Tag: sex

The 2018 Bad Sex in Fiction Award Shortlist

The 2018 Bad Sex in Fiction Award Shortlist

Being a very talented writer does not necessarily mean that talent also spills forth into the fictional bedroom. As seen from the current shortlist of the 2018 Bad Sex in Fiction Prize, even Haruki Murakami can be shortsighted when it comes to the biological facts. His nominated passage may be too hot for daytime reading […]

The Oral History Podcast, Episode 19: Dating

The Oral History Podcast, Episode 19: Dating

In this episode of the Oral History Podcast, we discuss the concept of dating: What it was like when we were teenagers, what it’s like for teenagers now, and how some books handle this variable romantical endeavor. Do you have some insight on dating then/now, or any book recommendations that deal with dating in a […]

The Oral History Podcast 17: YA Sex Scenes

The Oral History Podcast 17: YA Sex Scenes

In this episode of The Oral History Podcast, we discuss issues of craft and the questions involved in YA sex scenes—whether you’re reading or writing them. Tell us what you think on Twitter @CarrieMesrobian and @ChristaDesir, or via email (feedback AT theoralhistorypodcast DOT com). Click to subscribe in iTunes or Stitcher.   SHOW NOTES Our Current […]

These Books Might as Well Be Naked

These Books Might as Well Be Naked

Some book jackets, as the name implies, dress up the books that wear them. Others dress them down—and some undress them all the way. As H. L. Mencken could very well have said, no one ever went broke overestimating the prurient interest of the reading public. The following book covers,  artfully adorned with not-so-subliminal messages, somehow made it past the censors. […]

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

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

In 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 […]

The Oral History Podcast, Episode 15: Romantic Tropes

The Oral History Podcast, Episode 15: Romantic Tropes

In this episode of The Oral History Podcast, we depart from our usual analysis of YA literature and instead discuss adult romance-novel tropes that persistently beguile and bedevil us. If you’ve got a romance trope that you love (or love to hate) we’d love to hear about it. Find us on Twitter at @CarrieMesrobian and @ChristaDesir, or […]

The Oral History Podcast, Episode 14: Femininity

The Oral History Podcast, Episode 14: Femininity

This episode of The Oral History Podcast is a companion piece to our episode on Masculinity. In this show, we discuss femininity and some of its trappings as we’ve experienced them throughout our lives: lingerie, fake nails, cheerleaders, fathers and daughters, make-up, the meanings behind gendered concepts, the gender binary and the ritual of “getting ready,” just […]

The Oral History Podcast: Sex without Romance

The Oral History Podcast: Sex without Romance

This episode of The Oral History Podcast is about Sex Without Romance, something that is very difficult to find in young adult fiction, as it turns out. Christa and Carrie discuss some of their adolescent adventures with respect to romance-free sex, as well as a few YA titles that touch on it. Let us know […]

Empowering Young Women, Politically and Personally: Two New Titles for Teens

Empowering Young Women, Politically and Personally: Two New Titles for Teens

Think you know the f-word and the v-word? These two titles might change your mind. Feminism has come a long way from the fight for suffrage, and in its current manifestation, it can be difficult for some to determine precisely what feminism stands for or, indeed, if it’s necessary at all. It seems like women have more […]

The Oral History Podcast, Episode 12: Worst Dude Ever

The Oral History Podcast, Episode 12: Worst Dude Ever

In this episode of the Oral History Podcast, we unpack traditional cultural lessons regarding masculinity. We started discussing some of this on Twitter under the hashtag #WorstDudeEver and in this episode, we talk about six young-adult titles that showcase aspects of masculinity that are complex and troubling. Do you have recommendations that deconstruct masculinity? Tell […]