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Playlist September 30 2012 — host kitten

Title Artist Album Label date
Walking on Sunshine Katrina and the Waves Katrina and the Waves Capitol 2008
Something About The Women Holly Near Imagine My Surprise! Redwood Records 1978
Simply Love Holly Near Imagine My Surprise! Redwood Records 1978
Woman Loving Women Teresa Trull Lesbian Concentrate Olivia 1977
I Kissed A Girl Jill Sobule Jill Sobule Atlantic 1995
Gay and Proud Berkeley Women’s Music Collective Lesbian Concentrate Olivia 1977
I Will Not Be Broken Bonnie Raitt Souls Alike Capitol 2005
Talking Lesbian Alix Dobkin Living With Lavender Jane Women’s Wax Works 1998
Failure Is Impossible Kristin Lems Equality Road: We Will Never Give Up Self published 2007
The Woman In Your Life Alix Dobkin Love & Politics A 30 Year Saga Women’s Wax Works 1992
Friends For Life Tres Femmes Tres Femmes Tres Femmes 2004
Hallelujah Liz Mitchell Pretty House Riverwide Records 2012
Thank U Alanis Morissette Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie Maverick 1998
We Will Never Give Up Kristin Lems Equality Road: We Will Never Give Up Self published 2007
My Mom’s A Feminist Kristin Lems Equality Road: We Will Never Give Up Self published 2007
Free Cat Power You Are Free Matador 2003
Imagine My Surprise Holly Near Simply Love Calico Tracks Music 2000
Marie Cathy Winter Breath On My Fire/Travelling Home Flying Fish 1992
You Turn Me On I’m A Radio Joni Mitchell Hits Reprise 1972
Sister Cris Williamson The Changer And The Changed: A Record Of The Times Olivia 1975
Karine Liz Mitchell Pretty House Riverwide Records 2012
Waterfall Cris Williamson The Changer And The Changed: A Record Of The Times Olivia 1975
Cold Day In Hell Kati Mac Save Me From Myself Baby Munsta Records 2012
We Are The Ones Melissa Etheridge Fearless Love Island 2010
Respect Aretha Franklin 30 Greatest Hits Atlantic 1993
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The Heroine Unwoman The Fires I Started Self published 2012
Ukulele Pick-Me-Up Four Bitchin’ Babes Mid Life Vices Hem and Haw Productions 2012
Ukulele Anthem (B-Side) Amanda Palmer & The Grand Theft Orchestra Theatre Is Evil 8 ft. Records 2012
Blood Brothers Ingrid Michaelson 30 Songs / 30 Days Cabin 24 Records 2012
Sorrow Be Gone Gemma Hayes Let It Break Gemma Hayes 2011
When My Years Are Stacked Loretta Hagen Mud And Stone Bearfort Recording and Sound 2012
Go Easy Little Doves, I’ll Be Fine Brooke Waggoner Go Easy Little Doves Swoon Moon Music 2009
For A Dancer Penny Nichols Colors Of The Sun: Penny Nichols Sings The Early Songs Of Jackson Browne Pensong Productions 2012
Where’s That At Tina Chesnutt The Inner Flame – A Tribute to Rainer Ptacek Team Clermont 2012
Rabbit Hole South Side Cindy State of Mind Sour Wine Records 2012
Cry, Cry, Cry Sheryl Crow We Walk The Line: A Celebration of the Music of Johnny Cash Legacy 2012
Why Me Lord Shelby Lynne We Walk The Line: A Celebration of the Music of Johnny Cash Legacy 2012
Sooner or Later Pamela Machala Golden Delicious Pamela Machala 2012

Writing Realistic Fiction–Seanan’s Response.

Don’t read this if you are triggered by the word rape.

I just read a post by Seanan McGuire, Musician and Hugo nominated writer, which is a response to one of those “OMG, how could they even believe that?” questions.

Last night, I was asked—in so many words—when either Toby or one of the Price girls was finally going to be raped.

