The Oral History Podcast, Episode 9: Body Image


This week’s episode is all about body image. While we had no problems discussing the issues of body image in our own lives, we did have difficulty finding YA books that dealt specifically with body image in the context of sex, which is why we only have four recommended titles this month instead of our usual six. Give a listen and, if you have titles to recommend that deal with body image concerns involving a character who is sexually active AND shown having actual sex on the page, we ask you to please:

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Our Current Reads


Faithfully Feminist: Jewish, Christian & Muslim Feminists & Why We Stay, by Gina Messina-Dysert, Jennifer Zobair & Amy Levin, editors
The Infinite In-Between, by Carolyn Mackler


Lizard Radioby Pat Schmatz
Mastering The Art of Soviet Cooking, by Anya von Bremzen


The Dickonomics of Tinder,” by Alana Massey
The Year I Grew Wildly, While Men Looked On,” by Ashley Ford
Another Round podcast with Tracy Clayton and Heben Nigatu, (subscribe in iTunes)
“I Have Never Turned Heads”: What It’s Like When You’re Not the Object of Desire, by Sarah Einstein
North of Beautiful, by Justina Chen8918f3918da77a56fa62ee019126dda6
Beauty Queens, by Libba Bray
Belle Epoque, by Elizabeth Ross

Recommended Books

Dumplin’, by Julie Murphy
Everything Beautiful, by Simmone Howell
Gabi, A Girl in Pieces, by Isabel Quintero Flores
I’ll Meet You There, by Heather Demetrios

Next Up


We’re introducing a new segment to our podcast! Do you have a story to share? We’re looking for real anecdotes/flash fiction (under 300 words) on the next topic we’re covering, which is illicit relationships. All stories kept confidential if desired, but send them to us and we’ll pick our favorite for the next episode.

Looking for an example? Here is Christa’s “Accidental Threesome” story to get an idea. Send your true tales and fake stories to feedback AT theoralhistorypodcast DOT com.


Pretty vivid, huh? Tell us what you think! feedback AT theoralhistorypodcast DOT com




About the Author:

Christa Desir writes contemporary YA fiction. Her forthcoming novel, Other Broken Things, will be published in January 2016 by Simon Pulse. Visit her online at, and follow her on Twitter at @ChristaDesir. Carrie Mesrobian is the author of three YA novels, most recently Cut Both Ways (2015). Visit her online at, and find her on Twitter at @CarrieMesrobian.

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