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A history professor who teaches the history of sexuality and a family physician who specializes in LGBTQ+ healthcare talk about the (not) ”really weird” questions they get from students and patients--and how to answer them.

This Is Probably A Really Weird Question..‪.‬ reallyweirdquestion

    • Health & Fitness
    • 5.0 • 28 Ratings

A history professor who teaches the history of sexuality and a family physician who specializes in LGBTQ+ healthcare talk about the (not) ”really weird” questions they get from students and patients--and how to answer them.

    Episode 6: This Is Because I’m Fat, Right?

    Episode 6: This Is Because I’m Fat, Right?

    Episode 6: "This Is Because I'm Fat, Right?"
    For transcripts, follow the link here
     
    Show Notes:
    Medical Research
    7 Ways to Uproot Your Anti-Fat Bias by Aubrey Gordon 
    Tomiyama, A., Carr, D., Granberg, E. et al. How and why weight stigma drives the obesity ‘epidemic’ and harms health. BMC Med 16, 123 (2018). https://doi.org/10.1186/s12916-018-1116-5
    Phelan SM, Burgess DJ, Puhl RM, et al. The adverse effect of weight stigma on the well-being of medical students with overweight or obesity: findings from a national survey. J Gen Intern Med. 2015;30(9):1251–8.
    First Do No Harm: stories of fat predjudice in healthcare
    When Doctors Body Shame Their Patients – It’s a fricking Cosmo article, but the anecdotes are powerful. 
    Haqq AM, Kebbe M, Tan Q, Manco M, Salas XR. Complexity and Stigma of Pediatric Obesity. Child Obes. 2021 Jun;17(4):229-240. doi: 10.1089/chi.2021.0003. Epub 2021 Mar 29. PMID: 33780639; PMCID: PMC8147499.
    Incollingo Rodriguez, A.C., Smieszek, S.M., Nippert, K.E. et al. Pregnant and postpartum women’s experiences of weight stigma in healthcare. BMC Pregnancy Childbirth 20, 499 (2020). https://doi.org/10.1186/s12884-020-03202-5
    Ives GC, Fein LA, Finch L, Sluiter EC, Lane M, Kuzon WM, Salgado CJ. Evaluation of BMI as a Risk Factor for Complications following Gender-affirming Penile Inversion Vaginoplasty. Plast Reconstr Surg Glob Open. 2019 Mar 13;7(3):e2097. doi: 10.1097/GOX.0000000000002097. PMID: 31044103; PMCID: PMC6467628.
    https://naafa.org/community-voices/fat-self-care
    Maintenance Phase Podcast Episode on the BMI: https://www.buzzsprout.com/1411126?client_source=large_player&iframe=true&referrer=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.buzzsprout.com%2F1411126%2Fpodcast%2Fembed#
    Historical Sources
     
    Altman, Claire E., Jennifer Van Hook, and Jonathan Gonzalez. “Becoming Overweight without Gaining a Pound: Weight Evaluations and the Social Integration of Mexicans in the United States.” International Migration Review 51, no. 1 (Spring 2017): 3–36. https://doi.org/10.1111/imre.12220.
    Parr, Jessica M. “Obesity and the Emergence of Mutual Aid Groups for Weight Loss in the Post-War United States.” Social History of Medicine 27, no. 4 (2014): 768–88. https://doi.org/10.1093/shm/hku020.
    Rasmussen, Nicolas. “Downsizing Obesity: On Ancel Keys, the Origins of BMI, and the Neglect of Excess Weight as a Health Hazard in the United States from the 1950s to 1970s.” Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences 55, no. 4 (October 2019): 299–318. https://doi.org/10.1002/jhbs.21991.
    Strings, Sabrina. Fearing the Black Body: The Racial Origins of Fat Phobia. New York: New York University Press, 2019.

    Additional Resources:
    Thebodyisnotanapology.com
    https://www.iamannachapman.com/fat-selfcare-tips
    https://naafa.org/
    https://asdah.org/health-at-every-size-haes-approach/
    https://theadipositivityproject.zenfolio.com/about.html
    http://stacybias.net/
    https://www.aubreygordon.net/
    https://nolose.org/
    http://www.kellidunham.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/YOU-DONT-HAVE-TO-LOVE-YOUR-BODY-TO-TAKE-CARE-OF-IT-FOR-DOWNLOAD.pdf
    https://www.huffpost.com/entry/what-to-do-about-fat-shaming-doctors_n_5ba9604ee4b0181540dfd54d

    • 48 min
    Episode 5: Is the Turkey Baster Thing Real...

