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The Turn On is produced and co-hosted by sex educator Erica Easter and me, author and Black joy advocate Kenrya Rankin. It uses literary erotica as a jumping off point to explore the intricacies of having sex while Black, via a mix of storytelling, humor and frank talk that centers the lived experiences of Black women, femmes and gender nonconforming people.

The Turn On is produced and co-hosted by sex educator Erica Easter and me, author and Black joy advocate Kenrya Rankin. It uses literary erotica as a jumping off point to explore the intricacies of having sex while Black, via a mix of storytelling, humor and frank talk that centers the lived experiences of Black women, femmes and gender nonconforming people.

Location:

United States

Description:

The Turn On is produced and co-hosted by sex educator Erica Easter and me, author and Black joy advocate Kenrya Rankin. It uses literary erotica as a jumping off point to explore the intricacies of having sex while Black, via a mix of storytelling, humor and frank talk that centers the lived experiences of Black women, femmes and gender nonconforming people.

Language:

English

Contact:

202-528-6416


Episodes

Season 5 | Episode 9 | Saving All My Love For You

5/25/2022
The Turn On uses literary erotica to explore the intricacies of having sex while Black, via a mix of storytelling, humor and frank talk that centers the lived experiences of Black women, femmes and gender nonconforming people. In this episode of The Turn On, Erica and Kenrya read "His Only Wife" by Peace Medie and talk about family bullshit, the lessons we teach our children about love, the sexiness of confident decision making and refusing to make "the best" out of a bad...

Duration:00:47:47

Season 5 | Episode 8.5 | The Turn On x Katrina Jackson

5/11/2022
The Turn On uses literary erotica to explore the intricacies of having sex while Black, via a mix of storytelling, humor and frank talk that centers the lived experiences of Black women, femmes and gender nonconforming people. In this episode of The Turn On, Erica and Kenrya talk to author Katrina Jackson about Black academia, creating what we want to see, the glorious intentionality of polyamorous relationships, writing internal conflict and happy-for-nows, stepping away from grind culture...

Duration:01:04:17

Season 5 | Episode 8 | Come Over

4/27/2022
The Turn On uses literary erotica to explore the intricacies of having sex while Black, via a mix of storytelling, humor and frank talk that centers the lived experiences of Black women, femmes and gender nonconforming people. In this episode of The Turn On, Erica and Kenrya are reading "Looking" by Katrina Jackson and talking about evolving relationships, expanding dating horizons and beardfishing. Resources PatreonWebsiteTwitterInstagramBookshopAmazonYou can find full show notes, a...

Duration:00:59:13

Season 5 | Episode 7.5 | The Turn On x Jamila White

4/13/2022
The Turn On uses literary erotica to explore the intricacies of having sex while Black, via a mix of storytelling, humor and frank talk that centers the lived experiences of Black women, femmes and gender nonconforming people. In this episode of The Turn On, Erica and Kenrya talk to psychic Jamila White about fish dreams, the ways intuition shows up, how to practice energy hygiene, tapping into your own intuitive intelligence, setting boundaries with our ancestors and how connecting with...

Duration:01:19:32

Season 5 | Episode 7 | So Icy

3/30/2022
The Turn On uses literary erotica to explore the intricacies of having sex while Black, via a mix of storytelling, humor and frank talk that centers the lived experiences of Black women, femmes and gender nonconforming people. In this episode of The Turn On, Erica and Kenrya read "A Private Affair" by A.C. Arthur and talk about the universality of pooping, crystal pussy Twitter, not pathologizing lack of sexual desire, what our parents taught us about love and the narcissistic urge to...

Duration:01:06:45

Season 5 | Episode 6.5 | The Turn On x Julienne L.

3/16/2022
The Turn On uses literary erotica to explore the intricacies of having sex while Black, via a mix of storytelling, humor and frank talk that centers the lived experiences of Black women, femmes and gender nonconforming people. In this episode of The Turn On, Erica and Kenrya talk to educator Julienne L. about teaching during the pandemic, "Bad Boys 3" to as a dating tool, what we've learned about ourselves since 2020, eliminating stigma around taking meds for mental health, shape shifting...

