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.
Religion and Desire
I have a discussion with my friend Sattvik Basarkod about religion and desire. We explore some of the overlap between relgious dogma and philosophy, desire, and shame.
Identities and Intersections
Using TJ (from Episode 17) as an example, I take a dive into some aspects of identity that may not be overtly sexual, but they have implications for the sexual self.
An Interview with TJ Konesky
Poised for a comeback, TJ Konesky reflects on the past couple years. TJ's public life is not about sex, but this interview uncovers how gender and sexuality norms can influence all parts of life.
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?