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Speaking up for women's rights in the South.

At FemmSouth we have a mission.

We believe that through feminist theory, through a comprehensive study of women's history, and through current dialogue women can transform and heal.

We seek to demystify the feminist movement, with grass-roots, community building and local empowering efforts.

We aim to give voice to Southern women in unifying and connecting all sides of the global women's movement.

FemmSouth Podcast FemmSouth: Speaking up for Women's Rights in the South

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Speaking up for women's rights in the South.

At FemmSouth we have a mission.

We believe that through feminist theory, through a comprehensive study of women's history, and through current dialogue women can transform and heal.

We seek to demystify the feminist movement, with grass-roots, community building and local empowering efforts.

We aim to give voice to Southern women in unifying and connecting all sides of the global women's movement.

    Episode 12: Christian Feminism: Out of the Margins

    Episode 12: Christian Feminism: Out of the Margins

    In this episode, Leigh and Shannon discuss restoring the equality of the Divine Feminine in Christianity by centering on biblical women and feminine expressions of the Divine in scripture. We look at Christian supremacy and its legacy of oppression. We learn the historical roots of feminism in Christianity, investigate where feminism has already shaped the Church, and identify where feminist theology has failed to reach local congregations. We ask whether women can continue to advocate for change within the institution by using language and liturgy that is centered on a discipleship of equals in the commonwealth of God, rather than a hierarchy that prioritizes white, cisgender, heterosexual men.

    For this discussion, we draw inspiration from the book, a New Feminist Christianity: Many Voices, Many Views, which is a collection of essays edited by Mary E. Hunt and Dianna L. Neu. As a whole, these essays take an intersectional approach and consider a multitude of issues from many voices in academia and in the church, including women of color, women from various denominations, and the queer community, which is why we chose it. We wanted a text that would explore feminist theology as a way forward, but one that does not fail to directly address oppression and cultural hegemony.

    • 53 min
    Bonus Episode!! Music by Brenda Bledsoe

    Bonus Episode!! Music by Brenda Bledsoe

    Bonus episode featuring singer, songwriter and musician, Brenda Bledsoe. For over 17 years, Brenda has been writing songs inspired by the people and places that have impacted her life. She's been playing the flute and guitar for even longer.

    In this episode, Brenda shares her new song, Let Your Truth Out, inspired by the recent violations against women's reproductive rights in Alabama. Brenda also discusses her own journey into speaking and living her truth after years of working in a male-dominated, corporate job. Now she's living her dream, playing folk music and building a farm with her husband.

    We hope this song inspires others to speak their truths and live fully without fear of oppression.

    If you want to listen to more music by Brenda or catch a live show, visit her website @https://brendabledsoe.com/

    She's also a member of the Gypsy Spark Band, which is a collaboration between Brenda, Jimmy Lumpkin, and Talia Lumpkin. Check out their music @https://gypsysparkband.com/

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    Episode 11 Part 2: Trans Feminism Conversations

    Episode 11 Part 2: Trans Feminism Conversations

    For the second part of our episode on Trans Feminism, Sarah and Leigh interview transgender friends in the community to talk about coming out in the south. We hear transwomen’s perspectives on living with gender dysphoria, what coming out to their families has been like, how the church has influenced their transitioning, and what they think about passing within the socially constructed gender spectrum. We hear from a mother who is having to advocate for her child in the face of unsupportive family members and trying to build her own support system with close friends.

    These interviews reveal just how important supportive family and friends are to the mental well being of trans gender and nonconforming individuals. This may seem intuitive for most of us, but discrimination is still rampant and creates barriers to self-esteem, proper mental healthcare and other essential human rights.

    We are working to build awareness and support in our community by starting a Prism chapter in Fairhope and by talking more openly about trans issues. If you are interested in supporting LGBTQ+ youth in our area, reach out to Sarah Rutledge Fisher @https://www.facebook.com/PrismFairhopeAL/

    Let us know what you think, and get into the conversation by joining our online FB Bookclub Group @FemmSouth Bookclub.

