Episode #9: Body Image

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Episode 9:  We discuss body image, in our own lives, and in the context of sexual content in YA books.

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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 Radio by Pat Schmatz
Mastering The Art of Soviet Cooking by Anya von Bremzen

Dick Is Abundant & Of Low Value by Alana Massey
The Year I Grew Wildly, While Men Looked On by Ashley Ford
Another Round w/ Tracy Clayton & Heben Nigatu (subscribe here in iTunes)
I Have Never Turned Heads: What it’s like when you’re not the object of desire by Sarah Einstein
Carrie & Christa’s Twitter conversation re: Einstein article
North of Beautiful by Justina Chen
Beauty Queens by Libba Bray
Belle Epoque by Elizabeth Ross


Recommended Reads
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

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 us to them and we’ll pick our favorite for the next episode.

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Episode #3: Girl Fantasies & 50 Shades of Grey


Episode #3.  We discuss the movie and book of 50 Shades of Grey as well as the concept of girl fantasies.

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Show Notes for Episode #3

-Christa mentioned reading The Story of O as a young person
– Re: talking about sex with your kids – Carrie’s blog post on the first sex talk she had with her own daughter
– Christa mentioned the gang-bang at the end of Stephen King’s It 
– Christa mentioned BDSM (Bondage/Domination/Sado-Masochism) guidelines/values: Safe, Sane, & Consensual
– on the origins of 50 Shades of Grey as Twilight fanfiction
– Carrie, on the “broken boy” or “damaged man” concept
– Christa, on the topic of healing a “damaged man,” also mentioned Crazy Heart, a movie featuring Jeff Bridges & Maggie Gyllenhaal

On 50 Shades of Grey

Some Recommended Analysis
Sex, Lies and Fifty Shades of Grey” by Leslie Bennetts
The Trouble with Prince Charming or He Who Trespassed Against Us” by Roxane Gay
“There Is a Line Between Dominance & Abuse — and ‘50 Shades of Grey‘ is Blurring It” by Leslie Morgan Steiner
These Are Strictly For Amusement
“141 Thoughts I Had While Watching 50 Shades of Grey” by Jarett Wieselman
Our live-tweets of the movie, Storified here by YA author Molly Backes

Book Recommendations
Young Adult
Not That Kind of Girl by Siobhan Vivian
The Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo
How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff
The Princess Diaries series by Meg Cabot
The DUFF by Kody Keplinger
Side Effects May Vary by Julie Murphy

BDSM erotic romances
The Original Sinners series by Tiffany Reisz
Breaking Leila by Lucy V. Morgan
The Special Delivery series by Heidi Cullinan
Bared to You by Sylvia Day
Having Her by Jackie Ashenden
The Dark Garden by Eden Bradley
Nine & Half Weeks: A Memoir of a Love Affair  by Elizabeth McNeill (our generation’s version of 50 Shades of Grey, featuring a dominant man and a submissive woman, in both book and movie form); related: “Who Was the Real Woman Behind ‘Nine & A Half Weeks’?” by Sarah Weinman


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– Special thank you to Andrew Karre for helping us this week on the production aspects of the podcast. We appreciate your behind-the-scenes tech support so much!