In brief: My last regular spot with Ledge.

Overview

With sadness, I post this: my last appearance on Dangerous Conversation. I am overwhelmed with appreciation for my friend Scott Legere who has generously given me the space to say what I think exactly how I think it without censors or interruption. Ledge is moving on to the next chapter in his life and career and I look forward to seeing what form that takes — and hopefully finding out how I can be a part of it.

As always, in this spot we talked about everything from religion and the Pope to our lives and personal beliefs to the election and what’s next for the country. I hope you’ll enjoy this conclusion to a two-year run with Ledge and the boys and that you’ll stay tuned for what might be around the corner. I promise to keep you updated on any future announcements.

To the Radio IO/Bubba Army listeners who have supported me from the beginning, I can’t adequately express my gratitude. You followed, read, re-tweeted, asked questions, got on board and came along for the ride. When I have needed monetary support for clinic defense or backers to stand up to anti-choice wanted posters, you were first in line. I can’t tell you what it has meant to me to have you all stand with, behind, and — at times — in front of me on issues the pundits say you don’t give a damn about. Thank you.

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Category:Dangerous Conversation -- posted at: 9:40am PDT
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[TW: rape/victim blaming]

I was back on with Matthew Filipowicz to talk about the latest on Rolling Stone fueling rape culture, the self-preservation motivation behind victim blaming, and my own story.

Overview:

I’m always glad to be on with Matt, who covers rape culture and bodily autonomy and all manner of social justice on a regular basis. An extra thank you to him for putting a trigger warning in his podcast and on air before playing our interview; the care he takes with the survivors in his audience is much appreciated.

The aspect of the story we spent a good deal of time on that is unique to our conversation is how much self-preservation is at the root of victim blaming. Yes, there are some straight up jerkbags out there; but mostly people want to identify what makes a victim stand out so that they can avoid being victimized. I hope you dig the nuance of our segment.

This clip made it onto The Best of the Left Podcast where (if you’ve missed it) I am the social media and activism director. You can catch the entire 70 minute show here: Episode #885 "A guide to doing it all wrong (The UVA Story - Rape Culture)” I’ve known Jay! — the producer/creator — for years and have enjoyed working with him immensely, in large part because of how much he cares about his contribution to social narratives. This episode was no exception. (You can subscribe for free at the same link.)

Links to on-air references:

My piece at Buzzfeed: "How Rolling Stone Gave A Gift To Rape Apologists”

"On Rolling Stone, lessons from fact-checking, and the limits of journalism” by Maya Dusenbery at Feministing

”Jackie Update” — and why media only covers “interesting” rape stories by Melissa McEwan at Shakesville

"Why I Don't Want To Hear Both Sides Of Rape Cases” by Wagatwe Wanjuki at Buzzfeed

"Victims’ Memories Are Imperfect, But Still Perfectly Believable” by Ali Safran at Buzzfeed

"The Wrestler and the Rape Victim” by Jessica Luther at Vice Sports

The easy download/stream and additional text description/info is available at the Katie Speak Live! tab on my website.

You can hear The Matthew Filipowicz Show bi-weekly via podcast and broadcast out of Washington DC (1480 AM We Act Radio) and Grand Rapids, MI (1680 AM & 95.3 FM Public Reality Radio) weekly
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Category:Regular Guest Spots -- posted at: 12:52pm PDT
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In brief: [TW: rape/victim blaming] I was back on with Justice Putnam to talk about Rolling Stone feeding rape culture and my own story. Stick around for his powerful personal story toward the end.

Overview:

I’m always glad to be on with Justice and this spot was no exception. There are fewer jokes than typical because of the tough subject and because I’m still getting used to articulating my story for an audience. We discussed why people blame the victim (my own theories) and why “How do we fix this??” is a way to derail a conversation on an issue that indicts the entirety of our culture.

Links to on-air references:

My piece for Buzzfeed: "How Rolling Stone Gave A Gift To Rape Apologists” h/t to my amazing editor, Doree Shafrir

"On Rolling Stone, lessons from fact-checking, and the limits of journalism” by Maya Dusenbery at Feministing

This covers the jerk ‘writer’ who doxed “Jackie” — "Twitter Under Pressure To Ban Blogger Who Posted Alleged UVA Rape Victim's Name” at ThinkProgress

"The Newsroom's campus rape storyline: victim-blaming at its worst” by Jen Gerson Uffalussy at The Guardian

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Category:Regular Guest Spots -- posted at: 9:42am PDT
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In brief: My regular spot with Hal Sparks on WCPT Radio, Chicago!

Overview:

Today’s segment comes with a Trigger Warning for rape, sexual assault, victim blaming, explicit descriptions of abuse, etc. Please take care when listening and sharing.

I told part of my story of abuse and repeated rape (a story that will publish this week to include additional coverage of the fall-out) and explained while RS’s use of the word “discrepancy” was basically calling “Jackie” (the victim) a liar because they couldn’t own up to their own journalistic failings.

We did a quick inclusion of Bill Cosby’s allegations and I read part of my friend Ali Safran’s story at Buzzfeed about why we should believe survivors even if they can’t tell their story EXACTLY the same hundreds of times.

UPDATE: RollingStone quietly edited and reissued their “apology” to a more appropriate blaming of their staff late on Saturday. With the damage very much done and the publisher of a right-wing extremist site having already outed the UVA victim by name.

If you experience gendered threats of violence on Twitter — where support is NOTORIOUS for not caring, please use the Women, Action, Media’s new reporting tool. They’re working with Twitter to document the systematic harassment and hopefully change policy: WAM Twitter Harassment Reporting Tool

Links to on-air references:

"A Note to Our Readers” — the awful rape apology from RollingStone

Survivors respond to RollingStone, UVA and #IStandWithJackie at Buzzfeed Ideas

"Victims’ Memories Are Imperfect, But Still Perfectly Believable — 'Just tell us you’re making it up.’” by Ali Safran who’s organization Surviving in Numbers is one you should follow and support

"Why I Don’t Want To Hear Both Sides Of Rape Cases: A sexual assault survivor argues that assailants’ and victims’ accounts should not be given the same amount of weight."

WAM Twitter Harassment Reporting Tool

Graphic via KnowYour IX Facebook page

Support Know Your IX” and Follow on Twitter

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Category:HSRP -- posted at: 8:24am PDT
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In brief: My regular spot with Hal Sparks on WCPT Radio, Chicago!

Overview:

The most important message from today’s podcast: VOTING MATTERS, so FindYourFuckingPollingPlace and share with your networks so they know where to vote as well. If you’re disillusioned with national politics, I get it. That just makes your local school board, state representatives, etc. MORE important.

