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A podcast about sex for everyone, no matter your preferences, orientation, or relationship style — based on the popular live Chicago talk show, hosted by sex educator Karen Yates. Panelists, interviews, stories, Q and A, and more reflect a dynamic and all-encompassing view of sexuality. Join the juicy party!
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Erotic Creativity

Erotic Creativity

2020-10-1557:58

Are you stuck in a sex rut? Karen talks with three knowledgeable guests from different corners of the sex-positive world about erotic creativity and how to sustain it. Their juicy in-depth conversation ranges from roleplay and kink to tantra and mindfulness. Guests:Corinne Diachuk is an advanced teacher of Therapeutic Yoga, a somatic sex educator,  and a faculty member at the Institute for the Study of Somatic EducationGoddess Erica is a Sexual Empowerment Coach, Orgasmic Birth Doula, and DominatrixBrandon Hunter-Haydon (a veteran guest on our live shows) is a psychotherapist, group facilitator, and sexual health advocateLinks:NewCity interview with Karen YatesInstitute for the Study of Somatic EducationThe Erotic Mind by Jack MorinLove the show? Support our work by making a one-time contribution! Show your love Or support us monthly and get fun benefits. Memberships start at $5/month. Join the club Purchase Jack Morin’s The Erotic Mind (along with all the books mentioned on the pod!) on Bookshop and you’ll be supporting independent booksellers AND Wild & Sublime! Browse our shelves What’s true in sex is true in podcasting: feedback makes us better! Please leave a rating or review on your podcast app and let us know how you like it.Überlube Überlube makes sex better for everyone by reducing friction, not sensation!Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/wildandsublime)
Queerness and MORE

Queerness and MORE

2020-10-0830:04

Queer once meant gay, but does it still? Sarah Sloane talks gay vs. queer, and how a once-maligned word has taken on expansive new meaning. Matt Griffo sings a spooky-sexy song. Aiden Nicholson discusses the joys and importance of regular STI testing and getting comfy talking to partners about sexual health. Karen shares a sexy poem by Nobel Prize winner Louise Glück.Sarah Sloane of #open, the dating app for ethically non-monogamous people and their partners, joins What’s Up with That? to discuss the terms “gay,” “queer,” and beyondMatt Griffo sings “Monster Party in My Pants” from his new Halloween album, “Songs for Monsters”Karen interviews Advanced Practice Nurse and midwife Aiden Nicholson about learning to talk comfortably with partners about STI status, and the importance (and fun!) of getting tested regularly. Recorded live at our May 2019 show.Sermon on the Pubic Mound: Karen shares Louise Glück’s poem “The Encounter”Links:#open Howard Brown Health in ChicagoPoet Louise GlückMatt Griffo’s “Songs for Monsters”Support Wild & Sublime with a one-time donation!Hear a bonus song by Matt Griffo when you become a monthly Wild & Sublime supporter at any level! Here’s howWhat’s true in sex is true in podcasting: feedback makes us better! Leave a rating or review on your podcast app and let us know how you like it.Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/wildandsublime)
Fantasy and Taboo

Fantasy and Taboo

2020-10-0146:45

The great philosopher Ludacris once asked, “What’s your fantasy?” Our panel discusses how to make your fantasies reality—or not. Therapist Carrie Jameson shares details about how to find a therapist who’s cool with kink. And Karen’s Sermon on the Pubic Mound about getting erotically comfortable with yourself.Panel discussion: “How do I live my fantasy?” with Mx. Maya, education coordinator at kinky summer camp Twisted Tryst; Caitlin V. Neal, sex and relationship coach; and Brandon Hunter-Haydon, sex-positive psychotherapist. Recorded live in November 2018.Karen interviews therapist Carrie Jameson, about the development of kink practice guidelines for therapists and why that’s important for people wanting a sex-positive therapist. Karen’s Sermon on the Pubic Mound on erotic pottery from the ancient world, and what it can tell us about the crucial work of getting comfortable with yourself, whatever your sexual preferences. Recorded live in December 2019.Links:Caitlin V NealTwisted TrystYes No Maybe ListKink Clinical Practice Guidelines ProjectKink And Poly Aware Professionals DirectoryMoche erotic potteryBooks mentioned in this episode:The Conscious Sexual Self Workbook Sexual Outsiders: Understanding BDSM Sexualities and CommunitiesBuy books mentioned on the podcast through our Bookshop affiliate link and you’ll be supporting independent booksellers AND Wild & Sublime! Here's the full listWant to know more about Twisted Tryst, the Midwest’s kinky summer camp? Wild & Sublime Patreon members get access to a ”virtual walking tour” recorded live onstage at our March 2019 show — let Mx. Maya and Karen show you around the campground! Become a supporterÜberlube Überlube makes sex better for everyone by reducing friction, not sensation!Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/wildandsublime)
What Is Sex?

