Episode #12: Worst Dude Ever

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Episode 12:  We discuss traditional cultural lessons regarding masculinity and YA titles that address masculinity in fascinating ways.

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Our Current Reads

The War That Saved My Life, by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
Fates & Furies, by Lauren Groff
Raging Star, by Moira Young
The Narcotic Farm, by Nancy D. Campbell


“As an underclassman who suddenly has to be the quarterback while taking care of my grandmother and having no parents, I’m here to say being a man is complicated.”

2nd Annual WriteLadyHeadRight Flash Fiction Tumblr & submission guidelines
My So-Called Life: the scene when Jordan Catalano holds Angela’s hand
on the slobby dress of men & the movie Clueless
Anatomy of a Country Music Song series
Angie Manfredi on Twitter @misskubelik
Iron John: A Book About Men, by Robert Bly
Starhawk, author & activist
a collection of romance novels edited by Christa
“Best Of Grindr” on Instagram
Sabaa Tahir on research and world-building in An Ember in the Ashes


“Sure I get the ladies but I basically have no education or idea of what to do with my life post-football. So, yeah.”

Recommended Reads
Fever Pitch, by Heidi Cullinan
Jellicoe Road, by Melina Marchetta
All-American Boys, by Jason Reynolds & Brendan Kiely
Winger, by Andrew Smith
September Girls, by Bennett Madison
An Ember in the Ashes, by Sabaa Tahir

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Episode #6: The Greatest Love Of All

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Episode #6:  We discuss that most taboo sex act, the Greatest Love of All, masturbation.

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Current Reads
– Christa: just finished The F-It List by Julie Halpern; now reading My True Love Gave To Me: Twelve Holiday Stories by Various YA Authors
– Carrie: just finished The Alex Crow by Andrew Smith & The Summer Prince by Alaya Dawn Johnson; now reading By Its Cover by Donna Leon 


Dahlia, the Twitter reference = Dahlia Adler, YA/NA Author
– Betty Dodson’s main site w/ Carlin Ross, plus their YouTube channel and the video Carrie referenced where Betty draws the internal clitoral structure
– Jaclyn Friedman’s main site and podcast “Fucking While Feminist” & book What You Really  Really Want: The Smart Girls Shame-Free Guide to Sex & Safety
Susie Bright’s podcast: “In Bed with Susie Bright” (free episodes via iTunes; subscribe via Audible)

A Few Other Smart Women Who Write About Sex
– Carol Queen
– Chelsea G Summers
– Tristan Taormino

On Euphemisms & Masturbation 
– Euphemism Generator site
– Some slang for masturbation (FYI, this is a Reddit thread)
– Beautiful Agony Tumblr (masturbation images from the neck up)

Books Mentioned
Bastard Out of Carolina by Dorothy Allison
The Color Purple by Alice Walker
Push by Sapphire
Cunt: A Declaration of Independence by Inga Muscio
Woman: An Intimate Geography by Natalie Angier
If I Stay by Gayle Forman

YA Books That Feature Masturbation
The Summer Prince by Alaya Dawn Johnson
Anatomy of a Boyfriend by Daria Snadowsky
The Alex Crow by Andrew Smith
Forget You by Jennifer Echols
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
Fingerprints of You by Kristen-Paige Madonia 
Deenie by Judy Blume
Then Again, Maybe I Won’t by Judy Blume
Wildlife by Fiona Wood
Guyaholic by Carolyn Mackler
The F-It List by Julie Halpern
The Infinite Moment of Us by Lauren Myracle
Shade by Jeri Smith-Ready
Stealing Parker by Miranda Kenneally
Hello, Groin by Beth Goobie
The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily Danforth

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Episode #2: First Times

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Episode #2:  We discuss what it’s like to have sex for the first time, in our lives and in YA fiction.

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Show Notes for Episode #2:

– What we’re reading: Christa: Bone Gap by Laura Ruby /  Carrie: The Winner’s Crime by Marie Rutkoski
– Christa mentioned our involvement in nonfiction anthology The V-Word, edited by Amber Keyser, editor (S&S/Beyond Words, spring of 2016)
– a great blog post that Christa references: An Open Letter to YA Authors About Sex by The Page Sage
– mention of girl character having an orgasm (on the page! yes!) in If I Stay by Gayle Forman
Scarleteen’s First Intercourse 101 – a list of considerations for those thinking/planning their first sex

A bunch of information on lubricants, because why the hell not
What You Need To Know About Lubricant
Mini-Guide: Lubricants
Men’s Health: Pick The Perfect Lube
How To Use Lubricant: A Guide from About.com

Book Recommendations
The Summer I Found You by Jolene Perry
“Green Screen” by Andrew Smith, in Losing It, Keith Gray, ed.
“Sticky Fingers” by A.S. King in Losing It, Keith Gray, ed.
About A Girl by Sarah McCarry
Under The Wolf, Under The Dog by Adam Rapp
Under The Never Sky by Veronica Rossi
Freefall and Live Through This by Mindi Scott

First Time Questions. We used these as a tool think about the show content beforehand, so thought we’d share with you, as they make a great starting place for you and your friends to talk about First Times.

Where/When: time of day, location, your age
Who: Did you know the person? Were you in an established relationship? Like them? Love them? Kinda hate them?
How: Did you plan it? Did you use birth control or condoms? How did it work?
Did it hurt? How did you feel afterward?

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