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Jane Caputi, feminist author of a number of books, talks about cunctipotence and her new film, "The Pornography of Everyday Life"

Jenn Burleton, trans activist, talks about a new political advocacy group working to raise awareness about challenges facing gender variant kids and their families

Kim and Shawn, mom and trans son, share their experiences around his transition and their advocacy efforts

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63:18 Always refreshingly outspoken and keenly insightful, feminist author Jane Caputi talks with us about Cunctipotence, subject of her recent essay, and The Pornography of Everyday Life, a new movie that she wrote.

Jane's books include Goddesses and Monsters, Age of Sex Crime, and Gossips Gorgons and Crones and (with Mary Daly) The Wickedary. A new 33 minute film that she wrote, "The Pornography of Everyday Life", is available on DVD from Jane Caputi, Women�s Studies, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL 33431.

According to Jane, "Pornography" (the sexualized domination and objectification of women and others put in the role of women) is really a mainstream worldview, one supporting not only sexism, but also racism, militarism, torture and environmental destruction. Pornography as such appears not only in overt, but also in everyday forms like ads and other forms of pop culture. While pornographic imagery is usually thought to be the opposite of religion, it actually is a form of patriarchal religion and works by appropriating previously sacred icons and images of women, sex, and the feminine principle and then profaning and defaming them. To resist, visionary artists and thinkers re-imagine female sexuality and/or the female divine, restoring respect to the feminine principle, and calling for new understandings of sex, mystery, connection, eroticism, and ecstasy.

Get a copy of the film from; a portion of the cost goes to the feminist scholarship fund

Read Jane's article on Cunctipotence

Jane's previous GenderTalk interviews:

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98:09 Young trans persons and their families face serious challenges, but things continue to improve for them. Working to help matters along is Jenn Burleton, as well as mom Kim and 14-year-old trans son Shawn, who are working together on TransKids Family Coalition, a political advocacy committee "working to raise awareness regarding the challenges facing gender variant children and their families."

"TransKids Family Coalition is a political advocacy committee dedicated to raising legislative and public awareness regarding the very real issues facing families of children with gender identity variance. Whenever children are able to articulate their gender preference, however young, they have the right to a loving atmosphere supporting that decision."

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