Women's History Month

March is Women's History Month, and on the air we'll be re-broadcasting a couple of recent relevent episodes: The Value of Care - Feminisim and Ethics with Joan Tronto from the University of Minnesota and Misogyny and Gender Inequality with Kate Manne from Cornell University. Off the air, we've selected some female-focused past episodes for your listening enjoyment. 

This month's playlist begins with one of the most renowned women in the history of philosophy, Simone de Beauvoir. John and Ken explored her life and thought in 2014 with Shannon Mussett from Utah Valley University, editor of Beauvoir and Western Thought from Plato to Butler. Another philosopher who's received renewed attention recently is Hannah Arendt, whose book The Origins of Totalitarianism saw a spike in sales during the last Presidential administration! So don't miss John and Ken's 2008 conversation with Seyla Benhabib from Yale University. With a live audience in Las Vegas, the hosts explored the complexities of the world's oldest profession with novelist, columnist, and former sex worker Tracy Quan, author of the best-selling Diary of a Manhattan Call Girl. Way back in 2005, the hosts questioned Feminism itself with Barrie Thorne from UC Berkeley, co-author of Feminist Sociology: Life Histories of a Movement. And then a decade later, John and Ken chatted with Stanford historian Londa Schiebinger, author of Gendered Innovations in Science and Engineering, to ask how misogyny — or at least a lack of consciousness about gender — can affect scientific research. 

This playlist is hardly exhaustive. Women- and gender-related issues are regularly discussed in our programs. That said, there are certainly other relevant historical figures and topics that we haven't yet explored. Got a suggestion? Leave a comment below or send it to comments@philosophytalk.org!


Women's History Month

Simone de Beauvoir

Hannah Arendt

Prostitution and The Sex Trade


Science and Gender

Comments (2)

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Harold G. Neuman

Tuesday, March 9, 2021 -- 1:02 PM

History and other contingencies...

Would someone please tell me why we must have a day, month or year for everything? It would seem to me that, sooner or later, a. We run out of days, months and/ or years. Or b. The overlap becomes untenable. Look(as Joe BIden often says), I don't mind giving people their due. Why? Because it is right.
I have never, in my estimation, been given mine. So, rather than holding a grudge, I give a shout out to the underdog.. But, suppose, due to our vigilance, there are no longer underdogs or cats, or single-celled organisms. Now, I suppose there are dedications to native Americans? However, does anyone make much of those, other than native Americans? Probably not. See, those folks, with whom I hold kinship,possess pride, tempered with humility .I am not seeing the same among other downtrodden folks. If it is present, the arrow has missed the mark. Seems to me...

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Harold G. Neuman

Friday, March 26, 2021 -- 1:41 PM

Mahalia Jackson

So., now. someone is casting Ms. Jackson as a civil rights icon. I never knew that. How about Richie Havens,then? I am not arguing here---just wondering why it took so long. Item: i have always loved music. Wrote and played some myself. What, then, about Miryeam Makeba? Or Billie Holliday? Ma Rainey? If you wish to pick and choose, you are missing the bigger picture. Maybe, always have. There is no going back. No revisionist picture. You cannot recreate what has already be created. If/when Ms. Jackson became enlightened, it was because of Dr. King,, not precedent to his influence. Just for giggles, and to fan the flames, what did your protagonists think of Pete Seeger? Or was he just another imposter? Come on, now. I don't spell so well. Get over it...