Episode 8: Bonkers Things Men Have Said About Women's Bodies, A History

Episode 8: Bonkers Things Men Have Said About Women's Bodies, A History

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Hosts: Anna Reser, Leila McNeill, and Rebecca Ortenberg 

Guest Host: Deanna Day 

Producer: Leila McNeill 

Music: Careful! by Zombie Dandies


In this episode, guest host Deanna Day, who first made her appearance on our Star Trek episode, joins in to discuss the bonkers, bizarre, and dangerous things men have believed about women and women's bodies. Listeners sent us examples from history and the present day, and we compiled their submissions into a chronological timeline to illustrate how women's bodies have been persistently pathologized. 

Show Notes 

Fantastically Wrong: The Theory of the Wondering Wombs that Drove Women to Madness by Matt Simon  

Sex in Education: Or, A Fair Chance for Girls by Edward Hammond Clarke

The obscure history of the ‘virgin’s disease’ that could be cured with sex by Helen King

Early Trains Were Thought to Make Women’s Uteruses Fly Out by Janet Burns

Military Women Can Hack It by Wired Staff

A Brief History of Menstruating in Space by Amy Shira Teitel

The Myth of the Falling Uterus by Erin Beresini 

Once Prohibited, Women’s Ski Jumping Is Set to Take Flight by Jon Mooallem

Women Lobby For Ski Jumping Event by Brian Mann

Floating wombs and fumigation – why Gwyneth Paltrow has ‘steam douching’ all wrong by Helen King

Science VS

Further Reading 

Medical Bondage: Race, Gender, and the Origins of American Gynecology by Deirdre Owens Cooper

When the Birds and the Bees Were Not Enough: Aristotle’s Masterpiece by Mary Fissell

Four Weird Ideas People Used to Have About Periods by Helen King

Abortion Surveillance - United States 2013


Transcript coming soon

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