Hal and I talked about SO much related to voting and elections. There are pile of links and additional resources in the blog extras at KatieSpeak.com. I’m including the links to the on-air references below, but to get the extra write-ups and context, check out the full podcast notes on my blog.

Links to on-air references:

Paul Weyrich on voter suppression: ”I don’t want everybody to vote” via Media Matters For America

Listen to all things Imani Gandy on This Week In Blackness

"Black Women Are an Electoral Voting Force. Recognize.” by Imani Gandy, RH Reality Check

"What’s Up With All These Voting Restrictions?: A GIF-splanation” by Imani Gandy, RH Reality Check

Find out about the FIVE BALLOT initiatives in ILLINOIS

Know your voting rights in Illinois via AFLCIO and ACLU

Antichoice bills are on the ballot in three states (VOTE NO on all):

COLORADO: "Colorado’s ‘Personhood’ Amendment Is an Attack on Women of Color” by Cristina Aguilar at RH Reality Check

NORTH DAKOTA: "North Dakota Ballot Measure Would Declare Life Begins At Conception” via Talking Points Memo

TENNESSEE: "The Nation's Biggest Abortion Battle Is Playing Out in Tennessee” by Molly Redden at Mother Jones

"California’s Innovative Experiment To Tackle Abortion Stigma” by Tara Culp-Ressler at Think Progress

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Category:HSRP -- posted at: 8:24am PDT
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In brief: Catching up on old clips — Stephanie Miller Show June 2013 edition!

Overview:

I realized I had some clips hanging around from before I started the Katie Speak Live and podcast feeds, so I’m cleaning house! It turns out, though, that these may be from a year and a half ago, but they’re more than just relevant. According to Molly Redden at Mother Jones"The War on Reproductive Rights Will Get a Lot Uglier Next Year” — and pretty much every body else (myself included), 2015 is gonna be an anti-choice legislation bonanza. Which means Hal and I might as well have been talking about this yesterday.

Please make allowances for how early this is in my media career; I’m sure there is an ableist and/or trans-exclusionary comment or phrase in here somewhere. I was and am learning. Thanks for the benefit of the doubt as I’ve evolved as fast as I can, identifying and breaking down my privilege as best I can. That my friends, followers, readers and listeners have been so kind and patient — as well as informative and honest — has allowed me to become a better reproductive justice advocate and ally.

And with that note, please enjoy the flashbacks to one of my spots on The Stephanie Miller Show with my friend Hal Sparks filling in as host!

The easy download/stream and additional text description/info is available at the Katie Speak Live! tab on my website.

Files posted originally at the Stephanie Miller Soundcloud page. You can hear the Stephanie Miller Show daily from 9am-noon EST via FreeSpeech TV.

Subscribe to get all a selection of my appearances through iTunes at Katie Speak Live Archives.

You can catch Hal Sparks every Saturday from 12-2pm EST on WCPT.
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Category:general -- posted at: 10:24pm PDT
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In brief: Catching up on old clips — Stephanie Miller Show March 2013 edition!

Overview:

I realized I had some clips hanging around from before I started the Katie Speak Live and podcast feeds, so I’m cleaning house! It turns out, though, that these may be from a year and a half ago, but they’re more than just relevant. According to Molly Redden at Mother Jones"The War on Reproductive Rights Will Get a Lot Uglier Next Year” — and pretty much every body else (myself included), 2015 is gonna be an anti-choice legislation bonanza. Which means Hal and I might as well have been talking about this yesterday.

Please make allowances for how early this is in my media career; I’m sure there is an ableist and/or trans-exclusionary comment or phrase in here somewhere. I was and am learning. Thanks for the benefit of the doubt as I’ve evolved as fast as I can, identifying and breaking down my privilege as best I can. That my friends, followers, readers and listeners have been so kind and patient — as well as informative and honest — has allowed me to become a better reproductive justice advocate and ally.

And with that note, please enjoy the flashbacks to one of my spots on The Stephanie Miller Show with my friend Hal Sparks filling in as host!

The easy download/stream and additional text description/info is available at the Katie Speak Live! tab on my website.

Files posted originally at the Stephanie Miller Soundcloud page. You can hear the Stephanie Miller Show daily from 9am-noon EST via FreeSpeech TV.

Subscribe to get all a selection of my appearances through iTunes at Katie Speak Live Archives.

You can catch Hal Sparks every Saturday from 12-2pm EST on WCPT.
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Category:general -- posted at: 10:22pm PDT
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My latest piece for Truthout -- "The Uncertainty of Access: Reproductive Health in the Rio Grande Valley" -- features a number of amazing voices. Other writers, organizers and hosts are picking up on their inspiring work!

Rubén Garza of the Texas Freedom Network was on Netroots Radio's After Show this morning chatting with Justice Putnam about reproductive justice, public education, registering a record number of new voters in the Valley and more. I wanted to make sure you didn't miss it, so here's their conversation in full.

You can also get the audio version of my article in its entirety here: audio accompaniment to "The Uncertainty of Access: Reproductive Health in the Rio Grande Valley" (easy stream, download and direct link to podcast feed).

The easy download/stream and additional text description/info is available at the Katie Speak Live! tab on my website.

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Category:general -- posted at: 1:52pm PDT
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In brief: because not everyone has TONS of reading time, huzzah!

My new piece at Truthout is long. Super extra long. When you hear the words of the activists from the Rio Grande Valley in Texas you'll know why I just couldn't cut any of what they had to say. The famously awful, omnibus anti-choice law HB2 is hitting the Valley the hardest -- and the reproductive justice community there is doing inspiring, tireless work without showing signs of letting up or admitting defeat. Quite the opposite, actually.

This is the audio companion to my, well, my love letter to the people who inspire me every day. When I can't get up, don't know how I'm going to keep working, or feel overwhelmed, I look to the people in this piece. They're heroes, all of them, and they're fighting for you.

Please take the time to thank Truthout by sharing the article directly from their website: "The Uncertainty of Access: Reproductive Health in the Rio Grande Valley." They are a nonprofit outlet without the corporate sponsorship you see on so many sites and they’ve given me a space to talk about important issues that are so often ignored. Thank you!

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Category:general -- posted at: 4:24pm PDT
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In brief: Back on with Justice to talk Texas, what’s next, RGV activist awesomeness and why you should care about HB2 no matter where you live! Oh, and VOTE.

Overview

Always happy to be on with Justice! We did the algebra of HB2, shared mutual admiration for the amazing work being done by Texas activists — including those who assist with transportation to clinics (Fund Texas Choice) and those working to end stigma. They’re an inspiring level of inexhaustible and undaunted by the scope of the work to be done.

I referenced Katha Pollitt’s new book "Pro: Reclaiming Abortion Rights” which discusses, in part, that our healthcare has been unnecessarily manhandled by the patriarchy. Women used to hand down knowledge to each other and share within the community; only recently is someone eternally up in your business as a barrier to things like birth control and managing miscarriages.

