Episodes

  • The last pod of the year is footage from my first class of the year: Getting Clean to Get Dirty: Anal Prep, Health, and Pleasure at the West Hollywood Pleasure Chest from January 2019!

    Anal play is one of the most pleasurable and taboo-busting forms of sexy fun. Yet the most common (and understandable) inhibitor to a wild and fun butt session is: won’t it get messy? Tina Horn, the host of kinky sex podcast Why Are People Into That?! is here to give you all the tips you need to enjoy butt stuff worry-free! We’ll discuss different kinds of anal prep routines, from fleet enemas to showers, from special absorbent sheets to safer sex gear. Tina will provide lots of techniques for great anal communication between partners, and detailed tips from porn stars on how they make anal look so easy! We’ll also dip our toes into some advanced anal experiences, including enema fetishes, ass worship, and all kinds of anal toys! Tina’s experience as a professional dominatrix, pornographer, dirty talk expert, and published author makes her the perfect guide to banishing all of your fears so you can enjoy the anal sex you know you wanna have. You’ll find this class fun and useful whether you’re straight, gay, top, bottom, or just an all-around butt lover like Tina!

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  • “It’s a strengthening of the will. It’s letting them surrender into their purpose of service."

    Yin Q is a BDSM ritualist/educator, mother to two fierce children and two calm animals, and writer of Mercy Mistress, a web series based on Q’s memoirs of coming-into- kink and sex work (Exec Prod. Margaret Cho). Yin founded Kink Out to bring together intersectional peoples of the leather/kink communities for art, conversation, and activism. Their writing is in BUST, Afro-Asia, Queer Magic, Apogee Journal, and the upcoming #WeToo Anthology published by Feminist Press. They are currently working on a documentary on Red Canary Song, the sex worker organization that advocates for Asian Migrant Massage Parlor Workers.

    @YinQ13

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    @Red Canary Song 

    IonaPearl is Assistant Manager and Sex Specialist at the Pleasure Chest Upper East Side. They are a Queer, Black Femme, and energetic Libra. IonaPearl is an abortion, contraception, and miscarriage Doula, and aspiring social worker. In their free time, IonaPearl enjoys reading (Sister Outsider), eating (Sour Patch Children), and crystals (Tiger's Eye). @ionathepearl

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  •  In Part 2, Christine graces us with some explicit Catholic play stories. We discuss cilices, bloody bibles, corruption, possession, places to store a rosary, lesbian nuns, demon dildos, and mortification of the motherfuckin flesh! She offers a quick take on blood play, the inherent camp of vestments, and the inherent cannibalism of transubstantiation. // Daemonum X is a femme leatherdyke and lifestyle Dominant. She believes in BDSM as a form of spirituality and specializes in rope bondage and blood play. She is the founder and Editrix of FIST, an anthology zine for leatherdykes, as well as Linked, A Polyamory Zine. More of her words on BDSM and power exchange can be found in Them, Autostraddle, and Wussy Mag. DaemonumX lives in Brooklyn where she sometimes teaches and often performs.

    You can follow her on social media @DaemonumX and buy zines at fistzine.com

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  • DaemonumX aka Christine talks about her leather dyke zine FIST, her polyamory zine LINKED, and what it even means to be a zine maker in 2019. We also chat about her notorious rope suspension performances and why they’re more about sadism than beauty. Then we settle into a discussion of Catholicism: how Christine went from an inquisitive young Catholic to a blaspheming dyke confessing about impure thoughts to another femme at a party called Slutpile. Stay tuned for Part 2 where we discuss lesbian nuns, demon dildos, and mortification of the motherfuckin flesh! //

    Daemonum X is a femme leatherdyke and lifestyle Dominant. She believes in BDSM as a form of spirituality and specializes in rope bondage and blood play. She is the founder and Editrix of FIST, an anthology zine for leatherdykes, as well as Linked, A Polyamory Zine. More of her words on BDSM and power exchange can be found in Them, Autostraddle, and Wussy Mag. DaemonumX lives in Brooklyn where she sometimes teaches and often performs.

    You can follow her on social media @DaemonumX and buy zines at fistzine.com

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  • In Part 2 of my conversation with Gothic Queer Culture writer Laura Westengard, we get into BDSM as both haunting and time travel, and take a close look at the contemporary queer performance artists M Lamar, Zackary Drucker and Cassils. Laura also gives us a tease of her upcoming book on historical medical horrors, and how that might connect to SfSx the comic book. //

    Laura Westengard (she/her/hers) is an Associate Professor of English at the City University of New York where she serves as point person of the Gender & Sexuality Studies concentration and as a board member for CLAGS: The Center for LGBTQ Studies. She is the author of Gothic Queer Culture: Marginalized Communities and the Ghosts of Insidious Trauma and co-editor of The 25 Sitcoms that Changed Television: Turning Points in American Culture. She writes about popular culture, performance art, and contemporary U.S. literature and recently published an illustrated essay on Cold War-era lesbian pulp fiction for Morbid Anatomy. She is currently researching medical archives for an upcoming book on lesser known 19th and early 20th century medical devices that have shaped contemporary understandings of gender and sexuality.

