Drop the Porn, These Sex Education Podcasts Will Teach You Everything You Need to Know

Sex is a taboo in the SWANA (South West Asia and North Africa) region, but don’t you think it’s about time we end the stigma around Sex Education, at least? We need to start learning and understanding human sexual anatomy and reproduction, age of consent, safe sex, reproductive health, and reproductive rights, among other things. And despite the cultural norm that attaches shame to the conversation around sex, we – young people – usually find ways to teach ourselves what we want to know, which often ends up being inaccurate, risky, or even harmful. It’s time to end the ongoing stigma in the region and use any resources we can find as an opportunity to learn more about the topic.

It’s difficult to access interesting, progressive, factual, and inclusive information about sex because mainstream movies, magazines, and (most definitely) porn are often built on fabricated myths and harmful practices. However, one option we’ve discovered that is both useful and interesting is; podcasts. From podcasts that are refreshingly feminist to ones that are hilarious, uncensored, and constructive, I’m breaking down 11 of the best Sex-Ed podcasts I’ve come across.

  1. VagEsteem

As girls, we aren’t born feeling ashamed of our bodies. However, the way our bodies have been objectified, our misogyny internalized, and have reduced a human being’s entire worth to what their bodies look like based on the current beauty standards. Worse, we’ve built solid walls of shame surrounding the entire institution of sexuality, because women aren’t allowed there. Entire generations of women have had to suffer unduly from harsh criticisms of their bodies and develop very deep insecurities. From body hair to vaginal odor, mainstream media and large corporations are constantly making us feel like we need to follow a regime to look, feel, and smell perfect. The VagEsteem podcast, hosted by the health and sex educator Vanessa Geffrard, aims to boost the confidence we women have in ourselves, our bodies, and our vulvas. This podcast is one many girls will find useful and empowering! 

2. Disability After Dark

We are becoming more and more aware of the lack of representation in the media, which is beneficial because this awareness helps us call out exclusion and misconduct. However, this issue still prevails and most children, teenagers, and adults with disabilities cannot find themselves in their favorite TV shows, movies, magazines, runway shows, or even in their history textbooks. This lack of visibility has profound effects and sends the message that disabled people don’t belong, which is obviously untrue. This is why I love ‘Disability After Dark’, hosted by disability awareness consultant Andrew Gurza, who covers everything from accessible sex positions to pop culture and inclusive language.

3. Guys We F*cked

This is another podcast for my feminists! Krystyna Hutchinson and Corinne Fisher host this podcast as part of a mission to fight slut-shaming. The girls shamelessly discuss their own sexual experiences and even invite guests to discuss theirs, including people they’ve slept with, and often engage in important conversations about what it means to be a sex-positive feminist and how to take control of your own sexuality. 

4. Future Of Sex

Hosted by Bryony Cole, ‘Future of Sex’ is definitely an eye-opening podcast that makes you think of sex in different ways. It’s likely that most of us just think of sex as an intimate activity that remains constant, but the truth is; it changes over time with our attitudes and technology. This podcasts examines everything from online dating to sex robots and any other developments in the constantly evolving world of sexuality and technology.

5. Sex With Dr. Jess

This podcast is your ultimate guide to everything sex-related; discussing any questions you might have, from how to deal with vaginismus, delayed ejaculation, penis health and even how to change your (sex) life via your pelvis. You’ll definitely learn a lot listening to this interesting and informative podcast, hosted by the same host of Playboy TV’s Swing, sex & relationships expert, and counsellor – Dr. Jess – who is also a sought-after speaker and best-selling author.

6. My Dad Wrote A Porno

I think we can all agree that there is nothing more awkward in the world then talking sex with your parents! In ‘My Dad Wrote a Porno’, hosted by Jamie Morton, James Cooper, and Alice Levine, all three work on breaking one of the biggest remaining taboos around sex: conversations between parents and their children on sex, intimacy, and sexuality.

7. Why Are People Into That?

Sex is so much more than just a innate human activity, the ever-changing world of sex entails so much, we bet there are so many sexual subcultures we’ve never heard of. Tina Horn, the host of this podcast, explores everything from sex toys to role play and D/s; trying to get to the bottom of why people are really into different things. This podcast is great for anyone who is curious or trying to figure out what they like, because Tina really does expose it all! 

8. Sex With Emily

One of my favorite things about these podcasts is the way these hosts talk about sex so comfortably, effortlessly, and interestingly. This is definitely the case with sexologist Dr. Emily Morse, who even invites a new guest weekly on ‘Sex With Emily’ to converse about various topics ranging from a guide to phone sex to how to get out of a toxic relationship. Morse definitely knows her stuff, and whether she’s talking sex toys or buying condoms, her discussions are always intriguing. 

9. Unscrewed

This is another one for all my girls out there! Jaclyn Friedman, an incredible feminist writer and activist, puts sex into a societal context in her podcast ‘Unscrewed’. She examines so many important topics like the ways society screws women over in the bedroom and how we can unscrew ourselves. Some of her most popular episodes question notions like faking orgasms and rape fantasies. 

10. Sex Ed The Musical

Most societies teach young people to never talk about sex in public and many parents avoid ever mentioning anything sex related to their kids, so many teens need more support to navigate the awkwardness of learning about sex. The perfect way to do this is with Wendy Miller’s ‘Sex Ed The Musical’, which is an incredibly lighthearted, funny, empowering and honest sex advice show. Not only does it offer useful tips, candid interviews from sex educators, nonjudgmental advice, questions and solutions and comedic jingles; ‘Sex Ed The Musical’ also reveals the truth about sex and helps their listeners enjoy the pleasure they all deserve.

With the amount of teens feeling awkward, embarrassed and clueless about sex, we truly hope that Sex-Ed can be come an instilled part of education in schools to protect and educate the youth. Nevertheless, I can promise that these podcasts should suffice and leave you with hours of informative entertainment about sex. If you’re curious and interested in more love and sex podcasts, you can click here!

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