Feb 4: Komen Caves and Football Games
Feb 4th, 2012 by Sam

Susan B. Komen for the Cure has caved to pressure from outside forces and has stopped funding Planned Parenthood.  Tricia Wajda, Director of Public Affairs for Planned Parenthood joins us to talk about the Komen Foundation caving to the right-wing and then bending back again…

And for the second half of the show…

Are sports a proxy for war?

Does football epitomize the male infatuation with violently conquering others while exploiting members of the fairer sex?

Is Samantha too much of a “chick” to get it? (Don’t worry fellas, Producer Aaron will set her straight).

May 7: Burkas, Bullies, and Babies – A Women’s Place
May 7th, 2011 by Sam

Happy Mother’s Day!


  • Hadear Kandilwriter, journalist and American-born, Egyptian-educated Egyptian American (whew!)
  • Robin Oliveira, author, My Name Mary Sutter

Can a feminist wear the Niqab and/or a Burka? Should we judge a woman who was raped by the skimpiness of her clothing? Should the government control what happens inside a woman’s body? How far have women come in America and how do they compare with women in other countries? Should we judge societies by how they treat women? Poor women?  Is the separation of women and men in Islamic countries gender apartheid, or analogous to the Elks Club and ladies auxiliary??

Hadear will join us to talk about Muslim feminists, our perceptions of Muslim women, their perceptions of us, what progress women are making in Islamic countries.  We’ll have a look at how status of women varies around the world.

Robin will join us to talk about her novel, My Name is Mary Sutter, the story of one woman who starts out as a midwife and yearns to become a surgeon. Since this was an unlikely occupation for a woman in the mid-1800’s, she was rejected time and again from medical school and eventually answers the call of reformer Dorothea Dix to become a nurse just as the Civil War is beginning.   She was at first even turned down for that because of the strict social regulations of the time for women and men.

How much progress have women made since the Civil War?  How many women around the world live today like Mary Sutter?  And, is American society backsliding with the recent legislation proposed by the Republican dominated House of Representatives?

Mar 12: Republican War on _________. Who could that be??
Mar 12th, 2011 by Sam

Today on The Samantha Clemens Show:

Erin Matson, Action Vice President of the National Organization for Women (NOW), explains the Republican War on _______.   Who?  Well, you figure it out.

Not the military. Not the petroleum companies. Not the top 2%.

Hmmmmm…. Planned Parenthood. Contraception. Head Start. Teachers, Nutrition for kids, Special Ed, Low Income Energy Assistance. Who could it be??

House Republican Budget Wages “War on Women”

Breaking: Kansas “Mega Bill” Would Deny Non-Profit Status to Abortion Providers

Wisconsin’s war on women

The War on Women

House Resumes War on Women: As committee advances “Stupak on Steroids” bill, NARAL Pro-Choice America reports surge in pro-choice activism

Senate Dems: We Can Beat GOP Family Planning Cuts: But will House Republicans force a government shutdown as a result?

Nov 20: Rebecca Jordan-Young – Are Sex Differences Hardwired?
Nov 18th, 2010 by Sam


Men are Mars and women are Venus, right? That’s what we ‘know.’ That’s what the research says. Men don’t ask directions. Women can’t do math as well. Men don’t talk about their feelings. All women want to do it talk.

It’s all in fun, until parents and teachers and Larry Summers make decisions that affect lives based on … the science.

Except, is that what the science actually says? How rigorous has the research been? Has the peer review system really worked?

Rebecca Jordan-Young, a Barnard College professor of women’s studies, joins us to discuss her book “Brain Storm,” where she sets out to debunk the proliferating “brain-organization” studies that attempt to explain in purely biological terms (since XX and XY seem not to be enough) why males and females differ in one way or another. Or, in some cases, fail to differ.

The book.


