Episode 3: Reproductive Rights

Episode 3: Reproductive Rights


Hosts: Anna Reser, Leila McNeill, and Rebecca Ortenberg 

Guest: Jennifer Young

Producer: Leila McNeill 

Music: nononoNO

In this episode, we talk about hormonal birth control advertisements from the 1960s and the ways that advertisers catered to a white male medical establishment. Then we talk about the statue of Marion J Sims in Manhattan and what that says about race and power in the history of medicine in the United States. Lastly, we talked with guest Jennifer Young about birth control pioneer, Dr. Hannah Stone. 

Show Notes


Ray, Esha and Dennis Slattery, “Protesters Demand Removal of Central Park Statue of 19th Century Doctor Who Experimented on Slave Women,” New York Daily News, August 20, 2017.

Scientists wade into the historical monument debate and find themselves in familiar waters by Rebecca Ortenberg

52 percent of men say they haven’t benefitted from women having affordable birth control by Laurel Raymond

Here’s How the New Tax Plan Could Hurt Graduate Students by Ariana Figueroa

Further Reading

Molyneaux, Heather. In Sickness and in Health: Representations of Women in Pharmaceutical Advertisements in the Canadian Medical Association Journal 1950-1970. PhD diss., University of New Brunswick, 2009.

Sarch, Amy. “Those dirty ads!”: Birth Control Advertisements in the 1920s and 1930s,” Critical Studies in Mass Communication 14, no. 1 (1991): 31-48.

Tone, Andrea. “Contraceptive Consumers: Gender and the Political Economy of Birth Control in the 1930s.” Journal of Social History 29, no.3 (1996): 485-506.

Tone, Andrea. “From Naughty Good to Nicole Miller: Medicine and the Marketing of American Contraceptive.” Culture, Medicine, and Psychiatry 30, (2006): 249-267.

Ulrich, Laurel Thatcher. A Midwife’s Tale: The Life of Martha Ballard, Based on Her Diary, 1785-1812. New York: Vintage Books, 1991.

Washington, Harriet. Medical Apartheid: The Dark History of Medical Experimentation on Black Americans from Colonial Times to the Present. Penguin Random House, 2008.  

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