Chris chats with people who have grown up Amish. Guests include Ira Wagler, author of the aptly named Growing up Amish. Misty Griffin also joins the conversation to talk about her memoir Tears of the Silenced that soberly addresses issues related to sexual assault within the Amish. It is currently available for free in Kindle form to Amazon Prime subscribers.
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Duration: 1 hour, 40 minutes
Chris travels to Nevada to chat with Alice Little and Jenny Jade from the world famous Moonlite BunnyRanch as well as stripper and cam model extraordinaire Lita Crystal-Skull (formerly of the Alien Cathouse Brothel) and independent Las Vegas escort Kate Layne. Journalist Lux Alptraum joins the conversation to talk about her Vox article: A Push to Shutter Legal Brothels in Nevada is Based on Misguided Ideas about Sex Work. And we also hear from sex researcher Roni Wiener who is working on their thesis centered on diverse orgasm experiences. Fill out this survey now to help Roni advance our scientific understanding of orgasms. It will only take you 15 to 25 minutes.
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Update: Shortly after this episode went up Dennis Hof the owner of the Moonlite BunnyRanch passed away. He was 72.
Duration: 1 hour, 22 minutes
Chris chats about gay bathhouses with a handful of people, including the manager of Club Philadelphia and a woman who attended bisexual night at Hawks PDX. Kevin Allison from the Risk! Podcast also returns to share some of his experiences at bathhouses and sex clubs around the world. And Steamworks Chicago gets discussed quite a bit.
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Duration: 1 hour, 32 minutes
Chris chats with Kevin Allison from the Risk! Podcast, Sunny Megatron and Ken Melvoin-Berg from American Sex Podcast, and Cii Marqui, Jaxon, and Juice from Sex with Strangers a Grown Folks Podcast.
Check out Sunny Megatron's article Diary of a Sex Clown: Life Lessons From a Clown Fetishist for more information on clown sex. Watch this video for more insight into prostate massages. Listen to this to hear Ken talk extensively about water sports and then check out I'm Bouta BUST. On a more serious note, the two stories from Risk! Dealing with domestic abuse are The Monster and the Man and Unbreakable.
Duration: 1 hour, 36 minutes
Reverend Cindi Knox, porn star Chanel Preston, comedians Liza Treyger and Megan Gailey, writer/activist/Juggalo anthropologist Kitty Stryker, and others share their thoughts on a diverse range of issues including #MeToo and Time's Up. This show also features a brief clip from episode 36 of American Sex Podcast, which also includes a lengthy conversation about SESTA/FOSTA. For more on that issue check out episode 598 of the Savage Lovecast, this techdirt post, this Vox story, this Guardian piece, and the Lawfare post mentioned on the show. Also check out the Allure article Cindi recommended: Navigating Beauty Standards as a Trans Woman is an Impossible Balancing Act. Other media mentioned include SNL's Welcome to Hell, that appalling Tony Robbins video, and episode two of Chanel's podcast Sex Think. Finally, don't forget to check out consentculture.com and Kitty's book Ask: Building Consent Culture.
Correction: It was suggested that Jen is the only parent featured in the show. That is not true. Cindi is both a parent and a grandparent.
Duration: 1 hour, 48 minutes
Chris travels to the Thai cities of Bangkok and Chiang Mai to chat with sex workers and others with insights into Thailand's sex industry, including members of EMPOWER – the country's oldest and largest sex worker organization. The EMPOWER Foundation's 2016 community research project entitled Moving Toward Decent Sex Work is available in full here and is definitely worth reading. We also recommend The Third Gender a documentary by Vivienne Chen about the Thai trans community, which is available for free on Youtube. For more on this community check out the Wikipedia page for Kathoey. Finally, make sure to pay a visit to Can Do Bar if you ever find yourself in Chiang Mai.
Duration: 1 hour, 6 minutes
In this follow-up to episode 26, Chris returns to Alaska to attend a memorial and vigil observing the 15th Annual International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers. The event took place at the Alaska Center for Alternative Lifestyles (ACAL), Alaska's only sex club.
