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.

Episode sources:

"Do real men like to cuddle?"

"Men Are From Cuddle, Women Are From Penis."

"Minnesota group holds monthly cuddle parties."

"Professional Cuddlers Embrace More Clients."

"Science Show People Who Love Cuddling Have a Proven Advantage Over Everyone Else."

"This Mom Missed Cuddling with Her Teenage Son So She Knit a Life-Size Version of Him."

"Tinder for cuddling: This app will find you a random stranger to spoon."

"Women Like Post-Coital Cuddle, Men Don't: Study."

Academic insights:

"Associations between attempts at physical intimacy and relational outcomes among cohabitating and married couples." Leavitt, Chelom Eastwood and Willoughby, Brian J. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships. 2015.

"Cuddling and Spooning: Heteromasculinity and Homosocial Tactility among Student-Athletes." Anderson, Eric and McCormack, Mark. Men and Masculinities. 2015.

"Too close for comfort? Adult attachment and cuddling in romantic and parent-child relationships." Chopnik, William J. et al. Personality and Individual Differences. 2014.

Topics in this Podcast: sex, dating, masculinity, cuddling