Past Appearances & Events

Event • New York

Why Women Have Better Sex Under Socialism

Kristen R. Ghodsee, an acclaimed ethnographer and professor of Russian and East European Studies, spent years researching what happened to women in countries that transitioned from state socialism to capitalism. She argues here that unregulated capitalism disproportionately harms women, and that we should learn from the past. By rejecting the bad and salvaging the good, we can adapt some socialist ideas to the 21st century and improve our lives.

Women are standing up for themselves like never before, from the increase in the number of women running for office to the women’s march to the long-overdue public outcry against sexual harassment. Interest in socialism is also on the rise—whether it’s the popularity of Bernie Sanders or the skyrocketing membership numbers of the Democratic Socialists of America. It’s become increasingly clear to women that capitalism isn’t working for us, and Ghodsee is the informed, lively guide who can show us the way forward.

Ghodsee & Sarah Jaffe will discuss why capitalism is bad for women and how, when done right, socialism leads to economic independence, better labor conditions, better work-life balance and, yes, even better sex.

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District Sentinel Radio

The Sams asked me to come on District Sentinel Radio to talk about the UTLA strike and also about Scabby the Rat and why we must defend him at all costs.

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Season of the Bitch

I joined the wonderful women at Season of the Bitch and also LA teacher Noriko Nakada and teacher librarian Lisa Cheby to talk about UTLA’s strike, how it was built, and what’s at stake.

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Intercepted with Jeremy Scahill

I joined Jeremy Scahill on the Intercepted podcast to talk about the United Teachers Los Angeles strike, alongside LA teacher Noriko Nakada.

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Democracy Now!

I joined Amy Goodman and United Teachers Los Angeles bargaining chair Arlene Inouye to talk about the UTLA strike, what was won, the potential for an ongoing strike wave, and more.

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The Dig with Daniel Denvir

The teacher strike wave continues as more than 30,000 members of United Teachers Los Angeles walk picket lines not only for the higher wages that they deserve but also for the well-funded and great schools that the city’s working-class students of color have long been systematically denied—a situation that has been exacerbated by a corporate […]

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The Zero Hour with RJ Eskow

I was a guest on The Zero Hour with RJ Eskow to talk about protests, riots and strikes from Los Angeles to the Paris suburbs, why revolt is hard to stick back in the bottle, and the difficulties of “hope” in 2019.

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Podcast: Reasons to be Cheerful

I joined former UK Labour leader (and also my colleague as a former Nation intern) Ed Miliband and Geoff Lloyd on their “Reasons to be Cheerful” podcast to discuss protest, or as they put it: Hello! It’s 50 years since 1968, next year it will be 200 since the Peterloo massacre, so we are discussing […]