Terra Burns returns to update us on her continued fight for the human rights of sex workers in her home state. Amber Batts, currently on parole for sex trafficking (despite never trafficking anyone), tells her story. This episode also features stories about the intersection of drugs and sex work. Finally, Sarha Shaubach, ACAL's owner, recounts her reign as the 2013 International Ms. Leather.
You can support Tara and CUSP's efforts to make it illegal for Alaskan police officers to sexually penetrate people under their investigation here, and you can read more about convicted rapist and former Anchorage police officer Anthony Rollins here and here.
Duration: 1 hour, 20 minutes
Chris travels to New South Wales, Australia where sex work is decriminalized to interview local sex workers about their lives. Guests include Tilly Lawless, Cameron Cox, Zach Hunter, Tom Jones, and Rachel Wotton, among others. Catherine Healy from the New Zealand Prostitutes' Collective also joins the conversation.
To learn more about the decriminalized sex industry in New Zealand check out this study from the University of Otago, which surveyed 772 sex workers. The government of New Zealand also released this exhaustive report in 2008.
Duration: 1 hour, 35 minutes
In this follow-up to episode 31, Chris chats with several people who fetishize disability. He also interviews an able-bodied woman who believes she should be a quadriplegic and derives sexual gratification from pretending to be one. Dr. Clive Baldwin from St Thomas University discusses Body Integrity Identity Disorder (BIID). And a few podcasters also join the conversation: Andrew Gurza from Disability After Dark and Jocelyn and Tod from GimpHacks. Check out the episode of Disability After Dark mentioned in the show here, and go here for the full version of the GimpHacks episode excerpted in this show. Also check out Ghoul Cop Bat Cop at GCBC.show.
Duration: 1 hour, 6 minutes
Lesbians, bisexuals, pansexuals, and queer-identified women sound off on everything from scissoring to strap-ons. Porn star Chanel Preston returns to discuss shooting girl-girl porn. Other returning guests include Ames Bex, who shares how sex is different now as a trans man than it was back when he identified as a lesbian. Comedian Quinn Quintana returns to talk about fisting ladies and the many changes that have occurred at Kink.com's San Francisco Armory since we recorded episode 25. Fan-favorite Shayla also returns to make her 4th appearance. This episode also features comedians Gwen La Roka and Ever Mainard. Check out Quinn's web series Hot Tub Interviews with Porn Stars, and learn more about her live comedy show Total Smut Comedy + Q&A with a Porn Star here.
Duration: 1 hour, 11 minutes
This episode features people with physical disabilities talking about the able-bodied world's tendency to erase their sexuality, using Tindr in a wheelchair, disability-related sexual superpowers, and much more. Comedian Spring Day makes her triumphant return. She and her boyfriend, comedian Tim Renkow, both have cerebral palsy and talk frankly about their sex life. The fetishization of disabled people, often called devoteeism, also comes up in this episode. Check out the excellent BBC3 documentary Meet the Devotees here. We also talk about the role sex workers sometimes play in enriching the lives of people with disabilities. Check out Rachel Wotton's Ted Talk exploring this topic. Her film Scarlet Road also comes up, as does the 2012 feature film The Sessions about Mark O'Brien's experiences with a sex surrogate. You can watch an Oscar-winning documentary short about Mark O'Brien here and read his article “On Seeing a Sex Surrogate” here. Other articles mentioned on the show include this Vice piece about Hand Angels, this guide to sexual positioning devices, and a fascinating obituary published by Salon about Mark O'Brien. Other podcasts mentioned on the show include the Death Sex and Money episodes Newlywed and Paralyzed and Two Wheelchairs and a Baby, as well as an episode of Everybody Swing entitled Swinging in a Wheelchair. Finally, Ryan Lythall can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any follow-up questions or would like to book him for a speaking engagement.
