Venus Rising builds on the work of the Center for Bioethics and Culture in the space of fertility, infertility, high-tech baby making and women's reproductive health.
We sit down and chat with experts, authors, medical professionals, egg and sperm donors, as well as surrogates, and of course, women themselves, with their personal and often heart wrenching stories. Our guests include a wide-range of voices, even those we often have major disagreements with in the spirit of public conversation, robust discussion, education, and always, trying to challenge us all to think beyond the masses.
Episode 66: Podcast #066 (S04): Back with Stephanie Winn
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49:35Today I have the pleasure of having Stephanie Winn back on the show! If you missed our first discussion, I would encourage you to go back and have a listen. The first time we spoke with Stephanie, we talked about how she became critical of the gender identity industry. Today we will be discussing the new film that Stephanie appeared in titled Affirmation Generation and our latest film, The Detransition Diaries. For those of you that haven’t heard, allow me to introduce Stephanie again. Stephanie is a licensed Marriage and Family therapist, writer, consultant, and host of the podcast You Must Be Some Kind of Therapist. In Oregon, Stephanie has a small, online private practice called Real Talk Therapy PDX, offering Therapy Without Ideology. Both in her clinical work and in her writing, speaking, and consulting, Stephanie has increasingly taken an interest in the unique mental health needs of victims of gender medicine. You can find her podcast, You Must Be Some Kind of Therapist, blog, shop, and consulting services at www.sometherapist.com, and her counseling practice at www.realtalktherapypdx.com. You can follow Stephanie on Twitter at both @sometherapist and @some_therapist, since Twitter has a way of silencing heretics. She is on Instagram as @sometherapist
Episode 65: Podcast #065 (S04): Camille
51:47In honor of Detransition Awareness Day this week, today I sit down with Camille, a young woman that embraced a non-binary identity and went under the knife in 2020 to have top surgery, where doctors removed her breasts. Only after addressing her physical and mental health issues, Camille finally accepted that she was a woman and had been all along. Camille now works to bring awareness to detransitioners and about alternative treatments for those struggling like she once did. She is also fighting back against those that harmed her and is suing the social worker, therapist, and the gender clinics they work for . You can support Camille with her lawsuit by clicking this link: https://www.givesendgo.com/camille_kiefel_lawsuit Follow [email protected] on [email protected]://camillekiefel.substack.comhttps://www.tiktok.com/@camille_kiefel
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Episode 64: Podcast #064 (S04): Michelle
51:25Today on Venus Rising we welcome, Michelle, an outspoken 34-year-old detransitioned woman.Michelle identified as transgender for a period of ten years, during which time she was prescribed testosterone and underwent two medically unnecessary surgeries; a mastectomy and hysterectomy. Seven years after being prescribed testosterone, at nearly 30 years old, she was diagnosed with ASD, ADHD, and post-traumatic stress disorder. She detransitioned a few years later.In the aftermath of her transition, Michelle began to question why she’d been encouraged to pursue an extreme medical treatment that ultimately wasn’t right for her. She became particularly concerned that the affirmation approach by professionals left no room to consider developmental dysphoria and that her undiagnosed disabilities contributed to her experience. Michelle considers writing to be her primary passion in life and is currently working on her first book, but in the meantime, she blogs about her post-transition experiences on her Substack, “Some Nuance, Please” (somenuanceplease.substack.com). You can follow Michelle on Twitter @somenuancepls where her “tweets serve the purpose of publicly criticizing health care professionals for enacting medical violence against vulnerable people."
Episode 63: Podcast #063 (S04): Shulamit Ferber
56:58Today on Venus Rising we have the pleasure to welcome Shulamit Ferber a programmer and feminist activist from Tel Aviv, Israel. Shulamit studied Interactive Studies at Sapir College in Sderot, Israel. After college, Shulamit started writing for the feminist media outlet "Politically Correct" about various issues, and in recent years decided to concentrate on the issue of surrogacy and the booming fertility industry in Israel - our focus for today’s conversation and discussion. Apart from her day job, Shulamit is a talented cartoonist drawing comics titled “Why Ruin Everything”.
