Episode summary: Old MacDonald had a farm—and on that farm he had rich terrain for an episode of Getting Curious. Join Professor Gabe Rosenberg and Jonathan as they explore what agricultural history has to do with our modern understandings of sex, gender, and sexuality. They cover the concept of “animal husbandry,” 4-H clubs, the story of a pig looking for love, and so much more. Gabriel N. Rosenberg is Associate Professor of Gender, Sexuality and Feminist Studies and History at Duke University, where he studies how gender, race, and sexuality have shaped the history of the modern food system. His first book, The 4-H Harvest: Sexuality and the State in Rural America, was a gendered history of the iconic rural youth organization, and he is currently writing a book about the interconnections between livestock breeding and the emergence of the human eugenics movement. He writes frequently for The New Republic and has held research fellowships at the National Humanities Center, Yale University, the Max Planck Institute for the…
This was a truly fascinating episode of a podcast I haven't listened to before. I'm not subscribed, and may need to just keep an eye on new episodes as they emerge. In any case, Gabe Rosenberg's approach to agriculture, rural life, breeding and much more was refreshing, thought-provoking and educational. I mean, how else would I have learned that legalising bestiality was an unfortunate unintended consequence of the push for freedom of sexual expression?
Might need to find a suitable opening in my own podcast.
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