Duration: 1 hour, 30 minutes
Chris chats with 6 men who, collectively, have purchased sexual services well over 100 times. Topics discussed include buying and using drugs (mostly cocaine) with sex workers, seeing porn stars, sex tourism (mostly to Columbia and Thailand), and the sugar lifestyle/seekingarrangements.com.
Duration: 1 hour, 6 minutes
Chris travels to Amsterdam to chat with couples and sex workers spending Valentine's Day in De Wallen, the world's most famous red light district. Chris is joined in this episode by listener Taylor Hernowitz, who helped Chris interview women working in window brothels and couples exploring voyeurism at the Sex Palace Peep Show. This episode also features representatives from a number of organizations dedicated to improving the lives of people working in the sex industry, including PROUD the official union of sex workers in the Netherlands, the Red Umbrella Fund, which supplies grants to sex worker-led organizations around the globe and is headquartered in Amsterdam, and the Prostitution Information Center located in the heart of De Wallen.
Don't forget to check out the CNN article mentioned on the show: Dutch Driving Instructors Can Trade Lessons for Sex. You can find the episode of Reply All Chris referenced here. And the three episodes of Jess' podcast that are available in English are A Dutch Sex Worker, A Poly Family, and Conscious Kink. Don't let the Chinese intros for these episodes fool you; the interviews are in English.
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Duration: 1 hour, 37 minutes
Chris chats with porn performers Chanel Preston and Mickey Mod about the current state of the porn industry, why they oppose condom mandates like Proposition 60, and their work with the Adult Performer Advocacy Committee (APAC). Michael Stabile from Kink.com joins the discussion to talk about the rise of anti-porn forces within US politics and corporate America. Jerry Barnett, the free speech activist and author of Porn Panic: Sex and Censorship in the UK, helps us understand what's happening across the pond. And it's not encouraging! British porn sensation Harriet Sugarcookie and her business partner Tommie round out this episode by sharing their thoughts on censorship, their unique approach to making pornography, and the healing power of harrietsugarcookie.com.
Check out the official position of the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT) on sex/porn addiction here, and a similar statement from The Mormon Mental Health Association mentioned on the show here.
Correction: Chris mistakenly refers to this show as "episode 29" when it is in fact episode 28.
Duration: 1 hour, 12 minutes
Chris chats with people in the feederism (sometimes also called feedism) fetish community. All 4 featured guests get off on gaining weight as well as encouraging others to pack on pounds. Two of these guests also work as professional fetish models. You can find out more about Kimmy Crush at BBWSurf.com, and Lily’s site is through bigcuties.com. The True Life episode mentioned at the end of this episode “I Have a Feeding Fetish” is currently available on Youtube.
Duration: 1 hour
Mainstream discussions of the sex industry have mostly revolved around human trafficking. In this episode we explore why that narrative is misleading and harmful. The interviews featured here were recorded in Nebraska, Rhode Island, Alaska, California, and Illinois. Guests include Terra Burns (Community United for Safety and Protection), Maxine Doogan (the Erotic Service Providers Legal, Educational and Research Project), Bella Robinson (COYOTE RI), Monica Peterson and Rex Hamaker (University of Denver's Human Trafficking Center), Hannah Marshall (Brown University), and Erin Black (The Sexual A-Team).
Articles discussed in this episode include The Banks' War on Porn Stars by Richard Abowitz and Marlow Stern, The Case for Decriminalizing Prostitution by German Lopez, Washington Post fact checker Glenn Kessler's Why You Should be Wary About Statistics on 'Modern Slavery' and 'Trafficking' and The Biggest Pinocchios of 2015, Should Prostitution be a Crime? by Emily Bazelon. Also check out Bazelon's follow-up concerning Amnesty International's Policy on State Obligations to Respect, Protect and Fulfil the Human Rights of Sex Workers.
Three quick corrections: Maxine (not Terra) interviewed Keyana; Sextraffickingalaska.com is maintained by Community United for Safety and Protection (not just Terra); Last (and in fact least), Chris began gathering audio for this episode in October of 2015 (not September of 2015). We regret these errors.