Episode 62: Podcast #062 (S04): Mary
36:56Lately, Venus Rising has had the opportunity to sit down with those willing to share their personal stories of how they were harmed by the gender identity industry. Today we welcome yet another woman who bought the lie that she could become a man. Mary spent the last 4 years on testosterone, but now Mary is detransitioning and is sharing her story in hopes that others avoid harming themselves with transgender ideology. Mary hopes to be a beacon of hope for those with gender dysphoria. You can find and follow Mary on twitter @fandaflames
Episode 61: Podcast #061 (S04): Jennifer Bilek
45:15Happy New Year! Here at Venus Rising, we would like to ring in 2023 speaking with artist, activist, and investigative journalist, Jennifer Bilek. As well as receiving many awards for her portraiture, Jennifer's journalism has been featured in Tablet Magazine, First Things, The Post Millennial, and many other publications. She writes about the intersections of unfettered corporatism, technology, and the gender industry on her blog, The 11th Hour, found on Twitter @11thBlog or online at https://www.the11thhourblog.com. Today we talk at length with Jennifer about protecting women’s spaces and rights, transgender ideology and transhumanism. You can find and follow Jennifer on twitter with the handle @bjportraits.
Episode 60: Podcast #60 (S04): Stephanie Winn, LMFT
1:00:16You definitely don’t want to miss today’s guest, Stephanie Winn. Stephanie is a licensed Marriage and Family therapist, writer, consultant, and host of the podcast You Must Be Some Kind of Therapist all with the goals of restoring integrity to the profession of psychotherapy, ending childhood sexual mutilation, and promoting justice & healing for those who have been harmed by “gender affirming care”. Today I get to chat with Stephanie about each of these goals, her work, and why she thinks gender affirming care is harmful. You can find her podcast, blog, shop, and consulting services at www.sometherapist.com, and her counseling practice at www.realtalktherapypdx.com. Or you can go to https://bio.site/sometherapist to find a multitude of resources Stephanie has provided! For more information on how therapists treat gender dysphoria, make sure to listen to Stephanie interview with Marcus Evans, author of Gender Dysphoria: A Therapeutic Model for Working with Children, Adolescents and Young Adults. Follow Stephanie on Twitter at both @sometherapist and @some_therapist Follow on Instagram as @sometherapist
Episode 59: Podcast #59 (S04): Best-Selling Author Milli Hill
57:48Today I am thrilled to virtually sit down with writer, feminist and freelance journalist Milli Hill. Milli is the author of bestselling Positive Birth Book (2017), Give Birth like a Feminist (2019) and a book for pre-teen girls, titled My Period (2021). From 2012 to 2021 she founded and ran the Positive Birth Movement, a global network of antenatal discussion groups aimed at improving birth and giving women better access to support and information.As a journalist since 2013 Milli has written for many publications including Telegraph, Guardian, Independent, Mother&Baby, to name a few, and she has appeared on BBC Radio talkradio, LBC and many other leading podcasts. In recent times Milli has become interested in ‘cancel culture’ and had her own experiences of this phenomenon. As you’ll hear on today’s show, Milli has a passion for reframing the narrative around women’s bodies and as a writer about female biology, she is curious about the current misinformation about sex and gender and the implications of shifts in word definitions for women’s rights.You can find Milli and her work at https://www.millihill.co.uk Twitter @millihillInstagram @milli.hill
Episode 57: Podcast #58 (S04): Abel Garcia
54:40Abel Garcia joins us on Venus Rising to share his story as a male detransitioner. Abel changed his name, took estrogen, and went under the knife for "top" surgery. Facing many roadblocks, Abel has worked hard to detransition and is now sharing his story with hopes to help minimize the number of people who will be harmed by the claim that it is possible to change sex.Abel is active on Instagram, twitter and YouTube under the handle @officialabelg.
Episode 57: Podcast #57 (S04): Jennie's Story of Embryos on Ice
47:23Earlier this year, a woman named Jennie reached out to us with the hopes of warning others before they, like her, are swept up in the assisted reproduction vortex. Jennie and her husband spent seven years facing the heartbreak of infertility before their son was born at the very beginning of the global pandemic in March of 2020. Jennie and her husband went through 3 grueling rounds of IUIs and 1 round of IVF in order to conceive their son and in hindsight, Jennie now realizes the moral and ethical compromises that she made, resulting in 29 frozen embryos. Jennie wishes that she would have been more educated on ethical ways to do IVF before jumping on the fertility rollercoaster, and while she is so thankful for her son, her and her husband are now faced with the ethical ramifications of having so many frozen embryos.