7/12 The Historical Misogyny of Medicine w/ Elinor Cleghorn

July 12, 2021

Sam and Emma host author Elinor Cleghorn to discuss her new book, Unwell Women: Misdiagnosis and Myth in a Man-Made World on how healthcare and medical treatment have underserved women and their health needs. They start the conversation by discussing Elinor’s personal experiences that brought her to this topic, focused on years of dismissal and misdiagnosis focused on her reproductive system before she was officially diagnosed with an autoimmune disease, and how this reflects the dynamic around gender and sex in the medical industry. Then, Cleghorn walks Sam and Emma through a long history of the development of the medical practice, including the Hippocratic authors filtering their interpretation of symptoms into diagnosis through social roles and reproduction, the influence of religious myths, such as the creation story of Adam and Eve, on altering the view of female bodies, and how developments around women’s health in the 19th Century were constantly dominated by abusive medical practices and experimentation on enslaved women, with the former continuing well into the 1900s. Emma and Sam round out the free half with a discussion on the firing of a contemporary issues teacher for assigning a Ta-Nehisi Coates article within the greater cultural context of conservatives screaming “anti-white agenda” despite the actual underlying power dynamics in U.S. education.

And in the Fun Half: Donald Trump Jr. gives a chaotic update of his top 25 State rankings, including a little Texas bump mid-speech, Gregory from OK calls in to announce his candidacy for HD-26 in the Oklahoma State House of Representatives, and Rami from Atlanta delivers the devastating news to Yaron and Libertarian’s everywhere that private company-led research tends to be quite biased. After Sandy calls in from Ontario to cover the inhuman hypocrisies of Justin Trudeau on the welfare of Indigenous Canadians, Sam and Emma look into Rick Scott’s policy outlines on “no woke stuff” and “having great values,” and Walter Shaub worries about how Hunter Biden’s art sales might cause a path for presidential bribery, plus, your calls and IMs!

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