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  • Just in time for the nights to get longer, CUNY professor and author of the new book Gothic Queer Culture Laura Westengard discusses insidious trauma: from Castle of Otranto to True Blood, how vampires create their own erotic holes, and why monster desire is always queer desire. // Laura Westengard (she/her/hers) is an Associate Professor of English at the City University of New York where she serves as point person of the Gender & Sexuality Studies concentration and as a board member for CLAGS: The Center for LGBTQ Studies. She is the author of Gothic Queer Culture: Marginalized Communities and the Ghosts of Insidious Trauma and co-editor of The 25 Sitcoms that Changed Television: Turning Points in American Culture. She writes about popular culture, performance art, and contemporary U.S. literature and recently published an illustrated essay on Cold War-era lesbian pulp fiction for Morbid Anatomy. She is currently researching medical archives for an upcoming book on lesser known 19th and early 20th century medical devices that have shaped contemporary understandings of gender and sexuality.

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  • Molecular biophysicist and queer lit slut Joe Osmundson gets into it with Tina on the great debate of our time: saline vs water enemas. You'll be surprised by their, um, artisanal isotonic douche solutions! Discussed: the inner and outer world of the epithelium, why queer sexual health is under-studied, why you should listen to Frank Ocean while giving yourself an enema, why the douche and cuddle is the new Netflix and chill. //

    Joseph Osmundson is a scientist and writer based in New York City.  He has a PhD from The Rockefeller University in Molecular Biophysics.  His research has been supported by the American Cancer Society, published in leading biological journals including Cell and PNAS, and he's currently a Clinical Assistant Professor of Biology at NYU.  His writing has appeared in The Village Voice, The Los Angeles Review of Books, Gawker, The Kenyon Review, The Rumpus, The Lambda Literary Review, and The Feminist Wire, and elsewhere, too.  His book, Capsid: A Love Song won the POZ Award for best HIV writing (fiction/poetry) and was a finalist for a Lambda Literary Award.  His second book, INSIDE/OUT is now out from Sibling Rivalry Press (January, 2018).  He is represented by Katie Kotchman at Don Congdon Associates.  With three other queer writers, he co-hosts a podcast, Food 4 Thot, covering dicks drama, and discourse.  He's available for campus visits and readings via the contact form on his site.

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  • “I birth what I destroy.” /

    In Part 2 of our talk about sploshing, crushing, sugar, and fetish labor, Lindsay discusses her very first on cam sit, the many meanings of consumption, and the transformative narrative arc of cake sitting. /

    Lindsay Dye is a 31 year old artist and sex worker of Puerto Rican descent from Miami, Florida. She holds an MFA in Photography and Sculpture from the Pratt Institute. She is most known on social media for her Cake Sitting Performances. Her work has been featured in a wide range of media including: Time Out New York, Playboy, HuffPost, Paper, iD and most recently her butt and handmade cake graced the cover of UK-based BRICKS magazine.

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  • "The fetish itself is anti-consumption.” Lindsay Dye is a cam model, performance artist, and sculptor who specializes in the fetish known as cake sitting. In this episode, she explains the intersection of WAM (Wet & Messy Play) with crushing fetishism, as well as how Miami, empathy, clowning, power, laughter, tears, and more inform her public sittings. /

    Lindsay Dye is a 31 year old artist and sex worker of Puerto Rican descent from Miami, Florida. She holds an MFA in Photography and Sculpture from the Pratt Institute. She is most known on social media for her Cake Sitting Performances. Her work has been featured in a wide range of media including: Time Out New York, Playboy, HuffPost, Paper, iD and most recently her butt and handmade cake graced the cover of UK-based BRICKS magazine.

