The Heart of Jacks Podcast
The Heart of Jacks Podcast
Paul Rosenberg
Talking Shame with Dr. Eric Sprankle
56 minutes Posted Mar 1, 2021 at 12:00 am.
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The Heart of Jacks Podcast

Episode #12 - Talking Shame with Dr. Eric Sprankle

Guest: Dr. Eric Sprankle

Released March 1, 2021


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Important lessons for a nine-year-old snoop

Missing lessons in mid-century school

And talking shame with Dr. Eric Sprankle


Segment 1: Paul talks about how he learned about sex before most of his friends did (hint: It wasn’t from his parents or school) and about the ways that queer kids learn nothing at all about sex or relationships and are still left to kludge their lives together without guidance, a monologue inspired by his conversation with today’s guest.

Segment 2: Dr. Eric Sprankle is an Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology and Co-Director of the Sexuality Studies program at Minnesota State University, Mankato, as well as a licensed clinical psychologist and an AASECT-certified sex therapist affiliated with the Minnesota Sexual Health Institute. He joins Paul to talk about shame and sexual shame.

Questions that we chewed on:

  • What is shame?
  • Is sexual shame unique from other kinds of shame?
  • Where does sexual shame and overall sex negativity come from?
  • Is shame ever a good thing?
  • What’s a good alternative focus?
  • What's behind the cultural pressure to feel shame?
  • Is the rise of secularism alone a solution to sexual shame?

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The Heart of Jacks Podcast, written and produced by Paul Rosenberg

Theme Music is Carouselophane by Jake Bradford Sharp 

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Dr. Sprankle Links:

Website, Scarlet Letters, Twitter, Instagram 

Dr. Sprankle at Minnesota State University


Mentioned in this podcast:



Jerry Seinfeld 

Howard Stern 

Rob Zombie 



Sex for One: The Joy of Selfloving, Betty Dodson 

The Myth of Sex Addiction, Dr. David Ley 


Books by Mary Roach 

Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex 

Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife 

Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers