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Persistent and Pervasive: Feminists Tackle Toxics

By Judy Norsigian |

For a wide range of causes, together with gendered work and residential experiences, ladies face completely different environmental well being dangers than males. Ladies are extra doubtless to make use of private care merchandise, cosmetics, and cleansing merchandise, and subsequently extra more likely to face every day publicity to the poisonous chemical substances in lots of shopper merchandise. As consciousness of poisonous chemical substances has elevated, feminist scientists and activists are drawing consideration to the actual antagonistic well being dangers they pose and have mobilized to work towards inventive and radical options.

Sally Edwards, an environmental well being scientist, long-time feminist, and OBOS collaborator, has been gathering tales from these consultants and activists. She has now created an exquisite new podcast, Persistent and Pervasive: Feminists Tackle Toxics.

The sequence, which is co-produced by media producer and archivist Anna Mason, is a crash course in feminist environmental well being. Every episode focuses on a product marketed to ladies and women and describes the poisonous chemical substances within the product, the disproportionate exposures typically confronted by ladies of shade and/or of decrease socio-economic standing, and the work that feminist scientists and activists are doing to unravel these issues. These embrace cleansing merchandise, cosmetics/private care, menstrual/intimate care merchandise and extra.

The newly launched pilot episode facilities on poisonous chemical substances in menstrual and intimate care merchandise. As hosts, Sally and Anna give a short historical past of how these merchandise have been developed and marketed after which interview consultants concerning the poisonous chemical substances in them and the ways in which feminist scientists and activists are creating options.

For his or her subsequent episode, the Persistent and Pervasive group will dive into the subject of cleansing merchandise (particularly topical in 2020). They may describe the poisonous chemical substances in lots of cleansing merchandise, how the usage of these merchandise is growing throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, the exposures confronted by cleansing staff, and the options that feminist scientists and activists are creating and selling, together with inexperienced chemistry options. We will count on that episode in early 2021, with extra to come back quickly after.

I imagine that Persistent and Pervasive will assist attain those that care about ladies’s our bodies and girls’s well being, and can additional the efforts to remove poisonous chemical substances from shopper merchandise.

I hope you’ll take a second to hearken to the 3 minute trailer and the pilot episode. You may as well discover Persistent and Pervasive on Apple and Google podcasts, Spotify, and Stitcher.

You’ll be able to contact the Persistent and Pervasive group at PersistentandPervasive@gmail.com



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