Podcast Review: Why Are People Into That?!

Type of Podcast & Premise: Interview format. In each episode, the host talks to someone who knows a thing or two about that episode’s topic to find out why people are into [spanking/bondage/humiliation/whatever].

The Host: Tina Horn (Who is into quite a few things herself) [I reviewed (and loved) her book about sexting real good in episode fifteen of my show.]

Length of Episodes: The earlier ones were an hour up to an hour and 40 minutes (it’s an interview about interesting subjects—you’re not going to cut someone off). Now Horn breaks the episodes into two pieces to keep them from being too long.

Post Frequency: I believe they started out being once a month but now it’s twice a month—one interview broken into two listenable chunks. Plus an Interrobang (described below).

Current Number of Episodes: 45 (some are broken into two parts, but the second half will be label ‘B’ of whatever episode number… there have been 45 topics—I’ll put it that way.

There are also Interrobangs, which is this symbol: ?! And are short segments that complement previous episodes.

Number of Episodes I’ve listened to: Looking down the list I counted 19, but it felt like more than that. Perhaps because I’ve learned so much and laughed so hard. They’re all downloaded, so I’ll get there eventually. The show is still in production as of this writing.

Platforms: iTunes, acast, you can also use the rss feed to subscribe.

Website & Other Social Media: whyarepeopleintothat.com, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr

Review: Horn has been part of the kink scene, as well as involved with sex work and porn in a variety of ways for years so she knows many people who have bags of experience to share. The list of her interviewees is like looking at the best answer to the question, ‘Who would you invite to your dream dirty dinner party?’

As with any podcast that focuses on specific topics—I first listened to episodes on things I’m interested in and had some knowledge of:

Service with Laura Antoniou (ZOMG amazing!)

Role Play with Mollena Williams (this also covers race-play and is spectacular) (this is the second part of the episode)

Submission with Steven Elliot (I need to have this person on the show—we have similar feelings about submission in odd little ways)

Age Play with Siouxsie Q

Spanking with Jillian Keenan (I reviewed Sex with Shakespeare based partially off this interview)

Power with Sinclair Sexsmith (sugarbutch, who is awesome).

These episodes were all A+ and made me think about my own interests in ways I hadn’t previously considered.

Then I sought out episodes on topics I simply do not get. Not like, ‘Eww, gross!’ But… why do people dress up like sexy nurses? I genuinely do not understand this. You don’t see sexy doctors. Medical play makes sense—it’s not the fetish that confuses me… That’s not what this post is about though. There’s an episode about Naughty Nurses with Zil Garner Goldstein and why people are into it. I think I get it now. So, thank you Tina and Zil.

Then there were ones I either didn’t know existed at all (bicycles, Poppy Cox taught me there are people attracted to bicycles—it makes total sense, really, there’s even a porn festival for bike-sexuals) or things I didn’t know very much about but now do and am a little intrigued. Latex was a big one for that (thank you, Abigail Greydanus), though fire was also fascinating and now I want to watch people do sexy stuff with fire. Particularly Lamalani Siverts.

Episodes that fell into the category of ‘Things I’m interested in but hadn’t given much thought to’ were blood (with Maxwell Lander) and bondage (pt2). Both of those were excellent, but the bondage one with Troy Orleans! You have to listen to that episode. Orleans is a dominatrix who specialises in heavy bondage and she has a body bag that’s made of the leather they make the seats of Italian sports cars from.

Horn responded to this information by laughing out a, ‘Shut the fuck up.’

I’ve not had the slightest curiosity about body bags until then. The finest leather known to mankind, you say? Completely encasing my entire body, you say?

What’s happening? Oh yeah, a review.

If none of the topics I’ve mentioned toast your crumpet, here are a few of the other subjects that have been discussed:

The fantastic Cooper S. Beckett does the Swinging episode.

Horn thinks about sex and kink and the politics of the body and gender a lot and the people she interviews do, as well—the conversations are always intelligent and hilarious. There’s always a warmth, a rapport, between Horn and whomever she’s interviewing. Inevitably they’re going to tell some insane stories about something one of them did and it’s going to be wonderful, eye-opening, educational, and it’ll probably make you laugh out loud.

During every episode I learned something—whether it was a new way to experience or view an existing kink of my own, that perhaps there was an aspect of another kink I may be interested in but hadn’t known of before, or simply learning what other people got from their own kink that I didn’t inherently connect with. (I think that might be the point of the show. Well done, there.)

Rating: 5/5 – If you’re looking for more information on your own grown up interests or are wondering what is up with the people who like xyz (or are simply a sex nerd), this is the show for you.

Podcast Review: Kink Craft

Type of Podcast: BDSM toy-makers discuss the weekly post from their blog, as well as current events.

The Hosts: Pixie and Andrew

Length of Episodes: 30-45 mins

Post Frequency: Weekly

Current Number of Episodes: 32

Number of Episodes I’ve listened to: 11

Review: The Kink Craft podcast (available on iTunes, libsyn and the Kink Craft site, which I reviewed last week) complements the blog posts on the site. The blog posts one paid-for article written by any number of sex bloggers and pertains to kink or sex. During the podcast, the hosts discuss the article of the week and what they each thought about the subject.

Prior to that, they talk about current events, which generally turns into a rant because, let’s face it, events that are currently happening are rant-worthy. The hosts are open-minded and accepting of all sorts of people and proclivities, so the grumpiness is generally directed at people (and laws) that are not open-minded and accepting.

Andrew sounds a bit like Jonathan Ross, which is amusing, and Pixie is from New Zealand so it’s an interesting combination to listen to.

