Posts Tagged ‘feminism’


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Politics and women in Trump Era are the subject of The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, the podcast posted at  Halli Casser-Jayne dot com, when joining Halli at her table is author Hallie Iglehart Austen, THE HEART OF THE GODDESS, and for our weekly political review, Podcast America, journalist Matthew Cooper.

As we do every week, newsman Matthew Cooper joins me for our politics segment, PODCAST AMERICA, in which Matt and I slice and dice all things politics. Matthew Cooper is known for his in-depth reporting and analysis from Washington. Mr Cooper has worked for some of America’s most prestigious magazines including Time, Newsweek, The New Republic, National Journal and U.S. News & World Report. He now serves as a contributing editor to Washingtonian magazine. For the record, Cooper also earned national attention during the CIA leak case when he was held in contempt of court and threatened with imprisonment for his refusal to name his sources and to testify before the Grand Jury regarding the Valerie Plame CIA leak investigation, a case that went all the way to the Supreme Court. He has appeared on 60 Minutes,Meet the Press, Hardball,  and This Week with George Stephanopoulos. He has covered Donald Trump extensively, his hard-hitting and insightful profiles of “The Donald” always well-worth the read.

POLITICS AND WOMEN IN TRUMP ERAPolitics and Women in Trump Era. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to recognize that women are at war with each other. Progressive women and Conservative women don’t see eye to eye on just about anything. Advocate pro-choice or abolish Roe v. Wade, the MeToo movement, Trump, stay at home to raise your children or become the next CEO of a large corporation are some of the issues at the heart of the division. It’s an either or, black and white division in which the middle ground lays bare who women are at their core. The only thing most thoughtful women can agree upon is that the division runs deep and threatens all women’s best interests. There are many roads to wonder down if we want to fix this massive schism. We begin first with who are women? How have women been seen by others throughout history? How have women seen themselves in the past and how do women see themselves now? How does our modern-day politics effect our realities? In her book THE HEART OF THE GODDESS, author Hallie Iglehart Austen takes us on a trip from the Ice Age to the present, from Nigeria to Hawaii sharing with us images of the Goddess, offering a soulful exploration of what it means to be women through the ages, offering us an empowering journey into the heart of women leading us to the one thing all women share in common: our sacred, divine feminism.

Politics and women in Trump Era, Roe v. Wade, women’s rights, feminism, Trump, misogyny, the women’s movement on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show with author Hallie Iglehart Austen and journalist Matthew Cooper, this week on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, the podcast posted at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.


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It’s Women’s History Month and women are making history. The “Me Too” movement, the “Times Up” Movement, and in 2017 the largest protest in US history took place, the historical outcry supporting women’s rights, The Women’s March. In celebration, TALKish, The Halli Casser-Jayne Show talks to the author of A GIRLS GUIDE TO JOINING THE RESISTANCE Emma Gray, HuffPost Senior Women’s Reporter and to acclaimed psychotherapist Susie Herrick, author of YOUR STORY IS YOUR POWER.

So, the presidential election of 2016 happened. You’re one of those who cried, you ranted, you marched. Your Facebook’s Number One resistor. On Twitter the opposition bots have singled you out. And now, a little more than a year after that horrible man with the orange comb-over took possession of the Oval Office, with a little help from his comrades, you are, in a word, exhausted. How do you keep fighting the good fight? How do you fight and maintain a life? How do you get involved when maybe you’re too far from the action? How do you contain your abject anger? In celebration of Women’s History Month, for her new book A GIRL’S GUIDE TO JOINING THE RESISTANCE: A FEMINIST HANDBOOK ON FIGHTING FOR GOOD, Gray interviewed some of the most prominent thought leaders and activists of our time—including Women’s March Co-Chair Carmen Perez, Senator Elizabeth Warren, and Black Lives Matter Network co-creator Alicia Garza, Marlo Thomas—to find out the best ways to listen, join in, and create sustainable action, providing a comprehensive guide for women everywhere, young and old, new feminists and seasoned protesters alike.

