When Prince died April 21, the tributes came pouring out, centering especially on his genderbending fashion that gave plenty of kids someone to look up to and emulate. Cristen and Caroline look at the origins and evolution of queer and androgynous fashion to pinpoint Prince's purple place in the timeline.
People with disabilities are frequently erased from conversations about sexuality because of deeply ingrained stereotypes and marginalizing assumptions. Cristen and Caroline look at where these desexualizing tropes came from and their very real consequences.
By the time The Babysitters Club hit bookshelves, amateur childcare already had a buckwild history. Cristen and Caroline chart the invention, gender panic and economic boom of the babysitting industry.
The female nude is a cornerstone of Western art, so how should we interpret her importance? Cristen and Caroline investigate the art history and societal significance of these mysterious unclothed muses.
The fascination with dominant women and flagellation is nothing new. In our episodes on BDSM and dominatrices, we mentioned Victorian "fladge porn," but the fascination with women and whipping stretches back way earlier. Take a look at whipstress imagery from 14th-century Italy all the way through 20th-century Hollywood.
The dominatrix has become a common pop cultural trope and fashion theme, but mainstream depictions are often misleading. Cristen and Caroline discuss the cultural history of the dominatrix and what a professional dominatrix's job description entails.
Is BDSM a safe and healthy sexual lifestyle? Cristen and Caroline guide listeners through the basics of Bondage, Discipline, Dominance, Submission, Sadism and Masochism and why it isn't what '50 Shades of Grey' readers might think it is.
The history of women's underwear is probably shorter than you think. Cristen and Caroline unpack the evolution of pantaloons to panties and how what women wear under their clothes reveals a lot about the world outside of them.
The clitoris has been one of the most misunderstood and maligned female features in medical history. Cristen and Caroline uncover the incredible geography of clitoral complex and why it took so long for doctors to figure it out.