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

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This week, we're joined by bestselling novelist Naoise Dolan to discuss her debut book, Exciting Times. The duo talk about the two very different central relationships in Naoise's novel and how ambiguity characterises them both in very different ways. When does a push-pull dynamic between two people become toxic? And are we overusing that word when we describe romantic relationships? The pair also discuss why female novelists are almost always asked if their work is biographical, particularly when it covers sex and relationships. Follow the show on Instagram at @millennial_love Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/millenniallove.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
This week, Olivia is joined by journalist and author Nell Frizzell, whose new memoir, The Panic Years, offers an insight into how much the decision of whether or not to have children can impact the choices we make in our dating lives. They talk about how a big breakup when Nell was 28 led her to re-evaluate her love life, the politics surrounding motherhood, and why women in their 30s tend to have a higher libido than men in their 30s. Follow the show on Instagram at @millennial_love Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/millenniallove.  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 writer and broadcaster Camille Charrière to discuss the differences between dating in your 20s compared to your 30s. The duo examine why the relationships we seek in our 20s tend to be fervid and unstable, and how this can lead us to make poor choices in our love lives. Camille also discusses how she fell in love after being single for seven years and what makes this relationship, with her now fiancé, different from any other she's been in. They also discuss the complex art of compromise in a relationship, and how it's not always the best way forward. Finally, Camille explains why it is that people often lose friends when they get into a serious relationship. You can read Camille's article on this very subject here: www.harpersbazaar.com/uk/culture/a34587107/camille-charriere-love-in-your-30s/ Follow the show on Instagram at @millennial_love Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/millenniallove.  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 journalist Alice Vincent to discuss her memoir, Rootbound, which has just come out in paperback. In the book, Alice talks about a year of her life in her late 20s when out of nowhere, she found herself single, living out of a suitcase and overcoming heartbreak. The two discuss how Alice found a new lease of life in the wake of her breakup through nurturing pot plants and surrounding herself with greenery. They also discuss the complexities of writing about ex-partners and the strangely cathartic compulsion to make your private life public when you're having a tough time. Follow the show on Instagram at @millennial_love Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/millenniallove.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Merry Christmas! This year has been fairly dismal, to say the least, so we decided to provide some festive cheer by bringing you a special Christmas episode. Olivia is joined by Charly Cox to share listener stories, answer questions, discuss some of their relationship highs and lows from 2020, and look ahead at what the new year may bring for our love lives. Enjoy the show! Follow the show on Instagram at @millennial_love Support Millennial Love with a donation today: https://supporter.acast.com/millenniallove Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/millenniallove.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
This week, Olivia is joined by writer and podcaster Gemma Styles to discuss the complexities surrounding female friendship. The duo talk about how the pandemic has made them reevaluate some of their friendships, whether you can outgrow certain friends, and how these relationships change in your 20s and 30s. They also discuss the fetishisation of female friendship groups in popular culture and the pressures this can put on women to form lifelong bonds at a young age. Finally, they discuss whether or not we should put the same emphasis on friendships that we do on romantic relationships. Enjoy the show! Follow the show on Instagram at @millennial_love Support Millennial Love with a donation today: https://supporter.acast.com/millenniallove Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/millenniallove.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
This week, Olivia is joined by former Made in Chelsea star Caggie Dunlop. The two discuss how your Saturn Return can affect your love life, why we chase after people we know are wrong for us, and whether or not a period of celibacy can help you reclaim autonomy over your intimate relationships. Of course, they also discuss Made in Chelsea, and how being the star of a reality TV show at the age of 22 has shaped Caggie's life. Follow the show on Instagram at @millennial_love Support Millennial Love with a donation today: https://supporter.acast.com/millenniallove Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/millenniallove.  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 body positivity activist, Felicity Hayward to discuss how relationships affect body confidence. The two talk about overcoming insecurities we have about our bodies and how these can be highlighted when we get intimate with our romantic partners. They also discuss the historically problematic marketing of lingerie and the long-lasting damage caused by the Victoria’s Secret show when it comes to body image. Follow the show on Instagram at @millennial_love Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/millenniallove.  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 broadcasters Rubina Pabani and Poppy Jay, who host the award-winning BBC Asian Network podcast, Brown Girls Do It Too. The show features candid discussions about sex, masturbation and sexting. These subjects can be disproportionately under-discussed in South Asian communities due to myriad cultural reasons, which is something Rubina and Poppy hope to address. On the show, the duo discuss why they wanted to launch their podcast and how they hope it will help young women reshape their views on sex and dating today and ultimately feel more confident in their skin. Poppy also opens up about being in an arranged marriage at the age of 20. Follow the show on Instagram at @millennial_love Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/millenniallove.  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 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 Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/millenniallove.  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 Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/millenniallove.  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 Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/millenniallove.  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 Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/millenniallove.  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 Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/millenniallove.  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 Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/millenniallove.  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 Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/millenniallove.  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 Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/millenniallove.  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. Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/millenniallove.  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. Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/millenniallove.  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. Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/millenniallove.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
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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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