#017 Making A Racket with Hypatia and Simone de Beauvoir

Photography by Shot By Rod

Photography by Shot By Rod

One is not born, but rather becomes, a woman.
— Simone de Beauvoir

How can changing the narrative of shame around women's bodies change the way society impact the identities of all people? In this episode we'll hear from the founders of Racket, as well as what the philosophers Hypatia and Simone de Beauvoir can teach us about non-conformity. #thehappierhour


Hypatia (see books below)

Simone de Beauvoir (see books below)

On the day when it will be possible for woman to love not in her weakness but in her strength, not to escape herself but to find herself, not to abase herself but to assert herself--on that day love will become for her, as for man, a source of life and not of mortal danger. - The Second Sex


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Hypatia: The Life And Legend of an Ancient Philosopher

Hypatia of Alexandria 

The Second Sex by Simon de Beauvoir 

In what ways are we allowing society to determine our own identities?
— question of the episode


Actress Margo Seibert and novelist Caroline Angell are old pals from their college days. Together, they co-founded an initiative called RACKET. Their mission: to take shame out of periods.

RACKET thinks that all people deserve a shame-free relationship with their periods regardless of socioeconomic circumstances. They believe that access to menstrual hygiene products is an essential part of building agency for all menstruating people, and are fighting for this access on many different fronts. They regularly partner with arts organizations, businesses, churches, and shelters to collect menstrual hygiene products, and help facilitate their distribution to people with limited access. And they collaborate with journalists and activists to help publicize their work in the field of menstruation and gender equality. www.weracket.com