Duration:01:14:56

Season 5 | Episode 6 | I Wanna Dance With Somebody

3/2/2022
The Turn On uses literary erotica to explore the intricacies of having sex while Black, via a mix of storytelling, humor and frank talk that centers the lived experiences of Black women, femmes and gender nonconforming people. In this episode of The Turn On, Erica and Kenrya read Sabrina B. Scales' "Quarantined: A Collection of Shorts" and talk pandemic mess, capitalism, innovation and the ways we are all connected. Resources BookshopAmazonWebsiteTwitterInstagramFacebookSex Ed...

Duration:00:52:28

Season 5 | Episode 5.5 | The Turn On x Teju Adisa-Farrar

2/16/2022
The Turn On uses literary erotica to explore the intricacies of having sex while Black, via a mix of storytelling, humor and frank talk that centers the lived experiences of Black women, femmes and gender nonconforming people. In this episode of The Turn On, Erica and Kenrya talk to writer and geographer Teju Adisa-Farrar about environmental racism, why what we wear matters, breaking the habit of negotiating our worth, how our bodies impact the ways we move through the world, and how racism...

Duration:00:50:39

Season 5 | Episode 5 | Mama Used to Say

2/2/2022
The Turn On uses literary erotica to explore the intricacies of having sex while Black, via a mix of storytelling, humor and frank talk that centers the lived experiences of Black women, femmes and gender nonconforming people. In this episode of The Turn On, Erica and Kenrya read "A Spy In The Struggle" by Aya de Leon and talk about environmental racism, being in community with other Black people, so-called "Black Identity Extremists," Black Republicans, the value of unlikeable protagonists...

Duration:00:57:16

Season 5 | Mid-Season Announcement

1/26/2022
The Turn On uses literary erotica to explore the intricacies of having sex while Black, via a mix of storytelling, humor and frank talk that centers the lived experiences of Black women, femmes and gender nonconforming people. This week, Erica and Kenrya let the people know that they are slowing down a bit. Back next week with a new, full episode! You can find full show notes, a transcript and links to everything we mentioned on this episode at...

Duration:00:01:17

Season 5 | Episode 4.5 | The Turn On x Benji Hart

1/19/2022
This week, Erica and Kenrya talk to author, artist and educator Benji Hart about the malleability of gender; the need for expansive, affirmative language around gender identity; art as healing and sustaining practice; collaboration as a pathway to Black liberation; the origins of voguing as a queer Black art form and the ingeniousness of our ancestors. Resources WebsiteInstagramTwitterBooks films and people mentioned in this...

Duration:01:08:09

Season 5 | Episode 4 | The Secret Garden

1/12/2022
In this episode of The Turn On, Erica and Kenrya read "Masquerade" by Anne Shade and talk the queerness of the Harlem Renaissance, the twin menaces of classism and colorism, the importance of community care, the beauty of hearing from ​queer elders, and talking to kids about racism and heterosexism so they (hopefully) won't be assholes. Resources BookshopAmazonWebsiteTwitterInstagramFacebookWebsiteRose ToyYou can find full show notes, a transcript and links to everything we mentioned on...

Duration:01:03:29

Season 5 | Quickie 42 | This is Your Sex Life...With Corene Lavhan

1/5/2022
This week, Erica and Kenrya talk to Mommy Hour podcast host Corene Lavhan about ​sex after childbirth, raiding the kids' snacks post-sex and chasing your happy. You can find full show notes, a transcript and links to everything we mentioned on this episode at https://www.theturnonpodcast.com/transcripts/season-5-quickie-42-this-is-your-sex-lifewith-corene-lavhan. Connect With The Turn On Website: http://www.theturnonpodcast.com Instagram: @TheTurnOnPodcast Twitter:...

