Breaking Down Privilege: "We are each other's sandpaper" -- Dangerous Conversation, New Media Mondays (07/22/2013)
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"That's how we learn about each other: we are each other's sandpaper," host Scott Legere.

Iman Gandy -- aka The Angry Black Lady -- and I were back on Dangerous Conversation, this time for New Media Mondays. Our first round with Ledge and his on air team lead to a heated debate on reproductive rights. This time we hit on race, gender, privilege and the way they intersect to shape personal experience and public discourse. As always, there was time for sarcasm, laughter, silliniess and profanity. If honesty and directness aren't your thing, you'll want to skip this 75 minutes. If you want to hear sterotypes challenged and debated, check it out and check back for our next appearance.

More from Imani:

Senior Legal Analyst and researcher/writer at RH Reality Check.

Editor and radio co-host at This Week In Blackness

Recent/relevant posts from me can be found at:

Raging Chicken Press, Dominating Democracy and This Week in Blackness, Picketers vs Patients

For those who are new to DC's New Media Mondays, Ledge finds dissenting voices imperative to democratic discourse, so he has a regular rotation of writers and radio/podcast hosts who's viewpoints are as varied as their subjects. I'm honored to be included as the loud, female voice in the crowd. Look for me every six-eight weeks in the 4pmEST hour on RadioIO.
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Hal Sparks Radio Pgm -- Dominating Democracy, 7/13/13
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Hal gives a great intro on the current wave of anti-choice laws/bills, complete with all the reasons I'm proud to be on air discussing women's rights with him so frequently. We go into the substance of my piece, Dominating Democracy, where I put reproductive rights in the broader context of our larger democracy. Make no mistake, the GOP has no regard for our country's history or process. 

Excerpt: "In no place outside your fantasy of a martini greeting at the door with dinner of its way out of the over and your slippers being presented to you by your obedient wife with her perfectly coiffed hair-do does legislating a woman's bodily autonomy exist as a thing that works...So, STOP IT. Women are having none of it. We're screaming and people are paying attention. Very quickly the coalition broadened beyond the predictable organizations and allies. You are infringing on the human rights of your citizenry and you are trampling all over democracy to do it."

I am also including the segment after mine where Hal & John play the entire clip of Sarah Slamen attempting to testify at the Texas statehouse. Also, Hal coins the word "midwiffery" -- pronounced "Mid-whif-hery" -- just before a Monty Python reference so fast you'll almost miss it.

Here's the information on the reporting from Ari Berman on voting rights as published in The Nation. His appearance on The Majority Reportjust after the SCOTUS decision does an amazing job of breaking down the likely outcome and what's already happening in the states formerly covered by Section Five.

You can also find my piece, Dominating Democracy, on Raging Chicken Press.
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"Sailor Female" -- Dangerous Conversation, New Media Mondays (05/20/2013)
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I love doing Dangerous Conversation. Quite simply, it's as much fun to be on as it is to listen. Host Scott Ledger and I agree about half the time and I enjoy both halves. When we disagree, debate is intelligent and constructive -- though often heated and passionate. I have to be caffienated and prepared with my A game.

This particular segment was the roll out for New Media Mondays. Ledge finds dissenting voices imperative to democratic discourse, so he has a regular Monday rotation of writers and radio/podcast hosts who's viewpoints are as varied as their subjects. I was honored to be asked to be a loud, female voice in the crowd. Look for me every six-eight weeks in the 4pmEST hour on RadioIO.

As Kermit Gosnell had just been convicted, we talked a fair amount about the reality of abortion access, my time escorting at women's clinics in Chicago and why prochoice is the real prolife stance. We aren't always this heavy and even with the topic, we always have time for innuendo and silliness. I continue to appreciate how real the show's host and producers are when vacilating between serious and light-hearted. They also never hold back when asking questions from their own perspectives. Ledge discusses a woman in his life terminating a pregnancy and how she felt while asking me about my experience.

And then...the First Amendment. Plenty of time for that every time. On the anniversary of the Chicago NATO conference, I may have had a few words on the police state. In the Venn diagram of liberal--libertarian, there is always common ground in the Constitution.

Oh, and I left in the intro because it's the best I've gotten yet. Glad that my ability to wield profanity is appreciated, almost as much as my speaking my mind with no holding back. I feel the same way about you, gentlemen. 

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Category:Dangerous Conversation -- posted at: 1:06pm PDT
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