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Classic Episode: Does rape culture exist?

 Classic Episode: Does rape culture exist?

In part two of our two-part series on rape and sexual assault, Cristen and Caroline examine the concept of rape culture and the sobering statistics of sexual assault in the United States today. See more »

Classic Episode: A Brief History of Rape

 Classic Episode: A Brief History of Rape

In part one of a two-part series examining rape and sexual assault, Cristen and Caroline look at the legal evolution of the crime of rape and how civil rights and women's rights reformers fought to eradicate longstanding patterns of victim-blaming. See more »

Classic Episode: What's the difference between gender and sex?

 Classic Episode: What's the difference between gender and sex?

Three of the most defining attribute people have are their gender, sex and sexual orientation. Cristen and Caroline offer an easy-to-understand guide to what each of those terms mean and how all of them encompass far more than a his/her, male/female, man/woman binary. See more »

Emotional Affairs

 Emotional Affairs

When is it cheating if there's no sex or physical contact? Welcome to the murky world of emotional cheating. Cristen and Caroline confront its warning signs, hallmarks and social media minefield. See more »

Lesbian Bed Death

 Lesbian Bed Death

The term "lesbian bed death" has become a persistent negative stereotype about the allegedly passionless sex lives of women in relationships with women. Cristen and Caroline revisit the phrase's origin, do some sexytimes mythbusting and call for a broader definition of sex. See more »

Libido Liberation

 Libido Liberation

Women's sex drives and expression shift in response to a wide range of factors. So when libido dips, why are we so quick to pathologize it? Cristen and Caroline talk with filmmaker Maria Finitzo about her latest project, a look into female desire and women having agency over their own bodies. See more »

Lady Friends With Benefits

 Lady Friends With Benefits

Women's romantic friendships and lifelong partnerships were common -- and acceptable -- in the Victorian era. Cristen and Caroline discuss how and why these so-called "Boston marriages" flourished and what was behind their early 20th-century demise. See more »

The Future of STD Testing

 The Future of STD Testing

The future of sexual health may be in at-home STD testing. Cristen and Caroline talk to My Lab Box startup founders Lora Ivanova and Ursula Hessenflow about how technology can destigmatize STD testing and what it's like for female founders raising venture capital for a culturally taboo product. See more »

Disabled Sexuality

 Disabled Sexuality

People with disabilities are frequently erased from conversations about sexuality because of deeply ingrained stereotypes and assumptions. Cristen and Caroline look at where these desexualizing tropes came from and their very real consequences. See more »

Cuddle Puddle

 Cuddle Puddle

Cuddling permeates many of our closest relationships, whether platonic or romantic - but why? Cristen and Caroline investigate the nature and nurture of cuddling, why some people are now paying for a good snuggle and who wins the spooning battle of the sexes. See more »