Duration: 2 hours, 1 minute
Chris explores San Francisco's historic Armory also known as the Porn Palace with kink.com tour guide Quinn Quintana. Quinn is also a comedian and the host of Hot Tub Interviews with Porn Stars. Quinn and Chris spent hours exploring kink.com sets, props, and cages.
Don't forget to check out the Vice article mentioned in this episode "Why Can You Go to Prison for Making Scat Porn?"
Duration: 1 hour, 8 minutes
This episode features conversations that didn’t quite fit into the sex party episode but were simply too good to leave on the cutting room floor. Ames Bex makes his second appearance on the show. This time he talks about directing porn and his ongoing transition into manhood, both legally and physically. Ames also has a podcast of his own called Mister Bex Talks Sex. Photographer and Kink tour guide Efrain John Gonzalez aka Gonzobear, takes Chris through Manhattan’s Meatpacking District where he gives walking tours “that take you back to the good old days of the 80's and 90's, when the district was packed with some of the kinkiest, sleaziest and craziest bars and underground clubs in Manhattan.” We also hear from Selena Fire, Patricia Johnson, and Mark Michaels, the three co-founders of Pleasure Salon: a monthly social gathering designed to “bring together members of the BDSM, swinger, alternative gender, LGBTQ, sex-activist, porn, sex educator, nudist, sex-magic, polyamory, Pagan, radical faerie, tantra, sex-blogger, sex writer, pervert and sex-worker communities, and others whose passion is sex or sexuality” in a casual cocktail party environment. Patricia and Mark also talk about the 5 books they’ve coauthored together.
Duration: 51 minutes
Some of the parties discussed in this episode include Chemistry, Kinky Salon NYC, Myth, Spam, Hacienda, 2 House of Scorpio events: Countdown and Lip Service, Kinky Riot, Wild’s Playground, and Curvy Fling. We will also hear from Jack from Adult Socials. You can find more information about Wild’s Playground and Kinky Riot on FetLife. Both parties often take place at Pendulum Dungeon.
Don’t forget to check out the full archives of Jefferson’s blog One Life, Take Two and to listen to every episode of Billy Procida’s Manwhore Podcast. Watch the Huffpost Live video about Hacienda Villa here, and book your reservation for Hacienda Maison here. And when you’re done with all of that, remember to read Polly Superstar’s Reddit AMA.
Duration: 1 hour, 11 minutes
Porn performers featured in this episode include Ron Jeremy, Farrah Abraham, Nikki Knightly, Kelly Klaymour, MaseratiXXX, Carmen Valentina, Daisy Monroe, Piper Perri, Yasmine de Leon, Tyra Scott, Sarah Jesse, Angel Deluca, Lila Lovely, Riley Reynolds, Lacey Starr, Savanah Stevens, JoJo Kiss, Zoe Parker, Katalina Mills, Farah Valentine, Heather Lexi of Erotique Entertainment, Michelle Austin the voluptuous diva behind Kennston Productions and FTM.xxx, and Chaturbate cam girl Shannon Scot.
Critiques of the documentary Hot Girls Wanted can be found here, here and here. Don’t forget to also check out Chelsea Poe’s XOJane article entitled I Am A Porn Star Asking the Porn Industry To Stop Using The Term "Shemale" and the fleshbot write up of Nikki Knightly.
Duration: 1 hour, 31 minutes
This episode features interviews with: Chicago-based sex therapist Michelle Herzog from the Center for Mindful Living, global sex therapist Dr. Susan Kaye from the Institute for Mindy Body Therapy, and New York/San Francisco-based sex therapist and author David Ortmann. David co-wrote the book Sexual Outsiders: Understanding BDSM Sexualities and Communities with Richard Sprott.
Articles discussed in this episode include “14 Women Tell What It’s Like Having Sex With A Micropenis” from Buzzfeed and “You’re 16. You’re a Pedophile. You Don’t Want to Hurt Anyone. What Do You Do Now?” by Luke Malone. You can listen to the This American Life episode inspired by Luke Malone’s article here and check out the breakdown of Sensate Focus mentioned on the show here.
