Pain is personal. But what happens when our pain isn’t taken seriously? We dive into the dynamics of pain, gender, and the medical community, and we address how this impacts women of color particularly. We talk specifically about childbirth and pain more generally–and the messages we got as kids about “making a fuss” over our ailments. And, we discuss what happens when men tell women’s stories of pain–like this one on The Atlantic.
What We’re Reading and Listening To
Ashley is reading I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness by Austin Channing Brown.
Katey is listening to a two-part podcast series on pregnancy discrimination in the workplace created by The Daily podcast.
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Stuff We Talked About
- How Doctors Take Women’s Pain Less Seriously
- My Body, My Pain: Listen to Me and All Black Women
- Serena Williams on Motherhood, Marriage, and Making Her Comeback
- She’s All Fat Goes to the Doctor
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