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A fortnightly podcast about sex, feminism and erotic literature. Grab a glass of wine, your favourite smutty book and maybe even an extra set of batteries to join Abby and Sam as they explore all-things pleasure and politics.

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A fortnightly podcast about sex, feminism and erotic literature. Grab a glass of wine, your favourite smutty book and maybe even an extra set of batteries to join Abby and Sam as they explore all-things pleasure and politics.

    Sidenote: What's up with censorship?

    Sidenote: What's up with censorship?

    In a perfect meeting of interests Abby and Sam get to nerd out about the effects of legal and digital censorship on erotic material. We trace the history of book banning in Australia up to the chilling effects of the current American SESTA/FOSTA laws on internet content. Turns out when the people making censorship decisions are overwhelmingly pale, male and stale, it isn’t just about sexy books but also ongoing censorship of minority groups. Who’d have guessed? 




    Resources and further reading for nerdy sluts
    On the history and ongoing impact of obscenity laws and censorship, where it comes from and who makes the decisions:
    - Introducing Australia's Bibliography of Banned Books by Marita Bullock and Nicole Moore
    - Sex Censorship: The Assumptions of Anti-Obscenity Laws and the Empirical Evidence, by Robert B Cairns, James CN Paul, and Julius WishnerMinnesota Law Review (1962).
    - If not a fist, then what about a stump? Ableism and heteronormativity within Australia's porn regulations, by Ryan Thorneycroft, Porn Studies (2020), 7:2, p 152-1.


    On modern censorship, sesta/fosta, sex work vs sex trafficking and algorithmic bias:
    - Listen to the 'You're Wrong About' podcast episode on Human Trafficking, moral panic, and it's conflation with sex work here.
    - Learn more about SESTA/FOSTA and it's impact on internet freedoms and modern censorship with this Electronic Frontiers Foundation Article
    - Make sure you check out and support Salty, especially their report into algorithmic bias here.
    - Check out the panel Sam organised on censorship and expression online- full of amazing badass speakers: Yassmin Abdel-Magied, Claire Fitzsimmons (founder of Salty), Lola Hunt (Sex Worker and cofounder of Assembly Four), and Celeste Carnegie (of Indigitek), watch it here.




    Original artwork by Brady King and original music by Ankle Injuries ft. the sexy voice of Tace Kelly. https://soundcloud.com/ankleinjuries
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    • 39 min
    Classic smut with Tegan Higginbotham

    Classic smut with Tegan Higginbotham

    In this episode we chat to special guest Tegan Higginbotham, comedian, writer, actress and all round smut lover about writing sexy words for modern women. This fortnight Tegan read the classic Lady Chatterly’s Lover, a book banned in the UK until 1960 for its use of “four letter words,” and together we ponder why the author, DH Lawrence, never talks about foreplay, always talks about the bowels, and thinks the clitoris is a beak.


    A huge thank you to Tegan for joining us on this episode - make sure you check out her podcast, Rue Lamark.


    Original artwork by Brady King and original music by Ankle Injuries ft. the sexy voice of Tace Kelly. https://soundcloud.com/ankleinjuries
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    • 51 min
    Lipp Selects: Feminism Ruins Everything

    Lipp Selects: Feminism Ruins Everything

    It's a feminist podcast! New to Lipp Media, Feminism Ruins Everything is a weekly show offering feminist critiques to movies, musicals, and pop culture phenomena... potentially ruining them forever in the process. Hosted by Millicent Sarre ('Friendly Feminism for the Mild Mannered') and Ellis Dolan ('School of Rock' Australasian Tour), this episode explores the classic teen film 10 Things I Hate About You, dissecting the dense feminist values embedded in it's foundations.


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    • 1 hr 1 min
    Going bush

    Going bush

    We’re tackling the hairy questions in an episode dedicated to pubes! Whether you love them or hate them we’re sure everyone has spent a chunk of their adult life thinking about their thatches of curls. Sam and Abby look at the history of pubic hair removal and how changing standards of beauty affect the bodies of women and men. 


    Content warning: this episode references use of whorephobic language 


    References and extra reading for nerdy sluts:
    - For a look into the history of women’s hair removal check out this visual exploration or this post from the Women’s Museum of California.  
    - The Cosmopolitan/Esquire/AskMen survey that Sam referenced is here.
    - And the study of Australian women’s motivations behind hair removal: "The hairlessness norm extended: Reasons for and predictors of women’s body hair removal at different body sites," Marika Tiggemann and Suzanna Hodgson, Sex Roles, 59, 2008: 889-897.
    - For details on the cross-cultural perspectives of pubic hair removal, check out "Pubic hair removal practices in cross-cultural perspective," Lyndsey K Craig and Peter B Gray, Cross-Cultural Research, 53(2), 2019: 215-237. 
    - To explore issues related to male body hair: "“I think gorilla-like back effusions of hair are rather a turn-off”:‘Excessive hair’ and male body hair (removal) discourse," Gareth Terry and Virginia Braun, Body Image, 17, 2016: 14-24.


    Original artwork by Brady King and original music by Ankle Injuries ft. the sexy voice of Tace Kelly. https://soundcloud.com/ankleinjuries
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    • 55 min
    A trip down under

    A trip down under

    G’day ya flamin’ galahs! Sam’s journey to find some sexy Australiana has landed us with a tale of almost no sex but a lot of pregnancies. Tune in as we jump into the Victorian regional community of Wirralong and the life of their sexiest, single policeman. Although we finally found an area that academia doesn’t give a shit about, we still have some facts for you. Did you know, for example, that romance by Australian authors is one of our biggest literary exports? Crikey!


    Original artwork by Brady King and original music by Ankle Injuries ft. the sexy voice of Tace Kelly. https://soundcloud.com/ankleinjuries
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    • 49 min
    A safe time's a good time

    A safe time's a good time

    Can contraception be sexy? To help answer this question Abby looked at ‘Play it Safe’, an erotic anthology that includes safe sex practices and we discuss whether romance and erotica owe it to their readers to include safe practices. We also discuss the logistics of putting condoms on with bad eyesight, ginger butt plugs and our new favourite hero Supermarket Slut. But we know you’re all really here for the chats and stats. 


    Featuring special guest: Bec Villanti, one of the founders of vegan-friendly feminist condom brand, Jonny. You can check them out here: https://jonny.com.au/




    Extra reading and references for nerdy sluts 


    - ‘Do condoms kill the mood of a book? Erotia authors don’t agree on safe sex demands’ by Rachel Kramer Bussel, Salon. 
    - ‘Love means never having to be careful: The relationship between reading romance novels and safe sex behaviour,’ Amanda B Diekman, Mary McDonald, Wedni L Gardner, Psychology of Women Quarterly, 24 (ZOOO), 179-188. Cambridge University Press.
    - A critique on the above study and the essay that sparked the online debate that Sam references from NPR: Romance Fiction and Women’s Health: a dose of skepticism. 
    - ‘Sexual Agency, Safe Sex, and Consent Negotiations in Erotic Romance Novels,’ Laura M Moore, 2019
    - ‘Rates of STIs are increasing but young people still don’t use condoms,’ Triple J Hack




    Original artwork by Brady King and original music by Ankle Injuries ft. the sexy voice of Tace Kelly. https://soundcloud.com/ankleinjuries
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    • 57 min

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