EP51: Holly Griggs-Spall on Birth Control, Feminism, and Moving Forward

What Holly Shares:

  • ¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†Untangling hormonal birth control from feminism
  • ¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†Why she was on the pill as a teen even before she was sexually active
  • ¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†The positive effects the pill had for her
  • ¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†The mental health affects the pill had on her
  • ¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†Her journey discovering who she was without hormonal birth control

What You’ll Hear:

  • ¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†The cultural marriage between feminism and the pill¬†
  • ¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†The pushback she received against her writing criticizing synthetic hormones¬†
  • ¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†How feminism has changed in the last 10 years¬†
  • ¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†Various forms of feminism and what they mean for women¬†
  • ¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†How the pill has become our cultural right of passage¬†
  • ¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†How hormonal birth control helped manage her painful periods¬†
  • ¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†Letting go of fear and embracing your teen‚Äôs sexuality
  • ¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†Teen pregnancy vs. side effects of hormonal birth control¬†
  • ¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†The paranoia, depression, and obsessive compulsive behavior she developed while on the pill
  • ¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†Rediscovering her emotional landscape post synthetic hormones
  • ¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†The dearth of critical examination of the pill‚Äôs side effects¬†
  • ¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†Side effects of the pill including reduced senses, lactation, and suicidal thoughts¬†
  • ¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†Why so many women are suffering from anhedonia and are unable to experience inherent pleasure in life¬†
  • ¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†Questioning how synthetic hormones affect our birthing, our parenting, and attachment¬†
  • ¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†Reclaiming the power of your own emotions, sense of self, and libido¬†
  • ¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†How synthetic hormones affect your attraction to other people¬†
  • ¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†Getting support for your own journey leaving hormonal birth control¬†
  • ¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†Learning about fertility awareness within the context of feminism
  • ¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†Imagining a future of feminist fertility awareness plus somatic consent practice¬†
  • ¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†Embracing men and boys in the feminist fertility movement¬†
  • ¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†How coming off of the pill can be part of a social movement¬†

Birth Sex
Trauma

with Kimberly
Ann Johnson