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.
Talking About Sexual Abuse by Women
Women who commit sexual abuse are poorly understood, and this problem is a clear window into the assumptions about sex embedded in our social constructions of gender.
Sex Communication In Action
This is a conversation with the host of the Sex Communication Podcast, someone who is actually working to normalize open and honest conversations about sex. The Unspeakable Vice Podcast talks about why it is important, but she is actually doing it. We discuss some of the things that makes sex a difficult topic, the pros […]
Sexual Conversations, Creating a Narrative
This episode explores the idea that sexual categories have socially-defined meanings that evolve over time. Individuals develop their sexual self through telling their story to position themselves within these social definitions.
In masculine culture, sexual activity is often spoken of in terms of conquest. Donald Trump gives us a potent case study into how our society speaks about sexual assault.
Hélène Cixous and The Laugh of the Medusa
Hélène Cixous urges women to write. She believes that women need to talk more about their sex in order to regain their power.
The Importance of Words
How we talk about sex shapes how sex is talked about. If that sounds like a circular argument, good, because I see our social understanding of sex as a feedback loop. The words we use, the meanings we ascribe to them, and the context in which they are given, all contribute to the way we and others understand the topics we describe. Words can be arbitrary, but they are no less important in communication.