ResistanceWhether we realize it or not, we define ourselves through stories. Understanding your own story is the key to understanding yourself, your world, and your capacity to act within that world. And in the heart of your story, you will find you—your voice, your power, and your truth. In YOUR STORY IS YOUR POWER: Free Your Feminine Voice acclaimed psychotherapist Susie Herrick shows readers how to discover their own story, use it to cultivate their own power, and move forward both as an individual and as part of a strong female community seeking positive change. In celebration of Women’s History Month, YOUR STORY IS YOUR POWER confronts the cultural narrative that a woman’s worth can be measured by her beauty and submissiveness, while also calling attention to how girls and women often feel held back by feelings of what they “should” do, be, or say. At a juncture where we need women’s voices, women’s intelligence, women’s compassion, and women’s courage to help us navigate the difficult issues that face humankind and the planet we call home, Herrick, with humor, measured outrage, proven psychology, and hope for the future, empowers women to seek out deep psychological truths in YOUR STORY IS YOUR POWER.

Women, Women’s History Month, The “Me Too” Movement, The “Time’s Up” Movement, activism, Women’s Rights, The Feminist Movement, Feminism, International Women’s Day, the Resistance, we celebrate them all on TALKish, The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, the podcast posted at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.


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The greatest actress of our generation, Meryl Streep and the life of JFK’s little-known sister Kick Kennedy are the subject of The Halli Casser-Jayne Show when joining Halli at her table are biographer Michael Schulman, HER AGAIN, BECOMING MERYL STREEP and Barbara Leaming, KICK KENNEDY, THE CHARMED LIFE AND TRAGIC DEATH OF THE FAVORITE KENNEDY DAUGHTER.

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Author Michael Schulman’s brand new portrait of one of the legends of our time, Meryl Streep, is the first thoroughly researched biography of the actress, with the narrative thrust of a novel. Beautifully written, Schulman peels back the curtain behind the greatest actress of her generation, granting us an intimate look into the formative years that shaped her into the icon she is today. Schulman is a contributor and arts editor at the New Yorker.

KickKennedywithbrothersYou will be riveted by the story author Barbara Leaming tells of Kathleen “Kick” Kennedy, second daughter of Joe and Rose Kennedy, the high spirited and dynamic young woman – as ambitious and eager for power as her brother, Jack who would become the 35th President of the United States. Full of determination, and with her best asset her engaging personality, Kick Kennedy’s is a story of love and war, of politics and changing expectations socially and economically, a story that ends in tragedy, as too many Kennedy stories do. Leaming is the author of three New York Times bestsellers, including her most recent book JACQUELINE BOUVIER KENNEDY ONASSIS.

Biographies, politics, film, history and the lives of two extraordinary women on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, Wednesday, May 11, 3 pm ET with authors Michael Schulman and Barbara Leaming. For more information, and to listen to past podcasts visit Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.


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Is it a man’s world? Wednesday, March 30, 3 pm ET it’s the Battle of the Sexes, Twenty-first Century style on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show when joining Halli at her table is Peabody Award-winning and bestselling author Jack Myers, writer of THE FUTURE OF MEN: MASCULINITY IN THE 21ST CENTURY.

JackMyersBookAs traditional gender roles disappear, many men are confused, conflicted, and challenged. After being told all their lives to “be a man” and “man up,” today’s men are rejecting macho stereotypes, rewiring their emotional lives, and are more actively parenting. But are they also being left behind—a “lean out” generation? And what about women? Jack Myers goes where no man has gone before.

From shifting gender norms where women are generating greater income and more men stay home with the kids, to areas where women are growing in dominance, Meyers explores how the traditional roles of men and women are becoming blurred, and what young men can do to find their place in today’s new world. Myers, founder of and author of HOOKED UP: A NEW GENERATION’S SURPRISING TAKE ON S*X, POLITICS, AND SAVING THE WORLD, and several other books, is a recognized cultural visionary, award-winning documentary film producer, and advisor to hundreds of leading corporations on media and technology trends.  He is one of the foremost global experts on the impact of technological advances on culture, society, business, advertising, marketing, and human connections.

Fun, fascinating…a gender-bending conversation on the changing role of men and women in the Twentieth-first Century when author of THE FUTURE OF MEN, Jack Myers visits The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, Wednesday, March 30, 3 pm ET. For more about the show visit Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.


