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The Culture of American Womanhood Series: Nasty Women: Feminism, Resistance, and Revolution in Trump's America

Wednesday, October 18, 2017 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Reception to follow
Members: $15 | Visitors: $20

Nasty Women: Feminism, Resistance, and Revolution in Trump's America

Kate Harding and Samhita Mukhopadhyay

Moderated by Jaclyn Friedman

The 2016 election of Donald Trump to the presidency was a devastating blow to the country’s marginalized populations—immigrants, Muslims, the LGBTQ community, and Black Americans, to name a few. Intersecting with each of these groups were women, who despaired as their rights as equal citizens were called into question. Women of all walks of life bore witness as one of the most qualified candidates in history, Hillary Clinton, lost to an inexperienced reality star and real estate mogul who boasted about his predatory behavior.

Has the country become more misogynistic, or simply shown its true face? If 53% of white women voted for Trump and 94% of black women voted for Hillary, can women unite in America? Can we conceive of “women” as a cohesive group? In the face of overwhelming challenge, how can we work together to persist, resist, and enact lasting change?

Credit Jonathan ConklinThese are some of the questions addressed in Nasty Women, an anthology of original essays from leading feminist writers on protest and solidarity. Editors Kate Harding and Samhita Mukhopadhyay will address what it means to be a woman in the Trump era.

Kate Harding is the author of Asking for It: The Alarming Rise of Rape Culture—and What We Can Do About It, which was chosen as a finalist for the Minnesota Book Award and as the freshman read for Tulane University’s class of 2020. She is also a co-author (with Anna Holmes and Amanda Hess) of The Book of Jezebel and, with Marianne Kirby, of Lessons from the Fat-o-Sphere. In 2007, she founded the popular body image and self-acceptance blog Shapely Prose, and her writing has appeared in The Guardian, the Los Angeles Times, U.S. News and World Report, Cosmopolitan, Salon, Jezebel, and Mic, among other publications. She is currently Assistant Director of the Women’s Resource Center at Cornell University and lives in Ithaca, NY.

Credit TKSamhita Mukhopadhyay is a writer, editor, speaker, and technologist living in NYC. Currently the Editorial Director of the Identities vertical at Mic, she is also the former executive editor of the award-winning blog and author of Outdated: Why Dating is Ruining Your Love Life. Her writing has appeared in The Nation, The American Prospect, The Guardian, Alternet, Talking Points Memo, New York Magazine, and Al Jazeera.

Jaclyn Friedman’s work has redefined the concept of “healthy sexuality” and popularized the “yes means yes” standard of sexual consent that is quickly becoming law on many U.S. campuses. She is a popular speaker and opinion writer and the creator of three books: Yes Means Yes: Visions of Female Sexual Power and a World Without RapeWhat You Really Really Want: The Smart Girl’s Shame-Free Guide to Sex & Safety, and the forthcoming Unscrewed: Women, Sex, Power and How to Stop Letting the System Screw Us All. Friedman hosts Unscrewed, a critically acclaimed podcast exploring paths to sexual liberation.

Divergent perspectives and priorities have historically complicated struggles for rights, representation, and respect for disadvantaged groups. From racism among white suffragettes to female anti-suffrage activists, a lack of unity among women in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries complicated the path to women’s suffrage. Susan B. Anthony opposed enfranchisement for black men before the enfranchisement of white women. And Grace Duffield Goodwin argued in her book, Anti-Suffrage: Ten Good Reasons, that based on “sex differentiation with its many limitations,” “[the] ballot is not a right denied; it is a burden removed.”

This event is part of “The Culture of American Womanhood,” a four-part series investigating multiple facets of the experience of womanhood in our own time and probing questions of women’s roles in contemporary American society and culture. Join us for the other events in the series:

About Abortion: Terminating Pregnancy in Twenty-First-Century America
Book talk with Columbia University Professor of Law Carol Sanger
6-7 pm on November 2, 2017

Code Girls: The Untold Story of the American Women Code Breakers of World War II
Book talk with New York Times bestselling author Liza Mundy
12-1 pm on November 7, 2017

Naked Among the Karma Eaters: The Body Politics of Women’s Lands
Lecture with Harvard University lecturer and cultural anthropologist Keridwen N. Luis
12-1 pm on December 5, 2017

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