Feminist Firesides is and exploration by artist, musician, educator, and agitator, Christy Roberts Berkowitz, into current events and issues informed by intersectional feminism. In podcast style interviews, Roberts Berkowitz sits down with prominent figures in feminism and social justice to discuss everything from movements to individual projects.
Episode 1: Over the summer, Christy sat down with one of her mentors, Micol Hebron, to discuss “Free the Nipple”, a movement that came about over the last few years, aimed at the gender targeting and censoring of female-assigned bodies. As an intervention, Micol created male nipple pasties to be used over female nipples in social media posts. This resulted in a battle over the continued censorship of sexuality that Christy and Micol dive very very deep into.
Episode 2: In this episode, Christy chats with micha cárdenas and Edxie Betts in a Downtown LA Cafe to discuss their project with Patrisse Cullors and Chris Head, entitled Unstoppable. In the words of the project’s creators: “At the 2015 Allied Media Conference opening ceremony, Patrisse Cullors asked “what would technology for black lives be,” while wearing a shirt designed by Foremost and Damon Turner with the words BULLETPROOF #BlackLivesMatter emblazoned across her chest in gold. Inspired by this idea, micha cárdenas, Patrisse Cullors, Edxie Betts and Chris Head are collaborating to develop UNSTOPPABLE, a set of materials and processes for producing DIY bulletproof clothing at low to no cost. UNSTOPPABLE is art as intervention. The artists have developed a set of instructions for making these garments for wide dissemination.”