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October 11, 2019
Michael Palermo, the editor of TheAsexual.com, joins us to talk about the upcoming book Ending the Pursuit: Asexuality, Aromanticism, and Agender Identity. This work will examine how Western ideas of sexuality, romance, attraction, and gender – i.e. that sexual desire is inherently natural to all humans; that forming a sexual or romantic relationship is essential; that sensual closeness like cuddling and kissing implies sexual attraction; that gender is exclusively a binary of “man” and “woman”; etc. – are not inherently natural but instead have been naturalized over time. Along with the normalization of these ideas also came the indoctrination of certain constructs which pressured many of us to conform or “play by the rules” of sexuality, romance, attraction, and gender – to be in pursuit of “normalcy” – despite not fitting squarely within the moulds they carved out for us.
October 4, 2019
Founder of Queer MEDucation, Kerin Berger, joins the conversation to talk about the work to educate medical professionals and the general populations on LGBTQI and nonbinary health care. We also talk about sexually transmitted infections (STIs): the reality and truths beyond the stigma, anecdotes, and fear.
September 27, 2019
We do the work. In the streets, in the clubs, in hotel rooms and in play party dungeons. We make dreams come true so we can afford a place to sleep. We do business in a marketplace that politicians and police are constantly burning down for our “own safety and dignity.” We have high heels and higher anxiety. This isn’t a collection of sob stories of heartbroken whores. This is a testament of life at ground zero of sexual discourse, the songs of canaries in the coal mines of sex, gender, class, race and disability. We may dance on the table, but we still demand our seat at it. Sex workers of the world unite. This is A Whore’s Manifesto. Editor Kay Kassier joins us to talk about this new book.
September 20, 2019
Armed with a degree in psychology from Duke, Gina saw her career as a brand strategist take off when she moved to the San Francisco Bay Area. But many late nights spent talking with friends about their experiences with fun, sexy content made her realize something: there was actually very little of it made for women, especially not in audio format. So, in 2018, she and friend Faye Keegan combined their left-brain and right-brain strengths to launch Dipsea. The design-forward, female-focused, sex-positive app delivers short-form audio stories that help women and couples tap their inner sexual powers more accessibly. Just one year since launch, Dipsea has already been featured by ELLE, Marie Claire, Vox, and TechCrunch, and has raised $5.5 million in funding. All this despite Gina and Faye being told that a startup focused on female pleasure and erotic content wasn’t “venture-backable.”
September 13, 2019
Cate and Darrell have been together for a little over 10 years now, they started their relationship as a monogamous couple and in 2014 decided to start discussing sexual fantasies and now here they are, hosts of the podcast Swinging Down Under. We'll discuss non-monogamy around the world, moving your hobby from city or country, women's health and how to remain positive with social media and how to create communities on and off line.
September 6, 2019
You may have heard Tristans appearance on the podcast Sex Talk With My Mom, now hear the microphone change sides as hosts Karen Lee Poter and her son, standup comic Cameron Poter talk about how their popular show came to be and why everyone could benefit from more sex talk with moms. Sex Talk With My Mom offers sex and relationship advice while exploring the hilarious dynamic between a sexually-liberated, C.O.U.G.A.R. mom and her comedian son.
August 30, 2019
Tristan interviews feminist pornographer and founder of Lustery, Paulita Pappel. Lustery is the home of real life partners, filming their sex lives, behind closed doors, and a community of people who enjoy watching real intimacy and emotion in porn. We willl talk about her website, the Porn Film Festival Berlin, and much more.
August 23, 2019
We are thrilled to welcome Bianca Laureano back to the show, talking about her upcoming workshop an intensive, two day training for practicing and aspiring sexuality professionals happening at at Sex Down South Atlanta. She will discuss what Sexual Attitude Reassessment (SAR) means and how we can go all in on justice and healing.
August 16, 2019
Author Elizabeth Wood talks about her new book, Bound: A Daughter, a Domme, and an End-of-Life Story. This sociologically-informed memoir about sexuality, illness, caregiving, and a daughter helping her mother face the end of life just as she’s started to truly enjoy it, is honest, funny, and unflinching.
August 9, 2019
Break the rules, destroy toxic habits and have the best sex of your life! Dr. Chris Donaghues new book Rebel Love welcomes all sexualities and identities no matter where you fall on the spectrum and empowers people to be authentically who they are both in and out of the bedroom. Dr. Chris prescription for hotter, healthier sex encourages you to stop participating in patriarchal stereotypes, broaden your sexual horizons, and have amazing sex. Best of all, he shows you how with real-world examples and inspirational case studies.
