Jarvis

Sonya Barnett and Heather Jarvis are the co-founders of SlutWalk, an incredibly badass protest organized against victim-blaming that was spurred by comments made by a Toronto law enforcement officer who said that women who don’t want to be assaulted, raped or otherwise “victimized” should avoid dressing “like sluts.”

It has also been the subject of much discussion over the past few weeks, inspiring awesome and necessary conversations about violence, assault, and victim-blaming in forums both new and old.

On their website, they proclaim that they are “tired of being oppressed by slut-shaming; of being judged by our sexuality and feeling unsafe as a result. Being in charge of our sexual lives should not mean that we ...

Sonya Barnett and Heather Jarvis are the co-founders of SlutWalk, an incredibly badass protest organized against victim-blaming that was spurred by comments made by a Toronto law enforcement officer who said that women who ...

The Feministing Five: Ben Privot

Ben Privot has made it his personal mission to, in his own words, “present consent as extremely sexy”. And he’s off to a fantastic start. His brand new initiative, The Consensual Project (TCP), was founded in mid January of this year to promote consent between partners as a method for making sexual interaction healthier, safer, sexier. The logo, website, content, workshop all reflect ways to make issues of consent accessible and doable. The website even asks for your consent through the landing page!

Once we started talking, it was clear that Ben brings a unique energy and creativity to his work, in a field that is certainly as challenging as it is crucial and groundbreaking. TCP’s

Ben Privot has made it his personal mission to, in his own words, “present consent as extremely sexy”. And he’s off to a fantastic start. His brand new initiative, The Consensual Project (TCP), ...

The Feministing Five: Toni Bond Leonard

Toni Bond Leonard is a reproductive justice rock star. She first came to the movement in 1990 as the volunteer medical advocate coordinator at a rape crisis center on the south side of Chicago. Since then she has been the first woman of color Executive Director of the Chicago Abortion Fund and is now the Executive Director of Black Women for Reproductive Justice (BWRJ), also based in Chicago where the community is currently fighting against a racist anti-choice billboard campaign. She is Board President of both the National Network of Abortion Funds (NNAF) and SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective as well as a leader of the Trust Black Women collective that formed ...

Toni Bond Leonard is a reproductive justice rock star. She first came to the movement in 1990 as the volunteer medical advocate coordinator at a rape crisis center on the south side of Chicago. Since then she ...

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