28 episodes

Awarded Australia's 'Best Sex & Relationships Podcast' at the 2021 Australian Podcast Awards! Uncovering, devouring & celebrating the history of eroticism. From notorious sex symbols to mythological archetype, from the lives of striptease legends to literature too salacious for the public eye & everything in between. If the Pope would be riled, chances are we'll be covering it... Well, uncovering it. Hosted by nationally awarded podcaster, stripteaser, teacher & writer Velma Vouloir. Cntroversy is the dirty history class you always wanted. New episodes regularly. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram & Twitter at @cntroversypod.

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    • 5.0 • 62 Ratings

Awarded Australia's 'Best Sex & Relationships Podcast' at the 2021 Australian Podcast Awards! Uncovering, devouring & celebrating the history of eroticism. From notorious sex symbols to mythological archetype, from the lives of striptease legends to literature too salacious for the public eye & everything in between. If the Pope would be riled, chances are we'll be covering it... Well, uncovering it. Hosted by nationally awarded podcaster, stripteaser, teacher & writer Velma Vouloir. Cntroversy is the dirty history class you always wanted. New episodes regularly. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram & Twitter at @cntroversypod.

    26: F**k, Marry, Kill - With Julesy Vouloir

    26: F**k, Marry, Kill - With Julesy Vouloir

    Amongst an ongoing tech conundrum, we managed to pull together a portable microphone and laptop to bring you this weeks episode. Coming to you straight from the Easter long weekend, Velma is joined by her baby sis Jules for a wine fuelled Q & A sesh. You submitted your questions, & we do our best to answer them! 

    We dive into topics ranging from access to ethical pornography to supporting local artists, as well as a whole lot of would you rather's & fuck, marry, kill scenarios. Grab your chocolate stash, pour a glass of wine (or in our case... 4) & enjoy!
    C*ntroversy The Podcast is produced, written & hosted by Velma Vouloir.

    You can follow us on Instagram & X at @cntroversypod, or on Facebook at Cntroversy: The Podcast.

    Email us at anytime with thoughts of feedback at cntroversypodcast@gmail.com, and please don't forget to follow, rate & review the show. Thanks for listening!

    • 49 min
    25: Life Is A Cabaret - With James Welsby

    25: Life Is A Cabaret - With James Welsby

    Hold on to your bowler hats kiddos - Mommy & Daddy are about to take you to the school of cabaret (or is it cabarYAY). This week Velma is joined by legendary Australian cabaret artist, dancer, performer, choreographer, producer & creative director James Welsby (as well as legendary drag artist Valerie Hex) for a discussion on the history of cabaret. We look at the origins of cabaret, as well as some of the key figures, productions & venues specific to Australian cabaret (as well as pondering our own formative inspirations, experiences & the future of the industry).
    Please note - Wine was absolutely consumed during the recording of this episode.

    You can follow James Welsby on Instagram at @valerie_hex and YUMMY at @yummytheshow.

    Key Sources
    Tivoli. Frank Van Straten. Thomas C. Lothian Pty. Ltd, 2003
    Satie The Bohemian: From Cabaret To Concert Hall. Steven Moore Whiting. Clarendon Press, 1999
    C*ntroversy The Podcast is produced, written & hosted by Velma Vouloir.

    You can follow us on Instagram & X at @cntroversypod, or on Facebook at Cntroversy: The Podcast.

    Email us at anytime with thoughts of feedback at cntroversypodcast@gmail.com, and please don't forget to follow, rate & review the show. Thanks for listening!

    • 1 hr 15 min
    24: Hold My Cheetah - Luisa Casati

    24: Hold My Cheetah - Luisa Casati

    Calling all muses, queers, bohemians & fashionistas of the world... Join Velma this week for a look inside the decadent world of Luisa Casati, the priestess of hedonism & patroness (& lover) to some of the worlds greatest artists of all time.

    Key Source
    "Infinite Variety: The Life & Legend of Marchesa Casati", Scott D Ryersson, Michael Orlando Yaccarino. University of Minnesota Press.1999.

    Secondary Sources
    "The Divine Marquise", Judith Thurman. The New Yorker. September 14th, 2003.
    "Marchesa Luisa Casati - A Life In Fashion", Casci Ritchie. The Costume Society. 11th November, 2018.
    C*ntroversy The Podcast is produced, written & hosted by Velma Vouloir.

    You can follow us on Instagram & X at @cntroversypod, or on Facebook at Cntroversy: The Podcast.

    Email us at anytime with thoughts of feedback at cntroversypodcast@gmail.com, and please don't forget to follow, rate & review the show. Thanks for listening!

    • 41 min
    23: The Incomparable Bettie Page - Part Three

    23: The Incomparable Bettie Page - Part Three

    Welcome to the third and final instalment on our series on Bettie Page. This episode, we look not only at the mystery of what ever happened to the vanishing pinup, but the incredible influence she had on art, pop culture, the sub culture of fetishists and kink lovers of the 80s, through to the burlesque revival of the 90s as well as music, haute couture and fashion right through to today.