I recommended Jessica Mason Pieklo's piece at RH Reality Check on which cases to watch this Supreme Court season. Read and become smarter: "Six Supreme Court Cases Equality Advocates Should Watch This Term"

Justice, of course, did his call for voter turn-out next month. We’re both fans of voting with friends and neighbors — TAKE PEOPLE WITH YOU to make sure they can get there, don’t forget and y’all aren’t bored waiting in possible lines. The same day we got the good news about HB2, we got the bad news about the Texas voter ID law. These are not unrelated; there is a systemic, long-term plan for control being executed here. As my friend Lee Camp says, “Evil people have plans.” We’re basically being beaten by office supplies. So vote next month, even if it’s just to stick to the jerkbags.

Links to on-air references:

My Goodreads review of "Pro: Reclaiming Abortion Rights” by Katha Pollitt: "Read. This. Book.

The complete archive of reporting on #HB2 from Andrea Grimes at RH Reality Check

Andrea Grimes GIFsplains #HB2: "Texas’ HB 2’s Journey From the Capitol to SCOTUS for The Angry Black Lady Chronicles at RH Reality Check

"Six Supreme Court Cases Equality Advocates Should Watch This Term" by Jessica Mason Pieklo

Texas abortion funds TOTALLY still need you. Get a round up list at: Texans For Reproductive Justice

Here’s the transportation fund: Fund Texas Choice

"5th Circuit Puts TX GOP's 'Discriminatory' and 'Unconstitutional' Photo ID Law Back in Effect: Appellate judges do not challenge lower court findings, but worry about 'confusion', SCOTUS precedent on late voting law changes… via The Brad Blog

Paul Weyrich explaining to the GOP: ”I don’t want everybody to vote….” via Media Matters For America

Watch ”Evil People Have Plans by Lee Camp and check out his new show Redacted Tonight.

The easy download/stream and additional text description/info is available at the Katie Speak Live! tab on my website.

Subscribe to get all my guest appearances as well as my regular spots with Hal Sparks, Dangerous Conversation and and more through iTunes at Katie Speak Live Archives.

You can hear Netroots Radio: The After Show with Justice Putnam daily at 11amEST via LIVESTREAM.
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Category:Regular Guest Spots -- posted at: 1:46pm PDT
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In brief: My regular spot with Katie Vitale! We hate on the Fifth Circuit and swing the hypocrisy hammer at the GOP’s “family values."

Overview:

It is always a pleasure to be on with Katie Vitale to talk Texas and how what’s happening in my favorite state affects the entire country! We chatted the Fifth Circuit decision that closed the most recent 13 clinics (this was a few hours before SCOTUS stepped in, allowing the clinics to reopen pending a December hearing at the Appeals Court) and the badass activism happening in the Rio Grande Valley.

We also brought down the hypocrisy hammer on Greg Abbott and the broader GOP who claim they impose restrictions on access to reproductive health, cut funding to vital services and pass voter suppression laws because they have “family values.” Sure. We’ll believe that when they stop invading our bedrooms, pass paid family leave and increase education and childcare funding.

Links to on-air references:

My Goodreads review of "Pro: Reclaiming Abortion Rights” by Katha Pollitt: "Read. This. Book.

The complete archive of reporting on #HB2 from Andrea Grimes at RH Reality Check

"5th Circuit Puts TX GOP's 'Discriminatory' and 'Unconstitutional' Photo ID Law Back in Effect: Appellate judges do not challenge lower court findings, but worry about 'confusion', SCOTUS precedent on late voting law changes… via The Brad Blog

The easy download/stream and additional text description/info is available at the Katie Speak Live! tab on my website.

Subscribe to get all my guest appearances as well as my regular spots with Hal Sparks, Dangerous Conversation and and more through iTunes at Katie Speak Live Archives.

You can hear Issues For Your Tissues with Katie Vitale on KOOP 91.7FM, Austin every Tuesday at 2:30pmCST via LIVESTREAM.
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Category:Regular Guest Spots -- posted at: 7:17am PDT
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In brief: My regular spot with Hal Sparks on WCPT Radio, Chicago!

Overview:

There are now eight clinics legally allowed to provide abortion care to the 5.4 million Texans of reproductive age. The Fifth Circuit, who’s ruling this week to impose the last measure of the omnibus anti-abortion law known as HB2 which has now shuttered 80 percent of the state’s safe abortion providers, estimated that 900,000 Texans will now need to travel more than 150 miles to access care.

In a state where barriers to birth control and other early reproductive health services means over half the pregnancies are unintended, this is nothing less than a public health crisis. From nearly 50 clinics a few years ago to 8 — and those in the eastern cities are also seeing patients from neighboring Louisiana.

SUPPORT Fund Texas Choice and the Center For Reproductive Rights.

Hal does a great job of calling out Justice Scalia for protecting Hobby Lobby’s “right” to deny its employees full use of their earned health insurance for reproductive care while the CEOs invest in companies that manufacture drugs used for lethal injections. ::drop mic::

And so, Hal and I will keep talking about this. Over and over and over all the way to the Supreme Court and through the next election when I promise you access to reproductive care will be front and center whether we’re Ready For Hillary or not.

Links to on-air references:

"No Undue Burden? What Texas' HB 2 Means for Maria*” by Andrea Grimes at Rh Reality Check

"Fifth Circuit Rules No Burden Too Great to Deny Texans Safe Abortion Care” by Jessica Mason Pieklo at RH Reality Check

"Report: States With Most Abortion Restrictions Have Worst Health Outcomes” by Teddy Wilson at RH Reality Check

"13 Texas abortion clinics close overnight | MSNBC” by Irin Carmon at MSNBC.com

"Andrea Ferrigno on Being Forced to Close Our Doors in McAllen Once Again [VIDEO] |” via Whole Woman’s Health

"Another Choice Lost: HB 2 Targets Most of Texas’ Independent Abortion Providers (Updated)” by Andrea Grimes at Rh Reality Check

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Category:HSRP -- posted at: 11:57am PDT
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In brief: Panel chat with some great repro justice advocates!

Overview

While I was in Texas, I got the chance to record a panel interview with some of my favorite reproductive justice activists. With the travel & moving cross-country (more on that later), I didn’t get the clip posted right away. So, here it is with the intro from our hosts at Emoprog Army Radio Hour:

Hosted by @violentfanon and @caulkthewagon, with guests Britni de la Cretaz, Natasha Vianna, Jessica Luther and Katie Klabusich. Britni and Natasha are Boston-based activists, Katie is a journalist and activist based in Brooklyn, and Jessica is a journalist and activist based in Texas. All are active in reproductive justice fights across the country.

