quvenzhané wallis http://wfpl.org en Strange Fruit: Kentucky's 'Religious Freedom' Bill; Dr. Brittney Cooper on Black Girlhood http://wfpl.org/post/strange-fruit-kentuckys-religious-freedom-bill-dr-brittney-cooper-black-girlhood <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F83514267&amp;color=ff6600&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Kentucky's </span>LGBTQ<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> activists are all watching Governor Steve </span>Beshear<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> this week, as he decides whether or not to veto </span><a href="http://wfpl.org/post/will-kentucky-religious-freedom-bill-gut-protections-women-minorities-and-gay-residents" style="line-height: 1.5;">House Bill 279</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, the so-called 'religious freedom' bill. The bill would allow people to ignore civil rights laws that go against their religious beliefs, and while many of those protections have federal law to back them up, protections for </span>LGBTQ<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> status do not. So hard-won Fairness laws where they exist today—Louisville, Lexington, Covington, and </span>Vicco<span style="line-height: 1.5;">—would no longer be enforceable.<br><br>Since this is the issue on so many minds, we asked Fairness Campaign director and friend to the show Chris Hartman top stop by this week and give us the latest. He said Fairness has been busily encouraging supporters to call and write the governor urging a veto, but no one knows what Beshear will do.<br><br>Chris also stuck around for the rest of our Juicy Fruit segment, which we happened to be recording just a few minutes after the Catholic Church</span><a href="http://a1.ec-images.myspacecdn.com/images01/41/d5e33e613c73ee427428bba811de9aa8/l.jpg" style="line-height: 1.5;"> announced the new pope</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">. </span>Jaison<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and Chris both grew up Catholic and tried to figure out one of the church's most pervasive mysteries: why do priests get to wear the </span><a href="http://www.bramante.com/images/slideshow_fabric_chasubles-vestments_02.jpg" style="line-height: 1.5;">most festive</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> vestments, even though they are some of the </span><a href="http://cmsimg.tennessean.com/apps/pbcsi.dll/bilde?Site=DN&amp;Date=20130314&amp;Category=NEWS06&amp;ArtNo=303140055&amp;Ref=V4&amp;MaxW=300&amp;Border=0&amp;First-pope-from-Americas-carries-complex-legacy" style="line-height: 1.5;">least festive</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> people?<br><br>In our feature interview this week, we spoke with </span><a href="http://www.brittneycooper.com/index.html" style="line-height: 1.5;">Dr. Brittney Cooper</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, professor of Women's Studies and </span>Africana<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Studies at Rutgers University, and co-founder of </span><a href="http://www.crunkfeministcollective.com/" style="line-height: 1.5;">The Crunk Feminist Collective</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, about the perils of black girlhood. Dr. Cooper was with Dr. Story at </span><a href="http://diversityarts.stanford.edu/event/pleasure-principle-post-hip-hop-search-black-feminist-politics-pleasure" style="line-height: 1.5;">the Pleasure Principle panel</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> when The Onion &nbsp;called Academy Award Nominee </span>Quvenzhané<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Wallis the c-word on twitter, and we used that incident as our jumping off point for the conversation.<br><br>"We live in a moment in which black women are routinely verbally assaulted within social media and within the popular press," Dr. Cooper explained. "I think that her being a black girl does play a significant role in the really tepid responses from white feminists. The reality is that black girls are largely invisible."<br><br>This week's closing thoughts lead us to talk about how our sexual desires and performance change as we age and have fewer sexual hang-ups.<br><br><strong style="line-height: 1.5;">Note: We use the full version of the c-word and cover some mature subjects in this week's show.</strong> Sat, 16 Mar 2013 14:39:29 +0000 Laura Ellis 4519 at http://wfpl.org Strange Fruit: Kentucky's 'Religious Freedom' Bill; Dr. Brittney Cooper on Black Girlhood