Unlike most sex or kink-based podcasts, the hosts don’t discuss their own proclivities (or they didn’t in the episodes I listened to, at least). So if you’re looking for a show that’s about personal experiences with kink or sex, this one will not be for you. If you’re looking for two people being completely honest about their thoughts on a variety of topics of interest to kinky or sexually adventurous people then you may want to check out the show.

[I’m not saying they should open up about their lives if they don’t want to—everyone should feel free to share as much or as little as they’d like with their audience. This is simply an observation of the content of the episodes.]

Speaking of content—the topic of any given episode can be lighter, like recommendations for sexy books to read over the winter, practical like what it’s like being a sex blogger or a sex toy reviewer, or heavier like the UK Porn laws or female genital mutilation. The heaviness of that last one is rare in their shows, but they don’t shy away from discussing weighty subjects.

The hosts are personable, though opinionated, and Andrew makes me laugh out loud nearly every episode. Pixie often works out her thoughts on a subject aloud so she’ll start with one view and talk herself into a different view, which is hilarious and endearing. Some people write down their ideas to work out how they feel, other people start a podcast and talk their way through it.

They record the show on two mics in stereo so when listening, one host will be in one ear and the other will be in the other. There’s a little bleed through, as one mic will catch the other person talking, but it would be difficult to listen to the show if a person had hearing loss in one ear. The hosts are aware of this and are considering how to deal with it.

Overall, it’s a fun show that can give listeners something to think about, whether they’re talking about feminism and submission, how to make your own porn or what makes socks sexy.

Rating: 4/5

Podcast Review: Intellectual Foreplay

Type of Podcast: A non-monogamous couple in a long-term relationship discuss various aspects of swinging, polyamory, kink and other topics of that nature.

The Hosts: Intellectual Foreplay is hosted by Ginger and The Prof who, like Dan and dawn of Erotic Awakening, sound younger than they are. By their voices I would have put them in their mid-twenties. Then they mentioned having been together twenty years.

Being fulfilled sexually keeps you young. Spread the word.

Length of Episodes: 30 mins or so.

Current Number of Episodes: 13. Not currently being produced.

Number of Episodes I’ve listened to: All of them. I hope they return.

Review: Ginger and The Prof love having sex with one another and with other people, but they also think a lot and deeply about sex and desire and relationships and talk about those topics intelligently. Their conversations are often in bed in the dark. Every episode gives me something new to think about—either because I hadn’t heard of something they bring up before or because I hadn’t thought about a certain topic in a particular way.

The show is part of the Swingset.fm network, which has several other podcasts on non-monogamy, sex positivity and so forth, if you’re looking for more smart sexiness after this one.

Rating: 5/5 if you’re looking to explore your sapiosexual side.

Erotic Awakening Podcast

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Back in July I talked about the Perverted Podcast (which I still love and they continue to be awesome) but I needed more kink in my life. So I went into iTunes and found Erotic Awakening. And I think I’m going to be set for awhile, as they have 360+ episodes. iTunes only stores 300, though, but you can find all of them on their website.

I’ve been listening to one or two a day while doing chores, so it’ll probably be some time before the point where I need to go to their website to get the oldest episodes.

About the show.

It’s hosted by Dan and dawn, who are in a Master/slave relationship and are also poly. They have been in the lifestyle for sixteen years and teach classes and are very personable. Dawn’s laugh makes me smile.

(In one episode she told a story about laughing at work and someone she doesn’t usually work with was walking by and his head whipped around. Perhaps he recognised her signature giggle. He continued on his way, though. Can’t exactly say anything without outing oneself, can one?)

They have a Question of the Day, where someone writes in and they try to answer it based on their experience–sometimes it takes awhile and is very thought-provoking. Other times it’s more of a, ‘Nope. Not cool. Don’t do that–you’ll never get the applesauce out of the tractor engine.’

Another feature is the tentacles/food on boobs, which is where listeners send in photos of things with tentacles (dawn) or food on boobs (Dan).

If the hosts don’t know about something they often interview people about those topics. Those interviews vary between interesting and a little dull depending on the personality of the interviewee–that’s nothing to do with the hosts.

Something that does have to do with the hosts was how young they sound/seem. They clearly know what they’re talking about, but then, during a conversation about moving into their new house dawn mentioned her kids coming to see it and I was, ‘What, are you picking them up from pre-school to see it for the first time?’

Then they dropped the bomb of there being grandchildren.

Clearly being kinky keeps you young on the inside, because I had listened to a few episodes before this revelation so this new information had me doing crazy numbers in my head. ‘If she had her child when she was thirteen and that child had a kid at thirteen, okay, we’re getting somewhere plausible…’

They’ve been in the lifestyle sixteen years, as I said. They know a thing or four. Their advice is level-headed and I always learn something.

The episode about spanking… the way the podcast app works is that once you listen to a particular episode the app deletes that episode for you in 24 hours. Which is very helpful.

But the spanking episode had me fiddling around, working out how to save an episode so it never gets deleted. You know. For research purposes.

Other episodes I’ve found interesting were on negotiation and masochism.

They’re nearing the end of a series of episodes where each one is based on one letter of the alphabet. Spanking was ‘s’, negotiation was ‘n’, etc. I’m working backwards, as I said, so I’m looking forward to ‘a’. Gee, I wonder what it will be.

On a final note–the music for the show is sort of mid-range jazz with whip cracks for percussion. I want to make it a ringtone. It could be handy. See if anyone swings around and give them a lil wink.