46 episodes

Do the words 'let's talk about sex' make you cringe? Join the Hotbed Collective for funny, frank, non-cringey sex chat, with help from sex experts, comedians and confidence coaches. We're making the world a better place, one orgasm at a time. Series 6 is kindly sponsored by Mooncup, the original silicone menstrual cup.

The Hotbed Hotbed Collective

    • Sexuality
    • 4.7, 157 Ratings

Do the words 'let's talk about sex' make you cringe? Join the Hotbed Collective for funny, frank, non-cringey sex chat, with help from sex experts, comedians and confidence coaches. We're making the world a better place, one orgasm at a time. Series 6 is kindly sponsored by Mooncup, the original silicone menstrual cup.

    Do Women Have Better Sex Under Socialism?, with Professor Kristen R Ghodsee

    Do Women Have Better Sex Under Socialism?, with Professor Kristen R Ghodsee

    Good sex starts with doing the recycling, Anniki Sommerville and Lisa Williams have always maintained. To develop this thought, they discuss what socialist ideals – more free childcare, laundry and food services - would lead them to having better sex, prompted by Lisa reading Professor Kristen R Ghodsee’s book Why Women Have Better Sex Under Socialism. Lisa then speaks to Prof Ghodsee about what we can learn from socialism, what the pitfalls of past systems have been, why women in East Germany had more orgasms than their counterparts in the West, and why the huge amount of unpaid work women do can have a negative impact on their sexual satisfaction and relationships. Recorded at home, produced by Alex Graham. This series of The Hotbed has been kindly sponsored by Mooncup, the UK’s original silicone reusable menstrual cup. If you’d like to try one, you can use the code HOTBED at mooncup.co.uk to get a 10% discount (until the end of June 2020).


    If you would like to hear more from Prof Kristen R Ghodsee she hosts the podcast A.K. 47 - Selections from the Works of Alexandra Kollontai
     
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    • 42 min
    Normal People, Extraordinary Times, with Dr Karen Gurney

    Normal People, Extraordinary Times, with Dr Karen Gurney

    Anniki Sommerville and Lisa Williams record a special socially-distanced episode to talk about the lives under lockdown, the BBC Three adaptation of Sally Rooney's Normal People, and how they're feeling about their lockdown looks. There's also a guest spot by Dr Karen Gurney, giving advice on living such at close quarters with your partner, why this time has been make or break for some couples, and what to do when you're feeling the tension rising.


    Recorded from home, produced by Alex Graham. 


    This series of The Hotbed has been kindly sponsored by Mooncup, the original silicone reusable menstrual cup. Visit their website www.mooncup.co.uk and use the code HOTBED for a 10% discount.
     
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    • 39 min
    I'm Too Old For This Sh*t, with Dr Philippa Kaye

    I'm Too Old For This Sh*t, with Dr Philippa Kaye

    The Hotbed welcomes its first-ever co-host: Karen Arthur of #WearYourHappy to talk about menopause, mental health and things we’re too old to care about any more. Lisa also interviews Dr Philippa Kaye about what the perimenopause is, what treatment there is for menopause symptoms, and how female pleasure is important for women of all ages. Recorded at Acast, produced by Alex Graham. This series of The Hotbed has been kindly sponsored by Mooncup, the original silicone reusable menstrual cup. Visit their website www.mooncup.co.uk and use the code HOTBED for a 10% discount.
     
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    • 45 min
    Book special: More Orgasms Please and Motherwhelmed

    Book special: More Orgasms Please and Motherwhelmed

    The Hotbed Collective's book More Orgasms Please: Why Female Pleasure Matters is out in pretty paperback now: Anniki Sommerville and Lisa Williams talk about how they wrote it and why they wrote it, give their tips on getting a book published and their thoughts on why female pleasure matters. Anniki's novel Motherwhelmed is also out and she talks about sexism in the corporate world, balancing parenting with the demands of a job, and why she decided to fictionalise her experience to help other working mum. Recorded from our respective homes, produced by Alex Graham. This series of the Hotbed is kindly sponsored by Mooncup, the original silicone reusable menstrual cup. Visit mooncup.co.uk and use the code HOTBED to get 10% off.
     
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    • 29 min
    Get Lippy, with Dr Anita Mitra aka Gynae Geek

    Get Lippy, with Dr Anita Mitra aka Gynae Geek

    Anniki Sommerville and Lisa Williams talk about vulvas: cervical screenings, gynae cancer, thrush and nicknames for ‘vulva’. They set up a folk duo and do an impromptu song about incontinence, while Lisa interviews the ever-calm and ever-clever Dr Anita Mitra, AKA Gynae Geek about The Eve Appeal's Get Lippy campaign, and gynae conditions, the taboos around women's health, and the worrying rise in labiaplasty (cosmetic surgery to the vulva) . This series of the Hotbed is kindly sponsored by Mooncup, the original reusable silicone menstrual cup. Go to mooncup.co.uk before the end of June 2020 and use the code HOTBED for a 10% discount. Recorded at Acast, produced by Alex Graham. [Image of Dr Anita Mitra kindly supplied by The Eve Appeal. To support their #GetLippy campaign, you can buy a fundraising beauty product during May - to find out more, click here.]
     
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    • 42 min
    All About Desire, with Dr Karen Gurney and Kelly Ford

    All About Desire, with Dr Karen Gurney and Kelly Ford

    At a special live show of The Hotbed, recorded live at Soho Radio pre-lockdown, Hotbed favourite Dr Karen is here to explain why everything you believed about desire is WRONG! We talk about the 237 reasons we have sex, what (and who!) makes us feel sexy, how contraception can mess with your mood, why you should get listening to some audio porn, and how to make trying-to-conceive sex hotter than hell. We also have the multi-talented Kelly Ford, AKA Book of Mum, to talk about girl-crushes and to deliver a one-off performance of her super-sexy poem. This episode is kindly sponsored by Mooncup, the original silicone reusable menstrual cup. Go to mooncup.co.uk and use the code HOTBED to get 10% off until the end of June 2020. Recorded at Soho Radio, produced by Alex Graham.
     
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    • 38 min

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157 Ratings

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