Sex Out Loud
<b>This program contains explicit content that may be unsuitable for some listeners. Discretion is advised.</b><br><br>Join award winning author, speaker, sex educator and filmmaker Tristan Taormino as she explores the world of sexuality from every angle. Tristan will interview leading authors, educators, artists and icons and give you an uncensored, inside look at alternative sexual practices and communities. She’ll delve into topics from the popular to the taboo, including erotic fantasies, BDSM, non-monogamy, the adult industry, and more. Tristan will answer your questions on the air sharing her fifteen years of experience and honest, down to earth, sex-positive advice. Open your mind and expand your erotic horizons. Tune in to Sex Out Loud, live every Friday at 5 PM Pacific Time on the VoiceAmerica Variety Channel.
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Jessica Drake on Progressive Sexual Education and Being a Wicked Girl.
This week on Sex Out Loud we feature jessica drake: writer, director, producer and host of jessica drake's Guide to Wicked Sex. This series of educational DVDs from Wicked Pictures is inspired by her experiences and observations as one of the industry’s legendary Wicked Girls. She'll talk about how she helps men and women become more sexually aware in Sex for the Wicked Woman, a series of seminars illuminated by her vast expertise and passion for research. With a lifetime of rigorous analysis coupled with years of peerless professional experience, jessica drake will also discuss her journey from a performer to one of the leading voices in progressive sexual education. This interview was recorded live in front of a studio audience at CatalystCon in Washington DC.
Reid Mihalko and Cathy Vartuli on Relationship Geekery
This Friday is our third interview from the CatalystCon series and the second time we talk with relationship geek Reid Mihalko. This time he brings along his creative collaborator, Cathy Vartuli aka the Intimacy Dojo. They discuss coaching, communicating, and why being relationship geeks can lead to better sex. Reid discusses how he's improving people relationships by 10 and Cathy shares how she creates a place where people can learn, practice and play the art of intimacy.
Felice Shays on the Joys of Rough Sex
Join us Friday for a discussion with sex educator and author Felice Shays on the topic of rough sex. We'll discuss the misconceptions and assumptions around the topic, as well as how she came to be one of the foremost experts on the issue and how she instructs couples and individuals on bringing this type of play to their sex lives in safe and sexy ways. Shays is the author of Brutal
Affection: The Joys of Rough Sex, which is rich in gorgeous photos, instruction, erotica, and smut, and she recently relaunched the companion site, BrutalAffection.com. This episode is the second in our CatalystCon series, recorded live in front of a studio audience at the conference.
Claire Cavanah and Rachel Venning on 20 years of Babeland
The founders of the famed Babeland, Claire Cavanah and Rachel Venning, come to Sex Out Loud to share stories from
20 years of owning and running their successful sex toy shop that has become a worldwide phenomenon. We'll learn about how they got started, what ways they've expanded to bring their message of sexual vitality to the world, and they'll even share stories from the time when Tristan herself worked at the store.
Amy Jo Goddard on Changing The World Through Relationships; Robert Page on
This week on Sex Out Loud we have two guests who help people fulfill their sexual potential. First we have author, educator, and coach Amy Jo Goddard who thrives on creating environments that foster growth and assisting people in having the delicious sex and relationships they desire. She believes that healthy, non-violent, fulfilling relationships are a key to changing the world. Then we have Robert Page, creator of the The Lover's Guide, an explicit adult sex education video series and the only non-fiction film to top the UK video charts that has since been translated into 13 languages and 22 territories. He'll discuss how he came to produce the movies that The Independent calls "sexy, sensual, moral and responsible”.
Magdalene St. Michaels on Passion for All-Girl Erotica and T Cooper on Real Man Adventures
This week we're live with two guests: Magdalene St. Michaels will talk about her success that came with starting a new career in adult film at the age of 49. She'll talk about how she came into the business, her website <a href="http://www.MagdaleneVOD.com">Magdalene St. Michaels</a>, and her work that has earned her three nominations for AVNs prestigious MILF/Cougar award – in 2008, 2009, and most recently 2013. Author T Cooper will discuss his latest book, Real Man Adventures, a brash, wildly inventive, and comic exploration of the paradoxes and pleasures of masculinity that will forever change what you think it means to be a man.
Legendary Sex-Positive Icon Carol Queen
This week's episode is our first in the CatalystCon Series, interviews recorded live in front of a studio audience at Washington DC during the weekend of CatalystCon. We kick off the series with Dr. Carol Queen, a cultural sexologist and staff member of Good Vibrations, as well as founding director of the Center for Sex & Culture. We talk about her long and storied career in the Bay Area sex-positive scene, favorite exhibits at her Antique Vibrator Museum, and the re-release of Leather Daddy and the Femme. We'll also discuss the Feminist Porn Conference and Fem Porn Awards happening in Toronto this weekend.
Janet Hardy on Telling Life Stories Through Sex and Musicals
This Friday on Sex Out Loud, Tristan will be live with internationally famed author Janet W. Hardy. You may know Hardy as one of the authors of bestselling book, The Ethical Slut, and her most recent book was just nominated for a Lambda Literary Award. Girlfag: A Life Told Through Sex and Musicals is a memoir that weaves personal stories of gender and orientation with showtunes and floodlights. Hardy will explain what exactly a 'girlfag' is, how gender and relationships are shifting to more nuanced categories, and what makes Sondheim sexy. We'll be taking questions from the audience live, so call in or post your questions online.
Barbara Carrellas on Why Sexual Ecstasy is Necessary
Author, Urban Tantra creator, sacred sexuality expert Barbara Carrellas comes to Sex Out Loud to talk ecstasy - what it is and why it's not just important, but necessary. Her latest book, Ecstasy Is Necessary is a masterful, engaging work of art that combines profound and expansive ideas about sexuality with really practical, useful exercises that everyone can do. Carrellas will also discuss the creation of Urban Tantra and how you can integrate it into your own life.
The Erotica Show! Featuring Kristina Wright, Shanna Germain, Sacchi Green, Alison Tyler, and Delilah Devlin
This Friday on Sex Out Loud we have a very special all erotica show. The entire hour will be devoted to the celebration of erotica literature and featuring authors and editors:
Kristina Wright, Shanna Germain, Sacchi Green, Alison Tyler, and Delilah Devlin. We won't just talking about erotica, you'll also be treated to hearing some of the steamiest passages from these authors'
best books and best stories. Tune in for an intimate and sexy hour with five amazing rock stars from Cleis Press.
Nan Kinney on Real Lesbian Movies; Dr. Eli Sheff on Polyamory and Families
This week's show has two guests talking about their groundbreaking work giving voices to those often marginalized. First we have Nan Kinney, who founded Fatale Media in 1985 when there was no porn made by and for women. Fatale produces authentic lesbian movies, including the famous Bend Over Boyfriend series and the classic (and personal favorite of Tristan's), Suburban Dykes. Then, Dr. Eli Sheff will talk about her new book based on her groundbreaking work with Polyamorous Family Study, a 16 year project whose mission is to provide high-quality, research-based information about poly families with kids using sound research methods based in years of sociological study.
Joan Price Gives Straight Talk on Senior Sex and Ageless Erotica
This Friday I talk with Joan Price, author, editor, and ageless sexuality advocate. Joan will discuss her book Better Than I Ever Expected which first got her named "the senior sexpert" and her latest book, Naked At Our Age: Talking Out Loud about Senior Sex. We'll get a sneak preview of her presentation at Catalyst Con in Washington DC in a couple weeks, as well the scoop on the latest anthology she edited, Ageless Erotica, a collection of hot stories where age is no limitation to getting busy.
Christopher Ryan on the History of Human Sexuality and the Future of Ethical Non-Monogamy
This Friday I’m live with Christopher Ryan, the renegade researcher behind the New York Times bestseller, Sex At Dawn, a controversial, idea-driven book that challenges everything you know about sex, marriage, family, and society. We’ll discuss the ideas behind the book including monogamy, sexual orientation, and family dynamics, as well as his latest project, KoTango.com. Kotango is an ethical non-monogamy site, a global community dedicated to modern relationships, and the culture that surrounds them.
Celine Parreñas-Shimizu, Constance Penley, and Mireille Miller-Young on The Feminist Porn Book, plus Claire Potter on the Feminine Mystique Symposium.
The Feminist Porn Book brings together for the first time writings by feminists in the adult industry and research by feminist porn scholars, and this week on Sex Out Loud I'll be talking to my co-editors - Celine Parreñas-Shimizu, Constance Penley, and Mireille Miller-Young - about our 5 year journey to get the collection published. This book investigates not only how feminists understand pornography, but also how feminists do porn—that is, direct, act in, produce, and consume one of the world’s most lucrative and growing industries. Then I'll talk to Claire Potter about REACT: THE FEMININE MYSTIQUE AT 50, an upcoming two-day symposium and exhibition on Betty Friedan's groundbreaking book.
Paul Joannides and his Guide To Getting It On
Tristan talks to author, speaker, and researcher Paul Joannides about the newest edition of his successful book, The Guide to Getting it On: A Book About the Wonders of Sex. The book has become wildly popular amongst students and college classes (and even Oprah Magazine) since first being published in 1996 and we'll learn about Paul's journey to get it published. We'll also discuss what's been added to the 7th edition and what he's been learning from the anonymous sex surveys he currently collects through his website, GoofyFootPress.com.
Jennifer Pritchett and Clare Jacky of The Smitten Kitten Talk Sex Toys
Tristan talks to two of the leading experts in the sex toy industry from The Smitten Kitten: founder Jennifer Pritchett and general manager Clare Jacky. What is a toxic sex toy?
What are phthalates and why are they bad? How do consumers find out what a sex toy is made of? What is The Smitten Kitten's philosophy about safe sex toys? They discuss the organization Jennifer founded, the Coalition Against Toxic Toys, new products and trends in the sex toy industry, and Clare's report from the Adult Novelty Manufacturers Expo. Plus, Jennifer and Clare give their recommendations for some of their personal favorite toys and great Valentine's Day gifts.
Dee Dennis on Creating a Melting Pot of Sexuality and Patricia Johnson & Mark Michaels on Making Great Sex Simple
Dee Dennis is the creator and founder of CatalystCon, a conference she refers to as a “melting pot of sexuality” that will unite sex educators, sexologists, sex workers, writers, activists, and anyone with a passion for creating change.
She'll discuss what to expect this March when the conference hits DC and how you can join in. Then, Patricia Johnson and Mark Michaels, authors of the book Great Sex Made Simple, will discuss what exactly is tantra and how everyone can benefit from their tantric tips to deepen intimacy and heighten pleasure within sexual relationships.
All About Prostrate Pleasure with Charlie Glickman & Aislinn Emirzian
This week Charlie Glickman & Aislinn Emirzian, the authors of The Ultimate Guide to Prostate Pleasure: Erotic Exploration for Men and Their Partners, bring their combined years of expertise as sex educators to answer all of your questions about the prostate. They'll discuss common concerns and questions on the topics of prostate health, massage, toys, and pegging, as well as teach how prostate pleasure can improve your sex life. This show is live and we'll be taking questions on the air from listeners as well.
Laura Antoniou and Sinclair Sexsmith on Leather & BDSM
This week’s episode of Sex Out Loud has two different guests talking about their work giving voice to sexual minorities, specifically the leather & BDSM communities. Laura Antoniou, one of the most published female writers of the queer/BDSM erotic genre, will discuss her popular Marketplace erotic novel series as well as the publication of her first mystery novel, The Killer Wore Leather. Sinclair Sexsmith is the kinky butch top behind the the popular Sugarbutch Chronicles. They’re also a writer, storyteller, and performer who studies critical feminist & gender theory, sexual freedom, social change activism, archetypes, and the tantric and buddhist spiritual systems.