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  • Decriminalized & destigmatized cannabis use is entering a new American era, and that means there's more ways than ever to incorporate this classic aphrodisiac into our love lives. For another live episode at the Pleasure Chest in NYC, Tina sat down with sex and weed journalist Sophie Saint Thomas and pleasure educator Carly to break down the science of the endocannabinoid system, weed lube, stoner porn, rose petal joints, the difference between THC and CBD, how to objectify someone by turning them into a human bong, ashtray, or edible, forced intox, adult baby diaper stoners, how cannabis can help us heal from sexual trauma, and the importance of cannabis-related social equity programs for currently or formerly incarcerated people. /

    Plus we field some questions about double-sided dildos, erotic hypnosis, and sounding! /

    Sophie Saint Thomas is a queer Brooklyn-based writer originally from the Virgin Islands. Brooklyn Magazine named her one of their 30 Under 30, and High Times selected her as one of their 100 Women in High Places. She is a regular contributor about sex and cannabis for Allure, Playboy, GQ, Vice, Glamour, High Times, Marie Claire and more. She is currently writing a book for Simon & Schuster called Finding Your Higher Self: Your Guide to Cannabis for Self Care which comes out this November. /

    Carly S. has been a sex educator since 2010 and runs the blog dildoordildont. If you ever meet her, she loves strong coffee and even stronger vibration. She's called the Queen of Wands, and it's easy to figure out why. Check the Pleasure Chest calendar to see her teach! 

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  • Whether it’s been a few years since you heard it or you’re getting slobbered on by it for the first time, please enjoy this rerun of Why Are People Into Puppy Play! with Rocket/Yandy.

    Fetch! Speak! Roll over! This episode is all about people who love to role play as dogs. Sometimes their puppy persona becomes a part of their sexual identity, a way to access innocence, playfulness, and carnal passion.

    DISCUSSED: Puppy-on-puppy Love / Scooby Snack Graham Crackers / Butt Plugs with Tails / Elbow Pads / Halloween Store Finds / Saran Wrap / Love until the Heat Death of the Universe / You Know if You’ve Been a Fucking Goddamn Good Ottoman or Not / Positive Reinforcement DS / Walkies /

    Rocket/Yandy is a gender-ambivalent, futureshocked nice Jewitch pupper who prefers “it” pronouns and is, at present, exploring the interplay between poetry, time travel, countermemory, and trans identity using a combination of sadomasochism, rhinestones, and strategically applied pyromania. Rocket works on the Transgender Rite of Ancestor Elevation, Mythical Events, and the Agdistine Order and teaches at places like the Queer Porn Film Festival, the New England Leather Alliance, and Columbia University.  

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  • In Part Two, Stoya and I discuss:

    The Reunion by Laura Antoniou (and psychological erotica), Come As You Are by Emily Nagoski (and arousal non-concordance), The Guide to Getting It On (how Stoya masturbated to it and why Tina hates it), Mercedes Lachey's book that has a scene where people fuck on some rocks (that Stoya can't remember the name of), Sam Delaney (and a story you've probably heard Tina tell 20 times), House of Holes (two tickets please!), and which one of us has actually been railed in the stacks. /

    Stoya has been working with sexuality for over a decade, on camera and off. She has written for the Guardian, the New York Times, Playboy, and others. Her first book, Philosophy, Pussycats & Porn, was released through Not A Cult in 2018. She contributes to Slate's How To Do It every week, and runs a sexuality focused book club in Gowanus the third Sunday of the month.

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  • Porn legend, writer, and avowed sapiosexual Stoya joins me for a talk about musty-smelling paperbacks, big fat library shelves, and randomly also necrophilia?! We ask: Is it classist to only want to date someone who knows what "Wherefore" means in "Wherefore art thou Romeo?"?! Would John Waters want to top Stoya? Who is going to make a venn diagram of people who prominently display but have not read Infinite Jest and people who eat pussy? Will Stoya dog ear my page? Where can you see orgasms inspired by Supervert and Bataille? Can you ethically donate your corpse to perverts? Crack open our dust jackets and find out! /

    Stoya has been working with sexuality for over a decade, on camera and off. She has written for the Guardian, the New York Times, Playboy, and others. Her first book, Philosophy, Pussycats & Porn, was released through Not A Cult in 2018. She contributes to Slate's How To Do It every week, and runs a sexuality focused book club in Gowanus Brooklyn the third Sunday of the month.

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  • “I brought you into this world, and I can take you out of it!” /

    In this hilarious and boundary-pushing live episode, recorded in March 2019 at the 2nd Ave Pleasure Chest in NYC, I'm joined by two other queer sex workers, Ashley Paige and Corey More, to discuss the persistently taboo yet insurgently popular concept of incest fantasies! We deepen our ongoing discussion of leather families, while also exploring power dynamics between siblings, whether twincest is homosexual and/or masturbatory, and ponder that age-old ethical chestnut: if you discover the person you're having really hot sex with is your cousin, how long do you wait to tell them? We also get literal about queer parenthood, since Corey was 7 months pregnant when this was recorded and has some stunning insight into trans and nonbinary birthing bodies. /

    Ashley Paige is a ProDomme, AlphaFemale, and Kinky Travel Companion based in NYC. She’s been engaging professionally in pleasure and perversion for more than a decade and specializes in the art of catharsis created by her ethereal understanding of visceral connection through Holistic Kink and Companionship. The femme daddy of your leather dreams and filthy fantasies…! /

    Corey More is a chameleon with tits. A carnal detective and longtime provider of erotic odds and ends, they are a porno newbie and a stripper grandpa. Wielding a cancer sun and virgo rising, they specialize in curating the perfect experience to make you want your mommy in the worst way.