    • 58 min
    Episode 11: Trans Feminism & Beyond the Gender Spectrum

    Episode 11: Trans Feminism & Beyond the Gender Spectrum

    Join us as we explore Sarah McBride's book, "Tomorrow Will Be Different," a touching, personal memoir that covers her transition story, her journey into transgender activism, and the tragic loss of her husband to cancer. Sarah's book is also a primer on the many complex issues facing the transgender community through the lens of her life as a transgender woman and LGBTQ+ activist. It's a great way for people who are not already personally connected to the trans world to engage with empathy and understanding.

    Sarah's story is also an avenue to explore the ways in which the issues faced by the trans community arise from the same patriarchal oppression that we confront in our study and practice of feminism. Since trans issues are feminist issues, we must work to educate ourselves to be effective allies. To that end, we discuss our society's evolving understanding of gender, our problematic tendency to assign value to passing, the Title VII cases currently before the Supreme Court, and other trans-feminist issues.

    Let us know what you think, and get into the conversation by joining our online FB Bookclub Group @FemmSouth Bookclub.

    • 57 min
    Episode 10: Part II ~ Reflecting on Audre Lorde

    Episode 10: Part II ~ Reflecting on Audre Lorde

    In part II of Episode 10: Reflecting on Audre Lorde, Leigh is joined by three local women (Valerie Montgomery, Claire Hallblack, and Valencia Wilson) to talk about race and infrastructure in our local community as an extension of our discussion about Audre Lorde's book Sister Outsider. Audre Lorde calls for women to unite and build new paths across difference, but what are the obstacles to building these paths in places where the infrastructure of racism, classism, and sexism still exist?

    Structural racism, classism, and sexism can be seen in many facets of life in a small town, even in one as seemingly progressive as ours. We see this in the case of our local community that is 93% caucasian and less than 8% minority. With little or no women of color serving on boards, city planning committees, politics, food and health industries, and other important elements of infrastructure, then how effective is a community at providing support systems for the physical and psychological needs of all its members?

    The racial and gender disparities are also reflected in housing, healthcare, employment, education, and church community, which is a huge network in southern, black culture.

    When women, and especially women of color, are not landing key positions in community development or taking on leadership roles, then communities cannot advance the goals and values of all its members. An important component to Audre Lorde's call for women to unite and forge new paths across difference, is the equalizing of infrastructure, i.e. the building blocks of community.

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    • 46 min
    Episode 10: Reflecting on Audre Lorde--Black, Radical, Femininst, Lesbian, Poet

    Episode 10: Reflecting on Audre Lorde--Black, Radical, Femininst, Lesbian, Poet

    This episode examines Audre Lorde’s collection of essays and lectures in her book, "Sister Outsider." Join Leigh and new cohost, Jillian Rosandich, as we talk about Audre Lorde’s theory of difference, a foundational pillar of Intersectional Feminism that recognizes the particular experiences and issues of women of color and other groups that were being left out of the broader feminist conversation of second wave feminism. As Lorde put it,

    "The oppression of women knows no ethnic nor racial boundaries, true, but that does not mean it is identical within those differences" (70).

    These conversations are just as relevant today as we stand together against oppression and injustice and work to uncover our full Herstory. What does it look like to recognize and hold space for difference, especially when building an inclusive community that speaks to the diverse interests and needs of all women? Can we widen our views around race, class, age, sexual identity, and religion, and find new ways of existing and examining the world outside of patriarchal constructs? We are now connected globally more than we have ever been, and so we must stand together in unity through diversity.

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    • 53 min

Customer Reviews

bg moore ,

Intersectionality

I was happy to stumble across this podcast while researching Audre Lorde for an upcoming lecture. I appreciated the hosts acknowledging that intersectionality can be difficult to talk about because it forces people to look at their own privilege. Your approach to the subject felt really human and authentic — looking forward to hearing more.

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Femmsouth

a couple of femme voices combating the conservative traditions of the south

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Great information!

Really enjoying this podcast! Great information, great hosts and well delivered. Looking forward to hearing more soon! Thank you for a great show!

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