49 episodes

At FemmSouth we have a mission.

We believe that through feminist theory, through a comprehensive study of women's history, and through current dialogue women can transform and heal.

We seek to demystify the feminist movement, with grass-roots, community building and local empowering efforts.

We aim to give voice to Southern women in unifying and connecting all sides of the global women's movement.

FemmSouth FemmSouth: Speaking up for Women's Rights in the South

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.9 • 34 Ratings

At FemmSouth we have a mission.

We believe that through feminist theory, through a comprehensive study of women's history, and through current dialogue women can transform and heal.

We seek to demystify the feminist movement, with grass-roots, community building and local empowering efforts.

We aim to give voice to Southern women in unifying and connecting all sides of the global women's movement.

    EP 4.2 Let's Talk About Sex: Defending Books & Librarians Against Attacks

    EP 4.2 Let's Talk About Sex: Defending Books & Librarians Against Attacks

    In this gripping episode, we delve into the heart of the battle for intellectual freedom with Angie Hayden, the visionary founder of Read Freely Alabama, and Elizabeth Williams, a passionate member of FemmSouth and organizer for Read Freely Alabama's Baldwin County chapter. Join us as Angie sheds light on the harrowing frontlines in Alabama, where the public library in Prattville stands as ground zero. Amidst the fallout from clashes with right-wing groups, Angie reveals the shocking dismissal of four dedicated library workers and the replacement of key positions with members of Clean Up Alabama and their allies. We also uncover the latest developments in Fairhope, Alabama, where groups like Moms For Liberty are pushing for a statewide implementation of Prattville's restrictive policies, limiting access to vital literature for young readers. Despite the challenges, Elizabeth shares inspiring accounts of Fairhope's resilient community rallying together to defend LGBTQ+ representation in their library and safeguard the livelihoods of their cherished librarians. Tune in as we explore the ongoing struggle to preserve freedom of expression in the heart of the Deep South.

    • 49 min
    Episode 4.1: Let's Talk About Sex Education

    Episode 4.1: Let's Talk About Sex Education

    In this episode, Lindsay, Mette, and Leigh meet with two guests from the Alabama Campaign for Adolescent Sexual Health (ACASH) to hear how the the overturn of Roe continues to shape Sex Education policy in Alabama.

    Christina Clark Okarmus, the Executive Director of ACASH, and ShaKaya Darrington, member of the Youth Advocacy Group, explain how sex education is a critical component to Reproductive Justice as children and teens deserve age appropriate, medically accurate, comprehensive education about their bodies, how to recognize sexual abuse, how to prevent unwanted sexual advances, how to negotiate safe sex, how to prevent unwanted pregnancies, sexually transmitted diseases, and a host of important information that can save their lives.

    We discuss the history of sex education in Alabama, and the current attempt by Alabama lawmakers to require an “abstinence only until marriage” policy as the only safe option while also prohibiting demonstrations or conversations around contraception. Once again Alabama lawmakers are ignoring expert data that proves just what parents want for their kids and what students need. They are ignoring data and expert medical opinions that prove abstinence only policies are ineffective. They particularly ignore students that have been forced into early sexual encounters against their will, and instead espouse the unrealistic idea that marriage will somehow protect them.

    Parents and experts agree that our kids deserve better.

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Episode 3.3: Faith Leaders Speak Up For Choice with Rev Ginny Phillips Allen and Renee Adcock

    Episode 3.3: Faith Leaders Speak Up For Choice with Rev Ginny Phillips Allen and Renee Adcock

    Episode 3.3 “Faith Leaders Speak Up for Choice” with Rev. Ginny Phillips Allen and Rev. Renee Adcock.

    In this session, you will hear our conversations with two local faith leaders talking about abortion rights in lower Alabama. If you attended a protest following the overturn of Roe v. Wade in either Mobile or Fairhope, you likely saw Rev. Ginny Phillips Allen in her clerical collar standing on the streets and even being asked to speak on the steps of the Courthouse in downtown Mobile. She shares her journey from growing up as the daughter of conservative Baptist minister to taking a progressive, faith-based stance and being vocal on this issue in our community.