We discuss the McCutcheon Supreme Court decision that struck down Massachusetts' abortion clinic free speech buffer zone law, as well as legislation set to be implimented in Texas that will result in the majority of reproductive health clinics closing. We also discuss ways to fight back against these measures as well as defend against the broader assault against reproductive rights in America.

The easy download/stream and additional text description/info is available at the Katie Speak Live! tab on my website.

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The Emoprog Army Radio Hour posts weekly. You can download/subscribe HERE..
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Category:general -- posted at: 10:57am PDT
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Overview

Today’s episode comes with a TRIGGER WARNING for intimate partner violence and child abuse. The National Domestic Violence Hotline can be reached online 24/7 in over 170 languages at at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233).

Hal and I hadn’t had a chance to talk about Ray Rice and the NFL’s intimate partner violence issues yet, so there was a lot of ground to cover. We talked about Friday’s ridiculous press conference (Go, Rachel Nichols!), why Roger Goodell has GOT to go, the revictimization of Janay Rice with the video release, and how law enforcement isn’t the answer to a cultural problem.

We also touched on It’s On Us, a new campaign to end sexual assault. As with most programs, I’m in favor of parts and the intention as a whole while viewing segments as problematic. Having stars like Kerry Washington and figures like President Obama say the phrase “It’s on us to prevent sexual assault” is pretty revolutionary if seen in the context of culture change. The pledge is clear that ANY and ALL non-consensual sex is assault, full stop. And that we must create safe spaces where survivors are believed and supported.

The “bystander intervention” aspect is very “take the keys from your friends” campaign-ish and emphasizes situations like stranger rape and group party settings — which are the minority of assaults. Most assaults happen in the context of established relationships (friendships, dating, new partners, etc) and reinforcing that misperception is a problem. But I’m glad to be living in an era where the president of the United States feels he must weigh in on the plague of sexual assault. So, I’ll take this as a jumping off point and continue to call for even better programs and campaigns.

Links to on-air references:

Get caught up: "How the Ray Rice scandal unfolded between the Baltimore Ravens, Roger Goodell and the NFL”

In case you thought it was just Ray Rice: "San Francisco 49ers, NFL scrutinized after domestic violence arrests”

Ravens offered Ray Rice a staff job “acclimating new players to the league” — and other atrocities: "ESPN: Ravens official told Ray Rice video was '(expletive) horrible,' but team didn't pursue tape”

From Dave Zirin: "Why NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell Must Go and Who Should Replace Him”

SIGN: #GoodellMustGo petition from Ultraviolet

My piece for The Frisky on censoring survivors and revictimizing Janay Rice: "The Soapbox: TIME Shouldn’t Question #WhyIStayed”

A must read from Brittney Cooper, aka Professor Crunk: "The racial parenting divide: What Adrian Peterson reveals about black vs. white child-rearing”

#ItsOnUs pledge

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Category:HSRP -- posted at: 5:24pm PDT
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In brief: Justice Putnam of Netroots Radio was an early supporter of my #ExposeStopPatriarchy project. He had me on this week to talk about their “grifting” (his word) and the amazing activists on the ground in Texas I’ve profiled at Bitch, Alternet and Salon This work is ongoing; you can support it HERE.

Overview

Justice (yes, that’s his actual name) and I chatted about the fantastic work of NARAL Texas and Progress Texas getting anti-choicers on tape training their picketers to intimidate abortion clinic patients — because always start out with awesome! We then discussed my work to expose the group Stop Patriarchy and its patriarch Bob Avakian.

We contrasted this umbrella “activist” group touring the Lone Star State as disruptors while not contributing anything to the on-the-ground work with those organizations and activists I’ve profiled in the pieces I’ve published so far. Texans are doing inspiring work here and the condescension and deception of Stop Patriarchy is offensive and dangerous to the reproductive rights and justice movements.

Links to on-air references:

"Undercover Audio Reveals Intimidation Tactics of Texas Anti-Abortion Groups” via Progress Texas and NARAL Texas

Texans For Reproductive Justice ”Call To Action” — 10 Texas organizations to support as an in-state or out-of-state ally

My piece at Salon: "Are the white women wearing actual chains?” — Meet the abortion rights group Texas feminists oppose. New York-based Stop Patriarchy says it's in Texas to "help." A coalition of advocates have said, "No thanks.”

My piece at Bitch: "In Texas, Activist Group "Stop Patriarchy" Draws Criticism”

My piece at Alternet: "Activist Group Comes Under Fire for Equating Abortion Restrictions With Slavery: Stop Patriarchy has been criticized for its un-feminist, clueless messaging.”

How to help me Expose Stop Patriarchy

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Category:general -- posted at: 11:23am PDT
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Overview

Hal and I talked repro wins, hypocrisy and a 2016 sneak peak (we’re only a year away from primary fundraising, folks)!

The Center for Reproductive Rights and Whole Woman’s Health are back in court Monday to fight the admitting privileges TRAP law slated to close all but six of the remaining Texas Clinics September 1st. (I’ll be there covering a few stories!) This will be an interesting back to back with the ruling in favor of the Mississippi clinic last week that allows its doors to remain open. Stay tuned…

And Hal and I gave some love to the Notorious R.B.G. — Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg. I tell you why we’re SO DAMN LUCKY she isn’t retiring as we comment on her new awareness of the pop culture fame she’s experiencing following the scathing Hobby Lobby decision dissent.

We also spent some time on the Satanists trolling Hobby Lobby to see how far the “firmly held religious belief” ruling can go. We all know religious beliefs come with a conservative Biblical interpretation requirement.

Links to on-air references:

Mississippi’s Last Clinic Stays Open — For Now by Irin Carmon

"Whole Woman’s Health Takes Texas to Court over HB 2” via Whole Woman’s Health

"Ruth Bader Ginsburg Loves Her Notorious R.B.G. Nickname, Knows About Biggie Now” via Vanity Fair

"Satanists Troll Hobby Lobby: How far do religious-liberty claims actually extend following the Supreme Court's ruling?” via Emma Green at The Atlantic

We Are Ultraviolet, the organization fighting back against sexism that I mentioned. Check out their latest petition: "Tell the Senate: Pass the bill to reverse Supreme Court's birth control ruling” and follow them on Twitter: @Ultraviolet

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Category:HSRP -- posted at: 2:18pm PDT
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So Hobby Lobby happened. Businesses and corporations aren’t just people; they’re now religious people. Despite EVERYONE calling it a “narrow” decision, immediate rulings in both lower district courts AND right there at SCOTUS made it clear feminists aren’t being alarmist banshees. Hal and I make some light of Hobby Lobby for sanity’s sake, while hopefully conveying the importance of the deacon and the ramifications especially for low-income workers without many employment options.

