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A podcast from The Independent focusing on everything to do with sexuality, relationships, identity and more.

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Support Millennial Love with a donation today: https://supporter.acast.com/millenniallove This week, Olivia is joined by artificial intelligence (AI) expert Tabitha Goldstaub to talk about the intersection between AI and dating. Tabitha explains how advanced today’s AI is, and how far away we are from people actually being able to develop relationships with AI devices. The two also speak about sex robots and the risks they pose when it comes to consent and exacerbating a culture that objectifies women. They also talk about the possibility of whether or not AI could equalise the power dynamic between men and women in straight relationships. Follow the show on Instagram at @millennial_love  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Support Millennial Love with a donation today: https://supporter.acast.com/millenniallove Today Olivia is joined by musician James McVey to discuss his struggles with body dysmorphia and eating disorders. The Vamps star opens up about his experiences, including having liposuction at 20-years-old, in an effort to encourage others to talk about their issues. Follow the show on Instagram at @millennial_love  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Support Millennial Love with a donation today: https://supporter.acast.com/millenniallove This week Olivia is joined by independent adult filmmaker Erika Lust. Erika is often referred to as a trailblazer in the "feminist porn" movement, championing female pleasure, consent and diversity in her films among other things that are often dismissed in conventional adult films. On the show, Erika explains how she got into the industry and the societal myths and misconceptions about porn that she hopes to rectify through her work. They also spoke about the issue with the phrase "feminist porn" and how it could serve to marginalise the genre. Follow the show on Instagram at @millennial_love  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Support Millennial Love with a donation today: https://supporter.acast.com/millenniallove This week Olivia is joined by model and former Love Island star Megan Barton-Hanson. After appearing on the ITV2 series in 2018, Megan has gone on to become an advocate for female empowerment and combating the stigma attached to sex workers. Megan opens up about how being slut-shamed at school led her to pursue a career in the sex industry and why she thinks people are still so judgmental of sex work in 2020. She also talks about her time on Love Island, revealing that she regrets not talking about being bisexual on the programme. Follow the show on Instagram at @millennial_love  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Support Millennial Love with a donation today: https://supporter.acast.com/millenniallove This week, Olivia is joined by bestselling author Sophie Mackintosh to discuss motherhood. Sophie’s debut novel, The Water Cure, was longlisted for The Booker Prize last year and earned her comparisons to Margaret Atwood thanks to its feminist dystopian themes. Her latest book, Blue Ticket, explores the thorny subject of motherhood. Why do some women choose to be mothers, and others choose not to be? And what happens when that choice is taken away from you? The pair discuss this alongside the reasons why we associate motherhood with femininity, why abortion remains a taboo subject, and the sexism surrounding contraception. Follow the show on Instagram at @millennial_love  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Support Millennial Love with a donation today: https://supporter.acast.com/millenniallove This week, Olivia is joined by author and writer Bolu Babalola, whose new book, Love in Colour, offers up a selection of ancient love myths that she has rewritten to make them contemporary and diverse. A far cry from the white-washed Disney films and fairytales so many of us grew up watching and reading, Babalola's stories offer a more universal depiction of romance. We talk about how she was inspired to write the stories after seeing a lack of black characters in romcoms, how fairytales impact the way we behave in relationships, and why Babalola thinks the online dating scene is 'atrocious' for black women in London. Follow the show on Instagram at @millennial_love  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Support Millennial Love with a donation today: https://supporter.acast.com/millenniallove This week, Olivia is joined by the brilliant author and comedian Sara Pascoe. The two discuss her latest book Sex, Power Money and one of its main subjects: porn. Why don't we talk about porn more? Is it anti-feminist to watch porn? Or does being anti-porn make you anti-feminist? And does porn really lead to more sexual violence? We discuss all this and more. Enjoy the show! Follow the show on Instagram at @millennial_love  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