    Episode 5: Is the Turkey Baster Thing Real...

    Episode 5: "Is the Turkey Baster Thing Real..."
    For transcripts, follow the link here
     
    Show Notes:
     
    Health-related links:
    The Longest Shortest Time Episode 153: https://longestshortesttime.com/episode-153-sperm-shopping-by-color/
    Lambda Legal:  https://www.lambdalegal.org/states-regions/in-your-state?gclid=CJDu1q-55dICFUO5wAodlCEB3w
    Williams Institute: https://williamsinstitute.law.ucla.edu/wp-content/uploads/Same-Sex-Parents-Jul-2018.pdf
    Family Equality (2019) LGBTQ Family Building Survey. https://www.familyequality.org/fbs 
    Carone, N., Gartrell, N.K., Rothblum, E.D., Koh, A.S., & Bos, H.M.W. (2021) The Stability of Psychological Adjustment Among Donor-conceived Offspring in the U.S. National Longitudinal Lesbian Family Study from Childhood to Adulthood: Differences by Donor Type, Fertility and Sterility, 115(5), 1302–1311. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.fertnstert.2020.12.012
    National Survey of Children’s Health: https://www.childhealthdata.org/learn-about-the-nsch/archive-prior-year-data-documents-and-resources/2011-12-nsch
    Stephanie Berman: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r0NNN-5SSbM
    “Turkey-Baster Baby”: https://open.spotify.com/track/1GMK8sajViuODG58vfk3uh 
     
    Historical sources:
    Daniels, Cynthia R, and Janet Golden. "Procreative Compounds: Popular Eugenics, Artificial Insemination and the Rise of the American Sperm Banking Industry." Journal of Social History 38, no. 1 (2004): 5-27. doi:10.1353/jsh.2004.0081. 
    May, Elaine Tyler. Barren in the Promised Land: Childless Americans and the Pursuit of Happiness. New York: BasicBooks, 1995.
    “‘Proxy Baby,” News- week 55 (May 30, 1960): 80–81.
    Richards, Martin. “Artificial Insemination and Eugenics: Celibate Motherhood, Eutelegenesis and Germinal Choice.” Studies in History & Philosophy of Biological & Biomedical Sciences 39, no. 2 (June 2008): 211–21. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.shpsc.2008.03.005.
    Tallon-Hicks, Yana. “Starter Kit: Baby-making just got intimate.” Deneuve: the Lesbian Magazine (April 2013), 15. 
    “Test-Tube Test Case.” Time 64 (December 27, 1954): 52.
    “Use of artificial insemination increasing” (AP), The News Tribune (Tacoma, Was.), December 5, 1978, p. 11.

    • 42 min
    Episode 4: Can I Get Pregnant If...

    Episode 4: Can I Get Pregnant If...

    In this episode of ”This is Probably a Really Weird Question...”Rebecca and Ronni explore the not-so-really weird question, ”Can I Get Pregnant If...”

    • 42 min
    Episode 3: How Do I Know If I’m Trans...Part 2

    Episode 3: How Do I Know If I’m Trans...Part 2

    Episode 3: "How Do I Know If I'm Trans...? Part 2"
    For transcripts please follow the link here
    Want to support our show? Visit our website, www.reallyweirdquestion.com, to make a fully tax-deductible donation, and don’t forget to check out our merch! 
    On our website, you’ll also find information about how you can subscribe to our free monthly newsletter, resources to learn more about LGBTQ+ health and history, and a rough transcript of the episode.
    Show Notes:
    Ainsworth, C. Sex redefined. Nature 518, 288–291 (2015). https://doi.org/10.1038/518288a
    APA’s statement on gender dysphoria in the DSM: https://www.psychiatry.org/File%20Library/Psychiatrists/Practice/DSM/APA_DSM-5-Gender-Dysphoria.pdf
    Meyerowitz, Joanne J. How Sex Changed: A History of Transsexuality. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2002.
    Stryker, Susan. Transgender History: The Roots of Today’s Revolution. New York: Seal Press, 2017.
     
