#Thanksgiving, #Abortion is Good For Us, & the Slow Work of Culture Change — #KatieSpeakShow Ep13 11/28/2015

In brief: I say this every week, but I love this episode. You get to meet one of my favorite academic folks, Steph Herold, who brings her education, smarts, and culture change work together for you. And Pamela Merritt is back! She’s all things social justice in Missouri, so for obvious reasons, she is my first repeat guest. I also prerecorded a Thanksgiving rant on the emotional labor so many of us have to do at the holidays.

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I love my academic people! And my social justice people! And I love it when they’re the same people! Steph Herold and Pamela Merritt are an outstanding one-two punch. We talk about a new study on how abortion is AWESOME and good for people, what’s going on in Missouri, some pop culture and political climate.

My intro is very Thanksgiving-centric — which is very ADHD of me. I recorded it before Thanksgiving, but it’s airing and posting after Thanksgiving. However, as my good friend Normandie reminded me as she was cooking our Thanksgiving dinner and I was putting my show notes together: it holds through the rest of the holiday season. True story. So many of us do the emotional labor of hiding something(s) over the holidays to make other people comfortable. I give some love to you doing that labor and have a few recommendations for those who are privileged not to need to.

Quote of the Show: “We know that data and logic don’t necessarily make a big difference in issues that are emotional, moral, cultural — the way that abortion is. Abortion is a medical procedure, but it’s also steeped in this larger culture war about people’s right to determine their own identity, about sex, about power, people’s right to determine their own lives and their own futures.” — Steph Herold

Links to on-air references:

My take…

My piece at The Frisky: “On Thanksgiving, Gratitude & Family-By-Choice”

”Thanksgiving is Almost Here, & Over a Million New Yorkers Might Go Hungry” by Michelle Chen at The Nation

“Five people shot at Black Lives Matter protest in Minneapolis: Police — Black Lives Matter activists say five protesters were shot by white supremacists who had previously threatened them” at Salon

Audre Lorde self-care quote via Know Your IX: “Dealing with Activist Burn-Out and Self-Care”


My piece on the Abortion Is Awesome! study is forthcoming at The Establishment, so stay tuned!

“Senate still going to vote to defund Planned Parenthood; more budget rider warnings from Democrats and GOP predictions on the spending bill” at The Washington Post

“Olivia Pope’s Abortion Got 1 Minute Of Airtime — And That’s All It Needed. Movin’ on, nothing to see here.” at HuffPost Black Voices

“Why 2014 Should Be The Year We Talk About Abortion On TV — Shonda Rhimes explains why it’s so important” at Time.com

“Abortion Onscreen” via Advancing New Standards in Reproductive Health (ANSIRH)

SIGN: Missouri Women’s Health Over Politics via Progress Missouri

“Planned Parenthood supporters target Schaefer, MU leadership at rally on campus” at Columbia Daily Tribune

“Planned Parenthood’s future at MU unclear after Loftin’s resignation”

“Missouri state senator aims to block student’s dissertation on abortion” via AlJazeera America

“Missouri Lawmaker Seeks To Block Students From Studying Restrictive Abortion Law — One student is doing research for her dissertation. A state senator says that’s illegal.” via HuffPost

My Millennial piece at The Establishment: “Dear Millennials: Please Keep Fighting”

Follow my guests…

Steph Herold: personal Twitter & at The Sea Change Program

Pamela Merritt: personal Twitter & at ReproAction

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