August 2, 2019
The second half of the the mega crossover episode with Life on the Swingset podcast recorded live at the Pleasure Chest in Chicago, features Tristan as well as returning experts Cooper Beckett, Ginger Bentham and Dylan Thomas. Polyamory, swinging, nonmonogamy and more!
July 26, 2019
The first of two parts, a mega crossover episode with Life on the Swingset podcast recorded live at the Pleasure Chest in Chicago, features Tristan as well as returning experts Cooper Beckett, Ginger Bentham and Dylan Thomas. Polyamory, swinging, nonmonogamy and more!
July 19, 2019
Advocate and writer Audacia Ray returns to show to talk about their work with New York City Anti-Violence Project and the Decrim NY Coalition, the coalition to decriminalize, decarcerate, and destigmatize the sex trade in New York City. We'll talk about where the movement to decriminalize sex work stands in New York and where it's going next.
July 12, 2019
Part stand-up, part storytelling, the one-human show 'The Gender Reveal Party' by Jay Pryor tells the story of growing up in southeast Kansas, becoming a butch dyke, spending time as an undercover white man, then reclaiming and embracing non-binary genderqueer. We'll discuss what inspired the show, the overlapping identities within trans and non-binary community, and what's the deal with gender reveal parties.
July 5, 2019
We're thrilled to have Andrew Gurza returning to the show to talk about his podcast Disability After Dark, sex and disability justice, and the movement behind his hashtag campaign DisabledPeopleAreHot
June 28, 2019
French feminist pornography Olympe de G joins the show to talk about audio porn and the inspiration for her latest creation. VOXXX is an audio program, leaving space for intimate fantasies, rather than providing images ready to consume. VOXXX has been created with participants of all genders, to stimulate all the kinds of attractions. She'll talk with Tristan about how the porn is made and the joys of aural pleasure.
June 21, 2019
"My name is Andy, and I'm a male stripper." Andy Espinoza Long is the author of Tales from the Strip, his book that gives you a peak inside the real life of an adult male entertainer. He talks to Tristan about his experiences from 12 years of dancing competitively, and how he started his own business producing shows.
June 14, 2019
Yin Q is the creator of Mercy Mistress, a web series based on the memoirs of a Chinese-American dominatrix in NYC, executive produced by Margaret Cho. We discuss the origin story, the cast & crew, and finding support in the community. Yin talks destigmatizing sex work and their activism with Red Canary.
June 7, 2019
Stripper/Sex Worker, activist, filmmaker and writing instructor Antonia Crane talks to Tristan about her memoir Spent, a memoir about a woman’s journey through the sex industry, but also a story of family, community, and our constant struggle against loneliness. They'll also discuss making cool shit by and for the sex worker community.
May 31, 2019
Vanessa Main is a psychotherapist who specializes the sexual health of her clients. Vanessa specializes in online programs that help you transform your sex life from ordinary to extraordinary, all from the comfort and privacy of your own home. Today she also talks with Tristan about how to have your first orgasm & the ways people assigned & socialized female are trained to sabotage their orgasmic potential. Her latest project is a video series called The Female Orgasm Revolution.
May 24, 2019
This is the second part of a two part episode with guests The Goddess Cori, Avery St. Germaine, Mistress Dilan Diosa, and Siouxsie Q who discuss sex worker rights, decriminalization versus legalization, racism and discrimination within and outside of sex work industries, and they answer audience questions. This episode was recorded in front of a live studio audience at The Pleasure Chest in West Hollywood.
May 17, 2019
Join us for a lively discussion with The Goddess Cori, Avery St. Germaine, Mistress Dilan Diosa, and Siouxsie Q about myths and misconceptions about sex work, sex worker rights, the impacts of SESTA/FOSTA and anti-trafficking laws, and what civilians can do to support sex workers. This episode was recorded in front of a live studio audience at The Pleasure Chest in West Hollywood.
May 10, 2019
During her difficult childhood, Esther Newton recalls that she “became an anti-girl, a girl refusenik, caught between genders,” and that her “child body was a strong and capable instrument stuffed into the word ‘girl.’” Later, in early adulthood, as she was on her way to becoming a trailblazing figure in gay and lesbian studies, she “had already chosen higher education over the strongest passion in my life, my love for women, because the two seemed incompatible.” In My Butch Career, Newton tells the compelling, disarming, and at times sexy story of her struggle to write, teach, and find love, all while coming to terms with her identity during a particularly intense time of homophobic persecution in the twentieth century. Tristan talks live with queer icon Esther Newton about her life and new memoir.
May 3, 2019
A worldwide subculture that influences everything from fashion to advertising, sadomasochism has a long and lively history. Author Peter Tupper's book, A Lover’s Pinch, tells the story of consensual sadomasochism, from a controversial religious practice to a secretive sexuality branded a perversion.