What Is Sex?

2020-09-2445:47

What is sex? Nudity? Bodies? Orgasms? Maybe that’s just the tip of the... something. Our panel discusses. Logan Pierce returns to talk about gender pronouns and deadnaming. Deb R. Lewis shares a fantastical fisting story. And Karen’s Sermon on the Pubic Mound about getting out of a sexual straitjacket.Panel discussion with writer Jera Brown of Rebellious Magazine, sex coach Caitlin V Neal, and kinkster and Dom Peter (aka MksThingsHappin) on “What is sex?”, defining it for ourselves, and reflecting on what we want out of sexual interactions. Recorded at our very first live show, in October 2018.Storyteller, educator, and Wild & Sublime’s favorite leatherdyke Deb R. Lewis shares a tale of fisting fantasia. (Be prepared to swoon.) Recorded live at our first anniversary show, October 2019.What’s Up with That?: We chat about terms in the sex and gender realm that may need more discussion. Sexuality & gender educator Logan Pierce speaks with Karen about gender pronouns, getting comfortable with language that’s new to us, and asking others to use the words that fit us best.Sermon on the Pubic Mound: Karen talks about busting out of “sexual straitjackets” and assumptions about what we have to be doing when we have sex.Links:“Going Off Script” by Jera BrownCaitlin VDeb R. LewisOctober 2018 live showOctober 2019 live show Minus 18: Champions for LGBTQIA+ Youth TransMentor Program at Lurie Children’s HospitalMenopause: A Convo (hosted by Rebellious Magazine, 9/29) Join Wild & Sublime's Patreon membership program for discounts and benefits. At the $10/month level hear the unaired Q&A from the Oct 2018 show featured on this episode!Patreon supporters at all levels get 15% off the new e-course for parents, “Building Ease Talking About the Birds and the Bees,” until Oct 15! Sign up now.  Got a hot topic in mind? Pitch us an article!Find us online: Wild & SublimeInstagramFacebookTwitterWhat’s true in sex is true in podcasting: feedback makes us better! Rate and review the show on your podcast app!Überlube Überlube makes sex better for everyone by reducing friction, not sensation!Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/wildandsublime)
How much sex education did you get in school? Was it (how can we say this politely) at all useful? Sex educator and writer Heather Corinna talks about founding the popular website Scarleteen and their books on sex and relationships for pre-teens, teens and young adults. Storyteller Archy Arch J tells a tale of high school sexual experimentation with (gasp!) his girlfriend. And Karen’s Sermon on the Pubic Mound about making more room for pleasure in everyday life.Karen interviews Heather Corinna, author and founder of Scarleteen, the online resource for inclusive, comprehensive, supportive info on sexuality and relationships for teens and young adults. Recorded live at our March 2019 show. Plus Q&A on sex-positive parenting from the live audience, answered by Heather and kinkster and Dom Peter (aka MksThingsHappin)Storyteller Archy Arch J, recorded live in December 2019, tells a story of his first sexual encounter with his high school girlfriend, and how it helped him realize he was 100% gaySermon on the Pubic Mound: Karen talks about interrupting the tendency to overwork and learning to find pleasure in the everyday. Recorded live in March 2019This is the third episode in a three-part series on sex ed, parenting, and getting free of the sex lies we heard as kids. Catch up on part one, Sex Lies, and part two, The Sex-Positive Parent. Let us know what you thought!Links:Heather CorinnaScarleteenMarch 2019 live showWalt Disney’s The Story of Menstruation (1946)Virtual OUTSpoken LGBTQ Storytelling Join Wild & Sublime's Patreon membership program and get 15% off Jennifer Litner’s e-course for parents, "Building Ease Talking About the Birds and the Bees" until Oct 15, among other benefits! Join the club.Purchase "S.E.X.: The All-You-Need-To-Know Sexuality Guide to Get You Through Your Teens and Twenties" and "Wait, What?: A Comic Book Guide to Relationships, Bodies, and Growing Up" by Heather Corinna through our affiliate Bookshop link. Help independent bookstores and Wild & Sublime! Buy them here.Got a hot topic in mind? Pitch us an article!Find us online: Wild & SublimeInstagramFacebookTwitterWhat’s true in sex is true in podcasting: feedback makes us better. Rate and review the show on your podcast app!Überlube Überlube makes sex better for everyone by reducing friction, not sensation!Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/wildandsublime)
How can we get better at talking to kids about sex? Karen chats with sexologist Jennifer Litner about her new online course for parents. Logan Pierce returns to discuss the term “nonbinary.” Audience member Jade shares their life experience of being polyamorous, gender nonconforming, and raising kids.Karen interviews sexologist Jennifer Litner about “Building Ease Talking About the Birds and the Bees,” a new e-course for parents and care-givers who want to create sex-positive home environments and want concrete advice on language and strategiesLogan Pierce returns for another installment of “What’s Up with That?” to talk with Karen about the word “nonbinary” and gender-fluid identities“Putting It Out There”: Karen interviews real people leading sex-positive lives, starting with Jade, a gender nonconforming polyamorous person who is also a parent. Recorded live at our June 2019 season preview show at The BoxcarKaren pays tribute to Betty Dodson, pioneering writer about masturbationThis is the second episode in a three-part series on sex ed, parenting, and getting free of the sex lies we heard as kids. Catch up on part one, Sex Lies, and tune in next week for more!In this episode:Jennifer LitnerBuilding Ease Talking About the Birds and the BeesJoin Wild & Sublime's Patreon membership program and get 15% off Building Ease Talking About the Birds and the Bees until Oct 15!TransMentor Program at Lurie Children’s HospitalJune 2019 live showPurchase Sex For One by Betty Dodson through our affiliate Bookshop link. Help independent bookstores and Wild & Sublime! Buy it here.Got a hot topic in mind? Pitch us an article!Find us online: Wild & SublimeInstagramFacebookTwitterWhat’s true in sex is true in podcasting: feedback makes us better! Rate and review the show on your podcast app!Überlube Überlube makes sex better for everyone by reducing friction, not sensation!Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/wildandsublime)
Sex Lies

