In this the finale episode in the series, ‘The Hotbed’ trio are reunited: with Lisa, Anniki and
Cherry taking on Camp Bestival in a special LIVE podcast also starring Carrie Anne AKA
@mre.soeur and Kate from @lesbemums. They discuss why relationships are so hard after
kids, how communication can be reduced to who defrosted what for dinner and the
importance of talking about the ‘emotional load’ and finding ways to divvy up tasks. The
show needed to be more child-friendly than usual (Camp Bestival is a family festival) so
there are some interesting euphemisms along the way.
We hope you enjoyed this season and we’ll be back soon with more chat, more laughs and
more tips on how to stay sexy and sane.
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Cherry Healey talks to ‘the fit feminist’ Shona Vertue about the many reasons to be fit and strong (none of which
are to look a certain way), they talk about Cherry has been doing her pelvic floor squeezes all wrong until now,
and Shona answers some listeners’ questions about diastasis recti and getting into fitness at an older age. In the
studio, Lisa Williams talk about the Nike mannequin, body positivity and Lisa reviews Wuka period pants.
Recorded at Acast. Produced by Alex Graham and Lisa Williams. Thanks to the two people who have reviewed
our book on Amazon. Yeah two people. If anyone wants to be a mate and leave us a review we will thank you in
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Hotbedder-at-large Cherry Healey is back in the fold for this episode, which centres on sex and ageing, and what that can mean for a relationship, the stairpile and your orgasm rate. She interviews comedian Tova Leigh about the midlife crisis which led to her rediscovering her sexuality, confidence and personality, and about how, when your partner has a lower sex drive than you, you have to take matters into your own hands. Meanwhile, Lisa Williams reviews Wuka menstrual pants, designed to be worn instead of tampons, pads or cups, or as well as, if you have heavy periods. Recorded at Acast, London. Produced by Alex Graham and Lisa Williams. Thanks to John at Acast for the studio support.
Don’t forget that our book More Orgasms Please: Why Female Pleasure Matters is out now (it was listed by Stylist magazine as one of the top non-fiction books of 2019), and if you review it on Amazon we will find you and give you a biscuit.
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We have a juicy chat with sex educator, YouTuber and all-round good egg Hannah Witton about hormones, sex education and masturbation, in which we reveal orgasm tips, what we’d wished our parents has taught us about sex, and why talking about sex is important work. Hannah’s book The Hormone Diaries is out now, as is our book More Orgasms Please: Why Female Pleasure Matters. Produced by Alex Graham.For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
How do we resist the pressure to get 'beach body ready' as summer holiday season approaches? Lisa Williams quizzes Natalie Lee, AKA Style Me Sunday, about how to be a warrior woman on the beach and by the pool, how being a midwife helped her become body positive, and how body positivity compares to body neutrality. They also discuss their favourite sex toys and how some self love helps sleep and mood, and how self-image can affect sexy time. Anniki Sommerville and Lisa also talk about "fanny flutters", holiday romances and banishing bad sex memories.
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In this week's episode The Hotbed talk frankly about what they’ve been up to since season 4
ended (for a start they’ve got a BOOK coming out called ‘More Orgasms Please,’). They also
discuss Love Island, and what their favourite sexual position is (as an ode to More
magazine’s 'Position of The Fortnight') . Anniki interviews the lovely Lisa Smosarski, Stylist
magazine editor and they talk about sex, relationships and how on earth you edit a
magazine, have 3 kids, a husband and have your fingernails still intact! Recorded at
Acast Studios. Produced by Lisa Williams, Anniki Sommerville and Alex Graham.
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*Trigger warning: This episode makes references to self-harm and suicide** To round off the fourth series we interview a MAN for the first time on the podcast! Buck Angel is an LA-based activist who is known in the trans community as ’Tranpa’ because he enjoys teaching and preaching about self-acceptance and love. He tells Lisa Williams about his journey to transition, what it’s like to live as a man versus as someone with a female body, what cis-women can learn about self-acceptance about their bodies from him, and how he has learnt to banish body shame. In the studio, Anniki and Lisa talk about if they enjoy being women, Dolly Parton and Instacrushes. They also reveal a bit more about their forthcoming book More Orgasms Please… Why Female Pleasure Matters. Produced by Alex Graham and Lisa Williams. Recorded at Great Big Owl Studios and via Skype.