Duration:00:48:10

Season 5 | Quickie 41 | This is Your Sex Life...With Jodie Slaughter

12/29/2021
This week, Erica and Kenrya talk to author and show fave Jodie Slaughter about the joys of lube, antidepressants and orgasms, being a pillow princess, why terrible people are always willing to jump into relationships and why you need an Aries on your team. You can find full show notes, a transcript and links to everything we mentioned on this episode at https://www.theturnonpodcast.com/transcripts/season-5-quickie-41-this-is-your-sex-lifewith-jodie-slaughter. Connect With The Turn...

Duration:01:25:09

Season 5 | Quickie 40 | This Is Your Sex Life...with Sheree L. Greer

12/22/2021
This week, Erica and Kenrya talk to author and cousin of the show Sheree L. Greer about the terrors of patriarchy, the importance of processing trauma, the intricacies of low-stakes hook ups, the importance of reciprocity, hating-ass pets and communication as aphrodisiac. Content warning: sexual abuse You can find full show notes, a transcript and links to everything we mentioned on this episode at...

Duration:01:23:10

Season 5 | Quickie 39 | Storytime: E + The Dom

12/15/2021
​This week, Erica and Kenrya talk about E's experience with a professional dom, overcoming hang ups around hiring sex workers and the importance of aftercare. You can find full show notes, a transcript and links to everything we mentioned on this episode at https://www.theturnonpodcast.com/transcripts/season-5-quickie-39-storytime-e-the-dom. Connect With The Turn On Website: http://www.theturnonpodcast.com Instagram: @TheTurnOnPodcast Twitter: @TheTurnOnPod Facebook:...

Duration:00:34:33

Season 5 | Episode 3.5 | The Turn On x Jacquelyn R.

12/8/2021
This week, Erica and Kenrya talk to Mom of My Mom creator Jacquelyn R. about moving back home to care for her mother, building a community for caregivers, learning how to meet her own needs and how she finds joy every day. Resources Guest, Jacquelyn R.: Website | TikTok | Instagram | Twitter | Facebook | YouTube Book, "You Make Me Feel" by Tucora Monique | Amazon Author, Tucora Monique | Website | Instagram | Twitter | Facebook Jacquelyn's...

Duration:00:46:10

Season 5 | Episode 3 | (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman

12/1/2021
This week, Erica and Kenrya read Tucora Monique's "You Make Me Feel" and talk about riding for your homies, the ugliness of respectability and why sometimes, someone being "romantic" is just a code word for disrespecting your boundaries. Word. Resources Book, "You Make Me Feel" by Tucora Monique | Amazon Author, Tucora Monique | Website | Instagram | Twitter | Facebook Ball Gag You can find full show notes, a transcript and links to everything we mentioned on this episode at...

Duration:01:09:55

Season 5 | Episode 2.5 | The Turn On x Glenise Kinard-Moore

11/24/2021
This week, Erica and Kenrya talk to VDOM creator Glenise Kinard-Moore about running toward what you're afraid of; learning as you go; the space where intimacy, queerness and disability intersect; using technology to "make the most incredible dick ever" and the future of sex. Resources WebsiteInstagramTwitterAmazonWebsiteInstagramTwitterFacebookGlenise's Recommendations: BookshopAmazonYou can find full show notes, a transcript and links to everything we mentioned on this episode at...

Duration:00:39:25

Season 5 | Episode 2 | Trading Places

11/17/2021
This week, Erica and Kenrya read "Stiff" by Stephanie Nicole Norris and talk about tech-enabled sex clubs, dating someone's representative, giving threesomes as "gifts," pronoun autonomy, enthusiastic consent and opting out of teaching folks how to be better. You can find full show notes, a transcript and links to everything we mentioned on this episode at https://www.theturnonpodcast.com/transcripts/season-5-episode-2-trading-places. Connect With The Turn On Website:...

Duration:00:57:08