Adult Film Legend Nina Hartley
Sex Out Loud is thrilled to welcome the legendary Nina Hartley on our first show of the new year. We'll talk about her long and varied career as well as her perspective on the new generation of sex-positive performer/activists spreading the good news about sex. Hartley will talk about why she believes that sexual freedom is a fundamental human right and how social media provides her with opportunities to spread her message of knowledge and empowerment to the widest number of people. This show is live and calls are welcome.
David Jay on Asexuality
This week on Sex Out Loud, I talk to David Jay, the founder of Asexual Visibility and Education Network (AVEN), the world's largest online asexual community as well as a large archive of resources on asexuality. We'll discuss what asexuality is, the growing movement of people who identify as asexual, and how asexuality fits into the queer organizing movement. Jay will talk about his interests in the way that relationships and communities form, as well as his role in the recent documentary, (A)sexual.
Anne Sabo on How Women Are Leading the Way To Change Pornography
This Friday, Tristan spends an hour live with Anne Sabo - speaker, writer, academic, public educator, and author of the new book, After Pornified. She will discuss the growing number of women radically changing porn to respectfully capture the authentic sexual lives of women and men and how feminist porn has become a vehicle for people to explore and define sexuality on their terms. They'll also be taking calls during the hour and want listeners to share their views on how women have changed porn.
David J. Ley on Healthy Sexuality and the Myth of Sexual Addiction
Tristan talks live with David Ley, a psychologist
whose specialty is treating sexuality issues, about healthy sexuality
and sex addiction. His latest book, The Myth of Sex Addiction,
triggered a firestorm of debate amongst the media and behavioral
health communities. It confronts the junk science and morality-based
arguments that lie behind the concept of sex addiction and exposes the
strong skepticism of sex addiction that is dominant in the scientific
field. Ley will discuss how society and the media has blindly accepted
this term, why its dangerous, and what can be done to challenge the
Writer/Director Nica Noelle on Her Prolific Career in Adult Films
Adult film director Nica Noelle joins Tristan for the final installment of her "Live in LA" series of interviews recorded in studio in Los Angeles. Nica will talk about how she first got into the industry and what lead her to write and direct her own films. She'll delve into what makes a great porn movie, which performers she loves to direct, and how she comes up with story lines. She'll talk about her new studios Hard Candy and Girl Candy, her foray into gay male porn with Rock Candy, and TransRomantic, which features the first line of adult romance movies starring trans women. Tristan will ask her about fan feedback, her own fantasies, and why cheating is such a popular plot point in her movies. Join us for this fascinating look inside the mind of one of the adult industry's most successful female directors.
Meg Barker on Rewriting Relationship Rules and Sassafras Lowrey on Queer Storytelling
Dr. Meg Barker comes to Sex Out Loud this Friday to
discuss her new book, Rewriting the Rules, which addresses our current
climate saturated with contradictory love advice. She examines both the old
and new rules of relating and questions how useful they might be to managing
our relationships today. Then Tristan interviews queer storyteller, author,
and educator Sassafras Lowrey about hir novel, Roving Pack, set in an
underground world of homeless queer teens. Lowrey will discuss the process
of writing the book, responses from the community, as well as give a sneak
peek to hir next collection, Leather Ever After, an anthology of kinky fairy
Special Encore Presentation: Mollena Williams on Kinky Roleplay, Race Play, Taboo Fantasies, and Being a Slave
Mollena Williams is simply one of the most intelligent and articulate BDSM educators of her generation, and we get to spend the entire hour picking her perverted brain! We will talk about the two chapters on roleplay she wrote for my book The Ultimate Guide to Kink: BDSM, Role Play and the Erotic Edge. She'll explain the complex elements of race play, where kinky people play out racist scenarios, use racial epithets, or eroticize racial power dynamics. Mollena will reveal why she is turned on by this controversial kink and other kinds of taboo fantasies. Plus, I'll ask her about what it's like to be a woman of color who enjoys being a submissive and a collared slave
