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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.

    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
    Chasing tail

    Chasing tail

    Sam continues to bring the goods with not one but TWO mermaid-themed erotic novels. Come get wet with us as we dive into the erotic debate of whether mermaids would have sex like dolphins or like pelagic fish. If your life has been missing the appropriate amount of sexy fish facts and the word slit (and I mean, haven’t they all), this is the episode for you. 


    Content Warning: this episode contains some references to suicide


    Fact check: it is approximately 5% of the ocean that has currently been explored by humans not 15-20% as we guessed at


    References for nerdy sluts 
    - “A phallus out of water: the construction of mer-masculinity in modern day illustrations.” Olle Jilkén, 2018. 
    - “We are the lost”: Recovering the Feminist and Transcultural Complexity of Mermaids in Literature Schaack, L.J. (2018) Faculty of Humanities Theses
    - To understand more about how sirens became the femme fatales we know them of today, check out this twitter thread from Dr. Emily Wilson, who is the first woman to even translate Homer’s Odyssey into english. 




    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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    • 46 min
    Eat (out) the rich

    Eat (out) the rich

    Step into our VIP, all white, zebra print, smooth jazz bar-cum-weekend RnB club, as we look at the representation of class in romance. Using a book that flips the ‘white male billionaire’ trope on its head, Abby and Sam start to question whether we’ve been reading romance or capitalist propaganda this whole time. We’re talking class wars, father figures and why no penis should ever kiss a womb. 
    Content Warning: This episode includes some references to domestic violence
    References for nerdy sluts:
    “Romancing the World: Harlequin Romances, the Capitalist Dream, and the Conquest of Europe and Asia.” Peter Darbyshire, Studies in Popular Culture Vol. 23, No. 1 (2000), pp. 1-10. “Slippery when wet: The shifting boundaries of the pornographic (a class analysis).” Rebecca Huntley, Continuum Vol 12, No. 1 (1998) pp. 69-81.A big thank you and shout out to our talented friends:
    Original BOOKSLUT artwork by Brady King and music by Ankle Injuries ft. the sexy voice of Tace Kelly. https://soundcloud.com/ankleinjuries
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    • 49 min
    These boots are made for lickin'

    These boots are made for lickin'

    Pop your feet up, it's our first fetish episode! Tune in as we dip our toes into the most statistically common of all: foot fetishes. This fortnight Sam read LG Denier’s (lol) Leg Lover and we discuss the difference between a fetish and kink, theories of how foot fetishes evolved and the logistics of a footjob from the point of view of two novices. Sam continues her journey of self-discovery, while Abby’s journey is more about realising that if she could choose a sentient cloud over people she probably would. As always, it turns out we're here for the sex but not for the sexism.A big thank you and shout out to our talented friends:
    Original BOOKSLUT artwork by Brady King and music by Ankle Injuries ft. the sexy voice of Tace Kelly. https://soundcloud.com/ankleinjuries
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    • 50 min
    Fifty shades of cliche

    Fifty shades of cliche

    It’s a tale as old as time: boy meets girl, boy stalks girl, girl freaks out that boy has a room full of whips and then love I guess? Yep, we’re talking about the phenomenon of 50 Shades of Grey. Everyone has an opinion on this book and Sam and Abby grapple with the question of how you critique such a popular book while respecting the genre. Did it help normalise erotic romance for women? Yes. Did it misrepresent the BDSM community? Also yes. The answer is, as always, complicated. A big thank you and shout out to our talented friends:
    Original BOOKSLUT artwork by Brady King and music by Ankle Injuries ft. the sexy voice of Tace Kelly. https://soundcloud.com/ankleinjuries
    Other intro music from: Yesterday's Secret by texasradiofish (c) copyright 2018 Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Noncommercial  (3.0) license. 

     
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    • 59 min

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