Wendy Sheridan, Mary McGinley, and Robin Renée talk women’s sexuality on this week’s episode – from Sigmund Freud’s miscasting of the female orgasm to the liberation of pleasure by pro-sex feminists, personal discoveries of pleasure-enhancing household objects, and much more. It’s an interesting conversation to say the least! Wendy shares a list of reasons women could be institutionalized in the U.S. in the late 1800s and talks about Hysteria, a funny, at least semi-historical film about the invention of the vibrator. Mary recommends the book, The Birth of Pleasure by Carol Gilligan. Robin tries to talk about Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus and gets the title foolishly backwards before singing the praises of sex educator Betty Dodson.
The sexy nature of the main topic isn’t entirely foreshadowed by the opening conversations, which take on a more somber tone. The news includes an Alabama editor who called on the Ku Klux Klan to “ride again” in Washington, DC and the decision that was made on what to do when a juror dies after an opinion is rendered but before it becomes official. The Mueller investigation isn’t dead yet, however, and seems to be moving along despite rumors of its imminent end. Even though there seems to an emerging subtopic of death, there is humor along the way.
Reasons to celebrate this week include National Women’s Day, Worship of Tools Day, and the birthdays of Kiki Dee, Wanda Sykes, Micky Dolenz, Bow Wow, and James Taylor. Robin remembers singer Christina Grimmie who died in a tragic murder/suicide in 2016 and Wendy honors her father, the late Ira Schwartz. In the Why is this Awesome? segment, Robin raves about Joe Jackson and his recent show at the Scottish Rite Auditorium during his Four Decade Tour.
The Leftscape – the shape of progressive conversation: “Sex… & Death (Episode 38).”