Episode 13: Global Feminism and Poverty


Join Lindsay, Nat Kelly, Kate Kelly, and Missy Lambert as they discuss global poverty and how it affects women around the world. This will be the first in a series of issues dealing with feminism on a global scale.


Recommended books:

Non-fiction books with a global focus:
“King Leopold’s Ghost” by Adam Hochschild
Anything by Vandana Shiva
“The Open Veins of Latin America: Five Centuries of the Pillage of a Continent” – Eduardo Galeano
“The Wretched of the Earth” – Frantz Fanon
“A Dying Colonialism” – Frantz Fanon

Non-fiction with a US focus:
“Flat Broke with Children: Women in the Age of Welfare Reform” – Sharon Hays
“Nickel and Dimed” Barbara Ehrenreich
“Women, Race and Class” – Angela Davis

Fiction:
“Age of Iron” by JM Coetzee (or anything else by him!)
“A Young Man’s Guide to Capitalism” by Peter Mountford
“July’s People” by Nadine Gordimer
“Half of a Yellow Sun” – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
“Things Fall Apart” – Chinua Achebe
“A Thousand Splendid Suns” – Khaleid Hosseini

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  1. Loved the episode and the introduction into global poverty as a women’s issue. I especially appreciate that you brought up empathy and compassion as central to Christ’s commission to his followers and how that squarely does not jive with the Republican value of “if you don’t have what you need, you are not working hard enough.” I’m glad you brought up the ubiquity of unethically produced consumer products and how guilt inducing that can be. I will admit that I personally try to avoid as many products as I can once I hear about their ethics violations and I attempt to shop in ways that I can avoid those products (so much so that I don’t buy toilet paper anymore since I found I can get by using washable wipes–though that may be more of a frugal and/or environmentalist thing than a conscientious objector thing). I will admit to the privilege of consistently brainstorming ways to free myself from systems that I feel perpetuate oppression and undervaluing the worker class, though that’s rife with pitfalls too. It would be worth having a discussion on discrete ways to do that, though.

  2. Glad you enjoyed it, Descent. Yeah, it is super tricky to negotiate consumer ethics. I have never heard of the washable toilet paper thing! I’ve always just considered that one type of consumption I wasn’t going to apologize for. Very interesting.

    There is an inherent tension in the notion of bringing about economic justice through ethical consumer decisions, because those options are often not available to poor folks. Just thinking about the reusable wipes thing, for example…. might not be an option for folks who don’t have easy access to laundry machines and have to trek to a laundromat.

    I think the organic food movement is the worst at this–there is so much condemnation of poor folks who can’t afford to “buy local!” or “eat organic!”

  3. We all know which junk foods is totally horrible on a diet routine. If you wish to melt off belly fat, a person can’t do it through shoveling junk lower your own throat. As well as, I’m not really speaking about sugary sweets and soda pops – I’m talking about the overly processed “healthy” foods which are certainly not wholesome.

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