April 26, 2019
This week Tristan chats with Liz Goldwyn, author, filmmaker and the founder of The Sex Ed. Goldwyn’s educational digital platform The Sex Ed, explores sex, health and consciousness in the digital age. A passionate advocate of sex education, Goldwyn is committed to providing resources for others to explore sexual wellness and consciousness. We'll also discuss her sex work novel set in 1897 Los Angeles and her work on Burlesque history.
April 19, 2019
Brianna Rader joins the show, she's the founder of Juicebox, the affordable sex and relationship coaching app. We'll discuss how the app works, what kind of experience you can expect from private coaching, and how you can boost your sex life through apps.
April 12, 2019
Pelvic health physical therapist Dr. Ashlie Crewe-Campitella talks about how she became an expert in her field. We’ll talk about pelvic pain, pain during sex, postpartum conditions, vaginismus, and physical therapy treatment options.
April 5, 2019
Entrepreneurs Amanda & David talk about #Open, their new diverse dating app, the limits of traditional dating apps, who’s left out of them & how they created one built on respect, inclusion, communication, safety, and transparency.
March 29, 2019
Writer, sex educator & podcaster Cameron Glover joins us live to talk about her work helping individuals embrace their personal power through exploring identity, social justice and the sexual experience.
March 22, 2019
Stavroula Toska was born and raised in a small town in Northern Greece. At seven years old she announced to her mother that when she grows up she will move to America to make movies and be rich and famous. At 22 she moved to New York City and studied acting at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. She is the creator, writer, director and star of SWITCH, a multi-award-winning scripted drama series based on her true life story and years of working as an undercover dominatrix in New York City. We'll chat with her and the cast, including Olympia Dukakis, Charles Everett, Alicia Greene, Andrew Chmelko, and Eleni Yiovas.
March 15, 2019
Rachel Kramer Bussel returns to the show, bring new erotica with her! She'll talk about the new collections being released in 2019 and will even read a sample story to give us a taste. She'll also discuss her recent essay in SELF magazine "I Suddenly Stopped Being Kinky and I’m Not Sure Why" and how to cope with changing sexual desires over time.
March 8, 2019
More people than ever are exploring the possibility of opening up their relationships — and not only that, they are fighting for their legal rights to love however and whomever they choose. In Polyamorous, reporter Jenny Yuen digs into why open relationships are such a hot topic, why they’re becoming more normalized, and how relationships with multiple partners can be a practical alternative to monogamy and an intriguing expedition through uncharted emotional territory.
March 1, 2019
The conclusion of the episode recorded live at Swingset Takes Desire in Cancun, Mexico. Attendees talk about their experiences at BDSM Dungeon Night, and they spill tons of tea on their scenes with Tristan including a mindfuck scene, an anal cherry popping, and dominating a dominant. People get very personal and vulnerable, so Tristan tells one of her own stories about a kinky scene from her past. Then, Tristan answers a listener question about how to become a sexual adventurer later in life.
February 22, 2019
Recorded live at Swingset Takes Desire in Cancun, Mexico, get a glimpse of what happens in paradise! You'll hear co-host Cooper Beckett and both newbie and veteran attendees discuss non-monogamy, polyamory, and personal stories about being their authentic sexual selves. Bradford and Angela from By the Bi podcast add their voices and inspire a conversation about the stigma bisexual men face in various sex-positive communities. We also talk about BDSM Dungeon Night. Part 1 of 2.
February 15, 2019
Lora Haddock and Sarah Brown of Lora Dicarlo join the show to talk about the formation of their company and invention of an a new sex toy that was selected as a CES 2019 Innovation Awards Honoree in the Robotics and Drones....until the CES decided to take their award back. We'll discuss gender bias in tech innovation, what's next for the award controversy, and what new product the company is excited to release to the world later this year.
February 8, 2019
Believing in the power of art as a vehicle for social change, Sonya Renee Taylor has been widely recognized for her work as a change agent. In 2011, Sonya founded The Body is Not An Apology, as an online community to cultivate radical self- love and body empowerment. TBINAA quickly became a movement and leading framework for the budding body positivity movement. In 2015, The Body is Not An Apology developed a digital magazine, education and community building platform...and a new book! We'll discuss Sonya's work and what's next.
February 1, 2019
Dulcinea/Alex Pitagora is a clinical social worker, psychotherapist & certififed sex therapist who works predominantly with individuals (both solo and with partners) who are LGBTQ-identified, transgender, gender non-conforming, BDSM-oriented, ethically/consensually non-monogamous, and/or current or former sex workers. They co-organized and co-produced the AltSex NYC Conference; and created and hosted the pilot episode of the web series Kink Doctor, a forum for BDSM-oriented people to tell their stories, and a vehicle to model disclosure and “outness” in an affirmative context.