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  • “We are made to feel powerless non-consensually all the time. This is an opportunity to take the power back.” /

    Content warning: This is conversation between two queer women about erotic fantasies that involve themes of force and violation. 

    Rape scenes are the most fundamental yet thorniest of sexual fantasies. Whether it's force and resistance, psychological control, or emotional humiliation, why are we drawn erotically to things we don't actually want to do or have happen to us? In this episode, we unpack the paradox of consensual non-consent. Andrea brings her training as a therapist to help us understand the difference between abuse and kink play. She also gives some tips for healthy communication within a BDSM power dynamic. /

    Andrea Glik, LMSW is a psychotherapist, somatic healer, sex educator, and witch. Andrea specializes in treating trauma and PTSD for queer & trans folks, using body based and feminist therapy practices to help clients come home to themselves. Andrea practices at The Gender & Sexuality Therapy Collective in NYC.

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  • “Every time she’s stimulated it’s utter chaos!” /

    In Part2 of my conversation with Katie Skelly we discuss whether erotic comics benefit from stories, Italian class dynamics in Milo Manara’s Click, grotesquery in Lisa Hanawalt, Go Nagai, Gina Wynbrandt's Someone Please Have Sex with Me, Dave Cooper's Ripple, the un-dying allure of the comic book store backroom, and Skelly's newest project including possibly incestuous killer maids! /

    Katie Skelly is an award-winning cartoonist who lives in Brooklyn, NY. Her comics work includes Nurse Nurse, Operation Margarine, and Twisted Romance #1. Her most recent comics, My Pretty Vampire and The Agency, are available from Fantagraphics.

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  • “I get away with a lot!” /

    Katie Skelly and I discuss puffy bulging vulvas, the “dark whimsy” of her psychedelic erotic comic books, why people think her phantasmagoria is a personal ad, how she got away with showing a certain superhero eating ass on a spaceship, and how she was influenced by looking at Vogue in her parents’ newsstand. /

    Katie Skelly is an award-winning cartoonist who lives in Brooklyn, NY. Her comics work includes Nurse Nurse, Operation Margarine, and Twisted Romance #1. Her most recent comics, My Pretty Vampire and The Agency, are available from Fantagraphics.

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  • "Trauma and shame show up in the body in the same ways.” /

    In this Interrobang, Andrea Glik, LMSW discusses her therapy practice, how BDSM can help us to heal from trauma, what depression looks like in your nervous system, and which Cate Blanchett character she would want a sex robot to impersonate for her. /

    Andrea Glik, LMSW is a psychotherapist, somatic healer, sex educator, and witch. Andrea specializes in treating trauma and PTSD for queer & trans folks, using body based and feminist therapy practices to help clients come home to themselves. Andrea practices at The Gender & Sexuality Therapy Collective in NYC.

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  • "I was called a ho long before I became an actual sex worker.” /

    The brilliant and deviant Ashley Paige joins me again to discuss the Marriott hotel’s classist sex worker profiling, the racial difference between a slut and a ho, and Ashley’s personal history in the sex industry. /

    Content warning: at about 40 minutes this episode gets extra real: w/r/t abuse and violence. /

    Ashley Paige is a ProDomme, AlphaFemale, and Kinky Travel Companion based in NYC. She’s been engaging professionally in pleasure and perversion for more than a decade and specializes in the art of catharsis created by her ethereal understanding of visceral connection through Holistic Kink and Companionship. The femme daddy of your leather dreams and filthy fantasies…!

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  • "He called me Daddy and I've never felt my lips quiver so hard in my life." /

    I figured since we started the year off talking about Leather Mommies, it would only be fair to give some space to masculine nurturing dominants. And who better to embody that queer Daddy vibe than professional dominatrix Ashley Paige? /

    We discussed what it means for women to claim the title Daddy, whether this is or is not about incest, and how sex work helped Ashley get in touch with her inner vulnerable androgynous top. /

    Ashley Paige is a ProDomme, AlphaFemale, and Kinky Travel Companion based in NYC. She’s been engaging professionally in pleasure and perversion for more than a decade and specializes in the art of catharsis created by her ethereal understanding of visceral connection through Holistic Kink and Companionship. The femme daddy of your leather dreams and filthy fantasies…!

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