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Gender Troubles is a podcast dedicated to debunking, demystifying and making accessible the world of academic feminism. Eva and Emma talk through different feminist movements and moments from a critical, leftist lens. Episodes aim to shake up the feminist canon and provide a new spin on feminist history, movements, and icons.

Hosted by Emma Austin and Eva Espenshade

We are a proud member of the Harbinger Media Network

Support us on Patreon https://www.patreon.com/gender_troubles

Gender Troubles Emma Austin and Eva Espenshade

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Gender Troubles is a podcast dedicated to debunking, demystifying and making accessible the world of academic feminism. Eva and Emma talk through different feminist movements and moments from a critical, leftist lens. Episodes aim to shake up the feminist canon and provide a new spin on feminist history, movements, and icons.

Hosted by Emma Austin and Eva Espenshade

We are a proud member of the Harbinger Media Network

Support us on Patreon https://www.patreon.com/gender_troubles

    The Wages for Housework Movement

    The Wages for Housework Movement

    In this episode, Eva tells Emma about the 1970's "Wages for Housework" movement, an international campaign calling for housework and care work to be compensated. They discuss the movement's radical grassroots origins, different feminist perspectives on the gendered division of labour, and the legacy of the movement in today's working and home life. Digressions include conversations about training squirrels and cleaning up roommate's beard hair. 

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    Reading List:

    Wendy Edmond, All Work and No Pay : women, housework, and the wages due

    Silvia Federici, Wages Against Housework

    Ruth Schwartz Cowan, More Work For Mother 

    Louise Toupin, The History of Wages for Housework

    Gender difference in housework stats 

    Mariarosa Dalla Costa, Women and the Subversion of the Community

    image: poster from the See Red Women's Workshop

    • 47 min
    Postcolonial Feminism

    Postcolonial Feminism

    This week, Eva and Emma get into an introduction to Postcolonial Feminism. They discuss the origins of postcolonial theory, examine how Western feminists frame so-called "third world" women and highlight the ways in which feminist rhetoric gets weaponized to perpetuate colonialism. 

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    Reading List:

    Frantz Fanon, The Wretched of the Earth

    Routledge’s The post-colonial studies reader

    Chandra Mohanty, “Under Western Eyes” 

    Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, “Can the Subaltern Speak”

    Sara Ahmed, excerpt from Strange Encounters: Embodied Others in Post-Coloniality

    Lila Abu‐Lughod, "Do Muslim Women Really Need Saving?"

    Angela Y. Davis, Freedom Is a Constant Struggle 

    Rich, Janine, “"Saving" Muslim Women: Feminism, U.S Policy and the War on Terror”

    image: Leyly Matine-Daftary, PORTRAIT OF FARIDEH GOUHARI 

    • 34 min
    Ecofeminism

    Ecofeminism

    In this episode, Emma tells Eva about the early roots of Ecofeminism and its strange, essentialist solutions to fighting patriarchy and capitalism. Side-tangents include Aristotle, The Giving Tree, and mind-body dualism. 

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    Reading List:


    General Overview of Ecofeminism by Laila Fariha Zein & Adib Rifqi Setiawan

    Feminist Environmental Philosophy, The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (Summer 2015 Edition) by Warren, Karen J., edited by Edward N. Zalta 

    The Paradox of Gendering Nature by G. Brach

    Feminism, Western Culture, and The Body, in Unbearable Weight by Susan Bordo

    The Death of Nature: Women, Ecology, and the Scientific Revolution by Carolyn Merchant

    Ecofeminism by Vandana Shiva and Maria Mies

    Women and Life on Earth records (WLOE)

    Climate Change and Gender Justice: International Policy and Legal Responses by Kameri-Mbote, Patricia

    Grassroots Activism: An Exploration of Women of Color’s Role in the Environmental Justice Movement by Rainey, Shirley A., and Glenn S. Johnson

    The store of early ecofeminist action regarding the Love Canal neighbourhood built on a toxic dump site

    "Columbus thought the world was shaped like a titty" article

    Image described in opening

    Ecofeminism diagrams by Sarah Davis

    Cover image from The Minnesota Women's Press

    • 38 min
    Of Woman Born

    Of Woman Born

    Eva gets into Adrienne Rich's 1976 book "Of Woman Born" and talks about radical feminist approaches to motherhood. We discuss the narrow definition of Rich's "mother" figure, Black feminist responses to her concepts, and the Texas abortion ban. Plus, a rundown on the censored Judith Butler interview in the Guardian.

    *Content warning*: This episode contains discussion of abortion, infanticide, and mental health struggle.

