PODCAST: Cherry Smiley on Indigenous feminism, colonial violence and the sex industry

In this episode we hear a talk by Cherry Smiley. The talk is part of a series on Indigenous Feminism, put onCherry Smiley by the First Nations Student Association at Simon Fraser University.

Cherry is a front line anti-violence worker, an accomplished artist, activist, and public speaker. She is a co-founder of Indigenous Women Against the Sex Industry and was the recipient of a 2013 Governor General’s Award in Commemoration of the Person’s Case.

Cherry is currently completing a Masters of Fine Arts degree, her art practice is one that is deeply passionate and inherently political, grounded in her experiences as an Indigenous woman, radical feminist theory, and in the teachings handed down to her by her Elders. This year, she exhibited Revolution Songs, an installation that focused on the experiences of prostituted women and women affected by prostitution.

This talk took place on April 16th, 2014 at Simon Fraser University.

Meghan Murphy
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Meghan Murphy is a freelance writer and journalist. She has been podcasting and writing about feminism since 2010 and has published work in numerous national and international publications, including New Statesman, Vice, Al Jazeera, The Globe and Mail, I-D, Truthdig, and more. Meghan completed a Masters degree in the department of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies at Simon Fraser University in 2012 and lives in Vancouver, B.C. with her dog.

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  • river

    Thanks for making this available as a download. I wish we who cannot attend meetings and conferences could hear all the speakers, and I’m very grateful to whoever does this.

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  • I’ve watched Cherry on Youtube and she’s a great speaker. I loved her definition of privilege. It’s unearned and invisible most of the time.

    Meghan, did you hear about the male who re-enacted 50 shades on a woman? Yep. It was just a matter of time. http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2015/02/23/college-student-accused-of-rape-claims-he-was-reenacting-50-shades-of-grey/?tid=sm_fb

    I think that John’s should lose their anonymity. They should be put out in the public so we all know who they are. This kind of social consequence would work wonders. Also, the fines would go to help exiting women, large fines.

    • Meghan Murphy

      I did and you’re right that no one should be at all surprised (re: 50 Shades)… And I agree about johns — if they think prostitution should be normal and ‘destigmatized,’ then I suppose they shouldn’t have anything against their activities being publicly known.

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  • Penny Bradford

    Is there text of the podcast? I watched, confronting misogyny: earth at risk, on Linktv today and would like to share quotes with a Metis group on Facebook.
    Thank you

    • Meghan Murphy

      I wish there were, but unfortunately I’m not able, time-wise, to produce transcripts of interviews at this point in time. Is a great thing to think about trying to find the resources for in the future though!