Cindy Gallop on Make Love Not Porn, Changing Perceptions of Sex & How She'd Run the World
This Friday on Sex Out Loud we're thrilled to spend a
whole hour talking live with Cindy Gallop, advertising and marketing
rockstar who recently launched "Make Love Not Porn", a site launched at her
popular 2009 TED talk of the same name. We'll discuss how dating younger
men led to the idea, technology's hardcore impact human behavior, and how
she hopes to help inspire and stimulate open, healthy conversations about
sex and pornography. We'll be live for the whole hour, join the discussion
and be ready to call in with questions or share them on Facebook and
Shine Louise Houston on Her Feminist Queer Porn Empire
Shine Louise Houston is the groundbreaking feminist porn producer and director who jump-started a queer porn renaissance with her film The Crash Pad in 2005 and is considered one of the leaders of this growing movement. Shine talks to Tristan about ethical porn making, the continuing success of The Crash Pad Series, her erotic interest in masculinity and cocks, and her dedication to representing queer people of color. Plus, she tells us about her two brand new projects and answers listener questions
Sex Toy Innovators: Kandi Burruss from The Real Housewives of Atlanta plus Jennifer Pritchett, the owner of Smitten Kitten
Join us for an hour focused on sex toy innovators and creators. First, we’ll feature staff from Smitten Kitten, talking about how they got started in Minneapolis, what toys are the most popular, and which ones are recommended by their experts. They’ll discuss all types of sex toys, including ones for those who think they’ve seen it all. Then, Tristan talks to Kandi Burruss on the eve of the premiere of the fifth season of her hit reality show The Real Housewives of Atlanta on Bravo. We’ll discuss why she decided to create her award-winning sex toy line Bedroom Kandi, sexual conservatism in the African American community, and how to bring sex toys to partner sex. Plus, we’ll hear about her relationship with her mom and daughter and how she plans to take her newfound status as a sex educator to the next level.
Ernest Greene on Directing Fetish Films, Marrying Nina Hartley, and The Story of O vs. Fifty Shades of Grey
Ernest Greene, legendary BDSM and fetish filmmaker and editor of Hustler's Taboo Magazine, joins Tristan in studio during her "Live in LA" series. Ernest will reveal how he went from a journalist and radio host to a porn director, and what role his bondage skills played in getting him there. Tristan will share her personal story of how she met Ernest (it involves an orgy) and they went on to collaborate on her first adult film as co-directors. He'll discuss his love of all things kinky, what he thinks of Fifty Shades of Grey, and his marriage to renowned porn star Nina Hartley. Plus, he'll talk about what inspired him to create a film trilogy based on a retelling of The Story of O, and the latest installment, The Truth About O, starring Bobbi Starr.
Renowned Sex Therapist Dr. Marty Klein on Sexual Intelligence, Sex Therapy, and Listener Questions
Tristan talks to renowned sex therapist and author Dr. Marty Klein about his latest book, Sexual Intelligence: What We Really Want From Sex and How To Get It. He'll share some of the book's provocative prescriptions for a better sex life, and talk about why he writes that sex technique workshops aren't helpful. Through his extensive therapy practice, Dr. Klein will reveal what his clients have taught him about sex. Then he'll answer listener questions submitted especially for this episode on topics including low sex drive, erotic incompatibility, rape fantasies, and erectile dysfunction. Listen to see if he answers yours!
April Flores and Carlos Batts on Art, Porn, Love, BBWs, and Their New Film
Tristan talks to model and performer April Flores and photographer and filmmaker Carlos Batts as part of her "Live in LA" series recorded in studio in Los Angeles. This dynamic duo in art and life reveals how they first met and what fuels their erotic collaborations. Carlos talks about his body of work, why he loves to make art, and the exhibit inspired by the sex toy molded from April's vagina. April will discuss her role as a plus-size model in the adult industry, what she thinks of the term BBW, and her Feminist Porn Award for Heartthrob of the Year. They will also give us a insider's look at their newest film, April Flores World.