LA Times: Book review: ‘Brain Storm: The Flaws in the Science of Sex Differences’ by Rebecca M. Jordan-Young

“Issues of gender understandably provoke a lot of red-faced uproar in all sorts of warring quarters. Neuroscientist Simon LeVay’s 1991 report in Science locating male homosexuality in an area of the hypothalamus and Lawrence H. Summers’ suggestion, while he was still president of Harvard, that the unequal number of tenured male and female scientists indicates “a difference in aptitude” are signal examples.”

Powell’s Books: Brainstorm: The Flaws in the Science of Sex Differences by Rebecca M. Jordan-young – Powell

“Jordan-Young interviewed virtually every major researcher in the field and reviewed hundreds of published scientific papers. Her conclusion: ‘Brain organization theory is little more than an elaboration of long-standing folk tales about antagonistic male and female essences and how they connect to antagonistic male and female natures.’ She explains, in exquisite detail, the flaws in the underlying science, from experimental designs that make no statistical sense to ‘conceptually sloppy’ definitions of male and female sexuality, contradictory results, and the social construction of normality. Her conclusion that the patterns we see are far more complicated than previously believed and due to a wider range of variables will shake up the research community and alter public perception. “

Nov 13: Rose Aguilar: What do women (voters) want? It’s the issues, stupid.
Nov 12th, 2010 by Sam


Rose Aguilar joins us to talk about the election:  women candidates, women voters, women’s issues.  Why on earth didn’t women vote for Meg Whitman and Carly Fiorina?  Is the budget deficit the highest priority for women?  Are women likely to support tax increases and social security cuts proposed by the so-called bipartisan commission to pay for tax cuts for the top 2%ers?

Rose is host of “Your Call,” a daily call-in radio show on KALW 91.7 FM in San Francisco and on KUSP 88.9 FM in Santa Cruz; and author of “Red Highways: A Liberal’s Journey Into the Heartland.”

Recent articles by Rose:

The New York Times Gets Women Voters Wrong

GOP Hopefuls Threaten Reproductive Rights, Support for Poor Women

Mar 6: Guns and Burkas
Mar 5th, 2010 by Sam

What’s on my mind…

  • Guns – Is there a mandate in the Constitution for proper training on how to use guns safely?  Will the NRA be offering this free of charge to all citizens?  Who owns the bullets after they leave the gun?  (the shooter obviously, but…)
  • Banning the burka – should people be legally required to show their faces?  Any other body parts?  Where do you draw the line?

What’s on your mind?


Should you be legally required to show your face?
Mar 2nd, 2010 by Sam

Five European states back burka ban

Do you think people should be legally obligated to show their faces?

More than half of voters in four other major European states back a push by France’s Nicolas Sarkozy to ban women from wearing the burka, according to an opinion poll for the Financial Times.

Cultural divide: women of different faiths in a street in Blackburn, Lancashire

Do we need affirmative action for guys?
Feb 16th, 2010 by Sam

“…in The Atlantic, Don Peck reports that last November nearly a fifth of all men between 25 and 54 did not have jobs, the highest figure since the labor bureau began counting in 1948. We are either at or about to reach a historical marker: for the first time there will be more women in the work force than men.”  David Brooks, New York Times, February 15, 2010

Unhappy, angsty guys… Funny… I bet a lot of them are conservatives, so following their logic, my response should be “Not MY problem!!!”

Except, it is. And will be. Angsty guys cause problems. The only positive… China has more of them and there aren’t enough women around, so their problem is worse.

Jun 6th: Rev Katherine Ragsdale, Episcopalian Divinity School
Jun 6th, 2009 by Sam

The Samantha Clemens Show: Rev Katherine Ragsdale; Craig Sandler

Sarah said Hillary should stop whining
Sep 11th, 2008 by Sam

Check out this video of Palin criticizing Clinton for mentioning unequal (read sexist) treatment.  She says the unfair treatment is there, but says “so what, work harder.”

What’s that old saying?  People who wear lipstick…  oops… people who live in glass houses…

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