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Intro to "Women of Color and the Reproductive Rights Movement" by Jennifer Nelson. We learn, again, that there is so much to history that we have no idea about and, once we learn it, we have the typical "ah, shit" response. It's not going out on a limb to say that abortion is a complex issue, but it get so much deeper when we add in race and eugeni…
 
We are joined by Cara Page and Susan Raffo for a conversation about eugenics: where we fit into the deeply embedded and continuing history of eugenics in politics, reproductive rights, legal systems, education, settlement, climate change...truly, truly everything around us is so intricately connected with the ideas we've been discussing in this ser…
 
This sterilization stuff ended, right? Right??? Well, no, of course it didn't. We cover: 1. The case of Madrigal v Quilligan and the documentary No Mas Bebes (https://vimeo.com/ondemand/nomasbebes) 2. Sterilization in California's women's prisons and the documentary Belly of the Beast (https://hdpl.kanopy.com/video/belly-beast) 3. Native American S…
 
Eugenic proponents had to find a way to whittle down the "undesirable" population in the US. Enter: sterilization. Join us to weave together the histories of anti-immigration sentiments, racism, ableism, and more to see how state sanctioned sterilization became mainstream in the early 1900s and continued through the 80s and even today. US policies …
 
Surprise (or not): The Olympics has a racism problem. This Olympics has seemed particularly egregious in its openly racist policies and procedures, so in this first of a two-part mini, we're outlining some of these problems - from Simone Biles, to Sha'Carri Richardson, to banned substances and swim caps. The Olympics didn't invent racism, but in tr…
 
Our old suffragist friends turn to whiteness once again! In season one, we learned many of the early white suffragists turned their back on women of color in their efforts to secure the vote for themselves. Unsurprisingly, eugenics was also enthusiastically endorsed by many early feminists. Because it turns out, white supremacy has always been a he…
 
Mandy takes back the reigns for this laundry session, and there's gonna be several loads to get through. We're talking about eugenics - which is basically the idea that natural selection of the fittest could be accelerated through deliberate selection of the "fittest" and, even uglier, "deselection" of the "non-fit" or "degenerate" subsets of the h…
 
When the South lost the Civil War, all the white women decided to give up on riding the wave of white privilege and jump on board with reconstruction and restitution, forever ending racial discrimin.....oh who the hell am I kidding! Of course they didn't! Along came the Daughter's of the Confederacy! Defenders of the "lost cause", memory keepers fo…
 
Today's interview is with Hasan Kwame Jeffries, author and professor of history at The Ohio State University. Dr. Jeffries hosts the podcast "Teaching Hard History" and gave a TED talk with nearly 1.8 million views on "Why we must confront the painful parts of US history". We talk about having the curiosity to learn and go beyond the narratives and…
 
Grab a notebook, everyone—you're gonna want to write some stuff down! Mandy took three pages of notes while talking to David Stovall about Critical Race Theory. We talk about what it is, what it isn't and why everyone if freaking the fuck out. If you've heard some of the arguments but don't know exactly how to educate people or respond to detractor…
 
You've probably never heard of the Veiled Prophet Ball. Ellie Kemper definitely wishes she hadn't at this point. The gist - it's a twisted southern debutante/racist rich white person party that started in the late 1800s. Kemper was crowned the ball's Veiled Prophet Queen of Love and Beauty in 1999. After photos surfaced recently, Kemper apologized …
 
We had the honor of talking to Stephanie E. Jones-Rogers, historian and author of They Were Her Property: White Women as Slave Owners in the American South. Listeners of the podcast already know how much we revere her work and have learned from reading her research. It is even more enlightening to talk with Stephanie and learn about her background …
 
Ahhh, Joe Manchin. Not a white woman, obviously, but we will get back to Krysten Sinema another episode. Just a quick mini-update on Joe, still being Mitch McConnell's best friend and doing Mitch's job of obstructing any progress we had hoped of attaining with the senate elections in Georgia. And while trying to appear principled about it, it's all…
 
TW/CW: Today we are discussing sexual violence, assault and rape during slavery. Any discussion of slavery would be incomplete without acknowledging the sexual violence that was perpetrated against enslaved people by their owners - men and women alike. As with other aspects of slavery, white women were far from innocent or ignorant regarding sexual…
 
Today's episode delves into the details of white women's involvement in the markets where enslaved humans were bought and sold, and how very, very much these women knew and participated in this commerce. We also get into the details you never learned about in the Dred Scott Supreme Court case. You might remember that this case determined the Consti…
 
The history of wet-nursing predates US slavery, but investigating the forced labor of enslaved women as wet nurses brings in many different layers of trauma between Black and white women. Many of us have encountered the concept of a wet nurse before, but everything that went into this practice, from the timing of pregnancies, to the loaning or sell…
 
Today we're discussing how Nikole Hannah-Jones got done dirty by UNC-Chapel Hill. In a definitely political move, UNC announced the Knight Chair recipient would not get automatic tenure, as was previously routine, but would have a five-year contract that would consider tenure after that point. Given the controversy around Hannah-Jones' 1619 Project…
 
In this episode we're looking at the three commonly discussed historical myths regarding the white women involved in the enslavement of African people in the United States. 1. White women weren't legally able to participate in the slave trade 2. White women weren't physically strong enough to be slave masters 3. White women had "uniquely feminine" …
 