In Dalia Lithwick’s predictably brilliant piece for Slate, she dispels the “narrow” narrative this way (emphasis mine):

[I]n an unsigned emergency order granted Thursday evening, the very same court said that this very same workaround it had just praised was also unconstitutional, that this workaround also burdened the religious freedom of religious employers. Overnight, the cure has become the disease. Having explicitly promised that Hobby Lobby would go no further than Hobby Lobby, the court went back on its word, then skipped town for the summer.

Meanwhile, clergy in Illinois protest Hobby Lobby by handing out condoms — at Hobby Lobby. This is my favorite thing.

Hal and I also went into what Free Speech is and isn’t exactly — aka, you aren’t free from consequences ones the speech leaves your lips. And we trace all this conservative fear and outrage back to the whole women and brown people demanding their rights, slowly but surely. Rich white dudes are thinking “revolution,” yanno, to protect themselves.

And Hal describes the states (including his home state of Kentucky) opposing same-sex marriage as being “in the business of animal husbandry.” I cosign.

We also took some callers. You can be one of those, by the way: 773-763-9278.

Links to on-air references:

"Quick Change Justice While you were sleeping, Hobby Lobby just got so much worse" by Dahlia Lithwick at Slate

"Illinois Clergy Protest SCOTUS Ruling By Giving Out Condoms At Hobby Lobby” by Caitlin MacNeal at Talking Points Memo

"Sirius XM radio host Anthony Cumia fired over 'racially charged’ tirade”

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Category:HSRP -- posted at: 3:03pm PDT
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Yep. More McCullen, Supreme Court and clinic defense. This week’s unanimous SCOTUS decision struck down the Massachusetts 35-foot state-wide buffer zone protecting reproductive healthcare clinics and open the door to challenges against most of the patchwork of ordinances and laws across the country. Hal and I talk Scalia’s conflict, the reality of violence, the hypocrisy of upholding “free speech zones,” etc. and SCOTUS not giving so much as half a care for the real lives of real people.

Links to on-air references:

”My Wife’s Abortion v. Your Free Speech by ,Aaron Gouveia via Time

"Don’t Tread on Grandma: The Supreme Court Reframes the Abortion-Free Speech Debate in ‘McCullen’” by Jessica Mason Pieklo via RH Reality Check

"'Open Season on Reproductive Health Care Clinics': A Clinic Escort Responds to McCullen Ruling”, my piece at BradBlog & Truthout

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Category:HSRP -- posted at: 10:32am PDT
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I’m always glad to do Matt’s show! It’s another sexual assault and consent discussion-laden clip, so trigger warnings and self-care advisories for sure. We talked the broader implications of the George Will column and I’m happy to report that this show is posting the same day the St. Louis Post-Dispatch announced they’re dropping Will’s column! If that doesn’t sound that exciting because you don’t know midwestern papers, it’s a big one. It has a solid history and it’s going to cost Will in syndication pay. Also, someone has to be the first. Here’s to more of this: ”Major Newspaper Dumps George Will, Apologizes For ‘Offensive’ Rape Column”.

You should definitely check out the entire show — Episode 334 with Cliff Schecter & Katie Klabusich (06/19/14) — and subscribe already because it’s fantastic.

Links to on-air references:

My piece, reposted at HuffPo: ”Dear George Will: A Few Words on My #SurvivorPrivilege”/p>

"White House Action on Campus Sexual Violence: For Me, It's Personal” by Wagatwe Wanjuki

AND her GoFundMe to graduate despite all that survivor privilege: Help me FINALLY finish college!

"Washington Post Opinion Editor Defends George Will’s ‘Survivor Privilege’ Column As Twitter Backlash Continues” via International Business Times

"Washington Post's New Venture Walks Back Headline Telling Women To Marry Their "Baby Daddies” via Media Matters For America

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The Matthew Filipowicz Show can be heard in the DC and Midwestern radio markets HERE, online HERE and via iTunes and Stitcher.
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Category:general -- posted at: 12:03pm PDT
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Hal Sparks Radio Pgm -- Rich White Dudes Commandeer All The Things (06/14/14)

Overview

I can always count on Hal to join me in railing against misogyny and rampant misunderstanding of consent in our culture. So when George Will penned his rape apology, victim blaming column, I knew we’d be chatting about it on HSRP.

And we touched on the new ramp-up to "re-war" (?) in Iraq. It fits with the rich, white, male privilege in our political class who only value their own lives and autonomy. For the same reason they think they can commandeer my body at will, they think they have the right to seize land and resources and power overseas.

Links to on-air references:

"Dear George Will -- A Few Words on My #SurvivorPrivilege”, my piece at HuffPo Women. Audio version available at KatieSpeak.com

"The Iraq Mess: Place Blame Where It Is Deserved" via The New Yorker

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Category:HSRP -- posted at: 9:23am PDT
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Radio Dispatch -- "Katie Klabusich on WaPo & #SurvivorPrivilege" (06/12/14)

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I was more than happy to be back on Radio Dispatch with Molly Knefel! (John, apparently, had the audacity to take a vacation of some sort…) We talked The Washington Post — aka, Misogyny Daily — and their run of “Oh My God, you cannot be serious…” articles.

I was pretty emotionally exhausted after several days of talking about sexual assault non-stop and having people attack me as “not really raped” and “mocking survivors” because I didn’t describe any of the graphic physical details. They didn’t speak to Will’s column the way the more “subtle” and “less rapey” assaults do, so I left them for another time. Molly was generous and forgiving of my occasional stutter and pause to redirect my thoughts. She’s good people.

I’m including her intro in case you haven’t heard about WaPo’s awfulness and you should definitely check out the entire episode — ”Radio Dispatch: June 12, 2014” — and subscribe already because it’s fantastic.

Links to on-air references:

My piece, reposted at HuffPo: ”Dear George Will: A Few Words on My #SurvivorPrivilege”/p>

"White House Action on Campus Sexual Violence: For Me, It's Personal” by Wagatwe Wanjuki

AND her GoFundMe to graduate despite all that survivor privilege: Help me FINALLY finish college!

"Washington Post Opinion Editor Defends George Will’s ‘Survivor Privilege’ Column As Twitter Backlash Continues” via International Business Times

"Washington Post's New Venture Walks Back Headline Telling Women To Marry Their "Baby Daddies” via Media Matters For America

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Category:general -- posted at: 10:05am PDT
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Variation on a theme — the inability of our broader culture to understand the concept of consent — was the topic on both of our minds. And since I was in the Chicago studio for both hours, Hal and I dug deep into the idea of what he calls (and I like) “cultivating yes culture.”