Duration: 1 hour, 4 minutes
Chris travels to Iceland to chat with locals about the country’s infamous hookup culture, “end demand” prostitution policies, BDSM scene, and much more. This episode also features a couple of brief exchanges with Icelandic rapper Blaz Roca.
You can find the anti-Roosh petition mentioned on the show here.
Duration: 1 hour, 7 minutes
Chris chats with a variety of fetish filmmakers. He talks pegging with adult actress Candi Apple aka the Strap-On Princess, sploshing with the Pie Master and Angel Rose from sexyslapstickvideos.com, smoking fetish with Clif from USA Smokers and Don from Smoking Kittens Productions, and Shoe-play and vore with Bob a filmmaker with 8 different shoe-play stores on clips4sale.com.
Learn more about Candi Apple here. And don’t forget to checkout Strap-on Sessions and Strap-on Parties. Check out the Pie Master’s main site here. Also check out his CumFundMe and his clips4sale store. Don’t forget to check out Angel Rose’s store too. You can find Clif’s work on his USA Smokers site and on Clips4Sale. Don’s Smoking Kittens Productions sells videos exclusively through Clips4Sale. Bob’s 8 clips4sale stores are Shoeplayer, Shoeplayer Requests, Shoeplayer Stockings & Socks, Shoeplayer Abused Shoes, Shoeplayer Kelly's Toes & Soles, Shoeplayer VORE & More, Shoeplayer Long Clips, and Shoeplayer Shoes. Finally, check out the Salon article about animal crush films if you feel like reading something depressing.
Duration: 1 hour, 4 minutes
In this episode we take a detour from human sexuality and dive into the sexual triumphs and tragedies of livestock. Chris visits two farms in Washington state where he encounters horny alpacas, genetically perfect pigs, and some very confused birds. Chris also chats with comedian Tamale Sepp about her former life as a champion dairy judge and horse semen scientist. Finally, Chris interviews two hu-cow erotica authors (Gemma Wolf and Narcissa Rivers) about the “human cow” fetish and the surprising economics of self-publishing erotica through Amazon.
You can view Tamale’s video from Cigars and Stripes here. As mentioned in the episode, Tamale did a few interviews following the controversy. Check out this one from Vocalo. And here’s Salon’s take on the matter. Check out the amazon pages for Gemma Wolf and Narcissa Rivers to view the many titles these literary powerhouses have provided for your enjoyment.
Duration: 54 minutes
Chris travels to Clearwater, Florida to chat with couples spending Valentine’s Day at the world’s first Hooters. But this episode mainly focuses on conversations with three professional dominatrixes –Svetlannah Doll, Calista Curves, and Domina Vera Lamarr— whom Chris coaxed into seeing Fifty Shades of Grey. Master Hook, a lifestyle master, also shares some thoughts on the film. And finally, we check in with Fiona from the porn clerks episode to learn about how the Fifty Shades series has impacted her job and the sex toy industry as a whole.
Duration: 1 hour, 8 minutes
Chris chats with several phone sex performers and even sits in on a 9-hour no-taboos phone sex shift.
You can watch Desiree’s full video here. That disturbing article about German cannibals is available here. And check out three of Cathryn Berarovich’s Harlotry articles about phone sex by going here, here, and here.
Duration: 56 minutes
From adult babies to naughty school girls. Chris explores the world of age-play, a place where consenting adults can be kids again.
Duration: 56 minutes
Chris travels to Portland where he talks to some key figures in the city’s expansive sex positive community. Topics include polyamory, play parties, furies, Sex Positive World, the PDX Kink Calendar, the Catalyst Art and Cultural Space, and the InHerTube sex toy company. Chris also visits Casa Diablo the world’s first vegan strip club.
Duration: 1 hour, 30 minutes
Chris travels to Utah to chat with current and former LDS members about the sexual politics of the Mormon Church. Guests include everyone from a Salt Lake City escort to an anti-porn activist at Brigham Young University.
