I was fortunate in my education to have had a formal sexual education course. However, for the many people who didn’t have the opportunity to formally learn about sex (or do so in a comfortable, safe way), sex can be scary and daunting — both to learn about and experience. Sex requires a level of personal comfort, physical intimacy, and trust; however, without someone to walk you through what sex is like — or how sexual experiences can vary — it’s easy to feel intimidated.
Fortunately, sex and relationship podcasts can be a great resource to provide heartfelt insight into different sexual experiences — and some laughs along the way. Here are four of my favorite podcasts that can help you start learning more about sex, and provide enlightenment about the touchy sex topics you’re afraid to ask about.
- Doing It! with Hannah Witton
Hannah Witton’s podcast, Doing It!, is one of my favorites, because her experiences and perspectives on sex are unique, yet relatable. Witton herself has a stoma (an opening in your abdomen that allows waste to exit your body, rather than going through your digestive system), and in her podcast, she explores her sexuality as someone with this condition. Her guests are also great, and I appreciate how they are all super body-positive, fun, and empowering.
Personally, my favorite episode is “Censorship and Culturally Specific Sex Ed with Rayka Kumru.” It was really interesting to hear about how different countries value or lack in sexual education and the efforts people like Rayka go through to promote sexual education research in more conservative countries. This podcast is definitely super informative as well as entertaining — highly recommend.
- Cry Baby
I have the pleasure of being friends with this podcaster, Devyn Lara, and have been in love with her podcast Cry Baby. I know Lara as someone very outspoken, insightful, unfiltered in the best way possible and that reflects in all of her podcast episodes. She is extremely candid in her recollections of her experiences with sex and relationships including candid conversations with her exes and interviews with friends about educating partners about serious topics such as toxic masculinity, BLM, and how religion plays a huge factor into our relationships.
When I spoke with Lara about her podcast, she stated she became very passionate about discussing sex and relationships due to her very conservative family’s religious background and the lack of access she had to information about sexuality and physical intimacy. Due to her familial restrictions and lack of sex education, she actively sought out resources to educate herself. She found that through her experiences, she could inform others about these taboo topics that no one in her immediate circle would ever discuss with her. Thus, Cry Baby was created.
My favorite episode is “Virgins and Toxic Masculinity,” where she interviews her first boyfriend about their experience in their intimate relationship with each other and how their different cultural and religious backgrounds have influenced their views on love, sex and relationships. Her episodes are extremely funny and interesting, so I highly suggest listening.
Listen on: Spotify.
- Let’s Talk About It with Taylor Nolan
If you recognize this name and face from The Bachelor, Taylor Nolan has gone from reality television contestant to sex educator with her podcast Let’s Talk About It. What’s great about Let’s Talk About It is Nolan’s ability to discuss mental and physical health in relation to sex and relationships and her open talks with celebrities about these topics. She brings an open perspective to the podcast with her discussions about porn, sex clubs and other rather “taboo” sex-related topics with sexperts and celebrities, making it a fun podcast to listen to for some actual expert advice.
The episode that stands out to me the most is “That One Time I Had Sex with Emily,” where Nolan sits down with Dr. Emily Morse, host of another sex-related podcast called Sex with Emily. The two discuss personal stories about masturbation, orgasms, and how to form a deeper connection with a partner and/or with yourself.
- The Sexually Liberated Woman
The title of this podcast truly speaks for itself. Ev’Yan Whitney, the podcaster and a self-proclaimed sexually liberated woman, teaches you how to work toward sexual liberation. She is both a sex educator and a doula, making her well versed in the realm of journeys of sexuality. Her podcast is great in that she teaches listeners ways to become more comfortable in their own bodies and with their sexual identities. Her guidance is amazing, and her words can truly help you to evaluate your own sexual journey and help you manage fear, shame or trauma associated with sex and relationships. If you’re looking for someone to guide you through your individual journey of sexuality, this may be a great podcast for you.
I personally loved the episode about “Shame-Free Masturbation,” as masturbation is definitely one topic that many people no matter their gender might feel torn about. I loved the way Whitney went about discussing on how to not feel ashamed about it and learn to enjoy and embrace self-pleasure.
Sex and relationships in college can be difficult to navigate and understand, especially if you don’t have a good support system or a ton of education around it. For me, podcasts have become a valuable source for information and guidance about sexual education. These are just a few of the many podcasts related to sex and relationships, but hopefully these can provide a stepping stone for you to start exploring different mediums for sex education. Here’s to feeling more empowered over your sex life and journey. Happy listening!