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Unscrewing up the sexual culture. Host Jaclyn Friedman and a rotating cast of whipsmart guests untangle the politics and culture of sex, and help out real-world sex advice-seekers.

Unscrewing up the sexual culture. Host Jaclyn Friedman and a rotating cast of whipsmart guests untangle the politics and culture of sex, and help out real-world sex advice-seekers.
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Unscrewing up the sexual culture. Host Jaclyn Friedman and a rotating cast of whipsmart guests untangle the politics and culture of sex, and help out real-world sex advice-seekers.






Resistance is a Stage

Last full episode of the season! (More Spare Parts to come, no worries.) We put it to good use catching up with Pameal Merrit, co-founder and co-director of Reproaction, who gets real about what it takes to unscrew the sexual culture in more conservative or otherwise untapped communities.

Duration: 00:43:16

Spare Parts: We Don't Know Where the Blood's Going

In this quickiesode, Jaclyn watches porn for science, helps out a listener whose boyfriend may be crossing a line between fantasy and exploitation, and talks with Tina Horn about the delights of consensual nonconsent.

Duration: 00:17:34

Psychic Cock

It's Unscrewed Live! Jaclyn and Tina Horn of Why Are People Into That? talk Ted Cruz, porn v erotica, taboo fetishes, and the transformative political power of pleasure in this episode which was recorded in front of a live audience at the Sex Expo in Brooklyn in September.

Duration: 00:52:42

Spare Parts: Don't Suffer For the Cause

A YouTube recommendation, a question about asexuality, a peek into how a book tour gets planned, and Jaclyn's femme origin story: all in one quickiesode.

Duration: 00:13:49

The Metaphorical Lipstick

In which we discuss the politics of femme identity and how to match your lipstick to your nipple in the same episode. Which is the point.

Duration: 00:38:06

Spare Parts: Vulva Tattoo

Some self-care thoughts post-Weinstein, listener advice about tattoos & how to be a good ally, and a very special invite for Unscrewed listeners! It's a Spare Parts quickiesode.

Duration: 00:14:00

The Life and Death of Elle Peril

Can you heal the trauma of revenge porn by deliberately becoming a nude art model? Lena Chen, one of the first known women to have private nude photos of her nonconsensually shared across the internet, moved to Berlin and tried it. What she learned along the way may surprise you.

Duration: 00:36:50

Spare Parts: Open Secret

Jaclyn confesses to some surprising thoughts about Harvey Weinstein. Plus deep thoughts about courage and consent.

Duration: 00:17:05


How brave are you feeling these days? Samhita Mukhopadyay and Kate Harding, editors of Nasty Women: Feminism, Resistance, and Revolution in Trump's America, join Jaclyn to talk about the meaning of courage, when it's actually better to say "fuck that" to being strong, and how making their new book got them through Trump's First 100 Days.

Duration: 00:36:30

Spare Parts: Avoid Some Eyerolls

Let's talk sex on TV, talk about sex with teens, and talk some more about the history of feminist bookstores and sex shops, all in under 15 minutes. It's a quickiesode!

Duration: 00:16:01

Vibrator Nation

Let's talk sex shops! Lynn Comella, author of Vibrator Nation, joins Jaclyn to tell the fascinating history of how feminist sex shops came to be, why they matter, what their future looks like, and to explore the uneasy relationship between sexual liberation and capitalism.

Duration: 00:38:12

Spare Parts: In the Goddamn Streets

An attempt at a pep talk about campus rape activism, wise words from Zoe Quinn about how not to fight Trumpism, and some bracing advice for a woman unhappy after a threesome. It's all here wrapped up in one quickiesode!

Duration: 00:16:14

The Internet Is Soylent Green

We're back from hiatus! To celebrate, Jaclyn sits down with game developer and crusader against online abuse Zoe Quinn to get into it about how her ex's attempt to slut shame her helped bring us the Trump administration, whether or not you should dox Nazis, the live action video game she's developing with Chuck Tingle, and so much more.

Duration: 00:39:39

Promiscuous Bisexual Freak Show (Rewind)

Don't look away: it's the Trainwreck episode. You know the type: Britney Spears shaving her head. Whitney Houston saying, “crack is whack” Amy Winehouse dying in front of millions. Jaclyn catches up with Sady Doyle, whose new book is all about women who behave "badly" and why we so love to hate them.

Duration: 00:36:39

Innocent in the Face (Rewind)

Tatiana Maslany is getting Unscrewed! Settle in with the star of Orphan Black for a vulnerable and revealing conversation about internalized femmephobia, clones in pussy hats, on-set sexism, rape plotlines, bell hooks, following your fear, and the liberatory power of a queer 90s dance party.

Duration: 00:44:45

Spare Parts: Woman Up (Rewind)

Musical theater! Bawdy dames! Dirty swear words! Literary criticism! Realtalk about slavery and consent! Super-personal talk about rape! A great pickup line! This classic Spare Parts quickiesode has it all.

Duration: 00:14:06

#BlackChurchSex (rewind)

Can a single woman in the Black Church get some and also get to Heaven? That's the question Dr. Brittney Cooper set out to answer for herself a few years ago. What she found -- and what she wrote about it -- has sparked a national conversation at the intersection of sex, shame and Sunday sermons. (Originally aired 5/24/16)

Duration: 00:34:56

Spare Parts: Orgasm Adventuring

Jaclyn peeps back in from hiatus for a quickiesode to help out some listeners with questions about cross dressing, coming out inside a marriage, and how to build a better orgasm.

Duration: 00:16:09

An Army of Lovers

Pleasure isn't optional - it's a key ingredient in both our humanity and our political resistance. Let historian Hanne Blank explain as she talks with Jaclyn about what she learned during the 80s AIDS crisis, the importance of marshmallows when the world is on fire, and why an old slogan from a 1960s French Art movement should be our mantra right now. (Encore)

Duration: 00:35:46

Spare Parts: Penis of Damocles

Listener advice for a woman who feels unfuckable, a call to action to save health care, the most optimistic take you've heard yet about the 2016 US election, and OMG JACLYN'S NEW BOOK.

Duration: 00:16:06

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