Staying in or going out? We’ve got options for you. And wanna know where you’re going? Take a look at your history! All That False Instruction covers all of this. We are a show on Melbourne’s LGBTIQ radio station that features alternative current affairs and culture.
Whoah, that’s a big title! But lets kick things off with a bang. On this week’s show we will be discussing Pat Califia‘s influential book ‘Macho Sluts’.
When it was first published in 1988, Pat Califia’s Macho Sluts, a collection of S/M stories set in San Francisco’s dyke bathhouses, sex parties, and S/M gay bars, shocked the lesbian community and caused an upheaval in the field of queer publishing. Nobody had ever written so frankly about the kinky potential of woman-to-woman sex (and nobody has ever done it any better). If any book is responsible for the formation of the modern lesbian leather community, this one is it.
Despite its graceful language, imaginative scenarios, and abundant humor, the lesbian press trashed Macho Sluts, and it became a focal point for the infamous legal battles between Canada Customs and Little Sister’s, the gay and lesbian bookstore. But readers loved it, and to this day Macho Sluts remains a vital and moving classic that still has the power to educate, radicalize, and expand our notions of the body’s potential to provide us with pleasure, pain, and love.
Kat will be putting the case that we should stay home on this wet and wintery Melbourne weekend to absorb this seminal text. Perhaps even to act on its direction? Tune it to see if you’re convinced.
Kylie Stillman Special Wren 2009, Paper Carving: printed paper 12 x 9.5 x 3 cm
We’ll also be speaking on this week’s show to Kylie Stillman, who is a visual artist exhibiting at this year’s Melbourne Art Fair. The art fair kicked off this week with some controversy courtesy of prominent photographer Bill Henson. But let’s find out about what else the Melbourne Art Fair is all about. Kylie’s art utilises books, paper products and other surprising materials as the basis for some intriguing sculptural artworks. Check out her website to see some examples, and of course why not go to her exhibition at the Melbourne Art Fair from August 4-8.
Kylie Stillman Semiformal 2004, book carving
The track we are going to hear is by Charlie Murphy and is called ‘Gay Spirit‘. This compilation has an interesting background–it’s not all songs by gay men on this record. Guy will elaborate. And the record label that put it out, Folkways, has a cool story as well. Plenty of other great music to find under that brand.
And as well as all that, we’ll play some other tunes. And we’ll give a bit of a run down on some of the grassroots political events that are happening in the next few weeks. There’s plenty of politics going on at the moment with the election, but you’re not hearing about all of it on the ABC or commercial media. That’s where we step in!
So tune in this Thursday at 7pm on Joy94.9. You can also stream it online at http://www.joy.org.au/listenlive or wait a couple of days for the podcast (which comes sans songs, but hey–there’s always youtube to fill in the gaps!).