Mexico City Feminist Porn Festival with Jennifer Lyon Bell, Marit Ostberg, Ingrid Ryberg, Liandra Dahl, Abraham Castillo, and Candida Royalle
Tristan hosts an unprecedented conversation between
feminist pornographers from around the world, including Jennifer Lyon Bell
(Amsterdam), Marit Ostberg (Germany), Ingrid Ryberg (Sweden), Liandra Dahl
(Australia), and film festival programmer Abraham Castillo, with a special
appearance by Candida Royalle (U.S.).
This episode was recorded live at the Cine y Sexo: La Mirada Femenina film
festival in Mexico City. The group talks about this groundbreaking event,
which was the first of its kind in Latin America, and audience reactions to
their films. They discuss the importance of sexual representation, their
filmmaking philosophies, and the politics of porn.
J. Jack Halberstam on Gender in Pop Culture, the Occupy Movement, and Gaga Feminism
USC Professor and Cultural Critic J. Jack Halberstam joins Tristan for a discussion as part of her "Live in Los Angeles" series, recorded in studio in LA. They'll about Halberstam's new book Gaga Feminism: Sex, Gender, and the End of Normal and how the well-renowned academic Halberstam brings sex and gender theory to a mass audience. Hear Halberstam riff on the lesbian baby boom, the divide between academics and activists, and gender representations in pop culture from Lady Gaga to Bridesmaids. Plus, Halberstam will confess how the Occupy Movement informed and inspired this book, how reproductive technologies have shifted the landscape of the family, and what "gaga feminism" is.
Stephen Elliot and Lorelei Lee on the World of Pornography, Loving San Francisco, and the Making of 'About Cherry'
Join Tristan as she talks to Stephen Elliot and Lorelei Lee, co-writers of the new film About Cherry, which Stephen Elliot also directed. About Cherry explores the journey of an 18 year old into the world of BDSM pornography in San Francisco. Stephen will talk about his first time directing and what it was like to work with an all star cast that includes Heather Graham, James Franco, Lili Taylor, and Dev Patel. Lorelei will reveal how her work as a porn performer and Stephen's experiences as a former sex worker informed the script. Both writers will answer critics of the film and discuss about the politics of pornography. Plus, hear about shooting the film at the Kink.com studios, why they love San Francisco, and the role the city plays in the movie.
Reid Mihalko on Sexual Self-Esteem, Relationship Confidence, and the Becoming Sex Geek Chic
Known for his charisma, wit and emphasis on integrity, Reid Mihalko travels the country teaching, coaching, consulting and collaborating on fulfilling his mission to create more self-esteem, self-confidence and sexual health for adults in and out of the bedroom. Tristan talks with Reid about his work as a sex and relationships expert, including his favorite tips and stories from his workshops on a range of topics, including jealousy, self-confidence, and techniques. Reid will also talk about the Sex Geek Chic Challenge College Tour and how he's taking sexual health, consent and relationship education to a new interactive level.
Courtney Trouble and Dylan Ryan on Queer Porn, Sexual Fluidity, and Subverting Porn Formulas
Tristan spends the hour talking with two queer porn icons, Courtney Trouble and Dylan Ryan. These award-winning queer porn innovators will discuss their work together as well as share experiences from their individual careers, both behind and in front of the cameras. We'll discuss queer porn - what is means and what it looks like - plus, sexual fluidity and how subverting expectations of porn is broadening their audience and fan base, bringing new queer viewers to the porn-watching table.
Hanne Blank on Radical Acceptance of Bodies, the History of the Hymen, and the Invention of Straight People
Author and scholar Hanne Blank joins Tristan for a discussion of her work on the history of both heterosexuality and virginity. We'll discuss the 20th century invention of the concept of "straight" and why everything you think you know about virginity is wrong. Blank is also the author of Big Big Love: A Sex and Relationships Guide for People of Size (and Those Who Love Them), updated, illustrated, and re-released in 2011, so we'll discuss radical acceptance of bodies and how it relates to bettering all of our sex and relationships.
