by Margot Magowan, Woodhull co-founder
Originally posted to her blog ReelGirl on September 20th.
After coming under fire from women’s organizations such as The Rebecca Project, which successfully pressured law enforcement, Attorney Generals from states across the country finally shut down Craigslist’s adult section. A victory for women and the power of women’s organizations: prostitution and sex trafficking was being advertised on the popular site out in the open as if it were no big deal and perfectly legal. Now its all been shut down! Hurray!
But is Craigslist’s “erotic services” section closing a real victory for women and victims of sex crimes?
No doubt it’s shocking that sex and sex with children was being sold blatantly on the internet– and shocking that no one seemed shocked– letting it all just go on for years like no one cared and it didn’t matter at all except to a few fanatic feminist organizations. Not only was Craigslist perpetuating child abuse and illegal activities, but the company was making 36 million dollars from its adult section.
But is shutting down Craigslist’s adult section really just shooting the messenger?
The Woodhull Institute is proud to suport NOW-NYC for their upcoming event:
Supersexxxed: Porn and Pop Culture
Wednesday, September 29 at 6:30 PM
The National Organization for Women in NYC hosts internationally acclaimed activist, scholar and social critic Gail Dines, author of Pornland: How Porn Has Hijacked Our Sexuality. Whether it’s film, television, music videos or magazine ads – you name it – our visual landscape has been “pornified.” Gail’s perspective on the industrialization of porn, now a $96 billion dollar industry, is not to be missed. Join us for what promises to be an eye-opening conversation on how porn is changing our culture, relationships and sexuality. Please note: this presentation will contain graphic images.
Suggested donation: $5 for NOW-NYC members & students | $15 for non-members
Reserve your seat with an advance online donation at www.nownyc.org or RSVP to 212.627.9895 | email@example.com
Event Location: 434 West 33rd Street, Penthouse Conference Center & Terrace
Subway: A, C, E to 34th Street
Courtney Martin, Woodhull Alumna, releases her new book “Do It Anyway”
From www.doitanywaybook.org :
That age-old quest for meaning—Who am I? What is my calling? How can I make the world better?—gets a 21st-century makeover. Courtney E. Martin abandons the empty “save the world” rhetoric and ’60s nostalgia that her generation was raised on and doggedly pursues the gritty truth about social change in contemporary America. It’s complicated. It’s challenging. And, yet, it’s still possible.
by Barbara Victor, Woodhull Board Co-President
Originally posted to her blog Mecca: The Heart of the Matter on September 7th, 2010.
After a hiatus of several months, this is a bittersweet way to begin my first blog. The promised new design page is not yet visible and all the political, cultural, and social events of the past few months are still on a list next to my computer. Something monumental in my life occurred on 3 September 2010 that I knew deep down I had to recount, even to all the people who did not know the man about whom I am writing.
Larry Ashmead was my first American editor. He bought my first novel when it was in its raw, badly structured form. He saw something in Absence of Pain that countless other editors apparently missed and ultimately passed on the manuscript. Larry’s belief in my book validated the notion that I was or could be a writer whose dreams of reaching people through my experience and words became a reality.
by Lisa Hix, Woodhull Alumna
Originally Posted to Collectors Weekly on August 9th, 2010
Are female superheroes stronger than their male counterparts? According to Mike Madrid, author of “The Supergirls: Fashion, Feminism, Fantasy and the History of the Comic Book Heroines,” they’re mentally tougher and less vengeful, but still know how to whack the bad guys. In this interview, he discusses rare ’40s superheroine titles like “Phantom Lady” and “Lady Luck,” as well as the drastic changes to Wonder Woman’s appearance and story since her debut in 1941. Madrid can be reached through his website, heaven4heroes.com.
When I was growing up in the ’60s and ’70s, reading comics wasn’t as popular as it had been in the ’40s or ’50s. But my older sister had comics, including a big collection of “Betty and Veronica.” Our parents encouraged us to read everything, so at 6 years old I was just one of those kids that never stopped reading comics. At a certain point my sister started throwing her comics away. I snagged what was left, and I still have them.
The Woodhull Institute is proud to partner with Paradigm Shift NYC in hosting a screening and discussion event of Body Typed, a series of short films that use humor to raise serious concerns about the marketplace of commercial illusion and unrealizable standards of physical perfection. Featuring Jesse Epstein, Sundance Award-Winning Filmmaker. Here are the details!
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 18th at 6:30 pm
Just outside the Feminist District
The Tank- 354 West 45th Street (between 8th & 9th Ave.)
Subway: A,C,E to 42nd Street/Times Square
Cost: $12 students/ pre-paid, $15 at door
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Watch the trailer and read more information after the jump. Hope to see you there!
Check out Woodhull Alumna Tara Sophia Mohr’s audio broadcast of her radio show appearance on ‘Juggling Act’ with Dr. Lori Sokol.
Pipeline is an exciting new startup whose mission is to ensure that every woman achieves her potential as an innovator. They produce a Woman Innovator series, a media campaign to increases the visibility of fascinating women innovators. Check it out!
(Originally posted to the 92Y blog on 7/20/2010. )
During a Daytime Lecture at 92YTribeca last month, an A-list panel of some of the most influential writers of our time (Erica Jong, Ntozake Shange, Tina Howe, Carolyn See and Abigail Thomas with Emily Upham and Linda Gravenson as moderators) presented a candid and deeply personal view of what it means to grow older as a woman in our world.
View a full photo set from the evening on 92Y Tribeca’s Flickr and watch the video clip below featuring the panel share their insights on life, love, loss, and the wisdom and opportunities of age.
The San Francisco Chronicle’s Leah Garchik writes:
After the U.N. Conference on Women in Beijing 15 years ago, Hillary Rodham Clinton planted the seed for Vital Voices, a nongovernmental organization that works worldwide to support “emerging women leaders and social entrepreneurs.” Cissie Swig, profoundly committed to a host of global causes, political campaigns, women’s rights and the arts, is on its board. And last Monday, she invited about 30 friends, mainly women with parallel passions, to dinner at Villa Taverna to meet Vital Voices President Alyse Nelson, who described the group’s work: identifying those women, educating and training them in financial skills, marketing, communication, leadership.
This gathering wasn’t just about providing financial support. After Nelson described projects in nearly 127 countries and suggested the possibility of a Bay Area council, guests leaped in with ideas for participating. Mills College President Janet Holmgren said Mills would be excited to be “the nexus” for a Bay Area presence; Anette Harris, board member for the International Museum of Women, suggested that institution and Vital Voices might work together on a speakers’ series; retired Bishop William Swing of the United Religions Initiative said, “A lot of times religion keeps women from taking a place at the table; we would like to sit down and talk with you about that”; radio producer-writer-Woodhull Institute founder Margo Magowan talked about training women for on-air appearances; and Cissie’s daughter-in-law Darian Swig, whose passion is Human Rights Watch, discussed the importance of supporting Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and suggested joining forces on a Liberia working group.
Cissie Swig had accomplished the evening’s goal, as she expressed in a goodnight wish: “Stay connected.”