January 25, 2019
Bevin is LIVE IN PERSON this week with Tristan, talking about the debut of her video workout series, Fat Kid Dance Parties.
January 18, 2019
This week Tristan is live with Dr. Devon Price, a writer and social psychologist talking about gender dysphoria, toxic femininity (and masculinity), nonbinary identities, biphobia in queer communities, IUDs and much much more.
January 11, 2019
Lux Alptraum returns to the show to talk about her latest book. She tackles the topic of seemingly dishonest women; investigating whether women actually lie, and what social situations might encourage deceptions both great and small. Using her experience as a sex educator and former CEO of Fleshbot (the foremost blog on sexuality), first-hand interviews with sexuality experts and everyday women, Alptraum raises important questions: are lying women all that common - or is the idea of the dishonest woman a symptom of male paranoia? Are women trying to please men, or just avoid their anger? And what affect does all this dishonesty - whether real or imagined - have on women's self-images, social status, and safety? Through it all, Alptraum posits that even if women are lying, we're doing it for very good reason--to protect ourselves ("My boyfriend will be here any minute," to a creep who won't go away, for one), and in situations where society has given us no other choice.
December 28, 2018
Tristan talk to Xavi Clos, expert on virtual reality porn and what makes it appealing and accessible. He'll discuss his work with BaDoink, initially launched in 2006 as a premier online adult entertainment destination with a robust proprietary technology platform. In 2015, the company launched the VR platform and has since been consistently cited as one of the leaders in the future of virtual reality.
December 21, 2018
Tristan talks with Fin & Emma who created the podcast Normalizing Non-Monogamy - they'll talk about their personal journey with non-monogamy and what they've learned from traveling the world interviewing other people about their relationships.
December 14, 2018
AORTA films creates lusty, opulent, ethical fuckery. Founded by Creative Director Mahx Capacity, and Performer/Producers Parts Authority and Ginny Woolf, AORTA films creates queer/feminist pornography that disrupts boundaries and glitches desire. This January, they will premiere their first feature film (W/HOLE) at the Invisible Dog Art Center in Brooklyn, New York.
December 7, 2018
New York based actor, writer, and weird queer stand up comic Jes Tom joins us live to talk about life as a nonbinary queer Asian American radical cyborg.
November 30, 2018
Alex Fine, CEO & Founder of Dame Products, joins us to talk about why we need to be talking more about what we want and what makes us uncomfortable in our day-to-day lives (not just in the bedroom). She'll talk about masturbation as wellness, and we'll learn about their ergonomic new toy and how Dame Labs uses real-life testers to improve their products.
November 16, 2018
Sex entrepreneur and relationship expert Alice Little joins us live from Nevada to talk about sex worker stigma and the fight for respect of sex workers of all kinds. We'll talk sex work, brothels, sex worker stereotypes, and how to joke about sex work in a non-stigmatizing way.
November 9, 2018
Is the porn industry finally going to have its #MeToo movement? This week our guest is journalist Tracy Clark-Flory who will talk about her work writing for Jezebel, including topics like having sex with your ex, the HPV vaccination, incest porn, and how the industry is dealing with #MeToo stories.
November 2, 2018
Multi-talented Brown Trans Disabled Artist K. Ulanday Barrett joins the show live from the end of a tour celebrating the release of their first poetry collection, When the Chant Comes. A Campus Pride Hot List artist, Trans Justice Funding Project Panelist, and Trans 100 Honoree, KAY ULANDAY BARRETT is a poet, performer, and educator, navigating life as a disabled pin@y-amerikan transgender queer in the U.S. with struggle, resistance, and laughter.
October 26, 2018
Luna Matatas has worked with farmers in Eastern and Southern Africa, Queer and Trans youth in Canada and couples seeking threesomes all over North America. Her playful approach to sexuality draws on the creativity, confidence and communication skills we all need to fulfill our pleasure potentials. Her approach to sexuality education is trauma and equity informed, and prioritizes safe and accessible spaces for people to navigate barriers to confidence and pleasure. Whether you're struggling with body confidence, performance anxiety or shame around your kinky desires - Luna has you covered with strategies and empathy skills to support your sexy journey.
October 19, 2018
Soraya Chemaly joins us to celebrate the release of her new book, Rage Becomes Her: The Power of Women's Anger. She talks with Tristan about her transformative book urging twenty-first century-women to embrace their anger and harness it as a tool for lasting personal and societal change.