Jessica Valenti on the Purity Myth, Abstinence in Sex Education, and the Future for Feminists
Jessica Valenti - called one of the Top 100 Inspiring Women in the world by The Guardian – will talk to us about her latest book, The Purity Myth: How America’s Obsession with Virginity is Hurting Young Women, which was also turned into a documentary. Tristan and Jessica will discuss abstinence-only education, recent attempts by legislators to control women’s reproductive health care, and long term effects of the current climate on women and sexuality. Tristan will also talk with Jessica, the founder of Feministing.com, about her experiences as a feminist writer and activist, and where she thinks the next generation of online organizing will lead us.
Adult Film Stars Danny Wylde and Lily LaBeau on Making Art Porn, Being in Love, and Their New Venture HotelLaBeau.com
We'll be live in LA, talking to adult film stars Danny Wylde and Lily LaBeau about what it's like to be performers in a relationship. They'll reveal the best part of dating another porn star, what they fight about, and the difference between sex on screen and off screen. Tristan will ask them about monogamy, their favorite directors, interacting with fans, and what they think about the recent condom mandate in LA. Plus, we'll hear about their latest venture together: HotelLaBeau.com.
Mollena Williams on Kinky Roleplay, Race Play, Taboo Fantasies, and Being a Slave
Episode Description: Mollena Williams is simply one of the most intelligent and articulate BDSM educators of her generation, and we get to spend the entire hour picking her perverted brain! We will talk about the two chapters on roleplay she wrote for my book The Ultimate Guide to Kink: BDSM, Role Play and the Erotic Edge. She'll explain the complex elements of race play, where kinky people play out racist scenarios, use racial epithets, or eroticize racial power dynamics. Mollena will reveal why she is turned on by this controversial kink and other kinds of taboo fantasies. Plus, I'll ask her about what it's like to be a woman of color who enjoys being a submissive and a collared slave.
Activist Audacia Ray on Sex Worker Activism, Sex Industry Reform, and How Sex-Positive Feminism Failed Her
Pushing the Boundaries of Feminist Porn with performer and director Bobbi Starr and Clarisse Thorn
AVN’s 2012 Female Performer of the Year Bobbi Starr joins us to talk about her love of the oboe, her award winning performances in movies like Belladonna: No Warning 4, directing her own line of films for Evil Angel, why she loves to push sexual boundaries, and where she sees herself in relation to the feminist porn movement. She gives us the scoop on creating ElectroSluts.com, what kinky sex does for her, and why electricity play is so hot. We’ll also get her take on the current controversy around mandating condom use for all porn performers in California. Plus, pro-BDSM sex-positive feminist activist, blogger, and author Clarisse Thorn discusses her new book The S&M Feminist. She’ll breakdown BDSM, women’s submissive fantasies, and the tensions between kink and feminism. Plus, she’ll give us a glimpse of her years spent researching pick up artists like those in Neil Strauss’s bestselling book The Game and VH1’s hit reality show The Pick-Up Artist.
Buck Angel on Sexing the Transman, plus Tobi Hill-Meyer's erotic documentary-in-progress, Doing It Again
Sex Out Loud welcomes educator, filmmaker, and pop culture icon Buck Angel. Tristan and Buck will discuss changing representations of trans male sexuality, including the making of his docu-porn Sexing the Transman and its success on the film festival circuit. Buck will also discuss the upcoming sequel, Sexing the Transman 2, due later this year and his transition from being an adult film star to a speaker and educator. We will also talk to Tobi Hill-Meyer, a filmmaker currently working on Doing It Again, an erotic documentary about trans women's sexuality that weaves together explicit scenes and interviews with trans women and their partners.
Maggie Mayhem and Ned Mayhem on DIY Indie Porn, Nerd Sex, and Consent in BDSM Communities
Tristan talks to writer, speaker, performance artist and queer porn performer Maggie Mayhem and her partner Ned Mayhem, a physics graduate student, software developer, and a genre-busting porn performer. Together, Maggie and Ned created and run the DIY porn site MeetTheMayhems.com showcasing the couple's own brand of perversely heartwarming queer sexuality. They'll talk about making indie porn, why they identify as sex nerds, how their love of science informs their sex adventures, and their opinions about consent and abuse in BDSM communities. Plus, Tristan responds to the recent hoopla over her appearance last week on Melissa Harris-Perry on MSNBC.
