Bodies are weird and wonderful, chaotic and unpredictable, beautiful and unique, and contain the entirety of our lives - they are the fundamental vehicle through which we experience the world. Who we are is informed by these experiences. The way that we talk about our bodies, therefore, reflects the way we conceive of our culture (and the way it conceives of us) and the world. Because bodies are the most immediate and personal way we have of engaging in the world around us, our bodies can help us engage with meaningful conversations within the culture that our bodies thrive.
In my experience, conversation about systemic oppression or any sort of political/cultural struggle that seems impenetrable often leads to the question of what we can ultimately do to affect change when the odds seem stacked against us. The answer always seems to lie in personal and local actions, the embodiment of practices you preach and believe within your community, however small that community may be. What is more personal than the body? What is more political than the body?
The Bodpod seeks to engage in conversations about your body, the bodies around you, how this informs who you are and your conception of the world in hopes that small conversations can lead to big ideas and new understandings about ourselves and each other.
18: Jess Hagemann and the Whole Body
Jess Hagemann is an author, biographer, ghostwriter, editor, and journalist residing in Austin, Texas. We spoke about her new book, Headcheese, and the condition afflicting her many characters: amputation related desires either fetishized or as a result of body integrity identity disorder. You can buy her book here: https://www.amazon.com/Headcheese-Jess-Hagemann/dp/1946487112
17: Michelle Allison and the Hungry Mortal Body
In this episode of The BodPod, I speak with Michelle Allison aka The Fat Nutritionist about mortality salience, food as medicine/poison, fatness, the tendency to prescribe individualistic choices to systemic problems, and much more! Check out Michelle and her work at thefatnutritionist.com
16: Brian Eley's embodied awareness
Musician, producer, DJ, and dancer Brian Eley joins The BodPod to discuss many aspects of their bodily experience: dancing, body awareness, the intersection of mental and physical health, sex positivity and sex anxieties, the performative body, gender identity (and thus, naturally, masculinity and femininity), sexting, dick pics, eating disorders, HSV2, and how we should tend to all of our orifices. Brian, who uses they/them pronouns, holds nothing back in this frank discussion of their body. You can check out their work at
15: Julie Minich and health's collective responsibility
In this conversation with Assistant Professor of English at UT Austin Julie Minich, we discuss categories of disability, how the concept of health affects bodies, especially "irresponsible" or "deviant" ones; citizenship; obesity; flaws in the health care system; health surveillance; the myth of "choosing" your health; the myth of human perfectability; and the collective responsibility of health. Julie is currently working on a book that discusses these issues and more.
Episode Fourteen: Double Dick Dude aka "Clark"
In this episode, I speak at length (punnnssss!) with the man who came out on Reddit a couple of years, Double Dick Dude, or "Clark," as he now prefers. We cover many topics (my recording app didn't even capture the last 1.5 hours of our convo and it's still super long!) Read more by checking out the article I wrote about him for the Daily Dot: http://www.dailydot.com/lifestyle/double-dick-dude-new-book/
Episode Thirteen: Phil Ajjarapu
In this episode, I speak with teacher and musician Phil Ajjarapu. Phil has experienced a number of physical affronts to his body over the years including typhoid, a violent car-jacking, and a motorcycle accident that probably should have killed him. We touch on all of these - the car-jacking bit opens up our discussion to broader ideas about racism and I get a little riled up! We also discuss his career as a musician and teacher and the album he made after his accident (linked on website).