Oh the wonders of these bodies that we have. Babies being born is a topic we accidentally avoid on audio smut. But the fact is, we have bodies that make us babies and sex is involved, albeit in many different ways. Sometimes the reality of babies is something we want to ignore while having sex. Other times, babies are what we want and but we don’t like the kind of sex that makes us babies. Other times, fucking is a magical means to a magical end. This episode is a trifecta into the forray of where babies come from.
Piece 1: Orgasmic Birth Giving birth isn’t sexy right? Well, apparently it can be. Having an orgasm during childbirth is something that happens when mothers are relaxed and at ease. It cannot be planned and it is definitely not a guarantee. But occasionally, when the stars align you can get off on what is considered to be ‘the most painful human experience’.
Piece 2: The Anarchist Thing to Do Helen and Aaron sitting in a tree… Not actually. Helen is queer woman of color living in Montreal who wanted to have a child. She is someone who believes in relying on community rather than institutions to help each other out. The fertility clinics was not an appealing option to her; pouring over genetic profiles of sperm donors and her queerness being deemed a ‘fertility issue.’ So she asked her friend Aaron to help her out. On a cold April morning in Montreal, Aaron produced a sample and biked it over the Helen’s place. Nine months later, Luche was born.
Piece 3: That Shit Is No Joke Maria grew up in a Puerto Rican area of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, in a single parent family. It was the 70s. She was an audacious 14 year old girl. She recounts the story of her first love, which brought her on a journey that had a permanent impact on her life. Decades later, she contemplates whether she was the victim of more than just young love. Her suspicions correlate with a history of coercive sterilization of poor women and women of color in the U.S. We speak with Dorothy Roberts, academic and author of “Killing the Black Body: Race, Reproduction and the Meaning of Liberty”. In her research she tells the stories of many women who lost their ability to have children at the hands of unregulated birth control policy.