EP 5: Purity Culture and Reproductive Health With Ann Kay
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Linda Klein describes components of purity culture as “ men are taught their minds are evil, whereas women are taught their bodies are evil. That is to say, men’s thoughts and actions are said to be either pure or impure, while women themselves are said to be either pure or impure.” It is this belief system that often facilitates stigma in women when they seek contraceptive or abortion services. We dive into this with Ann Kay, a feminist from Zambia as we seek to learn the ways in which purity culture impacts women in southern africa and their reproductive bodily autonomy.

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