#ThatBlackCouple Ep 4 – “Pretty Pregnancy” and Unrealistic Expectations for Black Pregnant People

In the first segment, Jenn and Daren discuss how Serena Williams and Beyonce were treated during their pregnancies. Their experiences are indicative of how Black women really are damned if they do and damned if they don’t, and pregnancy and motherhood are fraught with racial and gendered biases and innuendo.

In the second segment, they talk about motherhood in very real terms. Namely, there is an immense amount of under-recognized labor that people with uteruses do when pregnant, the expectations placed on new mothers and others who give birth prove this. Pregnancy is not an accessory or a trend; it is a medical condition and should be treated as such.

In the third segment, Jenn and Daren reflect on Jenn’s pregnancies, how partners claiming that they are “pregnant too” are dead wrong, and just how little education people have on the realities of pregnancy.

Articles For Reference:
* If you can’t be happy for Ciara and Serena, it’s probably because you’re a misogynist: http://watercoolerconvos.com/2016/12/30/if-you-cant-be-happy-for-ciara-and-serena-its-probably-because-youre-a-misogynist/
* On White Women Who Pen Criticisms of Beyoncé and Serena When White Feminism Isn’t Enuf: http://www.theroot.com/on-white-women-who-pen-criticisms-of-beyonce-and-serena-1792721829
* Not Your Belly, Not Your Business – On Serena Williams, Reproduction, and Athleticism: https://www.bitchmedia.org/article/not-your-belly-not-your-business/serena-williams-reproduction-and-athleticism
*For information from the CDC on Black mother mortality rates go here: https://www.cdc.gov/reproductivehealth/maternalinfanthealth/pmss.html

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Podcast Summary:
This is an accidentally funny podcast about the realities of Blackness and adult life. We do “adult” differently. We are That Black Couple.

Our goal is to create a space for Black millennials to discuss and embody adult life on their own terms. We aren’t beholden to “traditional” gender or parenting roles, queerness is fluid and present in the ways we show up in our relationships and in the world, and we want to build community with other 30-something Black folx who are trying to figure this ish out.

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