We teach “no means no,” which I had considered problematic even before admitting to myself that I was on the receiving end of intimate partner violence over a five year period with my ex. So, drawing on the recent stories in the news about “honor killings” abroad and misogyny-fueled murders here at home, Hal and I did what we do: we discussed third-rail, adult topics much ignored by our culture because of discomfort and an outdated sense of decorum.

This show comes with trigger warnings, though still FCC clean. We — of course — had our silly moments, but this HSRP is definitely on the serious side. We took several calls, so if you’re downloading/streaming just for me (thanks!), remember it’s Hal’s show. I’m just in the sidecar. And next time — tune in and call in!

Links to on-air references:

Jessica Valenti’s piece on the UCSB shooting and misogyny not being a mental illness

Dave Zirin’s piece for The Nation on Ray Rice exemplifying the culture of violence against women

Ta-Nehisi Coates piece on the case for reparations that Hal referenced on air — it’s a must read.

I recommended Tristan Taormino’s PuckerUp website for the people who think asking for consent “ruins the moment.” Get all her things; listen to her radio show: Sex Out Loud (nsfw).

My spot with on Dennis Trainor Jr’s new show that landed me on Newsbusters for being unapologetic about liking sex.

(Graphic credit for the “consent stoplight” goes to: Brenna McCaffrey)

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Category:HSRP -- posted at: 7:06am PDT
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It was patriarchy on parade today (everyday?) for my spot with Hal. Jill Abramson got fired from the helm of The New York Times this week and she claims it happened after expressing concern about pay equity. She was subsequently called “pushy” and sent packing. There’s a bit of debate about her believability; as Andi Zeisler argues at Bitch Media, the plausibility of her story is enough to cause pause.

Also on the show, Senator Marco Rubio’s latest lip-smacking inane claims. I admit to being excited and immediately texting Hal when I saw he had claimed liberals couldn’t denigrate his climate change denial — which is totes based on science — because we deny the proven science behind life beginning at conception. Seriously. This man is a United States senator.

As usual we expound on the broader implications and cultural commentary. And then Hal misses me saying I had to go, so I abruptly fail to return after the break at the end of the clip. BUT! In two weeks I’ll be in the Chicago studio for the full two hours, so tune in Saturday, May 31 12-2pmEST at WCPT for a solid side-car appearance.

Links to on-air references:

"Like a Boss: Five Reasons Jill Abramson's Firing Matters” by Andi Zeisler for Bitch Media

"Marco Rubio Defends His Climate Denialism With Unscientific Rant On Abortion” by Tara Culp-Ressler via Think Progress

"Rubio Slams Liberals' 'Hypocrisy' On Abortion, Climate Change” by Catherine Thompson via Talking Points Memo

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Category:HSRP -- posted at: 10:25pm PDT
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Publicly Poly

If you don’t already know, I’m the social media and activism director for The Best of the Left Podcast. I love this gig. I'd known Jay!, the producer/director for several years before working with him, which means I wasn’t surprised to discover he’s great to collaborate with. I find the work really satisfying for a slate of reasons; at the top of the list is the voicemail and commentary section at the end of the show. The regular listeners are smart and engaged and know their shit. Sometimes when less empathetic, tolerant people stumble upon the show, our listeners will handle it and do some regulating based on their personal experiences and educational backgrounds.

Recently, polyamory came up in an analogy on the show. A caller predictably conflated — if not outright confused — it with polygamy, prompting additional conversation. So for the first time, I paused and called in to comment. I’ve been asked a bunch since starting to talk publicly about my non-heteronormativity publicly to write about it. This won’t be the last time; it’s simply a good intro to the topic here and a little groundwork for further posts.

I’m including all of the voicemails and Jay!’s words from the episode with my call. If you want to catch the start, check out the final segment of Best of the Left Podcast, episode #824 Investing in a green future (Climate)” and the final segments of the episodes that follow.

You’ll discover why I really like Jay! when you get to his closing. He describes my favorite type of allyship — the "accidental/just try not to be an asshole type.” If you dig it and find yourself listening to the rest of the episode, you can subscribe to BOTL for free.

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Category:general -- posted at: 9:57pm PDT
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Hal Sparks Radio Pgm — Just Say No: The Privilege of Opting Out (04/19/14)

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Today I used the Bundy Ranch hypocrisy and Hal’s theory on the GOP misunderstanding of consent to posit a new, umbrella theory: most white, cis, straight rich dudes have never confronted the concept of consent because they were born with the privilege of assumed consent in place.

We also talked libertarianism and the hypocrisy of not understanding consent while basing an entire political/social concept on the desire to say “No” to anything at any time.

Links to on-air references:

Bundy Ranch: "TPM Interview: Ex-Sheriff Says He Was Wrong About Bundy Ranch's Human Shields”

Opting out: Best of the Left Podcsat #809, Ch 21 (voicemails) “Attempting to define a libertarian, Gordon From Chicago”

Plaintiffs in the “Hobby Lobby” SCOTUS case opposing the ACA birth control mandate: National Organization for Women’s “Dirty 100”

My girl Wagatwe Wanjuki, amazing Title IX activist, speaker, writer: ”Stop Telling Survivors They Must Report to the Police” at Feministing

"Privilege” the concept, 101 (clunky, but not too heady explanation): "Check my what?" On privilege and what we can do about it

Must-read on understanding the fight/flight response in conservatives: ”The Republican Brain: The Science of Why They Deny Science — and Reality” by Chris Mooney

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Category:HSRP -- posted at: 11:13am PDT
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Radio Dispatch was at the top of my list when the ProLife Action League put my face on a poster. I knew John and Molly would be interested in both the anti-choice rhetorical and actual violence escalation as well as the corporate media dismissal of domestic terrorism perpetrated by white, Christian American citizens.

Nuanced and relevant, I knew this conversation would be the perfect place to start talking about the PLAL and their place in the anti-choice movement. Much thanks to John and Molly for jumping at the story and having me on basically last minute to talk about the state of reproductive healthcare access in this country and how picketers, targeting and intimidation tactics are contributing to the erosion of our rights.

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Yesterday I had the privilege of jumping on the BradCast with one of my favorite investigative journalists and broadcasters, Brad Friedman. He invited Eric Schiedler of the ProLife Action League on to respond to my perception of the Lenten "prayer" campaign. Brad might now be my favorite person.

Though he primarily focuses on voting (he's why we know things about voting machines), climate and the corrupting influence of money in politics, he wielded the reproductive rights language like a pro and asked questions that wouldn't even have occurred to me. Definitely take the time to listen to his full show and subscribe to his blog.

Also take the time to leave a comment and thank him for bringing the issue of widespread clinic closures, necessity of clinic defense escort volunteers and renewed climate of violence around basic reproductive healthcare. We need every ally; he is certainly a strong one.

