Episode 194: Why Health Care Needs a Feminist Revolution with Jennifer Block

Jennifer Block is an accomplished independent journalist with a focus on health, gender, and the pervasive issue of conflicts of interest in medicine. Jennifer's insightful articles and commentary have graced the pages of prestigious publications such as The Washington Post Magazine, Newsweek, The New York Times, and many more. As a reporter with Type Investigations, Jennifer Block has earned accolades for her investigative reporting on the permanent contraceptive implant Essure, which ultimately led to its discontinuation. Her book, "Pushed," brought national attention to the crisis in maternity care and received critical acclaim. In this interview, Jennifer Block delves into the critical topic of women's reproductive healthcare. Her book, "Everything Below the Waist: Why Healthcare Needs a Feminist Revolution," sheds light on the systemic challenges women face within the healthcare system, including the lack of scientific research and knowledge concerning their bodies. Jennifer passionately advocates for change, offering invaluable insights to help women protect their health and well-being. 

Topics in this episode:


  • Discussing the history of the Pill and its impact on women's health and rights in medicine.
  • Exploring ongoing issues in medicine regarding the root causes and treatment of hormonal and fertility issues in women.
  • Discussing gaps in medical training and practices related to women's health care.
  • Discussing the role of health care providers in supporting women's choices around childbirth and reproductive health.
  • Examining the prevalence and implications of c-sections and the concept of obstetric violence.
  • Comparing treatments for sexual dysfunction and low libido in women versus men.
  • Exploring the history and controversies surrounding hormone replacement therapy for menopause.
  • Discussing the necessity and impacts of hysterectomies on women's lives and well-being.
  • Analyzing potential concerns or criticisms regarding the over-reliance on medical solutions in feminist ideology.