PODCAST: Dr. Jen Gunter is busting myths about women’s bodies and health

In this episode, Meghan Murphy speaks with Dr. Jen Gunter about common myths surrounding women’s bodies and her new book, The Vagina Bible.

Despite all of our modern medicine and science, knowledge about the female body is seriously lacking. Myths abound, and even women themselves often don’t understand how their bodies work, thanks to men’s takeover of what is now known as the medical establishment. It is because of these myths and misunderstandings — everything from the idea that that pubic hair is dirty to the belief that having sex while pregnant could “hurt the baby” to the trend of “steaming the vagina” — that Dr. Jen Gunter recently published a book called, The Vagina Bible. In it, she covers everything from STDs to yeast infections to “feminine hygiene.”

In August, Gunter spoke out after Twitter banned advertisements for her book due to the use of the word “vagina.”

In this episode, I speak with the Canadian OB/GYN, women’s health advocate, and New York Times columnist, not only about vaginas, but about all sorts of ways we are sold unhelpful products for and information about our bodies.

Meghan Murphy
Meghan Murphy

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Meghan Murphy is a freelance writer and journalist. She has been podcasting and writing about feminism since 2010 and has published work in numerous national and international publications, including The Spectator, UnHerd, the CBC, New Statesman, Vice, Al Jazeera, The Globe and Mail, and more. Meghan completed a Masters degree in the department of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies at Simon Fraser University in 2012 and lives in Vancouver, B.C. with her dog.

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