By Gillian Frank & Lauren Gutterman
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A podcast about how the history of sexuality shapes our present.
||CleanSeason 2, Episode 1: Bandstand and the Closet||The hit television show American Bandstand has shaped how we understand the 1950s and early 1960s. For many, American Bandstand still evokes nostalgic images of white youth culture and sexually innocent teenage romance: a world made up of malt shops, juke joints, sock hops and drive-in movie theaters. If we look closer at how Bandstand was staged, and what was hidden from sight or hiding in plain view, we can see how the show's creators erased blackness and queerness from the show itself and from the official story of youth culture.||9/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 8: Mama Was a Star||Ruth Wallis was one of the greatest singers, comedians, and performers of sexually suggestive lyrics in the postwar United States. Today she is all but forgotten. This episode tells her amazing story.||4/21/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 7: A Church With AIDS||In the 1980s and 1990s, the San Francisco Metropolitan Community Church wrestled with profound questions: What does it mean to minister a gay church when so many in the congregation are dying from AIDS-related complications and grieving the recently dead? How do you have faith during an epidemic? And what does it mean to participate in communion in a community ravaged by a plague? Hosts and Creators: Gillian Frank and Lauren Gutterman. Producers: Rebecca Davis, Saniya Lee Ghanoui and Devin McGeehan Muchmore. Intern: Jayne Swift Co-created and produced with Lynne Gerber, Siri Colom and Ariana Nedelman from the When We All Get to Heaven podcast. https://www.sexinghistory.com/episode-7||3/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 6: Sexism Takes Flight||In the 1960s, the airline industry ramped up its sexualization of stewardesses in order to increase revenues. Decades before the #MeToo movement, flight attendants navigated a workplace in which their employers required them to stay thin, remain unmarried, and squeeze into revealing clothing every day. In the early 1970s, flight attendants organized one of the first campaigns against workplace sexual harassment, assault, and sexual discrimination. https://www.sexinghistory.com/episode-6 Hosts and Creators: Gillian Frank and Lauren Gutterman. Producers: Rebecca Davis, Saniya Lee Ghanoui and Devin McGeehan Muchmore.||2/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 5: Touch Me, I'm Yours!||In the 1970s, Evangelical women published bestselling marriage manuals. These books encouraged millions of American women to have active and exciting sex lives. They also insisted that in order to find happiness, a women must submit to her husband's divinely ordained authority.||12/11/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 4: Mixed Blessings||In 1973, CBS cancelled the top-rated sitcom Bridget Loves Bernie after one season. The reason: Jewish religious leaders objected to the show's positive portrayal of an interfaith marriage. This episode explores the sexual politics of American Judaism and Jewish attitudes toward intermarriage.||11/16/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 3: I Must Increase My Bust!||In 1966, before breast implants were widely available or popular, Jack Feather patented a "spring type breast developer." He made millions of dollars promising women that they could change their bodies and increase their sex appeal.||10/26/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 2: Abortion on Trial||In 1975, two years after Roe v Wade, an all white and mostly Catholic jury convicted Dr. Kenneth Edelin, an African American physician, of manslaughter for performing a legal second trimester abortion. His trial transformed the anti-abortion movement.||10/3/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 1: Prom Night||In 1980, gays and lesbians in the U.S. had no legal right to attend high school prom with a same-sex date. Then Aaron Fricke sued his high school and everything changed.||9/14/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSexing History is coming!||Permalink||7/26/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
The best there is
Nothing more you'll ever need than this
Great production, interesting story
Love the incorporation of archival voices, and sex history is totally my jam, so I am thrilled that this podcast is out there! Can't wait for the next episode.
Can’t wait for the next episode