    Cover image painting by Chantal Joffe, 2004

    Reading List:

    Judith Butler Interview with Jules Gleeson https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2021/sep/07/judith-butler-interview-gender; The portion of the Interview that was deleted by The Guardian https://www.patreon.com/posts/55912898

    Of Woman Born: Motherhood as Experience and Institution, Adrienne Rich, 1976 https://archive.org/details/ofwomanbornmothe00rich/page/n7/mode/2up

    From Motherhood to Mothering: The Legacy of Adrienne Rich's Of Woman Born, edited by Andrea O'Reilly, 2004 https://www.scribd.com/document/336903061/Andrea-O-Reilly-From-Motherhood-to-Mothering-Th-BookZZ-org

    The Meaning of Motherhood in Black Culture and Black Mother-Daughter Relationships, Patricia Hill Collins, 1987 https://www.proquest.com/docview/1300131753?pq-origsite=gscholar&fromopenview=true

    Motherhood Reconceived: Feminism and the Legacies of the Sixties, Lauri Umansky, 1996 https://www.google.com/books/edition/Motherhood_Reconceived/_7IUCgAAQBAJ?hl=en&gbpv=0

    • 52 min
    Intersectionality

    Intersectionality

    This week, Eva talks to Emma about the origins of the term “intersectionality”, how the definition has changed, and the importance of crediting and centring Black feminists. Plus-- a rant about the upcoming OnlyFans pornography ban.

    Reading List:

    Kimberle Crenshaw, “Mapping the Margins: Intersectionality, Identity Politics and Violence against Women of Color”:

    http://blogs.law.columbia.edu/critique1313/files/2020/02/1229039.pdf

    Kimberle Crenshaw, “Demarginalizing the Intersection of Race and Sex: A Black Feminist Critique of Antidiscrimination Doctrine, Feminist Theory and Antiracist Politics”

    http://blogs.law.columbia.edu/critique1313/files/2020/02/1229039.pdf

    Alex Kirshner, for Slate:

    https://www.google.com/url?q=https://slate.com/technology/2021/08/onlyfans-porn-ban-cruel.html&sa=D&source=editors&ust=1629763228495000&usg=AOvVaw0d-owS6fv4uSJO_8kHcAHm

    Tilly Lawless’s instagram:

    https://www.instagram.com/tilly_lawless/?hl=en

    Intersectionality Venn diagram/Wheel:

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/sylviaduckworth/50245846893

    Jane Coaston, for Vox:

    https://www.vox.com/the-highlight/2019/5/20/18542843/intersectionality-conservatism-law-race-gender-discrimination

    Crenshaw interview with Columbia Law School:

    https://www.law.columbia.edu/news/archive/kimberle-crenshaw-intersectionality-more-two-decades-later

    Sojourner Truth’s 1851 speech:

    https://sourcebooks.fordham.edu/mod/sojtruth-woman.asp



    Photograph used in cover image by Miranda Barnes, https://www.mirandabarnes.com

    • 29 min
    Radical Feminism

    Radical Feminism

    In this episode, Emma provides an overview of second wave, radical feminism. What does it mean to be a radical feminist, and is this term still useful today? Listen to find out!

    Reading list:

    Nachescu, Voichita. “Radical Feminism and the Nation: History and Space in the Political Imagination of Second-Wave Feminism.” Journal for the Study of Radicalism, vol. 3, no. 1, 2009, pp. 29–59. JSTOR, www.jstor.org/stable/41887617

    Leigh Miller, A History of Radical Feminism https://www.sutori.com/story/a-history-of-radical-feminism–Pf5HsUfrBG26boQJdwtLbWUS

    Kathie Sarachild, Conciousness Raising Groups: A Radical Weapon, https://vrrws.seriousotters.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/Feminist-Revolution-Consciousness-Raising-A-Radical-Weapon-Kathie-Sarachild.pdf

    Carol Hanisch, The Personal is Political,  https://webhome.cs.uvic.ca/~mserra/AttachedFiles/PersonalPolitical.pdf

    Gillette, Meg. “Modern American Abortion Narratives and the Century of Silence.” Twentieth Century Literature, vol. 58, no. 4, 2012, pp. 663–687. JSTOR, www.jstor.org/stable/24247022

    ***Trigger Warning: This article is explicit, and speaks about sexual violence***  
    Andrea Dworkin, Prostitution and Male Supremacy, http://www.nostatusquo.com/ACLU/dworkin/MichLawJourI.html

    Erica West, The Pitfalls of Radical Feminism, https://jacobinmag.com/2017/07/radical-feminism-second-wave-class

    Roz Kaveney, Woman Enough, https://www.advocate.com/print-issue/current-issue/2014/07/16/woman-enough

    Audre Lorde, The Master’s Tools Will Never Dismantle the Master’s House, from the book Sister Outsider, https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/32951.Sister_Outsider

    Barry, Kathleen. “The Underground Economic System Of Pimping.” Journal of International Affairs, vol. 35, no. 1, 1981, pp. 117–127. JSTOR, www.jstor.org/stable/24357006

    Barry, Kathleen. “Female Sexual Slavery: Understanding the International Dimensions of Women’s Oppression.” Human Rights Quarterly, vol. 3, no. 2, 1981, pp. 44–52. JSTOR, www.jstor.org/stable/761856

    Crenshaw, Kimberle. “Mapping the Margins: Intersectionality, Identity Politics, and Violence against Women of Color.” Stanford Law Review, vol. 43, no. 6, 1991, pp. 1241–1299. JSTOR, www.jstor.org/stable/1229039. Accessed 20 Aug. 2021.

    • 32 min

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