7. Woman and Birth Control: Dr Krystale Littlejohn, Just Get on the Pill

7. Woman and Birth Control: Dr Krystale Littlejohn, Just Get on the Pill

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In this episode, I talk with Dr Kystale Littlejohn about her book, Just Get on the Pill.

Though it takes two people to make a pregnancy, prevention is seen almost entirely as a woman’s responsibility. Using extensive research, Dr Krystale breaks this down and examines how birth control is a fundamentally unbalanced and gendered responsibility that encroaches on reproductive and bodily autonomy.

Some topics of discussion include:

  1. Society’s ideas about gender, the phenomenon of ‘gendered compulsory birth control’ and the need to see pregnancy prevention as yet another form of domestic labor
  2. The importance of language, and the problem with words like male and female condoms, and also ‘stealthing’... which should really just be called sexual assault
  3. How poor women are blamed for causing unintended pregnancies instead of recognising that poverty is a reason people might label their pregnancies as undesired in the first place
  4. How gendering birth control alienates trans, intersex and gender nonconforming people
  5. What a more liberating approach to birth control looks like

And more!

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The quotes you will hear read during the interview are taken directly from the book, Just Get on the Pill.

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