This podcast is brand spankin' new (its first episodes recorded only earlier this year). Hosted and produced by Seattle based grad student and sex-positive coach David Hathaway, Kink, Love, & Other Intangibles explores buzzy kink topics with a cerebral edge. From product reviews to discussions on gender labels, Kink, Love, & Other Intangibles fully lives up to its namesake. The podcast also accepts anonymous questions, and answers them on air with compelling and knowledgeable guests.
Why you should listen: Soft spoken but knowledgeable host David is an open minded kinkster himself. He maintains a warm level of familiarity with novices and experienced players alike. His episodes approach kink objectively, but with an insider's perspective.
Founded by San Francisco implant and comedian Eric Barry (now based in Chicago), Full Disclosure is a diverse sex podcast that's also hilarious. Unlike other podcasts that try to cover the full spectrum of sex but end up only covering the (mainstream) naughty bits. Full Disclosure serves up equal parts porn stars, sex toys, socio-politics, and dominatrix interviews. Eric's guests usually straddle the worlds of performance comedy and sexpert, making for an equally entertaining and informative listen.
Why you should listen: More like why you should watch–Full Disclosure takes the live stage every few months in Chicago. The live recording features guests from within the sex positive community, a live demo, some combination of stand up comedy and sexy storytelling, and prizes donated by local sex toy stores. Plus, it's free.
Advice and how-to podcast Ending the Sexual Dark Age is hosted by real life Master/slave couple JV and Shara. Their episodes are driven entirely by listener questions, putting you directly in control of what sex advice they dish out on air. This M/s couple handles more sensitive, or controversial matters particularly well, and seem to attract many closeted listeners facing sexual struggles and challenges.
Why You Should Listen: JV and Shara will answer ALL your questions. That's right, all of them–even the ones they don't have time to address on air, or the time sensitive ones that can't wait for a recording session. Post them in Bathroom Wall and expect a response from JV himself. Plus, let other compassionate listeners riff off your curious ponderings in the Confessional Forum.
Erotic Awakening is a network of eight unique, kinky podcasts ranging from rope specific interests to discussions of polyamory. Podcasts are run by known names in the scene, with varying areas of expertise. Among them: Dan and Dawn of Power Exchange Summit, author Lee Harrington, prolific educator and rope artist Graydancer, Mistress Simone of The Studio in Chicago, and others.
Why You Should Listen: With eight different podcasts to choose from, you'll never run out of listening material! All of them are updated at least monthly, and range from education on advanced rope techniques, to kinky and spiritual exploration, to modern day polyamory (plus tons more).
Co-hosts Dawn and Dylan are two gender fluid females with enough experience in sex, love, and experimentation to back, well, a podcast. The range of subjects their episodes tackle make for a very inclusive archive. Sex Gets Real offers information, tales, and interviews for everyone–be you queer, fat, questioning, or kinky. Many of their episodes involve or revolve around group or multiple party sex.
Why You Should Listen: Podcasts are great, but they're time consuming–except for this one! Their more recent episodes only run around twenty minutes (with exception to their interviews), and contain a time-stamped breakdowns of each episode. This way, listeners have the option of skipping ahead to the content they're most interested in hearing.
Behind this aggregate site of sex and kink positive podcasts is Cooper S. Beckett, author of My Life on the Swingset. Comprised of ten individual podcasts, some topics frequently seen in Swingset FM's feed are: polyamory, consent, general sex ed, sex toys, experimentation, and more. Swingset FM is comprised of multiple podcasts with broader themes. Making it a good place for early experimenters seeking inspiration.
Why You Should Listen: ...and read! Life on the Swingset features a fantastic blog authored by guest bloggers as well as site regulars such as Dr. Susan Block, Technogeisha, Ginger, and Beckett himself. Their archives will keep you busy for a while–it dates back to 2010.
and finally, the grandaddy of sex/kink positive podcasts...
Dan Savage may not identify as kinky himself, but he certainly talks to a lot of people who do (as well as a lot of people who think they might). The podcast is currently in its 19th season of in-your-face sex advice, including a good deal of blunt confessions, myth busting, and honest musings. Great for anyone looking to learn more about sex and the lifestyles that often accompany it.
Why you should listen: If you're someone who likes to be “in the know,” then Lovecast is a must-listen. It has a tremendous following and is on the intersection of kink/sex-positive communities and mainstream culture. Plus, all of Dan's shows come with special offers from his sponsors–ranging from free naughty gifts and downloadable books, to discounts on health food and underwear.
Ever fantasised about becoming the vulnerable mouse to his hungry cat? Fetish.com writer Stella Harris explores the world of BDSM
We take lots of risks in our BDSM relationships, but BDSM dating still needs to be safe dating! Of course, this starts with consent but how else
On a BDSM dating site, the only way you get to meet new kinksters is to reach out by sending that first message. But what should you write about?