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Category:general -- posted at: 1:16pm PDT
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The Nicole Sandler Show -- Clinic Closures and Weaponized Prayer (03/31/14)

Today, I jumped on with Nicole Sandler to talk about the Pro Life Action League targeting, clinic closures and violence against providers not being a thing of the past.

She put some solid show notes together along with the full podcast at: "Colbert, Christie, Climate, Christian hypocrisy". We also discussed the Religion Dispatches piece as well as David Cohen's great article for Talking Points Memo: "When Anti-abortion Harassment Gets Personal"

I don't plan to quit talking about this. If it's ok to target me with multiple posts, emails, internet memes, twitter harassment, etc. -- who exactly does the ProLife Action League consider to be off-limits? I'm not exactly a private citizen considering my public activism and media work, but I'm certainly not the highest profile pro-choice advocate or talking head in this country.

More media seems to be taking notice that anti-choice groups aren't limiting their targeting to slandering and threatening doctors. They're moved on to journalists and activists. This is not ok. Still waiting on the corporate media to wake up. (Yes, I'm aware that could be a long wait, but I'm not giving up.)

So, thank you to Nicole and other independent hosts/writers who understand the history and are appropriately outraged at the (at best) irresponsible behavior and rhetoric of the PLAL. Hopefully, it can shine a light on the behind the scenes destructive actions they've been engaged in since their public move to non-violence.

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Hal Sparks Radio Pgm — Purity Parade (03/22/14)

“Nanny State!” “Get your hands off my [insert anything here] !”

With the corporate/1% giveaways and the poking around in our bedrooms the GOP does and tries to do (over 200 anti-choice bills introduced ALREADY in 2014), it just gets increasingly silly to hear them upset about the “nanny state.” They’re not letting up.

Hal tackled the failing GOP “rebranding” effort on today’s show; I got to come on for the purity/sex police portion of the show. It is nice to give the ProLife Action League and other anti-choice groups more than one reason to find me “hard to like”.

I jumped in as Hal was doing is rant on legitimate sex as the GOP sees it:

You have a duty to the Motherland to make babies. And if you don’t do that, your relationship is less legitimate.

This, of course, is extremely out of touch with the overwhelming majority of Americans: "Poll: Majority Opposes Employer Exemption From Birth Control Mandate”. Not that that’ll stop them from trying whether or not the Hobby Lobby case goes their way.

I gave a nod to the disregard for law and order coming out of Georgia with the enhanced Stand Your Ground provisions: ”Georgia Legislators Think Felons Should Be Able To Shoot You" by <https://twitter.com/cliffschecter">Cliff Schecter.

This lead, obviously, to a discussion about “respect” and how conservatives think it should be earned Sopranos/Godfather style. Ya know, with machismo and blood lines. White, male blood lines.

And Hal couldn’t resist poking me with the Purity Ball documentary Nightline is doing. If you haven’t heard about purity balls and how fathers claim their daughters, presenting them to the Lord as chaste until they can be passed on to their husbands, well, you can imagine how I responded: “I may have done six or seven things today — and it’s 1pm in NYC — that the GOP/Purity Ball crowd thinks should be illegal…and may be in some places.”

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Category:HSRP -- posted at: 1:01pm PDT
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Dangerous Conversation -- PLAL Wanted Poster! (03/17/14)

As always, chatting with Ledge was fantastic. He squeezed me in on a busy Monday because of the PLAL wanted poster business and we talked the reality of anti-choice violence. (Yes, we managed to laugh and make it interesting.) This isn’t a long gone history, it’s happening now. If groups feel like they are free to target me, who exactly isn’t a target?

We wrapped up in time to chat BASEBALL and HOCKEY because it’s what we do. So, enjoy that new followers/listeners who thought I was all abortion all the time. And, because it’s the internet this is NSFW — Not Safe For Work — as I do tend to swear when I chat with Ledge. Not gonna lie, it’s one reason I do the show. (Not really, but do I appreciate a non-FCC outlet.)

Much thanks to Ledge for asking how people can support me (link below) and how they could push back against the PLAL. If you want, you can contribute to my Abortion Funds bowl-a-thon by donating in their name! Click here: High Roellers Team, NYAAF

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Category:Dangerous Conversation -- posted at: 12:35pm PDT
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Hal Sparks Radio Pgm -- "ProLifeActionLeague Targeting & My Refusal to Shut Up" (03/15/14)

The ProLife Action League made history with my face. Also that of an abortion provider and pro-choice journalist. We’re on what is essentially a wanted poster for all 40 days of Lent with dog whistle language like “notorious” and “pray for those involved with the culture of death.” Obviously, Hal was going to have me on to discuss it.

My friends Lizz Winstead & Dianna Anderson are quoted on my blog where I thank them for publicly calling out the PLAL’s use of prayer as a weapon. Also, the fantastic folks at Religion Dispatches covered their targeting campaign with the appropriate tone, history and interviews with PLAL head Eric Scheidler.

The piece — "For Love or Threat: Pro-Life Prayer Includes Names, Photos of Abortion-Rights Advocates” by Alana Massey — is remarkably balanced. Please visit their pages/feeds to comment and thank them. Highlights:

Or, in Scheidler’s view, “[Dr. Chastine] was rather naïve to think she could be this anonymous abortionist coming into Wichita, at George Tiller’s former practice of all places.” Reverend Harry Knox, president and CEO of the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice, doesn’t agree that God’s will is quite so self-evident. Campaigns like PLAL’s, with their use of names and photographs, are potential catalysts for harassment according to Reverend Knox. “Creating what looks like a wanted poster, then asking people to pray for those shown, is just hate in love's clothing.”

Those of you who’ve listened/followed Hal and I for a while, will remember when I became an official feminist menace — the first time the PLAL wrote about me. What’s enjoyable for those of us who think hypocrisy is important to avoid and rampant in anti-choice groups are the competing signals I’m getting from them.

The PLAL just can’t seem to decide with they want me to keep talking or renounce my wicked ways. First, they decry: I Want Katie Klabusich to Keep On Talking! complete with superlatives and a bastardization of my NOH8 photo, captioned "No, Katie! Don’t tape your mouth closed!” And now they want me to sit down, shut up, and renounce my wicked ways. Clearly, I’m not listening.

Perhaps you can help them understand why. Feel free to respectfully comment on their blog and Facebook page — which apparently is going to feature my face for the duration of Lent.

Today’s extra nod goes to producer Dennis, who honored my new “notorious” label (a long-time dog-whistle to the anti-choice fringe that “it’s totally cool if you hurt this person”) by playing Duran Duran's “Notorious” for my bumper music. Dennis, you are spectacular as always.