October 12, 2018
Dr. Holly Richmond is a Somatic Psychologist, Certified Sex Therapist (CST), and Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist (LMFT). This unique combination of professional credentials enables her to focus on clients’ cognitive process as well as mind-body health. She works with women, men, couples and gender-diverse individuals on relationship and sexuality issues, and offers consultation to students and fellow therapists. Treatment specialties include sexual dysfunction, compulsive sexuality, desire discrepancies in couples, recovery from sexual assault and abuse, adult industry workers, and alternative/non-traditional sexual expression. Dr. Richmond’s dissertation The Recovery of Sexual Health After Sexual Assault, is an innovative look at both somatic and psychological factors in survivors’ recovery.
October 5, 2018
Editor Whit Strub and contributor Laura Helen Marks talk about the essay collection Porno Chic and the Sex Wars, which places pornography at the heart of the 1970s American experience, exploring lesser-known forms of pornography from the decade, such as a new, vibrant gay porn genre; transsexual/female impersonator magazines; and pornography for new users, including women and conservative Christians. The collection also explores the rise of a culture of porn film auteurs and stars as well as the transition from film to video. As the corpus of adult ephemera of the 1970s disintegrates, much of it never to be professionally restored and archived, these essays seek to document what pornography meant to its producers and consumers at a pivotal moment.
September 28, 2018
Tristan is back home after an exciting trip to Brazil for BBOX SSEX. She'll share her stories from her adventures and other hot topics.
September 21, 2018
Producer Raymond takes over the show this week and welcome writer E Young to talk about Twitter drama, non-binary dating shenanigans, dealing with dysphoria, getting into wrestling, the dark arts, and other favorite things.
September 14, 2018
Andre and Tristan just got back from Sex Down South in Atlanta and will dish on all their adventures. They'll also talk polyamory, sex work, and workers' rights.
September 7, 2018
Burlesque performer and sex educator Fancy Feast chats with Tristan about sex, bodies, and being a professionally naked fat person in New York.
August 31, 2018
Cora Harrington is the Founder and Editor in Chief of The Lingerie Addict, the world’s largest lingerie blog and one of the few fashion blogs dedicated exclusively to intimate apparel. The Lingerie Addict is founded on the idea that lingerie is fashion too, and that it deserves just as much attention, discussion, and critique as the mainstream fashion and beauty industries. She just released her first book, In Intimate Detail.
August 24, 2018
Our guest this week is YOU! Voicemails, emails, tweets and questions, Tristan spends the whole hour answering your queries and discussing your hot topics.
August 17, 2018
George M. Johnson writes on topics ranging from Race, Gender, Sex, HIV, Intersectionality, Politics, Culture, Health and Pop-Culture, and is never afraid to "go there" and ask the tough questions.
August 10, 2018
Actor and writer Scott Turner Schofield joins us as he prepares to film live tapings of his show 127 Steps, a multi-media, trans-genre interpretation of his boundary-pushing, world-toured, award-winning performance piece embodying the adventure of becoming a man.
August 3, 2018
Dr. Laurie Betito - sex therapist, radio host, author & speaker joins us to talk about the topic of her book, The Sex Bible for People Over 50. We'll talk about how sexuality changes as we age, plus cultural misinformation and stereotypes.
July 27, 2018
This week Tristan talks to culture critic Soraya Nadia McDonald who currently writers for ESPN's The Undefeated. Pop culture, fashion, film, sports and TV through the lens of our cultural understandings on gender and sexuality.
July 20, 2018
Internationally recognized Bondage Rigger, Director, Producer, Rope Artist, Master/Dominant/Owner, BDSM Educator, Rope Maker, and the Trainer of SlavetoBondage.com, our guest this week is Damon Pierce. Damon’s first interest in BDSM was cultivated in his youth and carried on to his professional rigging career starting in the early 90’s. His start was with on stage BDSM and piercing performances at places such as the infamous “Club FUCK” in California.
July 13, 2018
Our guest is Dr. Saketh Guntupalli, expert and author of the book Sex and Cancer: Love, Intimacy and Romance After Diagnosis. We'll talk about what inspired his work and what resources are available for people who are undergoing treatment for cancer and experiencing the negative side effects on their sex lives.
July 6, 2018
Jen Richards returns to the show to talk about the recent news of a cis Hollywood A-lister taking on a movie role as a trans person. We also have writer/director Lyle Cash and producer Ariel Mahler talking about the film they're making for T4T Productions called "Death & Bowling".