    We also hear from Rev. Renee Adcock, who recently founded a new spiritual center in Baldwin county, Spiritual Awakening Center 360, to hear how she has these conversations with her community. One point that she makes that I particularly love is that abortion is not a church or government matter, and one cannot use a spiritual text that is irrelevant to so many people to determine law for our country. Coming from a faith leader, this is an important distinction to make. She also talks about the spiritual leader's role in supporting people in their choices, whatever they may be. When asked about what gives her hope, Renee looks to this next generation of young people who are caring, inclusive, and willing to stand up for change.

    With these three episodes, we offer hope and supportive resources—if you are in a congregation where your faith leader is not publically or privately supportive of reproductive choice, or if you are a faith leader that feels silenced or ill-equipped, then you may find the resources in our EP 3 show notes helpful for making change in your spiritual community. Every single one of our guests have offered their support, so we hope that you will reach out and connect with them.

    And here is a link to our show notes—https://docs.google.com/document/d/1hWiVCJ9kIZvDBAdS8X9G-NZQ84VaUSThybpyLRiR3HM/edit#heading=h.fx116pkqr7g

    • 49 min
    Episode 3.2: Faith Leaders Speak Up For Choice with Rev. Latishia James

    Episode 3.2: Faith Leaders Speak Up For Choice with Rev. Latishia James

    In this second segment we talk with Rev. Latishia James, an ordained minister in The Fellowship of Affirming Ministries, and the Co-Director of Spiritual Alliance of Communities for Reproductive Dignity (also known as SACReD) where they advance reproductive justice for marginalized communities through congregations and spiritual communities grounded in a progressive moral framework. Latishia is a Black queer femme, womanist, writer, and facilitator of healing spaces for BIPOC women, femmes, and LGBTQIA folks.

    Latishia opens this episode by sharing her calling to reproductive justice through several pivotal experiences—her mother’s battle with AIDS, her queer identity in a Pentecostal upbringing, and her time working in an HIV/AIDS organization that supports women and girls of color. Latishia walks us through the history of the religious right’s anti-abortion movement as well as the inseparable link between reproductive justice and racial reconciliation. We dive deep into questions about what it means to approach reproductive justice from a decolonized, anti-patriarchal lens.

    Also the founder of Pleasure Principles Consulting, a healing-centered, coaching practice for people harmed by religious rhetoric and patriarchal violence, Latishia talks about her healing work with women and gender expansive people who have experienced trauma and internalized shame because of the false schism between sexuality and spirituality—

    “Separation is mental. The separation comes from these systems of oppression that have convinced us that there is a separation, but the separation actually never existed. So, it is a remembering of our wholeness and that we have the authority to live into our divine beings” (Rev James).

    We hope you will be inspired to check out SACReD’s website. You can sign up to learn about SACReD’s curriculum for congregations and spiritual communities to begin the work of justice-oriented, spiritually-based work around reproductive issues. You can also sign up for any one of their upcoming facilitator training sessions in Nov & Dec to learn how to lead a congregation, education class, small group, or other community through their intentional curriculum.

    And here is a link to our show notes—https://docs.google.com/document/d/1hWiVCJ9kIZvDBAdS8X9G-NZQ84VaUSThybpyLRiR3HM/edit#heading=h.fx116pkqr7g

    • 56 min
    Episode 3.1: Faith Leaders Speak Up For Choice With Rev Katey Zeh

    Episode 3.1: Faith Leaders Speak Up For Choice With Rev Katey Zeh

    Across three segments—all guided by ordained faith leaders—we’ll shine a light on the patriarchal systems and colonialist histories that lead to trauma, abuse, and violations of the autonomy of pregnant people. We explore the supposed schism between spirituality and sexuality. And we discuss the role of clergy and share resources and advocacy tools for both clergy and members of faith communities.

