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A podcast from The Independent focusing on everything to do with sexuality, relationships, identity and more.

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A podcast from The Independent focusing on everything to do with sexuality, relationships, identity and more.

    Why we need to talk about porn, with Sara Pascoe

    Why we need to talk about porn, with Sara Pascoe

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    This week, Olivia is joined by the brilliant author and comedian Sara Pascoe.


    The two discuss her latest book Sex, Power Money and one of its main subjects: porn.


    Why don't we talk about porn more? Is it anti-feminist to watch porn? Or does being anti-porn make you anti-feminist? And does porn really lead to more sexual violence?


    We discuss all this and more. Enjoy the show!


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    • 30 min
    Florence Given on female sexuality and internalised misogyny

    Florence Given on female sexuality and internalised misogyny

    This week, Olivia is joined by artist and author Florence Given.


    The two discuss how internalised misogyny manifests in dating, what it means to benefit from pretty privilege, and the presentation of female sexuality in the media.


    They also talk about Florence's new book, the Sunday Times bestseller, Women Don’t Owe You Pretty.


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    • 38 min
    Grace Beverley on the weirdness of dating in the public eye

    Grace Beverley on the weirdness of dating in the public eye

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    This week, we are joined by fitness entrepreneur Grace Beverley.


    At just 23, Grace has made the unlikely transition from influencer to wildly successful CEO and now runs three fitness companies, including the sustainable activewear brand Tala.


    She joined me on the show to talk about how on earth she balances her business ventures alongside a dating life, why the myth of “having it all” is so damaging for women, and why she'd be cautious about sharing a relationship on social media.
     
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    • 49 min
    Raven Smith on the problem with dating apps

    Raven Smith on the problem with dating apps

    This week, Olivia is joined by writer and author Raven Smith to discuss the difficulties of dating apps.


    Raven is a Vogue columnist and the bestselling author behind Trivial Pursuits, a memoir-meets-social commentary book that covers everything from the cultural capital of being tall to what you can tell about a person from the contents of their fridge.


    In the episode, Raven explains why he would never have met his husband in the dating app era.


    The two discuss how people curate a version of themselves on a dating app that can never possibly reflect who they truly are and how the saturation of users makes us less likely to settle for anyone.


    Raven also highlights the bizarre - and fundamentally racist - ethnicity filters on Grindr that have only just been abolished on the app in the wake of the Black Lives Matter movement.
     
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    • 31 min
    ‘I was in quarantine with the man who catfished me’

    ‘I was in quarantine with the man who catfished me’

    Sometimes, you hear a story that sounds so far fetched, you can't imagine it being real. That was what happened when Olivia read Karina Mazur's first-person article in The Independent about her experience of being catfished by her boyfriend while they were isolating together.


    Karina explains how she found out her boyfriend was not who he said he was, was stealing people's identities on multiple dating apps, and what the impact of all of this was on her.


    She also discusses how she got in touch with some other women her boyfriend had catfished, including one of his best friends. It's an unbelievable story.


    You can read her article here: https://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/love-sex/lockdown-catfish-hinge-dating-online-quarantine-love-relationship-a9537421.html


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    • 35 min
    Why we needed a transgender Alice in Wonderland, with Juno Dawson

    Why we needed a transgender Alice in Wonderland, with Juno Dawson

    This week, Olivia is joined by bestselling YA author Juno Dawson to discuss her latest book, Wonderland, which is a contemporary retelling of Lewis Caroll's Alice in Wonderland in which Alice is a 17-year-old trans girl.


    Juno explains why she wanted to retell this classic story through a transgender lens and how she hopes some of the issues explored in the book will help to educate young readers on sexuality and key LGBT+ issues, including sexual abuse, the difference between the female and male orgasm, and the fetishisation of trans women.


    The two also discuss how Juno came out after Germaine Greer said on Newsnight that trans women are "not real women" and the consequences of such instances of transphobia. Finally, they also talk about Dawson's podcast, So I Got To Thinking, which is an homage to Sex and the City.


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    • 39 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
306 Ratings

306 Ratings

Kimmymon ,

Lovely & insightful

Really enjoying these 2 amazing young women share their experiences, thoughts and views on dating in the millennial era. Although I am at the older age range of your audience I am left with giggles of laughter after each episode. Keep up the great work!

I. Gazi ,

Different vibe now

I hate to admit it but I preferred the podcast with Rachel on it and now only really listen to the older episodes. Don’t get me wrong, Olivia is great but the guests on the show can at times come across as entitled or just outright annoying. Missing the dynamic duo vibes.

Bahajzjswbe ,

A must listen!

Very insightful

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