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To find out about how to access more information about trans rights, see Stonewall. [https://www.stonewall.org.uk/]
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In this episode Anniki and Lisa discuss what happens to your relationship after you have kids. Why is it that we often get locked into the same arguments and are there any strategies to break free? Why do some new mothers resent their partner when they try to help and then hate them when they don’t? They also discuss the joys of Lidl and why it's often Anniki's friends want to talk about. There’s also an interview with US author- Jancee Dunn, who wrote the brilliant book, 'How Not to Hate Your Husband After Kids'. She offers up lots of advice on practical things you can do to improve your relationship including some tips she picked up from FBI hostage negotiators. Finally, The Hotbed will be appearing at this year's Camp Bestival so hear details of that too! Keep your eyes on our Instagram account - @thehotbedcollective - for details of a prize draw to win a copy of Jancee's book.
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Bad sex is worse than no sex in our opinion. Anniki Sommerville and Lisa Williams talk about their own experience of bad sex: such as when Anniki had ‘sex’ through her tights and when Lisa felt like there was a brick wall inside her vagina. They talk to Chidera Eggerue, aka The Slumflower, about lube, uncomfortable sex and her body confidence campaign #saggyboobsmatter, then to clinical psychologist and psychosexologist Dr Karen Gurney about faking orgasms: should you ever fake and can you fake it till you make it? All this and an ode to lube, a song about vulva vs vagina, and a preview of Maisie Hill’s book Period Power. Recorded at Soho Radio and the Havelock Clinic. Produced by Lisa Williams and Alex Graham. With thanks to Clare Lynch, Freuds and Durex.
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Our lives are getting increasingly stressful and the overwhelm is real, so how do we carve out time for self-love and what does it look like? For this special live episode, recorded at White City House, we explore self-love in all its forms. Co-hosts Lisa Williams and Anniki Sommerville haven’t had much time for self-love recently, hear about their paltry efforts. Dr Karen Gurney answers the question, ‘If you don’t love yourself, can you love anyone else?’, Nadia Deem advocates masturbation as self-love and offers up some tips, Deborah James (AKA Bowel Babe) talks about why it’s important to her to stay glam during treatment for cancer, and Kath from Mooncup (which sponsored the 3rd series of the Hotbed) reveals how businesses can encourage their employees to look after themselves. Headlining the evening is comedian Karen Hobbs, who somehow finds lols in her experience of cervical cancer. With huge thanks to Anna Butterworth of Ultra Violet agency for organising the night’s amazing self-love marketplace and brilliant raffle in aid of the Eve Appeal, the only charity which focuses on prevention of the five gynaecological cancers. Produced by Shola Aleje, Alex Graham and Lisa Williams. Thanks also to Pop Shop London for the balloons, to White City House for hosting the event, and to all the fierce, feminist brands who took part in the marketplace.
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*Trigger warning: This episode contains mild references to consent* Anniki Sommerville and Lisa Williams were over the moon to host Charmed and Grindhouse star Rose McGowan in the Hotbed. She talks about the male gaze, the #MeToo the movement, growing up in a cult and her book Brave, her frank evisceration of what she calls ‘the cult of Hollywood’. Also, big news, people, the Hotbed Collective have a book out this July! It’s being published by Penguin Square Peg and it’s called More Orgasms Please: Why Female Pleasure Matters. You can pre-order it here. Episode recorded at Acast and Soho Studios. Studio support from Jennifer Dollard and Clare Lynch. Produced by Lisa Williams and Alex Graham. This episode wasn't sponsored by a mattress company, although we would have liked it to be. Please note that Harvey Weinstein has denied all charges against him.
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The Hotbed Collective kicks off the fourth series of the Hotbed podcast by talking to midwife and Instagram star Clemmie Hooper, aka Mother of Daughters. We interview her about the wonderful world of vulvas, body knowledge, post-birth recovery and how Clemmie herself manages to get her leg over despite having four kids in the house. Anniki is particularly interested in the topic as she’s just had a baby herself, and she talks through what’s made her bits a bit better. Recorded at Soho Studios. Produced by Anniki Sommerville and Alex Graham. Studio support by Will Fitzpatrick and Clare Lynch.
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Why do women have such rubbish words to describe their sex drive, rude bits and nice things that can be done to us? We talk to poet Hollie McNish about why sexy words are often super-cringe and what we can do about it (Oxford English Dictionary, are you listening?). We also talk about the orgasm gap, how only 20% of women can orgasm via intercourse alone, and how to have a coregasm (it’s a real thing, ask Hollie and Lisa!). We leave you over the festive break with a test to write a sexy poem (or limerick!) for us. Co-hosted by Anniki Sommerville and Lisa Williams. Produced by Alex Graham. Recorded at Acast London and Anniki’s house. Thank you to Ayoub Hachoumi at Acast, and to all our amazing listeners!
