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

“Covering up the symptoms, bypassing the normal functions, or removing the organs is generally the treatment protocol.”

-A physician on Women’s health care.

Women are getting lost in a health care system that has little scientific study on their bodies, little knowledge of how to help them, and often little concern.  Approaching this issue in her book, Jennifer Block is discussing women’s reproductive health care, and what can go wrong, and why this needs to change.  Her book “Everything Blow the Waist: Why Health Care Needs a Feminist Revolution” is thorough and to the point, helping women protect themselves and their bodies. 

 Topics covered in this episode:

 

  • What inspired you to write this book?
  • What’s the history of the Pill in medicine?
  • Wasn’t the Pill supposed to be liberating for women’s rights?
  • What is happening now with women’s reproductive health?
  • Is medicine paying attention to the root cause of hormonal/fertility issues?
  • What is missing in medicine to give women the attention they need?
  • When women have gynecological issues, how difficult is it to get a diagnosis?
  • How much are doctors trained on women’s health?
  • What happens around childcare?
  • Are women given the options available to them?
  • What’s the scoop on c-sections?
  • What is “obstetric violence?”
  • What is the common treatment for women’s sexual dysfunction/low libido compared to men’s?
  • What is the story behind menopause and hormone replacement therapy?
  • Are hysterectomies always necessary? How does this surgery impact women’s lives?
  • Are women’s sexual desires considered less important?
  • How is mainstream feminist ideology valuing medical technology as a means of empowerment, and why is it a problem?
  • How can someone get ahold of you/website/book?