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May 22, 2015

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May 15, 2015

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Blog Snog: Men’s Bulges Are the New Female Boobs

May 8, 2015

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Understanding Islamic Feminism

May 7, 2015

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“Islamic feminist.” Sounds like an oxymoron, right? But this week’s episode of the PRI radio show “America Abroad,” produced and written by (our amazing friend) Mia Lobel, will get you thinking. This fascinating hourlong podcast called “Understanding Islamic Feminism” covers feminist reinterpreters of the Koran in Egypt,¬†Morocco’s most progressive family law in the East¬†(which makes¬†it easier for women to divorce, inherit property, and gain custody of their children), the burka ban in France,¬†the first all-female mosque in the United States, and — our favorite — a profile of the creator of “Shugs & Fats,” a sketch comedy web series featuring two veiled women exploring the cultural traditions and trends of the West (think¬†juice cleanses, speed dating, and — yes! — even¬†vibrators). While it may seem, at times, like trying to jam a square peg into a round hole (especially if you’re an atheist), this particular public radio show will give you great hope for the future of Islam — that it can and will become a religion which globally recognizes the human rights of women, thanks to feminist activists like those featured here:

 

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Blog Snog: The 29 Steamiest Movie Sex Scenes of All Time

May 1, 2015

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Favorite Podcast: Love + Radio

April 28, 2015

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Ever since Serial, we’ve been looking for a new podcast addiction. And we’ve finally found it in Love + Radio, a podcast from PRX’s¬†Radiotopia.fm, which describes itself as “a collective of the best story-driven shows on the planet.” The stories that drive “Love + Radio” are compelling, quirky and often R-rated.

The most famous episode has to be “Jack & Ellen,” about a young lesbian woman who hated her job at Subway as a “sandwich artist” so much, she turned to a “creative” project that could earn her $30K for a few hours of work each week: pedo-baiting, i.e. posing as an underage girl online in order to blackmail pedophiles into buying her $500 Amazon gift cards.

 

The next one we listened to was the most recent — “Thank You, Princess” — which takes you behind the scenes of a successful fem dom’s operation, including eavesdropping on one paying customer’s over-the-phone humiliation. You’ll want to cover your ears, it’s so cringe-inducing, but you won’t be able to stop listening!

 

As if our sex-writing divining rod were leading the way, we listened to “Dirty Balloons” next, the story of one young woman’s one-time experience making balloon-fetish porn. The repetitive audio ending to this one is one of the best indictments of pornography we’ve ever (literally) heard.

 

They’re not all about sex, but even the emotionally powerful episode called “The Living Room,” about one man’s death, deals with nudity, exhibitionism, and voyeurism. We haven’t listened to enough of them to discern a consistent theme beyond personal stories told with aural flair (and swear words), but we were struck by the theme uniting the three sex-related episodes we happened to listen to first: all of them focused on young women who needed money, didn’t want to work minimum wage jobs, and turned to some variation of sex work catering to male heterosexuals with particular obsessions, to use the term loosely (pedophilia, humiliation, balloon popping). As compelling as the above three episodes are, they paint a pretty depressing picture of the economic opportunities that young women have (or should we say, don’t have) these days.

We know, we know: that’s precious coming from two women who run a sex-advice blog for a living. But the sense you get from the three women interviewed is that none of them particularly enjoy (or enjoyed) their experiences: the humiliatrix doesn’t get off on it, the balloon virgin faked her way through it, and the con woman feels pretty bad about the whole thing. Besides feeling like we needed to take a shower afterwards, we came away from these podcasts feeling even more sure than ever that the minimum wage definitely needs¬†to be raised.

 

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