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Rebecca Humphries hit the headlines when her then-partner Seann Walsh was papped snogging his Strictly Come Dancing partner Katya Jones. Rather than sell her story, she released a powerful statement on Twitter, reframing herself not as a victim, but as a woman strong enough to leave - taking the cat with her. She talks to Lisa Williams and Anniki Sommerville about her life since, why she’s actually pleased it happened so publicly, and how she’s coped in the aftermath. We then speak to the Hotbed’s resident clinical psychologist and psychosexologist Dr Karen Gurney about cheating more broadly, how someone can rebuild trust in others after being cheated on, and how couples who choose to stay together can get things back on track. Produced by Alex Graham. Thanks to Ayoub Hachoumi at Acast.
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What is the sexuality spectrum and where on it would you put yourself? Anniki Sommerville and Lisa Williams discuss the Kinsey Scale, the 'girl crush' and the 'wand' sex toy. Lisa speaks to Alright For A Mum podcaster Remi Sade (@booksbabyandback) about dating a woman for the first time and why she doesn't agree with the concept of 'coming out', and Clinical Psychologist and Psychosexologist Dr Karen Gurney talks about different definitions of sexuality and how the new acceptance of fluidity is good for all concerned. Recorded at Acast, at the Havelock Clinic and Anniki's house, so sorry about the trains and planes. Produced by Alex Graham. Thank you to Florence Given for the show's title, to Ayoub Hachoumi at Acast, and to Lovehoney for the wand.
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When you’re in a relationship, how long between shags is too long? Anniki Sommerville discusses sex droughts and the ‘maintenance shag’ with beauty journalist Sali Hughes. They offer up tips on how to make sex a fun and easy part of living together, why it’s unfair to decide that you’re just not going to have sex with your partner any more, and what to do when you’re living through a sex drought. Recorded at Soho Studios. Produced by Alex Graham. Thanks to Acast, and to our episode sponsor Mooncup.
To read Sali Hughes's article about the Maintenance Shag, click here.
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A very special live edition of the Hotbed, recorded at Sh! Women’s Store in London. Cherry Healey, Anniki Sommerville, Lisa Williams, and their gaggle of gorgeous listeners hear store manager Renee demonstrate the sex emporium’s best-selling toys, including the ‘sucker’, the male masturbator and the anal plug. There’s also a little spanking demo, with Cherry as the ‘spankee’, and a Q&A with clinical psychologist and psychosexologist Dr Karen Gurney (@thesexdoctor).
Produced by Alex Graham and Shola Aleje. Thanks to the brilliant team at Sh!, to Pitfield Café at the front, and to Thompson & Scott for the prosecco discount!
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We head to the Houses of Parliament to speak to Jess Phillips, MP for Birmingham Yardley, about sex and relationships education in schools: why kids should learn about pleasure as well as pregnancy, how growing up in an open 'naked' household paved the way for her career in politics, and which member of the Red Hot Chilli Peppers she fantasised the most about when she was a teenager. In the episode, which is sponsored by the original reusable menstrual cup the Mooncup, we also discuss naming our boobs, why women shouldn't be afraid to ask for what they want in bed, and the secret to a happy relationship (clue: it concerns sharing the mental load..).To report a story of sexual harassment at work to Jess's 'Not the Job' campaign, click here.To find out more about our episode sponsor Mooncup, click here and use the code MooncupHotbed for 10% until 20/12/18To fill out our survey about the female orgasm, click here
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Episode produced by Alex Graham. With thanks to Soho Studios and Acast.
In our first episode in the new series, Lisa Williams and Anniki Sommerville focus on the pressing issue of confidence and how to have more presence and VA VA VOOM in your life. This might be when attending an intimidating event, getting ready for a speaking
opportunity, or broaching a difficult conversation with your other half about your own desires (versus ‘making do’). We also interview the fab author, stand-up comedian and broadcaster Viv Groskop about her new book ‘Owning the Room: The Art of Brilliant Speaking,’ and get some tips on how to fake confidence, deal with anxiety and channel the powerful women who inspire us. Ready to try a power pose?
Links and resources:
Amy Cuddy Ted Talk- 'Your Body Language May Shape Who You Are'
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