     

    • 25 min
    Episode 2: How Do I Know If I’m Trans... Part 1

    Episode 2: How Do I Know If I’m Trans... Part 1

    Episode 2: "How Do I Know If I'm Trans... Part 2"
    For transcripts, please follow the link here
    Want to support our show? Visit our website, www.reallyweirdquestion.com, to make a fully tax-deductible donation, and don’t forget to check out our merch! 
    On our website, you’ll also find information about how you can subscribe to our free monthly newsletter, resources to learn more about LGBTQ+ health and history, and a rough transcript of the episode.
    Health-related resources:


    ​Dara Hoffman Fox (LPC and Gender Therapist) https://darahoffmanfox.com/

    Meystre-Agustoni, G. Talking about sexuality with the physician: are patients receiving what they wish?  Swiss Med Wkly. 2011;141:w13178


    2015 US Trans Survey reports: https://www.ustranssurvey.org/reports


    2022 US Trans Survey: https://www.ustranssurvey.org/

    Historical sources:
    ​Peter Boag, Re-Dressing the America’s Frontier Past (University of California Press, 2011)
    Scott Larson, “‘Indescribable Being’: Theological Performances of Genderlessness in the Society of the Publick Universal Friend, 1776–1819.” Early American Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal 12, no. 3 (2014): 576–600.     https://doi.org/10.1353/eam.2014.0020.
    Joanne Meyerowitz, How Sex Changed: A History of Transsexuality in the United States (2002)
    Susan Stryker, Transgender History: The Roots of Today’s Revolution (Basic Books, 2017)
     

    • 25 min
    Episode 1: Are You Sexually Active...

    Episode 1: Are You Sexually Active...

    Episode 1: "Are You Sexually Active..."
    For transcripts, please follow the link here
    Want to support our show? Visit our website, www.reallyweirdquestion.com, to make a fully tax-deductible donation, and don’t forget to check out our merch! 
    On our website, you’ll also find information about how you can subscribe to our free monthly newsletter, resources to learn more about LGBTQ+ health and history, and a rough transcript of the episode.
     
    Historical Sources:
     
    Drucker, Donna J. The Classification of Sex: Alfred Kinsey and the Organization of Knowledge. Pittsburgh, Pa.: University 
        of Pittsburgh Press, 2014.
    Gathorne-Hardy, Jonathan. Sex the Measure of All Things: A Life of Alfred C. Kinsey. Bloomington: Indiana University   
        Press, 2000.
    Gebhard, Paul H, Alan B Johnson, Alfred C Kinsey, and Institute for Sex Research. The Kinsey Data: Marginal Tabulations 
        of the 1938-1963 Interviews Conducted by the Institute for Sex Research. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1998.
    Kinsey, Alfred C, Wardell B Pomeroy, and Clyde E Martin. Sexual Behavior in the Human Male. Bloomington, Ind.:           
        Indiana University Press, 1998 [1948].
    Kinsey, Alfred C, and Institute for Sex Research. Sexual Behavior in the Human Female. Bloomington, Ind.: Indiana
        University Press, 1998 [1953].
    Meystre-Agustoni, G. Talking about sexuality with the physician: are patients receiving what they wish?  Swiss Med Wkly.
        2011;141:w13178
    Stoeckle JD, Billings JA. A history of history-taking: the medical interview. J Gen Intern Med. 1987;2:119–27.
    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK458/
    https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/about/history/history-of-jhh/founding-physicians.html
    https://www.lgbtqiahealtheducation.org/resources/

    • 25 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
28 Ratings

28 Ratings

VerucaSalt ,

Great vibe and great knowledge = a win

Neither a doctor nor a historian. I just like a great, easy to listen to podcast about something relevant. Nailed it!!!

What can I say? A fair amount. The podcast is short enough to make it feel like a casual conversation during a hangout. The content is solid yet does not assume the listeners need a PhD to know what they are talking about. These two women also get that answers will continue to unfold. What we know now is just a starting point. We are always on a path to understand just a little bit more. Again, sounds like a great chat we get to listen to without being creepy. I want more.

ResidentUterus ,

The podcast I’ve been dreaming of

Where to start? The hosts are immediately endearing and charming to an unprecedented level. You want to hear every last word and thought they’ve ever had, and then you cry when the episode ends because it was that good.

If you love sex positivity, inclusive healthcare, history, anthropology, and all things delightful, this is the podcast for you.

Will be sharing with friends and patients alike!

SwedeBegonia ,

Keep it coming!!!

The first episode is a must listen for any healthcare professional. This is such a thoughtful, well done podcast about important things rarely talked about. Plus it’s a riot to listen to! More please!

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