Sex Lies

2020-09-0341:57

What lies about sex did you learn as a kid? Are they still with you today? Panelists discuss the lingering impact of childhood sex myths and answer audience questions. Storyteller Jessy Lauren Smith shares a tale of dating as a queer adult. Panel discussion with relationship coach Tazima Parris, therapist Brandon Hunter-Haydon, kinkster Peter aka MksThingsHappin, and host Karen Yates, recorded live at our March 2019 showStory from Jessy Lauren Smith on growing up religious and dating as a queer adult, recorded live in March 2019Karen’s Sermon on the Pubic Mound about self-worth and taking up space in the worldThis is the first episode in a three-part series on sex ed, parenting, and getting free of the sex lies we heard as kids. Tune in next week for more!In this episode:Tazima ParrisBrandon Hunter-HaydonHeather CorinnaMarch 2019 live showPitch us an article!Wanna hear the Twisted Tryst kinky summer camp tour? Become a member on Patreon at the $10/month level! Discounts and other goodies begin at $5/month!Find us online: Wild & SublimeInstagramFacebookTwitterWhat’s true in sex is true in podcasting: feedback makes us better! Rate and review the show on your podcast app!Überlube Überlube makes sex better for everyone by reducing friction, not sensation!Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/wildandsublime)
DIY Gangbang

