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E9 | Buffering the Impacts of Discrimination: a conversation with Miriam Zoila Pérez

Updated: Feb 4, 2019

Miriam Zoila Pérez is a writer, and the creator of the Radical Doula website and book the Radical Doula Guide. They are a journalist that writes about a variety of topics, but much of their writing relates to the worlds of race, gender, and health. Pérez has contributed writing to the New York Times, Colorlines, Splinter (formerly Fusion), Talking Points Memo, The American Prospect, Rewire News (formerly RH Reality Check), The Nation, Bitch Magazine, Ms. Magazine, The Frisky and More Magazine, among others. They are a former writer and editor at Feministing and have a widely watched TED talk called "How Racism Harms Pregnant Women and What Can Help."

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Social Accts: (Miriam Zoila Pérez)

Twitter: @miriamzperez

Twitter: @Radicaldoula

Instagram: @Miriamzperez

Insta houseplant @houseplantparenthood

Radio Mena Podcast: @radiomenea

Facebook: @radicaldoula

Facebook: @miriamzperez

To join Pérez's mailing list go to:


Colorlines: Meet the Man That Proved Discrimination Can Make You Physically Sick

"99 Good News Stories You Probably Didn’t Hear About in 2018." by Angus Hervey

‘While There is Despair, I Am Not Hopeless’ A Conversation with adrienne maree brown Colorlines, December 2, 2016.

Pre Order for Pleasure Activism (adrienne maree brown)

Places to Find Perez's Work:

Book: The Radical Doula Guide:

Radical Doula Website:


How Racism Harms Pregnant Women and What Can Help. October, 2016.

Transforming Empathy (about what being a doula has taught them about compassion)


NPR: How does Racism Affect Pregnant Women & Babies:

NYTimes: Making Pregnancy Safer for Women of Color.

ReWire News: Where are all the sperm donors of color?

ReWire News: Racism Kills: What Cultural Connection Can Do About It

Colorlines: What would it take to actually end intimate violence?

ReWire: The Women Behind the Statue

The Myth of the Elective C-Section

For a full list of Perez's writing:


"Coming back around to Butch"- Chapter in Persistence: All Ways Butch and Femme.

"Not That Loud: Quiet Encounters with Rape Culture" Not That Bad: Dispatches from Rape Culture. Edited by Roxane Gay

Music for this episode:

“Detroit” by Great White Buffalo

“Part-Time Lover” by the Undynamic Pop Experiment

This podcast was produced and recorded on Ohlone Territory.

Transcription for this episode is available here.

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