To hair or not to hair?

To hair or not to hair?

What an eventful week! Today’s article is a playful conversation between Rachel and I. It’s about hair – love it or hate it. We talk about it all and most people have an opinion. We actually recorded it months ago but last night inspired me to release it today.  (more…)

Sex positive world: pornography vs. erotica

Sex positive world: pornography vs. erotica

“I gathered poets around me and we all wrote beautiful erotica. As we were condemned to focus only on sensuality, we had violent explosions of poetry. Writing erotica became a road to sainthood rather than to debauchery.”
Anaïs Nin, Delta of Venus

No matter how you slice it, sex is hard to talk about and pornography is a major divider in cultural discourse. For a moment, open your mind and listen to our latest podcast as we discuss how we’ve used porn and erotica in our own lives – for better or worse. Porn, in and of itself, has no meaning until you ascribe it meaning. Therefore it can have both a shadow and light side. We also talk about what we’ve learned from society about porn, sex, religion, erotica, and the relationships between all of these phenomena. Listen here: (more…)

Boob jobs and the pressure to be hot

Boob jobs and the pressure to be hot

Oh boy! I’m pumped to share our latest podcast episode with our special guest, Dr. Joylin Namie (listen below or go to Soundcloud).  Joylin is a vibrant, hilarious, athletic, non-conformist, and candid woman. As a secular woman, she experienced the Mormon culture first hand as a former professor in Utah (she now resides in Oregon).  She was formerly Associate Professor of Anthropology in the Behavioral Science Department at Utah Valley University. She is the director of Drinking Gold, a documentary film exploring the confluence of plastic surgery, religion, and popular culture among Mormon women in Utah.  Her article on the topic garnered the award for Best Paper in the Social Science division of the Utah Academy of Sciences, Arts & Letters for 2013.  It was an honor to interview her.

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