The Oral History Podcast, Episode 16: Clean Reads and Porn

oral-logoIn this episode of The Oral History Podcast, we discuss the idea of “clean reads” as well as porn in fiction and in the lives of adolescents. Don’t panic: we’re not recommending porn films, just examining the role porn plays in adolescent and adult sexuality with respect to formal and informal methods of transmitting information about sexual health and identity. Tell us what you think on Twitter @CarrieMesrobian and @ChristaDesir, or via email (feedback AT theoralhistorypodcast DOT com).

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SHOW NOTES

Our Current Reads

Carrie:

Erin’s Daughters in America: Irish Immigrant Women in the Nineteenth Century by Hasia R. Diner

The Winner’s Kiss by Marie Rutkoski

 

Christa:

Girls and Sex: Navigating the Complicated New Landscape by Peggy Orenstein

All In Pieces by Suzanne Young

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“All this talk of Clean Reads makes a person feel dirty.”

References

an example of a publisher seeking “Clean Reads

Common Sense Media

Kirkus

School Library Journal

VOYA

It by Stephen King (and the sex scene at the end of the story)

 

Recommended Books (listed in the order in which they were discussed)

Adam by Ariel Schrag

Big Girl Small by Rachel DeWoskin

Cruddy by Lynda Barry

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

The Deathday Letter by Shaun Hutchinson

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“Of course I shower with a cap on. I’m a very modest individual.”

About This Podcast

Carrie Mesrobian and Christa Desir are two good friends who happen to be YA authors interested in discussing sex. The idea for The Oral History Podcast came out of their daily dog-walking conversations when they realized that others might be as interested in this topic as they were. Each podcast focuses on a topic of sexuality in the lives of teens. Previous podcasts have included discussions about masturbation, first kisses, cheating, illicit relationships, oral sex, and “girl talk” to name a few. Frank, engaging, and filthy, these two podcasters will leave you laughing, blushing, or ready to start writing sex scenes in your novel in an authentic and excellent way.

 

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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 christadesir.com, 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 carriemesrobian.com, and find her on Twitter at @CarrieMesrobian.

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