DIY Gangbang

2020-08-2741:51

Want to host your own gangbang? Storyteller Alan Colorado offers some helpful hints on what NOT to do. Karen interviews therapist Carrie Jameson on how to hear “no” from a partner. Logan Pierce returns for another installment of “What’s Up With That?” Plus, Karen’s Sermon on the Pubic Mound.Karen interviews therapist Carrie Jameson on handling rejection and how to move forward in the conversation, from our Dec. 2019 live showSex educator Logan Pierce returns to talk about the word “transgender” and its many inflections, and offers helpful steps for what to do after messing up someone’s pronounsAlan Colorado shares a story about arranging a gangbang for a former girlfriend, recorded live at our Nov. 2019 showKaren’s Sermon on the Pubic Mound on relaxation in our bodiesIn this episode:Carrie JamesonAlan ColoradoTransMentor Program at Lurie Children’s HospitalWhat's Up With That?: CisgenderArticle: Expanding Your Sexual HorizonsSubmit an Article!Follow us online: Wild & SublimeInstagramFacebookTwitterWhat’s true in sex is true in podcasting: feedback makes us better! Rate and review us on your podcast app!Überlube Überlube makes sex better for everyone by reducing friction, not sensation!Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/wildandsublime)
Wouldn't it be amazing to get what you REALLY want? Even if it’s outside your relationship comfort zone? Sex coach Caitlin V Neal, educator Ren Grabert, kinkster Mksthingshappin and host Karen Yates discuss and role-play how to ask for what you want with a partner. Plus a sexy song from comedian-musician Matt Griffo, and Karen’s Sermon on the Pubic Mound.Panelists discuss and role-play how to ask for new sexy stuff with a partner in four parts: The Prep, The Ask, The Negotiation, The Takeaway. Recorded at our December 2019 live show. Comedian-musician Matt Griffo and cellist Leyla Royale perform a sexy song with audience participation, from our February 2020 live show. Karen closes the show with a Sermon on the Pubic Mound on the word naughty. In this episode:Caitlin V. NealRen GrabertMatt GriffoLeyla RoyaleW&S Dec. 2019 ShowLike the show? Support us on Patreon! [ https://www.patreon.com/wildandsublime ]Follow us online: Wild & Sublime InstagramFacebookTwitterListener feedback helps make the show better. Rate and review us on your podcast app!Überlube Überlube makes sex better for everyone by reducing friction, not sensation!Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/wildandsublime)
Sensation Liberation

Sensation Liberation

2020-08-1340:53

Liberate your senses! This episode we give you easy exercises to wake up your body sexually, a sexy story, and discuss gender terms in depth.Karen’s interview from our live show (Feb. 2020) with Dr. Pia Holec about desire discrepancy in couples. Dr. Pia offers us a challenge of self-touch -- did you try it? Let us know what you discovered!Chicago leatherworker Emma Alamo tells a story about losing her dick virginity from our May 2019 show. In a new segment, WHAT’S UP WITH THAT?, we talk about terms in the sex field that may need further discussion. This week, Karen and sex educator Logan Pierce talk about CISGENDER, gender identity and expression, and beyond.Karen closes the show with a Sermon on the Pubic Mound on the ongoing journey into new sexual experience.LINKS from this episode:Dr. Pia HolecEmma AlamoTransMentor Program at Lurie Children’s HospitalSensate Focused TherapyFollow us online!Wild & Sublime@wildandsublime on Instagram, Facebook and TwitterRate and review the show on your podcast app!Überlube Überlube makes sex better for everyone by reducing friction, not sensation!Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/wildandsublime)
Are you and your partner both working from home? Maybe with kids underfoot? How's your libido been? Our panelists Tazima Parris, Matthew Amador, and Sarah Sloane return to talk about sex in long-term relationships during the COVID pandemic. Plus the story of one sexy afternoon at Burning Man from David, co-founder of OUTspoken, an LGBTQ storytelling series in Chicago. From our October 2018 live show at Constellation Chicago.Host Karen Yates closes the episode with a Sermon on the Pubic Mound about being present in our bodies in the moment.Links:Tazima ParrisMatthew AmadorSarah SloaneOUTspoken LGBTQ StorytellingFollow us online!Wild & SublimeWe are @wildandsublime on Instagram, Facebook, and TwitterDon’t forget to rate and review the show on your podcast app!Überlube Überlube makes sex better for everyone by reducing friction, not sensation!Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/wildandsublime)
How has the pandemic affected your sex life? Host Karen Yates speaks with sex coach Tazima Parris, therapist Matthew Amador, and sex educator Sarah Sloane about practical tips for moving forward. Comedian-musician Amy Do performs a song from our September 2019 show, and we close with Karen’s Sermon on the Pubic Mound on COVID and compassion, from March 2020, the last live show (for now!). Part 2: COVID's impact on long-term relationships on the next episode. Links:Safer Sex and COVID-19 (NYC Dept. of Health) Tazima Parris Matthew Amador Sarah Sloane Amy Do Follow us online!Wild & Sublime @wildandsublime on Instagram , Facebook and Twitter Like the show? Support us on Patreon! Wild & Sublime is sponsored by Uberlube. And please rate and review the show on your podcast app! Thanks!Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/wildandsublime)
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