June 29, 2018
Author Donna Minkowitz broke the Brandon Teena news story for the Village Voice, which helped inspire the film Boys Don't Cry. Recently Minkowitz revisited that experience for the Voice in a new essay "How I Broke, and Botched, the Brandon Teena Story." We'll discuss her experiences reporting on the story then and now, as well as her memoir Growing Up Golem: How I Survived My Mother, Brooklyn, and Some Really Bad Dates, which goes into many of the personal aspects of her life which influenced the perspective shift.
June 15, 2018
Former porn star, Christopher Zeischegg (aka Danny Wylde), gathers six years of writing into one definitive collection in his latest book Body to Job. A memoir of an adult film career from beginning to end and a life lived after, marked by post-porn dysphoria. Interspersed with select fiction, Zeischegg writes about youthful naivete, sex worker love, pro-porn activism, disenchantment, and violence. Body to Job is the ex-porn star's third book, and his most comprehensive to date―an explicit work of vulnerability, longing, terror, and life. He's live in the studio with Tristan talking about the book.
June 8, 2018
Experts and authors Anne Hodder and Nathaniel Hodder-Shipp share stories about their work teaching healthy relationships, healthy sexuality, and emotional intelligence as part of recovery programs. Juggling sobriety and sexuality sometimes requires different language and conversations, we'll discuss how it affects our understandings of consent, boundaries, and healthy self-expression.
June 1, 2018
Brent Reider studies the science of the pelvic floor and how it relates to health, including sexual health, orgasms, as well as urinary incontinence. He works with his daughter MaryEllen Reider on wellness devices designed specifically for use with pelvic floor muscles. We'll talk with them about their work to bring better orgasmic response - and overall health! - to people through the use of sex tech and muscle control.
May 25, 2018
Professional shamanatrix Dia Dynasty joins us to talk about how she incorporates healing and spirituality into her work as a domme.
May 18, 2018
Kevin Patterson is the author of the definitive book on how race and polyamory. He'll provide insight on creating inclusive environments and talk about his new book, Love’s Not Color Blind: Race and Representation in Polyamorous and Other Alternative Communities.
May 11, 2018
Writing Ourselves Whole is a collection of essays and creative writing encouragements for sexual trauma survivors who want to risk writing a different story. Each short chapter offers encouragement, experience, and exercises. Sections focus on writing as a transformative practice, embodying our story, how to write trauma without retraumatization, writing joy and desire, and more. The author Jen Cross joins us to talk about her work with transformative journaling.
May 4, 2018
As various industries grapple with revelations about sexual harassment and abuse, the dialogue around these issues has reached a fever pitch. Pleasure-focused communities are not immune from consent violations, sexual harassment, coercion, misconduct, abuse, and violence. It’s time for folks from sex-positive, sex educator, kink, queer, polyamory, swinger, and sex industry communities to come together and talk publicly about these important issues. The evening included a panel of Smoky of Obsidian LA, Pony Lee of Dyke Day LA and Folksore Salon and Jamila Dawson, LMFT, followed by an open forum where the audience joins the conversation. Recorded in front of a live studio audience at The Pleasure Chest in West Hollywood.
April 27, 2018
As various industries grapple with revelations about sexual harassment and abuse, the dialogue around these issues has reached a fever pitch. Pleasure-focused communities are not immune from consent violations, sexual harassment, coercion, misconduct, abuse, and violence. It’s time for folks from sex-positive, sex educator, kink, queer, polyamory, swinger, and sex industry communities to come together and talk publicly about these important issues. The evening included a panel of Smoky of Obsidian LA, Pony Lee of Dyke Day LA and Folksore Salon and Jamila Dawson, LMFT, followed by an open forum where the audience joins the conversation. Recorded in front of a live studio audience at The Pleasure Chest in West Hollywood.
April 20, 2018
As various industries grapple with revelations about sexual harassment and abuse, the dialogue around these issues has reached a fever pitch. Pleasure-focused communities are not immune from consent violations, sexual harassment, coercion, misconduct, abuse, and violence. It’s time for folks from sex-positive, sex educator, kink, queer, polyamory, swinger, and sex industry communities to come together and talk publicly about these important issues. The evening included a panel of Smoky of Obsidian LA, Pony Lee of Dyke Day LA and Folksore Salon and Jamila Dawson, LMFT, followed by an open forum where the audience joins the conversation. Recorded in front of a live studio audience at The Pleasure Chest in West Hollywood.
April 13, 2018
Polly Rodriguez the CEO of Unbound, a sexual lifestyle company that specializes creating sexual health products that are approachable, affordable and exceptionally well designed. Her goal is to re-define the retail experience in this category and make it enjoyable and educational for all. We'll talk sexual health innovation, financial barriers sex companies face, and Women of SexTech.
