Couldn’t make it through one episode
I’ve only listened to one episode- and had to turn it off, there was so much misinformation- perhaps other episodes are better. I’m a wildlife biologist and I minored in anthropology, so whenever people talk about what’s “natural” for humans I tend to roll my eyes. This was no different. There was an extended conversation on breastfeeding, and while I have no problems with breastfeeding, the claims were greatly exaggerated. It’s fine if a woman enjoys it and chooses to, but many women don’t and that’s okay. They don’t love their children any less, they are just as bonded, and their kids are just as intelligent (and in fact, success and intelligence are more linked to the mother’s education and career level. Hard to achieve those when you’re stuck at home breastfeeding for years). There’s also a large assumption of privilege- not everyone can afford to spend years sitting at home eating grass fed steak (yes, this was a recommendation). I’m not a fan of this kind of fear mongering and guilt tripping that mothers need to do XYZ for the children. It’s anti-feminist and inaccurate. There was also a recommendation to eat placenta- gross, but if someone really wants to, go ahead. But, there was a claim made that all mammals eat their placenta and this is not true. Many species don’t, and many individuals within a species don’t. So do it if you want but don’t feel pressured to because it’s “natural”. The most dangerous statement made was anti-vaccination. I know that we all want to protect our kids and do what is best, but making choices based on what hypothetical “natural” humans did isn’t the wisest choice. People often forget the word that comes after natural- selection. Over half of Hunter-gatherer children die and never reach adulthood, often due to disease. I’m not a fan of big pharma either, but if everyone stops vaccinating we’re going to end up with a lot of dead kids. Nature involves a whole lot of death. Also, can I just add- don’t we woman have better things to talk about that reproduction and children?! Maybe other episodes are more empowering for women, but I didn’t find this one was.
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