Material Girls Ep 5 – Coronavirus: Everything Is Cancelled

We decided to record a special mini-episode of material girls over Skype, partly as a way to try to stay sane and connected as we live through the coronavirus pandemic.

We discuss the ways patriarchy and capitalism are bound up with our responses to coronavirus, including discussion of the disproportionate burden borne by women doing care work, and how misogyny shapes public views of nurses. We also talk about what coronavirus lockdown by household means for the nuclear family and those who live within it as well as the impact on those who don’t. We discuss the availability of medical abortion at home and the demands we should be making to reorganise the world when the pandemic is over.

Sophie Lewis on Coronavirus and the family

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