In 2016, author Sarah Schulman released her book 'Conflict is Not Abuse: Overstating Harm, Community Responsibility, and the Duty of Repair,' in which she attempts to re-work understandings of the difference between conflict and abuse, and how communities should be called upon to mitigate or provide relief. Schulman aims to help us re-draw our sense of the dividing line between 'conflict' and 'abuse,' and to act individually and collectively according to new understandings.
Conflict is Not Abuse is a finalist for the Publishing Triangle's Judy Grahn award for best new lesbian non-fiction book.
Please join us to discuss how we distinguish between conflict, and abuse; and how we can build a culture that supports ourselves and others in making appropriate responses when interpersonal or intercultural harm is a possibility.
In the studio with me to discuss 'Conflict is Not Abuse' are Red and Kat.
Red is founder and director of STROLL, the Sex Traders' Radical Outreach and Liberation Lobby, a grassroots harm reduction, outreach, education, and community organisation BY sex workers, FOR sex workers.A confused Boston transplant to the West Coast since her teens, Red grew up in Portland's strip clubs. she does the public health and rights focused zine Working It, works on her oral history of Portland’s clubs and sex worker activism in Portland. her writing can be found on Tits and Sass.
Kat Salas is a queer latinx sex worker, artist, and activist in Portland Oregon.
Sarah Schulman was born in New York City in 1958.
She is the author of nine novels: The Mere Future (2010), The Child (Carroll & Graff, 2007—hard cover, Arsenal Pulp, 2008—paperback), Shimmer (Avon, 1998), Rat Bohemia(Dutton, 1995—reissue 2008 with a new introduction by the author and new cover by Nan Goldin), Empathy (Dutton, 1992—reissued in a 15th anniversary critical edition with essays by Kevin Killian and John Weir, 2007), People in Trouble (Dutton, 1990), After Delores (Dutton, 1988), Girls, Visions, and Everything (Seal, 1986), The Sophie Horowitz Story (Naiad, 1984).
Her five nonfiction books are: Israel/ Palestine and the Queer International (Duke University Press, 2013), The Gentrification of the Mind: Witness to a Lost Imagination (University of California Press, 2012), Ties That Bind: Familial Homophobia and Its Consequences (The New Press, 2010), Stagestruck: Theater, AIDS, and the Marketing of Gay America (Duke, 1998) and My American History: Lesbian and Gay Life During the Reagan/Bush Years (Routledge, 1994).
Schulman also heads up the ACT UP Oral History Project (she calls anti-AIDS activism the 'last [most recent] successful social movement in America.).