Blackfishing the IUD

by Caren Beilin

Forthcoming 2019

SHARE YOUR STORY! HELP US MAKE THE PODCAST!

“DOCTOR’S NOTES” CALL-IN # (760) 760-7061

 

THE BOOK

Blackfishing the IUD is a daring and demanding memoir by author, Caren Beilin, about women's health and the IUD, gendered illness, medical gaslighting, and activism in the chronic illness community. Rhapsodic and unabashedly polemical, Beilin scrutinizes the literary, artistic, and medical history of Rheumatoid Arthritis, as she considers the copper IUD’s role in triggering her sudden onset of chronic autoimmunity. As the title makes abundantly clear, the book is an argument that the copper IUD is sickening quite a lot of women — and that we listen first and foremost to women’s testimony to begin to resolve it.

 
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Caren Beilin is the author of the autofiction, SPAIN (Rescue Press, 2018), the novel, The University of Pennsylvania (Noemi Press, 2014) and a collection of short fictions, Americans, Guests, or Us (New Michigan Press, 2012). Her work appears in Fence, The Offing, and Territory. She teaches at the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts in the Berkshires.

Claire Mullen is a writer, audio producer, and film photographer based in Mexico City. She worked previously for Radio Ambulante and Reveal at the Center for Investigative Reporting, and has produced stories for 99% Invisible, KALW, and KQED.

“DOCTOR’S NOTES”

CALL-IN #

(760) 760-7061

THE PODCAST

In conjunction with the release of the book, Blackfishing the IUD, Wolfman Books is releasing a several-part podcast of the same name to more broadly explore and shine a light on women’s experiences around gendered healthcare and the medical industry. Hosted by author, Caren Beilin (Spain, The University of Pennsylvania), and produced by audio producer, writer, and film photographer, Claire Mullen (Reveal, Radio Ambulante, 99% Invisible), Blackfishing the IUD will feature a series of intimate conversations with authors, journalists, and experts whose work engages these topics in crucial and illuminating ways.

 

BE A PART OF THE SHOW!

Blackfishing the IUD will also include a section of “Doctor’s Notes,” a public call-in line dedicated to the baffling, disconcerting, and often traumatizing stories women, trans, and non-binary individuals share about their experiences in and out of doctor’s offices. If you’d like to share an experience for “Doctor’s Notes” — whether in a doctor’s office or with a particular doctor, with birth control, or with gendered (or otherwise biased) medical gaslighting — please call and leave a message of any length, and we’ll consider using it in an upcoming episode of the podcast.

Some questions we have to direct your message:

  • What is your worst moment with a doctor, period?

  • Describe a moment when you felt unheard by a doctor or other medical professional. And if applicable, what were the repercussions?

  • What is your birth control story?

  • Have you ever left the doctor's office in tears?

  • Have you ever felt violated or disbelieved in a doctor's office? When? Describe how you felt when you left the doctor's office?

  • Have you ever felt a doctor diagnosed or prescribed something without fully understanding your condition?

We are also aware that these stories and traumas are often shared in community, so even if you might not have a story to share, we’d love it if you could share this message with your community or with anyone you think might want to contribute. This project wouldn’t be possible without the unbridled and courageous voices of women, trans, and non-binary individuals, so, of course, we thank you immensely for wanting to share your story here!