Ignacio Rivera on Gender Fluid Identity, Polyamory, Kink, Race, Class, and Cheryl Dunye's film Mommy is Coming
Performer and activist Ignacio Rivera joins Tristan for a nuanced discussion about some highly charged subjects. Ignacio, who prefers the pronoun they, will talk about their gender identity and how it impacts their sexuality. Tristan and Ignacio will discuss polyamory in people of color communities, race politics and racially-charged fantasies in the kink world, and how to create a truly inclusive, multi-racial community event. Then Ignacio will look at the challenges of their starring role in the feature film Mommy is Coming and reveal what it was like to work with acclaimed indie director Cheryl Dunye. This episode was recorded live during the OpenSF Conference in San Francisco and includes an audio excerpt of Ignacio's co-keynote presentation with Yosenio Lewis.
Rachel Kramer Bussel on Kinky Erotica, 50 Shades of Grey, and Hotel Sex
Before there were 50 Shades of Grey, there was Rachel Kramer Bussel - an author who has so far edited over 40 sexy collections, including the Best Sex Writing of 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2012. Tristan and Rachel will talk kinky erotica, BDSM, and sex writing, including the phenomenon of the 50 Shades trilogy. She'll also discuss her latest book, Suite Encounters: Hotel Sex Stories. For this live show, Rachel has said absolutely NO topic is off limits, so be ready to call in with your most provocative questions and topics!
Jaclyn Friedman on Yes Means Yes Anti-Rape Culture, How to Achieve Sexual Subjectivity, and Feminist Sex Education
Writer, editor, performer, and activist Jacyln Friedman has been instrumental in presenting new ways of thinking about preventing rape without shaming or blaming women. In our first live show, we'll discuss with her the success of her book, Yes Means Yes, as well as her latest release, What You Really Really Want. Jaclyn will talk about discovering what safe and shame-free sex means to us both as individuals and as a society, including stories of her own journey through feminist sex education to become “this generation’s version of Dr. Ruth.”
Kate Bornstein on Gender, Kink, Mental Health, Scientology, and Her New Memoir
Author, performance artist, playwright and gender theorist Kate Bornstein talks about some of the stunning revelations she makes in her new memoir, A Queer and Pleasant Danger. She’ll discuss her early childhood as a boy, college years at Brown University, her eleven years working for the Church of Scientology and eventual ex-communication from it, her love of queer theater and kinky edge play, her chronic illness and mental health issues, and why her book is dedicated to the grandchildren she may never meet.
Susie Bright and Aretha Bright: How to Talk to Your Kids About Sex, Growing Up with A Sexpert Mom, and Mother/Daughter Sex Advice
Author, sexpert, and cultural critic Susie Bright, and her daughter, Aretha Bright, wrote a mother/daughter sex advice column for Jezebel.com, and they’ve turned their experiences into a new book! We’ll talk to the duo about their relationship, how their views on sex education differ, and what, if anything, is off limits in their talks about sex. We’ll get some tips from Susie about what it means to be a sex-positive parent and how to talk to your kids about sex. We’ll ask Aretha what it’s like to have a mom who’s a famous sex radical and if she sees herself as a second-generation sexpert.
Tristan Taormino interviews Dan Savage on Sex Education, Working with MTV on His New Show, Bullying The Bible, Same-Sex Marriage and more
Author, columnist, activist, and media pundit Dan Savage isn’t holding anything back in this revealing interview. He’ll tackle the danger and ineffectiveness of abstinence-only sex education and the troubling news that the Obama administration recently backed another conservative organization called The Heritage Keepers. We’ll discuss the controversy surrounding Savage’s recent comments at a high school journalism convention about the Bible that lead to intense criticism from both the left and the right, with people calling him a bully, a bigot, and the gay Santorum. He’ll talk about what he regrets and what he doesn’t. Plus, he’ll share some behind-the-scenes dirt on his new MTV show Savage U, and we’ll talk about gay marriage and the future of the LGBT movement.