This week, Olivia is joined by artist and author Florence Given. The two discuss how internalised misogyny manifests in dating, what it means to benefit from pretty privilege, and the presentation of female sexuality in the media. They also talk about Florence's new book, the Sunday Times bestseller, Women Don’t Owe You Pretty. Support Millennial Love with a donation today: https://supporter.acast.com/millenniallove Follow the show on Instagram at @millennial_love  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Support Millennial Love with a donation today: https://supporter.acast.com/millenniallove Follow the show on Instagram at @millennial_love This week, we are joined by fitness entrepreneur Grace Beverley. At just 23, Grace has made the unlikely transition from influencer to wildly successful CEO and now runs three fitness companies, including the sustainable activewear brand Tala. She joined me on the show to talk about how on earth she balances her business ventures alongside a dating life, why the myth of “having it all” is so damaging for women, and why she'd be cautious about sharing a relationship on social media.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
This week, Olivia is joined by writer and author Raven Smith to discuss the difficulties of dating apps. Raven is a Vogue columnist and the bestselling author behind Trivial Pursuits, a memoir-meets-social commentary book that covers everything from the cultural capital of being tall to what you can tell about a person from the contents of their fridge. In the episode, Raven explains why he would never have met his husband in the dating app era. The two discuss how people curate a version of themselves on a dating app that can never possibly reflect who they truly are and how the saturation of users makes us less likely to settle for anyone. Raven also highlights the bizarre - and fundamentally racist - ethnicity filters on Grindr that have only just been abolished on the app in the wake of the Black Lives Matter movement.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Sometimes, you hear a story that sounds so far fetched, you can't imagine it being real. That was what happened when Olivia read Karina Mazur's first-person article in The Independent about her experience of being catfished by her boyfriend while they were isolating together. Karina explains how she found out her boyfriend was not who he said he was, was stealing people's identities on multiple dating apps, and what the impact of all of this was on her. She also discusses how she got in touch with some other women her boyfriend had catfished, including one of his best friends. It's an unbelievable story. You can read her article here: https://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/love-sex/lockdown-catfish-hinge-dating-online-quarantine-love-relationship-a9537421.html You can follow everything to do with the show on Instagram at @millennial_love. If you're a new listener please remember to subscribe and leave us a comment, preferably a nice one! If you enjoyed the show you can support us with a contribution here.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
This week, Olivia is joined by bestselling YA author Juno Dawson to discuss her latest book, Wonderland, which is a contemporary retelling of Lewis Caroll's Alice in Wonderland in which Alice is a 17-year-old trans girl. Juno explains why she wanted to retell this classic story through a transgender lens and how she hopes some of the issues explored in the book will help to educate young readers on sexuality and key LGBT+ issues, including sexual abuse, the difference between the female and male orgasm, and the fetishisation of trans women. The two also discuss how Juno came out after Germaine Greer said on Newsnight that trans women are "not real women" and the consequences of such instances of transphobia. Finally, they also talk about Dawson's podcast, So I Got To Thinking, which is an homage to Sex and the City. You can follow everything to do with the show on Instagram at @millennial_love. If you're a new listener please remember to subscribe and leave us a comment, preferably a nice one! If you enjoyed the show you can support us with a contribution here.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Singer and radio presenter Fleur East joined Olivia back in January to talk about how to keep things exciting when you've been in a relationship with someone for so long. Fleur shares some of her own tips - she has been with her husband for 10 years - and offers a unique insight into some of the things couples can do to reignite their passion for one another if things reach a plateau. While the episode was recorded back in January, it's most definitely relevant today, when so many couples in isolation together are spending more time with one another than ever before. You can follow everything to do with the show on Instagram at @millennial_love. If you're a new listener please remember to subscribe and leave us a comment, preferably a nice one!  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
We got a book deal!