 

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Hal Sparks Radio Pgm — What Rape Culture? Maine Edition (03/01/14)

Maine state Rep. Lawrence Lockman is awful. Like, really, really awful. Blogger Mike Tipping put together a post of quotes pulled from the course of Lockman’s career about rape, the LGBT community and AIDS, and abortion. I know, you’re shocked to hear that some old white dude is anti-gay and anti-woman and anti-anyone-not-having-missionary-procreative sex within the confines of a marriage bed. Or that those deviating from his narrow thoughts on appropriate sexual behavior deserve whatever punishment they might get.

Hal and I went into more depth on our theories about GOP men not understanding consent or agency. Hal wonders aloud if Lockman has ever even had consensual sex. We toss some appropriate rage at the Alabama rapist sentenced to PROBATION for his third conviction as well ask, “What rape culture?”

Oh, and then there was this from Virginia state senator Steve Martin:

I don’t expect to be in the room or will I do anything to prevent you from obtaining a contraceptive. However, once a child does exist in your womb, I’m not going to assume a right to kill it just because the child’s host (some refer to them as mothers) doesn’t want it to remain alive.

Robin Marty makes all kinds of points about why his rewrite was also awful: "Virginia Lawmaker Calls Pregnant Women ‘Hosts,' and That’s a Good Thing”. And Feminsting said what I was thinking: "So, please, Sen. Martin, don’t hold back–keep telling us what you really think.”

I’ll give the real Steve Martin the final word:

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Hal Sparks Radio Pgm -- "GOP's Continued Trouble With Consent" (02/08/14)

Happy 2nd Birthday to my niece, Norah!! I did today’s show on the drive to her birthday party, so I was in a festive, excitable mood. Which means, I had thoughts about some desperate audio from the right-wing extremists…

In case you missed it, here’s the story as only Wonkette can say it: Rand Paul Wants Dems To Give Back All Their Filthy Bill Clinton Sex Money

Rand Paul said more dumb things. This time they were about Bill Clinton, Monica Lewinsky and an oddly place “slam” on Senator Claire McCaskill. Hal continues to contend that all of this nonsense boils down to the Republican men being completely unable to understand the concept of consent.

I add that they don’t view a woman’s sexuality outside the context of a man’s desire, which means consent is irrelevant. Of course, this leads to my laughing at the idea Rush and his party have that sex with feminists is no fun. The only people who find this more funny than feminists themselves are the people who get to have sex with feminists because it’s the most fun of all the things ever.

As promised, here’s the link to the t-shirt by my friendCamille DeMere that I couldn’t read on air: I Only Fuck Feminists

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Category:HSRP -- posted at: 8:37pm PDT
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Hal Sparks Radio Pgm — “SOTU and 1000 GOP Responses" (02/01/14)

If you follow me on twitter, you’ve already gotten most of my take on the State of the Union and the 100000 GOP responses. But Hal and I do it longer than 140 characters (Hey-yo!) and with audio fun. I obviously disagree that POTUS gave an appropriate nod to repro rights/access, but Hal and I both loved the Mad Men line because it so wonderfully set up CMR response and Rand Paul’s inanity.

All you need to know about Representative Cathy McMorris Rogers is in the NARAL graphic that accompanies this segment. Enjoy and pass it around. Here’s the Media Matters for America piece I referenced that fact checked FoxNews et al on the ACA: "Called on to Explain Big Story, Media Botches Obamacare."

Policy Mic did a great piece fact-checking all the responses: ”Fact Check: What Republicans Got Wrong in Their SOTU responses,”. FactCheck.org handled McMorris Rogers on “layoffs” because of the ACA: ”Is Obamacare Causing Health Care Layoffs?” And, finally, a Spokane paper broke down the lies in the claim that “Betty from Spokane” was seeing a massive increase in her health insurance costs because of the ACA: "'Betty in Spokane’ cited in McMorris Rodgers’ speech, declined health insurance options.”

Quick apology about my connection: anybody who wants to purchase a progressive radio station and deck it out with super equipment that’d rock. WCPT has phone issues; we do everything we can to minimize that.

Also, I’m running the segment after mine because the audio is too golden to set aside. Catch the Rush response to the SOTU if you can handle the misogyny. And Hal predicts the near future of the political fights — immigration, economics (i.e. jobs), ACA/healthcare, and ESPECIALLY clear division b/t how Dems and Repubs feel about a women controlling her body and make the same pay. Hal has never been more right: “It’s because they really do believe that women are less…and inherently weaker.”

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HSRP 01/25/14 -- Roe turns 41 and Mike "Uncle Sugar" Huckabee

If you missed it, Mike Huckabee is awful. Or as Alex Wagner of MSNBC put it, he’s royally “Hucked Up.” This once decent-on-economic-justice-issues governor from Arkansas is apparently throwing his hat into the 2016 ring with the departure of the indicted Governor Ultrasound and soon-to-be-indicted Governor BridgeGate. To do that these days, you have to make an appearance at the GOP winter meeting dressed up as a misogynistic extremist.

You should really read his whole speech. Robin Marty has the highlights along with commentary that makes it digestible in her Care2 Repro Wrap: "Uncle Sugar Wants to Give you the Pill and Other News."

I also suggest Imani Gandy’s spectacular audio on TWiB: "Mike Huckabee: Idiot". Hal and I gave a shout-out and some love to NateDogg, who I hear is doing better. xoxo And I referenced Imani’s piece on nuns, birth control, the ACA, etc. all made simple in non-lawyer speak: "The Establishment Clause: A Simpler Answer to the Contraception Question.”

Oh, and a word to producer Dennis at WCPT who’s bumper music is often eclipsed by Hal’s or my excitement to jump into a topic or the travails of terrestrial radio. He gave love to Joan Jett, “Do You Wanna Touch Me” for Huckabee’s “libido” comments and Def Leppard’s “Pour Some Sugar On Me” for the “Uncle Sugar” nonsense. Someday I’m going to steal you away to a studio with dream equipment so everyone can appreciate your genius, my friend.

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Category:HSRP -- posted at: 1:26pm PDT
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"Pot, Pope, Pucks and Vaginas" -- Dangerous Conversation, New Media Mondays (01/06/14)

So excited to be back on Dangerous Conversation with Scott Legere! We talked about EVERYTHING in this round of New Media Mondays. We touched on my work with clinic defense programs serving as an escort for patients at reproductive health centers, stopped to praise the Pope (again -- this is becoming a habit), chatted substance preferences and pot prohibition and ended on my BLACKHAWKS!

I got the reprojustice stats from the awesome Guttmacher Institute and the tireless, fountain of knowledge that is Robin Marty.

The clip Ledge played of the awful "Gosh, I never thought about why anyone would have an abortion, but imma try and outlaw it" legislator was from Rachel Maddow via UpWorthy.

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Category:Dangerous Conversation -- posted at: 6:56pm PDT
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