Not “if.” Not “do you think.” But “when,” and “finally.” Because it is a foregone conclusion, you see, that all women must be raped, especially when they have the gall to run around being protagonists all the damn time. I responded with confusion. The questioner provided a list of scenarios wherein these characters were “more than likely” to encounter sexual violence. These included Verity forgetting to change out of her tango uniform before going on patrol, Toby being cocky, and Sarah walking home from class alone. Yes, even the ambush predator telepath with a “don’t notice me” field is inevitably getting raped.

When. Finally. Inevitably.

My response: “None of my protagonists are getting raped. I do not want to write that.”

Their response: “I thought you had respect for your work. That’s just unrealistic.”

You can read the rest of Seanan’s post here.

You can read my response HERE.

WTF. Okay, granted that one in six women is going to report being raped and more are going to be raped and not report it (thanks to whichever asshole agency makes rape the fault of the person raped) but that certainly doesn’t mean that one of my favorite fantasy writers has to write it and I don’t particularly want to read it.

It also doesn’t mean that Seanan’s work is unrealistic. The zombies, fairies, telepaths–that may make her work fantasy, but she’s good enough that I believe her characters are real and being sexually assaulted won’t make them any more real.

Seanan’s posts ends with this statement:

I do not understand—I will not understand, I refuse to understand—why rape has to be on the table for every story with a female protagonist, or even a strong female supporting cast. Why it’s so assumed that I’m being “unrealistic” when I say that none of my female characters are going to be raped. Why this “takes the tension out of the story.” There is plenty of tension without me having to write about something that upsets both me and many of my readers, thanks.

Toby will not be getting raped. Verity, Alice, Sarah, Antimony, and the rest of the InCryptid girls will not be getting raped. Velveteen will not be getting raped. Rose will not be getting raped. If this makes my work unrealistic, then fine. There’s a reason I write science fiction and fantasy.

But I do not write rape. And the fact that this somehow makes me “unrealistic,” rather than making me an author who makes choices about what she wants to write…that’s the part I find upsetting.

You know. In addition to everything else.

Thanks, Seanan, for making the choices you do.


crossposted in Joak

Half the Sky

Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into

Opportunity for Women Worldwide

 Half the sky is  a movement based on a book

Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide is a passionate call to arms against our era’s most pervasive human rights violation: the oppression of women and girls in the developing world. With Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn as our guides, we undertake an odyssey through Africa and Asia to meet with extraordinary women struggling there. Among them is a Cambodian teenager sold into sex slavery and an Ethiopian woman who suffered devastating injuries in childbirth.

About the authors:

Nicholas D. Kristof, a columnist for The New York Times since November 2001, is a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner who writes op-ed columns that appear twice a week.

Sheryl WuDunn, the first Asian-American reporter to win a Pulitzer Prize, is a business executive, lecturer, and best-selling author. Currently, she is a senior managing director with Mid-Market Securities, an investment banking boutique helping growth companies, including those operating in the emerging markets. At MMS, she raises capital for a variety of clients: men and women entrepreneurs in new media, media technology and social enterprise. She was also a Senior Lecturer at Yale University’s Jackson Institute for Global Affairs in fall 2011.

Coming as a special presentation of Independent Lens October 1 and 2, 2012 at 9 PM

A landmark transmedia project featuring a four-hour PBS primetime national and international broadcast event. The film airs on WILL-TV at 8 pm Monday and Tuesday.

A Facebook-hosted social action game, mobile games, two websites, educational video modules with companion text, a social media campaign supporting over 30 partner NGOs, and an impact assessment plan have all been nspired by Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide, the widely acclaimed book by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn.

Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide was filmed in 10 countries and follows Kristof, WuDunn, and celebrity activists America Ferrera, Diane Lane, Eva Mendes, Meg Ryan, Gabrielle Union, and Olivia Wilde on a journey to tell the stories of inspiring, courageous individuals. Across the globe oppression is being confronted, and real meaningful solutions are being fashioned through health care, education, and economic empowerment for women and girls. The linked problems of sex trafficking and forced prostitution, gender-based violence, and maternal mortality — which needlessly claim one woman every 90 seconds — present to us the single most vital opportunity of our time: the opportunity to make a change. All over the world women are seizing this opportunity.