    Please note this episode contains references to severe mental illness and physical violence. Time codes for these are specified below:
    31:00-31:40  (physical violence/domestic abuse)
    36:00 - 39:50 (severe mental illness/physical violence)

    Key Sources:
    The Real Bettie Page: The Truth About The Queen of Pinups (biography), Richard Foster. 2005
    Bettie Page: The Life of a Pin Up Legend (biography), Karen Essex, James L Swanson, Bettie Page. 2006
    The Notorious Bettie Page (digital), Mark Mori. 2012

    Secondary Sources:
    Bettie Page: The Lost Years (biography), Tori Rodriguez. 2018
    Bettie Page: Queen of Curves (reference), Petra Mason, Bunny Yeagar. 2014
    The Early Photographs of Bettie Page: An American Icon (reference), Jack Faragasso, 2013
    Bettie Page: Aphrodite Rising (fiction), Kimberly Ussery. 2020.


    C*ntroversy The Podcast is produced, written & hosted by Velma Vouloir.

    You can follow us on Instagram & X at @cntroversypod, or on Facebook at Cntroversy: The Podcast.

    Email us at anytime with thoughts of feedback at cntroversypodcast@gmail.com, and please don't forget to follow, rate & review the show. Thanks for listening!

    • 53 min
    22: The Incomparable Bettie Page - Part Two

    22: The Incomparable Bettie Page - Part Two

    We're back this week for a much anticipated continuation of our discussion on pinup legend Bettie Page! This week we look at the years from 1950-1957 where Bettie was making waves as the most popular pinup & 'Queen of Bondage' in century America.

    Key Sources:
    The Real Bettie Page: The Truth About The Queen of Pinups (biography), Richard Foster. 2005
    Bettie Page: The Life of a Pin Up Legend (biography), Karen Essex, James L Swanson, Bettie Page. 2006
    The Notorious Bettie Page (digital), Mark Mori. 2012

    Secondary Sources:
    Bettie Page: The Lost Years (biography), Tori Rodriguez. 2018
    Bettie Page: Queen of Curves (reference), Petra Mason, Bunny Yeagar. 2014
    The Early Photographs of Bettie Page: An American Icon (reference), Jack Faragasso, 2013
    Bettie Page: Aphrodite Rising (fiction), Kimberly Ussery. 2020.
    C*ntroversy The Podcast is produced, written & hosted by Velma Vouloir.

    You can follow us on Instagram & X at @cntroversypod, or on Facebook at Cntroversy: The Podcast.

    Email us at anytime with thoughts of feedback at cntroversypodcast@gmail.com, and please don't forget to follow, rate & review the show. Thanks for listening!

    • 53 min
    21: The Incomparable Bettie Page - Part One

    21: The Incomparable Bettie Page - Part One

    Welcome to the first episode in a series dedicated to the worlds most recognisable pinup of the last century, Bettie Page. This week, Velma discusses the early years from Bettie's birth in 1923, through to her early days as a pinup model in 1950.

    Please note, this episode contains references to adult themes including family violence, domestic abuse, sexual assault and animal abuse. Listener discretion is advised. Time codes for sensitive content is as follows:

    18.34-19.08: family violence, animal abuse, sexual abuse.
    34.19-34.29: domestic abuse.
    35.22-35.33: sexual assault
    38.33-41.00: sexual assault

    Key Sources:
    The Real Bettie Page: The Truth About The Queen of Pinups (biography), Richard Foster. 2005
    Bettie Page: The Life of a Pin Up Legend (biography), Karen Essex, James L Swanson, Bettie Page. 2006
    The Notorious Bettie Page (digital), Mark Mori. 2012

    Secondary Sources:
    Bettie Page: The Lost Years (biography), Tori Rodriguez. 2018
    Bettie Page: Queen of Curves (reference), Petra Mason, Bunny Yeagar. 2014
    The Early Photographs of Bettie Page: An American Icon (reference), Jack Faragasso, 2013
    Bettie Page: Aphrodite Rising (fiction), Kimberly Ussery. 2020.


    C*ntroversy The Podcast is produced, written & hosted by Velma Vouloir.

    You can follow us on Instagram & X at @cntroversypod, or on Facebook at Cntroversy: The Podcast.

    Email us at anytime with thoughts of feedback at cntroversypodcast@gmail.com, and please don't forget to follow, rate & review the show. Thanks for listening!

    • 52 min

Customer Reviews

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62 Ratings

62 Ratings

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The sound of silk

Have you ever wondered what silk sounds like? Is vintage erotica and burlesque something you crave? Then c*ntroversy is the podcast for you. Through the velvet smooth voice of Velma Vouloir you will take a deep dive into the history of porn, burlesque and powerful women of our past. So tune in for some titillating C*ntroversy every Tuesday💋

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Cntroversial Commutes

Commutes just got a whole lot more controversial, let alone fascinating and saucy, all the while being accompanied by the dulcet tones of Velma’s delivery.

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Wonderful!

I love a well researched podcast delivered in a calm and soothing manner!

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