We got a book deal!

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Breaking Millennial Love news: a brand new book is in the works and it's all about this show. The book will be published by the fantastic team over at 4th Estate and will be written by Olivia. It's going to feature guests from the show, as well as some new and exclusive content as well. Make sure you follow us on Instagram at @millennial_love for all the latest updates on the book, its progress and when it'll be available.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
This week we're taking a break from coronavirus content and returning to regularly scheduled programming. Olivia is joined by comedian and activist Grace Campbell to discuss why it's important to date a feminist and what that means. How do you know if you're dating a feminist? And if you're unsure, how can you educate a partner on equality without coming across as patronising? Grace opens up about how she and her boyfriend support one another and strive to defy stereotypical gender roles. She also reveals why she felt so irked when her father, Alastair Campbell, refers to women as "birds". You can follow everything to do with the show on Instagram at @millennial_love. If you're a new listener please remember to subscribe and leave us a comment, preferably a nice one!  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
We're back with another very special episode for you this week. We hosted a phone-in for listeners to share their stories about how coronavirus has impacted their love lives, whether it’s forced them to isolate separately from their partner or they’ve started going on social distancing dates with people at the supermarket. I was also delighted to be joined by a special co-host: previous Millennial Love guest, poet Charly Cox. Charly has just started a brilliant newsletter called A Little Coronamance in which she shares details from her own experiences of virtual dating and sliding into a mysterious actor's DMs. Follow Charly on Instagram here: https://www.instagram.com/charlycox1/ Subscribe to her newsletter here: https://mailchi.mp/819d3ab82627/charlycox  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
This week, it's a slightly unusual episode as Olivia speaks to listeners about how coronavirus has impacted their love lives. Living in a national shutdown means that most of us are completely house-bound, rendering our romantic lives somewhat obsolete. Or does it? We hear from Candice, whose new relationship is flourishing on Face Time and Harriet, who has moved in with someone she has just started seeing. There are less-than-ideal scenarios, too, like Ciara, who explains how she has had to continue living in a house with her ex-boyfriend due to the shutdown... If you have an interesting story to share about how the pandemic has affected your love life, please do get in touch via Instagram @millennial_love. If you're a new listener please remember to subscribe and leave us a comment, preferably a nice one!  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
On Millennial Love this week Olivia is joined by singer Ella Eyre to discuss how to balance your dating life and your friends. The pair, who have been pals for more than a decade, dive into what it's like when one of your friends gets into a serious relationship and talk about dating within a friendship group. They also reminisce about old school times, over several of Olivia's favourite rich tea biscuits, and dig up old memories of stealing boyfriends off one another. As always you can keep up to date with everything to do with the show on Instagram @millennial_love. If you're a new listener please remember to subscribe and leave us a comment, preferably a nice one!  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Olivia is joined in the studio by fashion model Emma Louise Connolly and Made in Chelsea star Oliver Proudlock. On the table for discussion is the use of Instagram in relationships. What do you share, when do you share it and, most importantly, who gets to post it? The couple also reveal who messaged who first, with some surprising revelations in a Millennial Love exclusive! As always you can keep up to date with everything to do with the show on Instagram @millennial_love. If you're a new listener please remember to subscribe and leave us a comment, preferably a nice one!  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
To kick start season three Olivia is joined by Love Island winner Dani Dyer to talk about her experience on the show, what it was like to win and how she coped with a relationship, and subsequent break up, in the public eye. Dani also spills the beans on this season of Love Island and which couples she's rooting for. As always you can keep up to date with everything to do with the show on Instagram @millennial_love. If you're a new listener please remember to subscribe and leave us a comment, preferably a nice one!  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
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tim schmit

These Podcasters scare me... First: that teacher is a PEDOPHILE and needs to be locked up; crimes that go unpunished multiply exponentially, and kids are being abused at an incomprehensible rate. Second: These women discuss an ADULT manipulating a CHILD as if it is analogous to how MEN treat WOMEN. Third: These Podcasters serve to normalize pedophilia by suggesting that what was wrong about the situation wasn't that an ADULT was sexually attracted to a CHILD, it was that it was an AUTHORITY FIGURE "manipulating" a FEMALE, and they seem to suggest that it's okay for adults to be attracted to children as long as they don't act on it. Wtf? Fifth: These women completely ignore the notion that a sharp 16 year old female may be capable of manipulating a weak adult, they cant really articulate how this female has been traumatized, and completely ignore that the male's life has been completely ruined...

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Aaron Wilson

"cock" is a completely different level of insult as "bird". give me a break

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Bryan Freese

So let me get this straight, all me are dogs is ok. But shut up bird is offensive. Sounds like a rubble standard...

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Sibusisiwe Shaba

13 years together, broken up and still sharing a bed, chances of getting back together are pretty high!

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Diego Osorio

Very enlightening as a man to hear this, all the double standards, how so many women actually convince themselves that leaving off details on a dating profile such as being a mom is not a big deal when it conveniently doesn't suit them to be honest. On the other hand they demand so much honesty from men and hold men to such high standards

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Ella Syverson

I know this episode is super old, but I just want to point out that you don't really spend any time talking about what virginity and sex means outside of a cis-hetero framework.

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Sarah Marshall

I love Spencer and Vogue and baby boy Theodore sorry if I spelt that wrong I'm dyslexic I love there program and it's nice to see that Spencer's finally found the right woman for himself and grown up into a nice chap

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ally printon

I've heard cuffing ends in spring when the weather is warmer lol

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yuka hira

Love this, light and easy to listen yet relatable and insightful

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