Duration: 1 hour, 42 minutes
Chris talks with one former and two current porn clerks about why sex shops continue to thrive in the Internet age.
Duration: 59 minutes
Chris chats with 1 former and 2 current male escorts. The former being podcaster, sex worker advocate, and writer Eric Barry. You can find Eric's show, Full Disclosure, on iTunes, Stitcher Radio and at FDpod.com. Topics discussed in this episode include fisting, scat, incest play, gay-for-pay, and Nancy Reagan.
Duration: 1 hour, 14 minutes
Chris talks with 3 Chicago strippers about cocaine, lap dances, bachelor and bachelorette parties, "extras," golden showers, stalkers and much more.
Duration: 1 hour
Chris explores the topic of financial domination, a fascinating virtual form of BDSM.
Duration: 56 minutes
Chris chats with L's, G's, B's, T's, Q's, I's, A's, and some folks who are too cool for labels at the 2014 Chicago Pride Parade.
The first picture is of our naughty genie. The second is of Amazon and her pal Fabulous Freddie. And the third image features Jason the truck driver.
Duration: 48 minutes
Chris travels to Mumbai, India where he discusses transgender issues, arranged marriages, fairness creams, and sex work with a delightful array of locals. This episode also features a conversation with feminine image consultant and founder of Nouveau She, Monica Prata.
Duration: 1 hour, 5 minutes
Chris travels to Williston, North Dakota to investigate the impact of the oil boom and subsequent migration of thousands of men from around the world to this small community.
Read the full text of Conflict and Agency Among Sex Workers and Pimps here.
Duration: 1 hour, 6 minutes
This episode draws on conversations recorded in Tokyo, New York, New Orleans, and Chicago. Topics explored include tickle porn, traditional porn, fetish modeling, stripping, prostitution, sugar daddies, and much more. Guests include a $750-an-hour gigolo and America's favorite 62-year-old escort, Erin.
Duration: 1 hour, 17 minutes
Chris travels to New Orleans during Mardi Gras to chat with party people from around the world. He also sits down with some sex workers, including a 62-year-old escort. This episode also features a conversation with sex columnist and author Stefanie Iris Weiss about her most recent book Eco-Sex: Go Green Between the Sheets and Make Your Love Life Sustainable.
Check out Stefanie’s Nerve.com article about Mardi Gras and her website. Her Sex column is also worth checking out. And go here to read the Vice article about toxic sex toys mentioned in this episode.
Duration: 52 minutes
Chris attends a fetish party at Continuum Dungeon in Chicago where he interviews three professional dominatrixes and an array of attendees ranging from lifestyle kinksters to vanilla onlookers. Guests include Mistress Cleo LaVamp, Mistress Desiree Demonix, and Mistress Elena Croft. This episode also features a conversation with BDSM and kinky sex educator and blogger Tynan Fox, recorded in St Paul, MN.
Learn more about Continuum Dungeon here. Listen to the full audio of Tynan coming out as kinky to his conservative parents here. Also check out his official site. And learn more about the man behind our theme music, musician and composer Benn Jordan/The Flashbulb, here and here.
If you liked this episode I recommend listening to episode 442 of the RISK! Podcast entitled Slave.
Update: An error was made in the working definition for the term paraphilia. That error is corrected in the first few minutes of episode 4: Sex at Mardi Gras.
Duration: 1 hour
Chris chats with Grindr users in Wyoming, meeting some fascinating characters with surprising backstories. He also picks up quite a bit of new terminology along the way. Topics discussed include hookups, otters, creeps, money offers, religion, married guys, and much more.
Here's a link to the article about Saudi Arabia's gay cruising scene mentioned in this episode. It's from 2007, but the climate described here does not appear to have changed much in the past 7 years.
Duration: 1 hour, 10 minutes
Chris travels to Tokyo to explore Japanese sex culture. Topics discussed include host and hostess clubs, happening bars, Japanese rope bondage, love hotels, maid cafes, train groping, Western media attention, and much more.
Duration: 1 hour, 27 minutes