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As Contraceptives Rule Enters GOP Race, Will Reproductive Rights Affect 2012 Election?

Good afternoon,
I am writing to share an interview that we broadcast on the
independent, daily news hour Democracy Now! today. Rick Santorum’s
three-state victory comes after a week of heavy Republican campaigning
against a new Obama administration rule requiring health insurance
plans, including those provided by Catholic-affiliated hospitals and
universities, to offer free birth control methods. Democracy Now!
looks at how reproductive rights could become major issues in the 2012
race with three guests: Michael Brendan Dougherty of Business Insider
and The American Conservative; Loretta Ross of the SisterSong
Reproductive Justice Collective; and Jon O?Brien of Catholics for

“What this law does,” explains Brendan Dougherty, “is it invites the
bishops and monks that are running these institutions into the
bedroom. It says, ‘you have to come down to the store and pay for
these contraceptives. You have to pay us to do this.'”

“The idea that an employer, that a bishop, can get between you and
your birth control, there’s something that’s very un-American and
wrong about that,” says Jon O’Brien. “Freedom of conscience is an
essential part of actually being a Catholic.”

Loretta Ross argues that, “We need to talk about the fact that this
rule really allows low income women, women who are dependent on their
healthcare, to access birth control, women of color in particular.”
She adds, “And while they talk about values and conscience, let’s not
lose sight that there are women being damaged by this political
football men are making of our lives.”

When you have a chance, please take a moment to watch the interview
and read the complete transcript, which is available at the link
below. I have also provided the video embed code if you would like to
share the interview on your website and social media networks today.

Thank you so much for your time and consideration. Please let me know
if you have any questions.

My Best,
Megan Hafner
Social Media and Online Outreach Intern
Democracy Now!

As Contraceptives Rule Enters GOP Race, Will Reproductive Rights
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Feminist Documentaries at MOMA

Last year, Paradigm Shift proudly hosted a screening of Jesse Epstein’s “Body Typed” a series of short films on perfection, including 34x25x36.  If you missed it, 34x25x36 will be screening with pioneering feminist films of the 1970’s at The Museum of Modern Art.

Documentary Fortnight 2011: MoMA’s International Festival of Nonfiction Film and Media
Saturday, February 26, 2011, 1:30 p.m.

The line-up includes the founding documentaries of New Day Films, listed below. New Day was formed by independent filmmakers in 1971, and 40 years later, New Day’s filmmaker owned & operated distribution model is still going strong.

34x25x36 is Executive Produced by Chicken & Egg Pictures in Association with The Fledgling Fund, and received a national PBS Broadcast on POV. Includes music by T. Griffin of the Quavers. Distributed through New Day Films.

Program 97 min. Introduction and discussion with Reichert, Klein, Brandon, Rothschild, Epstein

The Films:
* 34x25x36
2009. USA. Directed by Jesse Epstein. Inside the Patina-V mannequin factory in the City of Industry, CA, the “ideal woman” is crafted out of plastic into a 34 x 25 x 36″ figure. The chief designer notes that the roots of his craft lie in French 19th-century wax figures and in the medieval religious icons. New York festival premiere.  8 min.

*  Anything You Want to Be
1971. USA. Directed by Liane Brandon. In a series of vignettes, a teenage girl discovers that despite her parents’ assurance that she can “be anything she wants to be,” reality sometimes throws a curveball. 8 min.

* Growing Up Female
1971. USA. Directed by Julia Reichert, James Klein. This early film of the modern Women’s Movement was widely used by consciousness-raising groups to generate interest and explain feminism to a skeptical society. The film looks at female socialization through the lives of six women, ages 4 to 35, and the forces that shape them, including teachers, counselors, advertising, music, and the institution of marriage. 50 min.

* It Happens to Us
1972. USA. Directed by Amalie R. Rothschild. This film presents the personal stories of a wide range of women, rich and poor, young and older, black and white, married and unmarried, on the topic of abortion. Some of their stories evoke experiences from before the 1973 Roe vs. Wade Supreme Court decision. 30 min.

Interview with curators of “FORCE: on the culture of rape”

PShiftTV Exclusive!

Sexualization of Young Girls in the Media

This video is from the SPARK summit. How should we (as adults) frame the discussion about the media’s sexualization of girls? Do you agree with the approach of this video? Is anything missing from its analysis?

Do It Anyway – Tyrone Boucher

Tyrone Boucher is one of the eight activists profiled by Courtney E. Martin in her new book, Do It Anyway.

What activism is inspiring you that isn’t getting the coverage in the mainstream media that it deserves?

recLAmation film trailer

Come to the Makeshift Reclamation events in NYC on October 14th and 16th for a screening of Hilary Goldberg’s entire film.

Here for details.

PShiftTV ANNOUNCEMENT- Calling all Video Editors!

Hey guys!

PShiftTV is looking for a Video Editor Intern or Volunteer to help edit footage from recent events. This is a great opportunity to build your reel, work with professionals in the media industry, and support a non-profit.

We are looking for a student ideally, or someone recently graduated, who has a strong interest in any of the following: Women’s Studies, Feminism, Sociology, Media Production, or Non Profit Publicity.

Candidate must:
-have their own editing equipment (FCP, iMovie, whatever works)
-be able to pick up/drop off footage in the NYC/Brooklyn area

Please email resume and cover letter stating interest to

This is an unpaid gig, but a great chance to work with good people and for a good cause! We can provide excellent networking opportunities.

Become part of our team!


Becca Marcus
Digital Media Specialist
Paradigm Shift TV

Pipeline Women: Cindy Gallop

Pipeline is an exciting new startup whose mission is to ensure that every woman achieves her potential as an innovator. They produce a Woman Innovator series, a media campaign to increases the visibility of fascinating women innovators. Check it out!

Pipeline’s Blog

Pipeline’s latest video features an interview with Cindy Gallop, brand innovator and entrepreneur, who founded: and

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No Girls Allowed: File Sharing Culture and BitTorrent

Our buddy Anita over at has another great video up about how women are systematically left out of techno-geek culture.

Created for and originally posted at Bitch Magazine’s Mad World Virtual Symposium on July 20th, 2010

“It’s a boys club that’s reinforced socially and culturally. It creates a space that is so undesirable for women to be in that they don’t want to or they aren’t given the opportunity to participate.”

Check it out!

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Vote for Feminist Remix Video for Webby Awards!

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“Did you get a chance to see “Buffy vs Edward: Twilight remixed“? It was recently nominated for a Webby! And it might be the only feminist anything that is nominated at all this year, which is why we think it’s so important that it wins the people’s choice award for best remix/mashup video! Currently it’s only in third place and it needs a big boost of votes to bring it to first.”

There are only a few days left (voting ends on April 29th) and it only takes a few minutes to vote on the Webby YouTube page:

For more information on the creator:

Read an article from Jonathan McIntosh about why he made “Buffy vs Edward” at WIMN Voices where he discusses his pro-feminist interpretation of Twilight and also gives a big shout out to the vidding community which was a primary influence in making this video. His other remixes can be seen on his blog at

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