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Proles of the Round Table

Aug 1, 2019

In this one, we sat down with Pres to discuss the long and depressing history of Reproductive Rights, Patriarchy, Eugenics and how they all tie together. SPOILER ALERT: deathtoamerica

CORRECTION: The Proles were lied to; Dep (Depo Prevera) is an injection that is re-administered every three months, whereas the arm implant referred to in the episode is Nexplanon (formerly Implanon) which lasts three years. IUDs can last three to ten years depending on the type.

@marxymarx2 to contact Pres.

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Suggested Reading:

 Stamped From the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America, Ibram X. Kendi
The Counter-Revolution of 1776, Gerald Horne
When The Welfare People Come: Race and Class in the US Child Protection Service, Don Lash
Killing the Black Body: Race, Reproduction, and the Meaning of Liberty, Dorothy Roberts
Medical Apartheid: The Dark History of Medical Experimentation on Black Americans from Colonial Times to the Present, Harriet Washington  
Body and Soul: The Black Panther Party and the Fight Against Medical Discrimination, Alondra Nelson  
The Social Transformation of American Medicine:  The Rise of a Sovereign Profession and the Making of a Vast Industry, Paul Starr (More liberal standard academic text)
Labor's Love Lost: The Rise and Fall of the Working-Class Family in America, Andrew Cherlin (more liberal  standard academic text)   
The Zero Trimester: Pre-Pregnancy Care and the Politics of Reproductive Risk, Miranda Waggoner  
Women, Race, and Class, Angela Davis    
On how men's reproductive health is under represented:  On China's One Child Policy (Warning! This paper is super orientalist/racist and very liberal--read at your own peril. Only snippets of what comes out of this paper are actually interesting and what Pres used in the episode):  
On Puerto Rico's sterilization program:  
Sterilization as part of plea deal for man: 

Intro music: 

"Proles Pod Theme" by Ransom Notes

Outro music:

"A Single Spark" by Xiangyu (you can order the album here)