Online: Tracing the Path from Women’s Health Advocacy to Conspiracy Theories

Erin Fredericks: Tracing the Path from Women’s Health Advocacy to Conspiracy Theories

Please mark your calendars for the second talk of our virtual Winter 2021 Feminist Lunch Series in the Faculty of Arts to be given on Wednesday, Feb. 10 at 12:00pm via Teams by Erin Fredericks (Sociology at STU). 

The talk is titled: “Tracing the Path from Women’s Health Advocacy to Conspiracy Theories”

Using Christiane Northrup’s evolution from vocal women’s health advocate to conspiracy theorist as a case study, Dr. Fredericks will examine a worrisome new pattern of vocal women’s health advocates aligning themselves with QAnon conspiracy theorists. Refusing to simply dismiss these advocates, Dr. Fredericks examines the uncomfortable alignments and tensions between popular feminist criticism and contemporary conspiracy theories.

Dr. Fredericks has been teaching in the Department of Sociology at Saint Thomas university since 2013. Her area of expertise is sociology of health. Within this field, she examines interconnections between gender and other forms of marginalization, representations of health and illness, and health behaviours. She has a number of research studies underway, including continued studies of breast cancer experiences and new research on the proscriptions and prescriptions in self-help literature written for the LGBTQ community.

To register, click on the invite link ( or email

All are welcome…please have your lunch with us!  

Our virtual Feminist Lunch Series series will continue on Feb. 24 with a talk by Karen Pearlston, from UNB Law. Subsequent talks will take place on March 17 and March 31. All are invited!

The Feminist Lunch Series is organized by the UNB Gender & Women’s Studies Program, the UNB/STU University Women’s Centre and the Office of the UNB Dean of Arts. Special thanks to Daniel Grant for technical help. For more information on the series, contact Sophie Lavoie (

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