April 6, 2018
Tristan visits western North Carolina with producer Raymond and they talk about the cult documentary Wild Wild Country, Jesus Christ Superstar live, and other pop culture topics as they relate to sex/gender.
March 30, 2018
Sex is a social skill because sex has to start with knowing yourself - your body, your boundaries, your desires. That is only the first step. The second step is sharing that truth with others by effectively communicating. The final step is co-creating and navigating the awkward dance that is two (or more) sets of boundaries and desires colliding to create something that hopefully is mutually delicious. This is the mission of Dawn Serra, educator, coach, podcaster & organizer, we'll chat about her work organizing the Explore More Summit as well as her new weekly livestream at O School called Pop Culture Undressed.
March 23, 2018
This week's guest is pro domme from Chicago with a master's degree who uses it to build educational relationships with her clients. Mistress Velvet began introducing black feminist theory into her sessions with clients and the results have trickled out into other areas of their lives. We'll talk about what inspires her work with clients as well as her new workshop on how to become a Dominatrix.
March 16, 2018
From the sinfully delicious mind of Joanna Angel, founder of adult company BurningAngel and award-winning adult actress and director, comes Night Shift: A Choose Your Own Erotic Journey! "This interactive story is a fun way to enjoy a smorgasbord of sex scenes." - Publishers Weekly We're excited to have Joanna Angel back on the show to talk about her new book, Night Shift, and how you can work on choosing your own erotic adventures.
March 9, 2018
In the wake of #MeToo, #TimesUp, and so many horrifying stories about sexual abuse and harassment, Erika brings her progressive message about female desire and sexual agency to LA. We are experiencing a societal shift, giving women a sense of power to demand change, take complete ownership over their bodies, and move toward a safer, sex-positive culture. As a leader in the ethical adult cinema movement, Erika’s cutting-edge representation of women’s pleasure and sex on screen challenges the unchecked misogynistic attitudes, racist categorizations, and degrading narratives of mass-produced, mainstream pornography. Her films are as inclusive as they are stylish and sexy, and make consent and communication a priority—on the screen and behind the camera.
February 23, 2018
Part 2 of this special episode recorded in front of a live studio audience at Swingset Takes Over Desire in Cancun in November 2017. Tristan is joined by Cooper Beckett, Dylan Thomas, and an audience of attendees, and we talked about swinging, polyamory, open relationships, bisexuality, post-sex pizza, and what it's like to spend a week in sex paradise. We chatted about BDSM in swinger spaces, consent, shame and shamelessness, embracing your desires, sexual greed, taking up space, introversion, sexual fluidity, and the complexities of gender roles in sexual spaces. There is lots of real talk about stepping outside society’s boxes and living an authentic sexual life.
February 16, 2018
Tristan joined the folks from the podcasts Life on the Swingset and Ending the Sexual Dark Age at their sex-positive vacation called The Swingset Takes Over Desire at Desire Resort & Spa in Cancun, Mexico and she recorded this special two-part episode there. We talked about swinging, progressive swinging, polyamory, open relationships, bisexuality, post-sex pizza, and what it's like to spend a week in sex paradise. Tristan coins the term heterosexual tourism (HT) and talks about what it means and how her experiment in HT went. Cooper Beckett, Dylan Thomas, and an audience of attendees discuss defying gender expectations, challenging heteronormativity, body acceptance, sex and aging, and exploring new kinds of masculinity. There is lots of real talk about stepping outside society’s boxes and living an authentic sexual life.
February 9, 2018
Join Tristan and her friends Devin and body-positive performer April Flores as they test out two of the top sex machines on the market: The Motor Bunny and The Sybian. You will hear candid discussion about pleasure and orgasms, masturbation and sex toys as if you're eavesdropping on an intimate conversation. Then each person test drives the machines and you get to hear their experiences (and their orgasms!) in real time. This is truly unlike any other episode we've done!
February 2, 2018
Jessica Graham demonstrates in her book Good Sex that a deep spiritual life and an extraordinary sex life are not mutually exclusive in this keenly personal and unflinchingly frank guide to finding mindfulness in sex without losing the fun and adventure. Not only a tool kit for creating a rich and deeply satisfying sex life, this playful, explicit, and transformative book conveys the deeper message of how combining meditation with sex can bring about profound spiritual awakenings. Graham discusses everything from open-eyed orgasms to threesomes to how to deal with a partner with a low sex drive. From a sex-positive and nontraditional stance Good Sex explores nonmonogamy, the benefits of pornography, sexual trauma, consent, and much more.