I found out about the movement when I ran across 30 songs in 30 days. Half the Sky recruited women musicians from around the world, who produced music to accompany the documentary and each artist provided one song to be downloaded each day for the 30 days prior to the premier. Participants include everyone from Emmylou Harris to Annie Lennox and they have provided music and thoughts about the music and the movement at http://www.halftheskymovement.org/30-songs-30-days. I have set my DVR to record the show and I am capturing the music…if I missed a day I have gone to a site where the music is available and bought it. (Hopefully they will sell the entire album in the future, because some of the music is not available, except on the day it was featured on the 30 songs site.

From the Half the Sky blog, here is a list of the musicians:

Week 1:

9/3 – The McCrary Sisters
9/4 – Gemma Hayes
9/5 – Brooke Waggoner
9/6 – Ana Tijoux
9/7 – Mountain Man
9/8 – Kimya Dawson
9/9 – Frally

Week 2: 

9/10 – Emmylou Harris
9/11 – Julia Stone
9/12 – A Fine Frenzy (Alison Sudol)
9/13 – Rokia Traore
9/14 – Bonnie Raitt
9/15 – Katie Herzig
9/16 – Amy Grant

Week 3:

9/17 – Fatoumata Diawara
9/18 – St. Vincent
9/19 – Corinne Bailey Rae
9/20 – Brandi Carlile
9/21 – Norah Jones
9/22 – Abigail Washburn
9/23 – Joan Osborne

Week 4:

9/24 – Sheryl Crow
9/25 – India.Arie
9/26 – Angelique Kidjo & Alicia Keys
9/27 – Karen Elson
9/28 – Ingrid Michaelson
9/29 – Lucinda Williams
9/30 – Oumou Sangare

Broadcast on Oct. 1 and 2:

10/1 – Patty Griffin
10/2 – Annie Lennox

Topics to be covered include:

  • Economic Empowerment
  • Education
  • Forced Prostitution
  • Gender Based Violence
  • Maternal Mortality
  • Sex Trafficking


This is going to be a powerful show. I hope you watch it.



Early Morning Menu Schedule 6-9am on WEFT with host Angelah

Upcoming Shows and Events

Thursday Morning Menu:  SoulFull

September 27, 2012 for Live Week!
Kicking a little Knowledge with Retired Professor/High School Teacher of
Afro-American Studies:Marsha Terry will be discussing Shaka Zulu:
Remembrance of the African Tribes.  We will be opening the studio lines
for callers to add, dispute (with respect) and learn.

October 4, 2012
Chris Williams of Upscale Elite Entertainment will be discussing Canaan
Academy benefit as well as upcoming Comedy Show hosted by King’s of Comedy
Headliner Damon Williams.

October 4, 2012
Chris Williams of Upscale Elite Entertainment will be discussing Canaan
Academy benefit as well as upcoming Comedy Show hosted by King’s of Comedy
Headliner Damon Williams.

[*Saturday, October 6 – 4:00pm – An Evening at the Academy:  A Scholarship
Benefit for Canaan Academy at 207 N. Central, Urbana.  Enjoy an evening of
delicious food, great fellowship, spirit filled gospel singing with Deacon
Willie T. Summerville and The Mass Choir, Dr. Phoebe Lenear (Consecrated),
and Special Guest Artist Minister Tony Tidwell & Uncommon Favor, and a
guided tour of Canaan Academy.  For tickets, scholarships, and to
co-sponsor a child,  call 217-367-2158 or go to

October 11, 2012
Full of Soul Morning Menu, 3 Hours of Urban Music.  We will hit old and
new sliding through genres from Neo-Soul to Rock and Roll.  —

Thank you! – Angelah

protest song of the day via twitter

Jill “I kissed a girl” Sobule and John Doe:

The song, wrought with irony, makes homelessness sound like an opportunity for everyone to be jubilant. It makes one think of Occupy camps, which were filled with people saddled with debt, who were possibly fighting foreclosure or who were unemployed and living on the streets. Though the song was written and recorded before the Occupy movement ignited, Sobule dedicated this song “to all the good folks pitching tents at OWS,” and explained when writing this song she imagined a “hobo town filled with destitute artists, students and working-class stiffs banding together,” which sounds like Occupy. The Dissenter 9/2o/12

New Weft Coffee!!!!!