This minisode visits a very white lady topic: the Jane Austen House Museum. Mandy announces her disdain for romantic classic literature, and Katy outs herself as a gas station smut-lit aficionado. But we're both here for the Austen museum's decision to include more context to Austen's writing by addressing the roles of colonialism and slavery in he…
 
It's Season 2! This one's going to be hard and dark, and while it's a history we abhor, it is also one that is important to know. We're calling this season "The Haters" and focusing on the women involved in the dirtiest institutions of white supremacy. Starting right off the line with the kidnapping and enslavement of African people, we're learning…
 
It's the first minisode of Season 2! And, in true ODL minisode fashion, it's not that mini. But when you're talking about white lady fuckery, there's just a lot to cover. This minisode is a Local Laundry and Katy takes us to Cleveland in the early 60's to talk about school segregation. While we have plans to get deep into the soiled undergarments o…
 
Wow! January 6, 2021 will be a day in US history books, but it was also the day we put out our first episode! Nearly four months later, we wrap up the voting rights season of Our Dirty Laundry. It was more than we ever could have imagined. We were challenged, we were horrified, we were inspired, and you came along with us. Join us to debrief and he…
 
We've spent this series airing the dirty laundry of white women in the history of voting rights in this country. Along the way, we have mentioned the names of several women of color, also fighting for those rights, who were often harmed by the women we associate with the suffrage fight. Today we learn about six women who don't commonly make it into…
 
TW/CW: This episode contains explicit content regarding allegations of rape and racial violence. In this minisode, we learn about the 1919 murder of Will Brown after he is accused of rape by a white woman, Agnes Loeback Hoffman. What follows is known as the Omaha Race Riot of 1919—one of the most grotesque incidents of white supremacist violence in…
 
We could all use a little inspiration and hope, and Bree Carlson brings them both. Bree has been a racial justice educator and organizer for years and currently works with People's Action—a multi-racial, multigenerational coalition engaged in "joyful rebellion." She talks with us about multi-issue, multi-identity organizing, how Joe Biden's preside…
 
Yvette Rodriguez is Assistant Director of Programming for Multicultural Student Programs and Services at a predominantly white institution in the Midwest. A former graduate student of Katy's, she started listening to Our Dirty Laundry, and then started a podcast club with interested coworkers to discuss episodes of the show. We are so honored to ta…
 
We cannot adequately explain how excited we are to put out this episode with guest host, Kate Schatz. Best selling author, educator and co-conspirator, Kate has graciously offered her time and knowledge to inspire us with stories of lesser-known white women from whom we can actually learn some positive lessons. In our inaugural laundry session with…
 
If you haven't heard of Rachel Hollis - good for you, wear that badge with pride. However...she's definitely piling up the dirty laundry and making a damn mess, in spite of the fact that she has a housekeeper (it's related, just listen). If you're still confused after this episode, and even if you aren't, please also listen to some of the black and…
 
The Voting Rights Act of 1965 put America (and specifically the deep South) on a voting restriction time out. Unfortunately, white supremacy is a petulant toddler and didn't learn a damn thing. We talk about exactly what the Voting Rights Act did, how Shelby County v. Holder gutted it and how we ran right back to our present day fuckery.…
 
We've already warned you: beware of white ladies and anniversaries; now we're here to tell you, this applies to marble statues, too. Learn all about the Portrait Monument in this minisode - a piece commissioned by Alice Paul to commemorate Lucretia Mott, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony...and some nebulous pile of unfinished rock looming…
 
With the poll tax repealed, what would white women turn their attention to next in the fight for voting rights? Good question. Without a good answer. In this episode we discuss disenfranchisement of Asian populations and then get into the Civil Rights movement as it related to voting rights up to the 1960s. Whether it be the hand of history leaving…
 
This is our first Local Laundry minisode and we're starting in Atlanta. With heavy and very angry hearts, we discuss the latest act of white-male-supremacist-terrorism and murder in Atlanta last week and why we need to educate ourselves and watch our reactions to the news coming out of this latest incident of AAPI hate crimes. Then Katy teaches us …
 
The 19th Amendment passed in 1920, but, as one of the few things we probably do remember from history class, that definitely wasn’t the end of the fight for voting rights. And although we learned the names of the prominent women of the suffrage movement (leaving out their racism and classism, of course), we didn’t hear much about the actions of whi…
 
The whole world is talking about it, so you better bet we have something to say! We break down the royal racism Dirty Britches style. We discuss how you can't win in a system built on your oppression no matter how well you seem to do, why Kate can and should speak up (even though we know she won't), and how Sharon Osbourne pulled out all of the whi…
 
In our last episode, we discussed Carrie Chapman Catt and her (blatantly racist) leadership in finally passing the 19th amendment. Today, we interview a current and former student at Iowa State University, involved in activism to rename a building on ISU campus named after Catt. The conversation, however, reaches far beyond Iowa and Catt herself. W…
 
It's Women's History month and in this minisode we are honoring and learning about the first female Chief of the Cherokee nation, Wilma Mankiller. Shout out to Myisha T. Hill and her awesome group, Check Your Privilege, for putting her on our radar. We highly encourage you to follow @ckyourprivilege on Instagram and sign up for Myisha's amazing cou…
 
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