Episode 14: Hormonal Birth Control and Going Beyond Feminism with Holly Grigg-Spall

Today on the New Moon in Gemini, I am talking to Holly Grigg-Spall, writer, birth control truther, and author of the book “Sweetening the Pill or How We Got Hooked on Hormonal Birth Control.” We talk about the harmful effects of hormonal birth control, taboos, pheromones, the patriarchy, and feminism. The information that Holly has gathered throughout her personal and professional life is remarkable; she has so much to teach about birth control and countless other women's issues. Holly's book "Sweetening the Pill" got the attention of Abby Epstein and Ricki Lake and she is currently in collaboration with them to release a new documentary about hormonal birth control which will hopefully be out by the end of the year. Can't wait for that!

I'm so excited for you all to listen to this and to pick up her book which you can do right here. It is so brilliantly written and informative. Even if you are a proponent of hormonal birth control, the book will enlighten and offer a lot of food for thought way beyond anecdotal evidence.

Enjoy the episode and thanks so much for listening!

Hormonal Birth Control and Going Beyond Feminism with Holly Grigg-Spall (click on the link to listen or download)


Holly Grigg-Spall is the author of "Sweetening the Pill: Or How We Got Hooked On Hormonal Birth Control." She is a consulting producer on the documentary inspired by her book that is currently in production, with director Abby Epstein and executive producer Ricki Lake. Holly is a freelance writer who currently works as a writer and consultant for two women's health-centric companies - Daysy and FLO Living - as well as producing articles for the likes of the Guardian and Marie Claire. Holly's work has recently been featured in Vogue, the Washington Post, Broadly, the BBC, and CBC. 


Facebook: hgriggspall

Instagram: Holly.griggspall

Website: www.sweeteningthepill.com



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        Daysy fertility monitor: usa.daysy.me (use discount code PEMACULTURE for 10% off)

       Contragel: https://buycontragel.com (with condoms)

       Caya: http://caya.us.com


       Wild Power by Sjanie Hugo Wurlitzer

       Love Your Lady Landscape by Lisa Lister

       Period Repair Manual: Natural Treatment for Better Hormones and Better Periods by        Lara Briden ND

       The Pill, Are You Sure It's For You? by Jane Bennet and Alexandra Pope       

       Sex and Herbs and Birth Control: Women and Fertility Regulation Through the                  Ages by Ann Hibner Koblitz

       How To Stay Out Of the Gynecologist's Office by Suzann Gage


       The Century of Self - PBS documentary