Hal Sparks Radio Pgm — Cultivating Yes Culture (05/31/14)

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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and I did what we do: we discussed third-rail, adult topics much ignored by our culture because of discomfort and an outdated sense of decorum.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 <a href="https://twitter.com/kelly_carlin"Kelly Carlin 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)

Easy download/stream:

Enhanced audio: HSRP 05/31/14 — Cultivating Yes Culture

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