    In our first segment, we talk with Rev. Katey Zeh about her call to reproductive justice in seminary as a volunteer supporting people through their experiences at an abortion clinic. She opens up about her struggles with her own abortion stigma, as well as the political origins of the anti-abortion movement, the moral high ground that anti-choice groups falsely claim, and the harm caused by fake clinics. She also shares her work with RCRC supporting clergy to better serve pregnant people in their communities.

    Here's a link to our shownotes—https://docs.google.com/document/d/1hWiVCJ9kIZvDBAdS8X9G-NZQ84VaUSThybpyLRiR3HM/edit?usp=sharing

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Episode 2: At What Cost? Denying Choice Deepens Disparities

    Episode 2: At What Cost? Denying Choice Deepens Disparities

    What happens when a pregnant person is denied an abortion? How does it impact their life trajectory, financial security, and the wellbeing of existing and future children? And how does it compare with those who are able to access a wanted abortion?

    In this episode of the “Reproductive Freedom in the Deep South” series, we address these and many other crucial questions related to the socio-economic fallout of Alabama’s abortion ban. We are joined by Dr. Diana Greene Foster, professor at UCSF and author of The Turnaway Study, and Vicki Shabo, policy advisor and gender-equity advocate at New America’s Better Life Lab.

    Dr. Foster’s landmark Turnaway Study—hailed as “The Most Important Study in the Abortion Debate” by The Atlantic—interviewed 1,000 women to compare the life trajectories of those who either received a wanted abortion or were denied based on state restrictions. The Turnaway Study debunks two myths touted by anti-abortion activists: that abortions are harmful to women, and that the decision to get an abortion is made by “irresponsible” women without careful consideration. Dr. Foster’s research shows how it is in fact those who are forced to carry an unwanted pregnancy that experience measurable negative economic, health and emotional consequences over time.

    We also look at the economic impact to the wellbeing of the child as well as the family that she may already be supporting or gearing up to have in the future (that is, if she even wants to have children at all). As Dr. Foster explains, “We see the benefits of people being able to determine their own decisions about childbearing: We see those kids are less likely to live in poverty if their mom was able to get a wanted abortion; the moms report better maternal bonding with their children. So it's an emotional decision, it's an economic decision—and denying people the ability to control their childbearing actually hurts women and it hurts children.”

    Shabo’s research for New America is about understanding the costs of childcare in America and the impact of paid family and medical leave, especially in rural states like Alabama with a near or total ban on abortion. Shabo shares stark facts about childcare costs and the devastating impact of maternity care deserts and childcare deserts—including the fact that the U.S. has no federal guarantee for paid family or medical leave for new parents, a hardship Shabo has been working to remedy through testifying before Congress for legislation like the Build Back Better Act. As Shabo explains, “The unfortunate reality is that states that have restricted or entirely banned abortion access also do not have paid family and medical leave guarantees for their workers. And that means that people are left to play the lottery, or maybe they're leaving work—and that causes a whole other set of economic challenges. All of this is connected, and none of this is good for women, children and families.”

    Another fascinating aspect of Shabo’s work we’ll hear about is advising the entertainment industry on more truthful, realistic story-telling around the ways we parent in hopes of steering cultural narratives towards a more inclusive economy. We hope you enjoy listening to our conversation, and continue to support organizations that are providing care for pregnant people.

    Check out our Episode 2 show notes, including links to resources and more donation opportunities mentioned within the episode—https://docs.google.com/document/d/1cqQCoVSb_XSRXXPRaal_rTV0V6t3knWS2TiCu0lB1FI/edit#heading=h.fx116pkqr7g

    • 59 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
34 Ratings

34 Ratings

CallMeBigPharma ,

Fertile ground

I learn SO MUCH from every episode. Thank you to Leigh for bringing awareness of feminism to small town Alabama - and letting the rest of the country know that feminism is alive in the Deep South!

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Must listen

This podcast is a must subscribe for anyone who struggles to understand centuries of patriarchy and oppression, and how great female writers, iconic to obscure, have grappled with creating a better world. Leigh is passionate, interested, and gives authentic women the platform to speak about how these issues continue to play out in southern United States society and culture.

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Any feminist podcast is good. Also bux3000 there religion and color don’t matter.

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