January 26, 2018
In 2001 Searah Deysach opened Early To Bed, the first woman-owned sex toy shop in Chicago, an institution in the local queer and sex community. After years of selling vibrators, she expanded into also carrying gear for trans folks of all ages. We'll hear stories from how the business has changed over the years for both owners and customers, learn how to hand-sell a vibrator to a stranger, and take a tour of her screwy sex toy museum.
January 19, 2018
Urban Tantra is a book about consciousness cleverly disguised as a sex guide. It’s for everyone who would like to have a more sexual and spiritual ecstasy in their lives. Urban Tantra shows you how sacred sex can be practiced anywhere from ashrams to a lap dancing parlors and in the time you actually have available in your busy life. The author Barbara Carrellas joins us to talk about the newly released second edition.
January 12, 2018
Wit López is a hairy, disabled, gender non-conforming/nonbinary trans performance/visual artist and independent curator of African American and Boricua descent. Their work explores the absurd and the macabre as tools of healing and decolonization.
January 5, 2018
Jessica Halem leads inclusion efforts for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender students, staff, faculty, and trainees throughout Harvard Medical School and its hospitals. She talks about her experiences training doctors on sexual histories, advice for queer and trans folks going to the doctore, and #queerandcaredfor.
December 29, 2017
Tristan talks hot topics with special guests, including the best-of 2017, sex predictions for 2018, and how to avoid bullshit new year's resolutions.
December 22, 2017
Katharine Gates’ bestselling book Deviant Desires: A Tour of the Erotic Edge—the classic exploration of niche kinks, sexual misfits, and DIY fetish—is now back, revised and updated! Author Katharine Gates, curator of the year-long exhibition KINK at Museum of Sex, has added a new introduction, plus chapters on Cannibal Play ("Eat Me!"), Suburbs of the Foot Fetish, and more. The expanded book also includes a handy "kinkmap"–your guide to the erotic imagination (versions of this map have been used in university-level psychology textbooks). Often imitated but never equaled, this book is required reading for those who understand rule #34 of the Internet: if it's out there, someone is getting off on it.
December 8, 2017
The root or origin of all human love, expansion and connection resides within the cultivation of Self Love. If we are unable to love ourselves, how can we possibly love anyone or anything else to the fullest potential of the human experience? Radical Self Love is the journey of discovering and understanding the root and true essence of love. It is the process of learning to love yourself in the most on purpose way. Radical Self Love coach, writer, facilitator and musician Kelsey Grant joins the show to talk about her work.
December 1, 2017
​Get the 411 on: Low libido. Vaginal Dryness. Painful Sex. ​Amazing Orgasms. Erectile Dysfunction. Premature Ejaculation. Delayed Ejaculation. Desire Discrepancy. Sexless Marriage. Infidelity & other common issues in many marriages & relationships. ​ Do you desire more pleasure in your relationship? ​ You've come to the right place.
November 17, 2017
As a veteran feminist and agenda-setting sex educator, Jaclyn Friedman is on the frontlines of the war for equity between the sexes. In Unscrewed, Friedman brings her sharp expertise and incisive observations on the state of sexual politics to the fore, sparking a culture-wide rethink about sex, power and what we accept. With reportage and verve, Unscrewed builds a searing investigation into the state of sexual power in America, and outlines how to make real progress toward equality. Friedman reveals that the anxiety and fear women in our country feel around issues of their sexuality are not, in fact, their fault, but instead are side effects of what she calls our “era of fauxpowerment,” wherein women have the illusion of sexual power, with no actual power to support it. Exploring the fault lines where media, religion, politics, and education impinge on our intimate lives, Unscrewed breaks down the causes and signs of fauxpowerment, then gives readers tools to take it on themselves.
November 10, 2017
Associate producer Raymond Johnson guest-hosts a conversation with fellow queer healer, Billy Janes. They discuss healing as it relates to spiritual, gender & sexuality, healing from PTSD, depression & anxiety, and how to be woowoo but still stay grounded.
November 3, 2017
Writer and poet Ryka Aoki joins us live to talk about her award-winning books and will share passages from her work.
October 27, 2017
Most research on casual sex is done with college students. As a consequence, we know very little about hookup experiences of non-college students: those who never went to college, those who just finished college, and those who can barely remember their college years. Dr. Zhana is looking to change all that with her work to debunk popular sex myths that ruin lives.
October 20, 2017
This week features Lynn Comella, the author of Vibrator Nation: How Feminist Sex-Toy Stores Changed the Business of Pleasure. Vibrator Nation is the first book to tell the story of feminist sex-toy stores in the United States and the women who pioneered them. Based on more than a decade's worth of research, Comella takes a deep dive into the fascinating history of how these stores raised sexual consciousness, redefined the adult industry, and changed people’s lives.
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