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nina coverOne of the leading voices of Iranian women’s rights, Dr. Nina Ansary joins Halli at her table Wednesday, June 24, 3 pm ET on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show to talk about her new book JEWELS OF ALLAH, THE REAL STORY OF WOMEN IN IRAN, a powerful tale of the fight for Iranian women’s liberation, which illuminates the stereotypical assumptions of the women behind the veil.

Born in Tehran, Iran, Nina Ansary left her country of birth at the onset of the 1979 Islamic Revolution and has not returned since. At the time of the revolution her father, the former Iranian Ambassador to the the United States was serving in the Shah’s Cabinet as Head of NIOC (National Iranian Oil Company). Growing up in New York City, Dr. Ansary received her B.A. in Sociology from Barnard College, an M.A. in Middle Eastern Studies from Columbia University and a PhD in History from Columbia University. After relocating to Los Angeles, she began to pursue her passion for humanitarian causes. She is an avid philanthropist, serving on the Middle East Institute Advisory Board at Columbia University, on Columbia University’s Global Leadership Council, the Board of Trustees of the IAWF (Iranian American Women’s Foundation. She is a regular contributor to The Daily Beast and The Huffington Post and her work has appeared in various publications including the New York Times.

Author Dr. Nina Ansary tells the untold, true story of women in Iran and introduces her latest book JEWELS OF ALLAH on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, Wednesday, June 24, 3 pm ET. For more information visit Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.


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Am I the luckiest girl in the world to be able to talk to FOUR accomplished women in one day, role models for us all, four women who do what we are here on earth to do – live – and live well? You betcha! Fearless, witty, smart, savvy, winsome, wily each of their lives is a testament to a life well led. You will be intrigued by their journeys to success, appreciate the obstacles that life threw them and marvel at their ability to turn lemon into lemonade.

It is interesting that two of the women who I spoke with last week, Lila Garrett who wrote the scripts for some of the most popular sitcoms of the 60s and 70s, and Cynthia Helms, who was married to Richard Helms, the Director of the CIA are both octogenarians. They came from a time when women were relegated to the kitchen. Yet both women chose life paths different than most of their peers. They were groundbreakers for women of a later generation, who because of their lives had choices they otherwise wouldn’t have had…

…which is something that both women realize, and something that they both agree is a sad part of their legacy. Today, young women assume that everything is coming their way, as the song from the Oklahoma! the musical says. In fact, everything isn’t coming their way and they shouldn’t assume that it is. It is a reason for great concern when the fight for women’s liberation is considered a cause won. It is not. Consider that women in 2013 still don’t equal men in comparative men to women salaries. Women’s health care issues still are not deemed as important as men’s and women’s research studies lag behind men. How many CEO women are there as compared to men?

While it is true that women have more choices than ever, their choice-making has come at great expense. On a whole, women who work full-time jobs still are the one’s to run most households. These dual occupations have cost women much in their physical health. Today, cardiovascular disease has decreased among men, but continues to increase in women.

In speaking with women like Cynthia Helms, who joined the Women’s Royal Naval Service (WRNS) in World War II, then took off for America from her native England, and divorced at a time when women simply didn’t do that, and Lila Garrett who broke through the walls of the male-ordered TV writing business, I’m reminded that it wasn’t that long ago when the choices we had today were a fight for our mothers.

It would be wise of all of you to remember that.




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Good afternoon, my friends,

It’s been a busy Monday as we prepare for you this
Wednesday’s The Halli Casser-Jayne Show. Our topic this week is GUN CONTROL. We’ll be tackling this controversial subject from many angles. We’re billing the show: A DEBATE ABOUT THE DEBATE ABOUT GUN CONTROL. Things might get a bit heated during the show. That’s OK. We’re not afraid of controversy on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show. We’ll fill  you in the details tomorrow, so check out our show page here  on The Halli casser-Jayne Show tomorrow for further information.

In the meantime, speaking of controversy, here is a link to an article written by one of our most controversial guests, porn star Aurora Snow and a link to the deeply controversial show on which Aurora was one of my guests. Let me know your thoughts.





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Hi Everyone!

I did it…I took a day off. Oh my, oh my, admittedly for a workaholic such as I, not an easy thing to do. Truth be told, I missed you all, so I’m happy to be back here this morning.

