Popaganda’s HEAT season marches on this week—and walks right into the bedroom. In the second episode, we talk to sex educators, sex-positive feminists, and writers covering (you guessed it) sex about the language of desire, how language shapes rape culture, and how we can build a better sexicon.
Ten years ago, Yes Means Yes: Visions of Female Sexual Power and A World Without Rape, a groundbreaking feminist anthology, rewrote the script on sex. However, in the midst of the #MeToo movement, it’s clear that we’ve all still got a lot of work left to do to change the conversations we’re having around desire and sexuality in order to smash shame, shatter silence, and end violence. So host Carmen Rios decided to pull a Carrie Bradshaw—and ask experts what it will take to finally make it happen.
In this episode, Amanda Montell, author of Wordslut: A Feminist Guide to Taking Back the English Language, breaks down the sociolinguistic power of talking about sex differently. Sex educator and former rape-crisis counselor Mala Munoz connects the dots between preventing violence and teaching kids about sex in a classroom free from shame. Playboy’s features editor—and a former Ms. magazine editor—Anita Little calls for a feminist sexual revolution, and shares her strategy for pulling in the folks who need to get on board to instigate it. And Jaclyn Friedman, coeditor of Yes Means Yes and author of What You Really Really Want: The Smart Girl’s Shame-Free Guide to Sex and Safety, reflects on the last 10 years in sexual empowerment and envisions what could come next.
Along the way, Carmen looks back on her own feminist awakening and coming-of-sluttiness—and realizes just how necessary sexual liberation is to smashing the patriarchy.
- Nancy Schwartzman’s work on rape culture didn’t end with Where Is Your Line. It’s also the core of Roll Red Roll, an acclaimed documentary about the Steubenville rape case. Click here to get into it.
- Carmen spoke to four—count ‘em!—writers for this episode. Check out their stuff! Click here to find Anita’s most recent stuff. Click here to find Mala’s clips. And before you click away from this page, buy Wordslut, Yes Means Yes, and What You Really Really Want.
- Read “My Sluthood, Myself” every morning when you wake up, maybe.
- If you’re as enamored with Jaclyn as Carmen is, and if you’re interested in learning more about how to fuck while feminist, add “Unscrewed” to your regular rotation of podcasts.
- If you’re wondering why I picked so much of Montreal for this episode, suffice it to say: “Skeletal Lamping” was the soundtrack to my own sluthood. Enjoy.
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