Podcast interview with Valerie Francisco-Menchavez

Podcast interview with Valerie Francisco-Menchavez

Sample Space is doing a series on Asian American sexuality interviewed Valerie Francisco-Menchavez, PhD, faculty in the Department of Sociology and Sexuality Studies at SFSU (and one of CREGS’ favorite speakers!) when her new baby was just 6 weeks old. The episode is out now!

It’s an interesting listen!

About the episode:

A dominatrix, a romance novelist, and a new mom walk into a podcast episode… this episode! The final part of our 3-part series on “Periods, Pussies, and Power: Asian American Woman & Our Sexuality” and what happens when we assert ownership over our sexuality: we get to see and value our bodies in a totally new way, we get to dole out our own happiness and pleasure, we get to define what a woman’s sexuality is and who it is for.

“Periods, Pussies, and Power: Asian American Woman & Our Sexuality” is a 3-part series of stories from Asian American women about our sexuality in all its color, nuance, and embarrassing hilarity. We explore getting our period for the first time, losing our virginity, discovering masturbation, pursuing sexual pleasure, and through it all, find what it is we stand to gain in embracing our sexuality as Asian American Women.

About Valerie:

Valerie Francisco-Menchavez is an Assistant Professor of Sociology. Dr. Francisco’s academic interests include: global and transnational sociology, migration and immigration studies, diaspora with a special interest on the Philippine migration, gender and the family, racial and ethnic relations in the U.S., labor, transnational social movements with regard to migrant workers, and international political economy. Her current book project explores the dynamics of gender and technology of care work in Filipino transnational families in the Philippines and the U.S. In journals like Critical Sociology, Working USA, The Philippine Sociological Review and International Review of Qualitative Research, Dr. Francisco also writes on the transnational activism that emerges from the social conditions of migration, separation and migrant labor.

Dr. Francisco has been awarded the 2015 Pacific Sociological Association’s Distinguished Contribution to Sociological Praxis Award and has been named one of the ten national finalists for the 2014 Lynton Award Scholarship of Engagement for Early Scholars by the New England Resource Center for Higher Education (NERCHE).

Learn more about Valerie here.