It’s a beautiful day in South Florida and I hope that it is equally beautiful wherever you are this weekend.

For your weekend reading pleasure, here are some stories I ran across today and have bookmarked for myself and you.

Have  a lovely weekend, my friends.










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Good morning, everyone,

Today I’m focused on tomorrow’s show: Women Who Do It All….or are women doing too much? Nearly every women I know, particularly Baby Boomer women who grew up at a time when their lives were relegated to motherhood and dutiful wife, to find out later that they would have other and better choices, are women seemingly on a mission. They no longer wear one title, but carry many mantel’s from mom, to CEO, from artist to philanthropist to…you name it. They are women who seek fame and fortune, love and devotion, respect, honor…you name it. They worry about their families, their businesses, themselves, their aging parents. They are everything to everyone, but what about who they are to themselves? Their sisters in womanhood gave them choices, thank you Betty Friedan, Gloria Steinem and Ms. Magazine and all the mothers of the Women’s Movement but do we feel that we owe these pathfinders something?  Is guilt motivating our lives?

Lots to think about, a lot to talk about, and we will tomorrow with my guests on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, Talk Radio for Fine Minds at 3 pm ET. You can listen right here.

Here are some stories that I thought you’d like to read, fuel for your morning thoughts.

Have a great day!








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For those of you who missed Wednesday’s show:

This week’s Halli Casser-Jayne show is all about answering the question: is feminism in porn an oxymoron? The adult entertainment business has been a male-dominated industry for so long–is it even possible that these two seemingly incompatible realms could (and, if we might say so ourselves, should) work together?

We’re joined on the show first by Ohio University’s Professor Joseph Slade. Dr. Slade is a topic expert and the author of Pornography and Sexual Representation: A Reference Guide, the definitive book on the adult entertainment business. Professor Slade opens by informing–or, perhaps, reminding–us that, “It’s virtually impossible to define obscenity any longer to anyone’s satisfaction.” He goes on to give us a rational, educated definition (and history!) of a topic so many of us are afraid to talk about.

We speak next to Lux Alptraum, the editor of Fleshbot dot com, the web’s foremost blog about sexuality and adult entertainment. She says, “My mission is about promoting positive sex and sexuality, encouraging people to talk about sex and feel comfortable about sex, and in a lot of ways porn is a really direct way of doing that.” We talk about how the internet has changed the industry, broadened the availability, accessibility and appeal of various types of adult entertainment, and how between “feminist” porn and “humanist” porn are really joint concepts.

Leena Sky, a psychology professor, mother of three, and adult film star, is our next guest. Leena has three degrees, including a PhD in education, and says that the adult entertainment industry is something she would have gotten into younger than she did if she’d had the confidence at that time. For Leena, this career represents a sexual and existential liberation she’s long been seeking–she says she’s happier doing this than she was as a professor, a therapist, or a counselor. We discuss the erroneous concepts behind why people get into this industry, and how Leena’s path led her here. “I didn’t set out to be a porn star,” Leena says, “but I’ll be honest, as much as I maybe shouldn’t have wanted it, this role fits me most.”

Next we’re joined by Petra Joy, a celebrated director, producer, author and curator of feminist pornography, and Aurora Snow, an adult film star and writer. Petra’s been producing and directing erotic films since 2004, and says, “I think it’s very important that men and women are represented as as equals in all kinds of film, and especially in porn, because porn is just a mirror to me. Porn is very political, it shows what goes on in the bedroom, it shows what goes on in relationships, and if it just perpetuates the old and dated roles that gender has.…then things can’t improve and change.” Petra’s opinions and insights on this topic are as fascinating as they are invaluable, and her considerable experience (in producing, it must be said, absolutely exquisite films) adds a tenor of permanence and importance to this discussion that is rarely achieved when working with this topic.

Finally, Aurora Snow, an adult film star and writer, talks to us about a recent film experience that was definitely more harrowing than her typical fare! It wouldn’t make sense to spoil you for what is truly a fascinating story, and, of course, this review has hardly done the episode justice. Hear Aurora’s story, and engage in a discussion that’s as necessary as it is rare, by listening to this week’s Halli Casser-Jayne Show for yourself! We promise, it won’t disappoint.


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