In cooperation with Columbia Street Roastery we are proud to announce a new sole source coffee.
WEFT – International- Burundi

For a bright & balanced cup of coffee try this sole source washed Arabica from Buhorwa Washing Station,
Burundi, East Africa. Our supplier visits the farmer cooperatives, individual family farms and washing
stations in the region – where the beans are sorted, pulped and dried – and evaluates each part of the
process and engages in collaborative discussion about quality improvement and sustainable farming
This medium roast coffee has deep, earthy tones with hints of graham-cracker and rhubarb. You will
pleasantly surprised by the quality of this coffee. It is available in whole bean or ground for only $10 in 12
oz bags. A significant portion of the proceeds supports WEFT Community Radio.
Good Coffee Comes From Good People.
Don’t Take Coffee From Strangers.
The Buhorwa

playlist September 17 2012 – host birdie

Artist Song Disk Year Label
Laurie Lewis American Chestnuts Skippin’ and Flyin’ 2011 Spruce and Maple Music
Avery Sharpe Ain’t I a Woman Sojourner Truth – “…Ain’t I a Woman?” 2012 JKNM
Amikaeyla Hambone Being In Love 2012 RootsJazz Records
Lianne La Havas Is Your Love Big Enough? Is Your Love Big Enough? 2012 Nonesuch
Seanan McGuire Carnival Glass Wicked Girls 2011 Self-published/CDBaby
Ruthie Foster Prayin’ For Rain Stages 2004 Blue Corn Music
Tracy Chapman CROSSROADS Crossroads 1989 Elektra
The Simpsons/Yeardley Smith God Bless The Child The Simpsons Sing the Blues 1989 Geffen Gold Line Sp.
The JaneDear Girls Saturdays In September 2011 Warner Bros.
The JaneDear Girls
Jeannie Gagne All Creatures of the Earth and Sky Closer to Bliss 2011 WizardWolf Music
Katie Herzig MAKE A NOISE The Waking Sleep 2011 Mercer Street/Marion-Lorraine
Kendra Morris The Plunge Banshee 2012 Wax Poetics, Inc
Lisa Marie Baratta AUTUMN LEAVES Summertime Jazz 2012 self-released
Melissa Etheridge You Will 4th Street Feeling (Deluxe Edition) 2012 Island Records
Sarah MacDougall Cold Night The Greatest Ones Alive 2011 PID
The Sundays Can’t Be Sure Reading, Writing & Arithmetic 1990 Geffen
Parlours Gypsies & Sinners All Is Here 2012 Parlours
Pamela Machala Golden Delicious Golden Delicious 2012 Pamela Machela
Nanna Larsen Josie Not The Perfect Girl 2012 Dansk
Kristin Lems Ballad of the ERA Equality Road: We Will Never Give Up 2007 Self Published
Judy Collins KINGDOM COME Paradise 2010 Wildflower Records
Sj Tucker Drum Tangles 2005 Young Ave
Sarah Swanson Afraid of Everything Dark Sunshine 2009 Feline Zoo Music
Mary Chapin Carpenter Learning The World Ashes & Roses 2012 Zoe
Fiona Joy Hawkins Joy Sensual Journeys 2012 Little Hartley
Cris Williamson Song of the Soul The Changer and the Changed 2004 Wolf Moon Records
America Hearts HEART Country EP – Single 2012 America Hearts Music
Dar Williams Summer Child In the Time of Gods 2012 Razor & Tie
Catie Curtis Another Day On Earth Stretch Limousine On Fire 2011 Compass Records
USA http://www.compassrecords.com
Catherine Russell Satchel Mouth Baby Strictly Romancin’ 2012 World Village
Carol Robbins Moraga Moraga 2012 jazzcatproductions
Beth Duncan Give Me The Simple Life Comes the Fall 2012 Beth Duncan
Amanda Mair Skinnarviksberget Amanda Mair 2012 Labrador Records
Amy Collins Morning Train Hour of the Wolf 2012 Amy Collins Music