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?" http://www.slate.com/articles/health_and_science/science/2010/12/just_hold_me.single.html

"Men Are From Cuddle, Women Are From Penis." http://www.slate.com/articles/health_and_science/human_nature/2011/07/men_are_from_cuddle_women_are_from_penis.html

"Minnesota group holds monthly cuddle parties." http://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2016/01/20/Minnesota-group-holds-monthly-cuddle-parties/9151453315566/

"Professional Cuddlers Embrace More Clients." http://www.wsj.com/articles/professional-cuddlers-embrace-more-clients-1420759074

"Science Show People Who Love Cuddling Have a Proven Advantage Over Everyone Else." http://mic.com/articles/111354/science-has-good-news-for-couples-that-start-the-night-with-cuddling#.PaMYSEDtJ

"This Mom Missed Cuddling with Her Teenage Son So She Knit a Life-Size Version of Him." http://time.com/4179576/mom-knits-life-size-version-of-teenage-son/

"Tinder for cuddling: This app will find you a random stranger to spoon." http://www.salon.com/2014/09/18/tinder_for_cuddling_this_app_will_find_you_a_random_stranger_to_spoon/

"Women Like Post-Coital Cuddle, Men Don't: Study." http://news.discovery.com/human/psychology/post-coital-behavior-human.htm

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. http://spr.sagepub.com/content/32/2/241?etoc

"Cuddling and Spooning: Heteromasculinity and Homosocial Tactility among Student-Athletes." Anderson, Eric and McCormack, Mark. Men and Masculinities. 2015. http://jmm.sagepub.com/content/early/2014/03/11/1097184X14523433.abstract

"Too close for comfort? Adult attachment and cuddling in romantic and parent-child relationships." Chopnik, William J. et al. Personality and Individual Differences. 2014. http://edelsteinlab.psych.lsa.umich.edu/pubs/Chopik%20Edelstein%20et%20al%20PAID.pdf

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