The “unspeakable vice” is that unfathomably horrid, shocking, and undignified thing we call sex. It is so terrible that we cannot even speak of it, at least not in polite company. This podcast will explore why it is so objectionable to talk about anything related to sex, what it does to our well-being to avoid this topic, and what we can do about it.
Montero and the Satanic Panic
This episode summarizes a content analysis I did based on responses to the Lil Nas X video "Montero (Call Me By Your Name)" released a couple months ago. The proud queer black artist made waves with this video ripe with religious symbolism, allegory. and allusion. Yet, notably, his identity was not roundly rejected.
Funny or Not Funny
Sometimes the only way we can talk about a sexual topic is to joke about it. Jake helps me break down the merits of this approach.
The Presumption of Heterosexuality
There is a presumption of heterosexuality in our culture, which means that everyone is straight until proven otherwise. I mean, when was the last time you saw someone come out as straight?
Civil commitment is used to hold people who might commit crimes in the future. Black and queer people suffer the most.
Queerness and Mental Health
Queer people have more mental health problems than their hetero friends. Why? Is it because there's something bad about being gay? Or is there a problem with the way we think about sex and sexual identities? Kenneth takes a queer theory approach to this mental health issue.
Speaking Out and Shining Light
Flip Rodriguez announced to the world that he is a survivor of childhood sexual abuse. It was a weight lifted from him, and now he can help others navigate trauma by talking about his own.