Content warning for discussions of chronic pain and illness, drug addiction, and cancer.
I jokingly tweeted a screenshot of the audio file for this episode with the caption “The telltale shape of a hard-to-record minisode.” I was referring to the long, conspicuous gaps that betray how hard I find it to talk about some topics. Episode 2.3 “On Being Seen” had a similar shape, pre-edit. The hard episodes, for me, are usually the personal ones. And this is a personal one. I’m talking about pain and how it links to trauma; and I’m talking about the incredible work of disability studies scholars and disability justice activists. And because I’m talking about a bunch of really great writing, here are a bunch of links:
- I recommend everything by Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha, especially their newest book of poetry, Tonguebreaker
- I didn’t mention this in the episode, but I also recommend The Empathy Exams by Leslie Jamison, which thinks in really interesting ways about the difference (or lack of difference) between “real” and “imagined” pain
- Here are the pieces I read as recommended on Twitter. As usual, if there’s something you want to read but it’s paywalled, just let me know!
- “Pain Scale” by Eula Bliss
- An excerpt of Opium Eater: The New Confessions by Carlyn Zwarenstein
- “Recovering a Cripistemology of Pain: Leaky Bodies, Connective Tissue, and Feeling Discourse” by Alyson Patsavas
- “The Bodymind Problem and the Possibilities of Pain” by Margaret Price
- And here are the things recommended on Twitter than I haven’t had a chance to read yet:
- Ask Me About My Uterus: A Quest to Make Doctors Believe in Women’s Pain by Abby Norman
- The Rejected Body: Feminist Philosophical Reflections on Disability by Susan Wendell
- Sick: A Memoir by Porochista Khakpour (but here’s a great review)
- “Face of Rhythm” by Kim Hyesoon
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Secret Feminist Agenda is recorded and produced by Hannah McGregor on the traditional and unceded territories of the Squamish, Musqueam, and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations.