Womens issues

Candida Royalle, feminist pornographer

[photo by Arthur Cohen]
for the Old Mole Variety Hour October 5, 2015

When I was a child, the women's liberation movement was a vibrant and visible force, but by the late 1970s and early 1980s, the women's movement was fracturing and faltering.  Just as I was starting to navigate for myself some of the currents of adult sexuality, some of the most prominent feminist activists were focused on the dangers of pornography.  Not the church, not the state, not capitalism, but images of naked people having sex were somehow to blame for much of women's oppression. 

The Old Mole Variety Hour for October 5, 2015

program date: 
Mon, 10/05/2015

Bill Resnick hosts this show. It features up-to-date versions of old labor songs by Joe Uehlein and the U-Liners, which you can hear by listening to the whole show (use the play button below). Joe is also the first guest on the show, and he'll be singing and speaking about the labor movement and climate change at the AFL-CIO Hall on Saturday at 6:30. 3645 SE 32d Avenue in Portland. 
To hear the whole show, use the play button. To hear individual segments, follow these links:
53:20 minutes (36.62 MB)

Remembering Pornographer Candida Royalle

program date: 
Mon, 10/05/2015
Frann Michel remembers the work of filmmaker, free-speech advocate,
and sex-positive feminist Candida Royalle. Best known as the
pioneering founder of Femme Productions, the first successful
production company for feminist and couples-oriented erotic films,
Royalle should be remembered not only for her contributions to the
representation and enhancement of female sexual pleasure, but also for
her position in community and solidarity with other feminist sex
workers and activists.
7:34 minutes (5.19 MB)
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