Episode 13: Sex Without Romance


oral_history_podcast_logoEpisode 13: We discuss Sex Without Romance (something that is very difficult to find in young adult fiction, as it turns out) and some of our adolescent adventures with respect to romance-free sex, as well as a few YA titles that touch on it.

click to subscribe in iTunes or Stitcher


Our Current Reads


Lost Paradise: From Mutiny on the Bounty to a Modern-Day Legacy of Sexual Mayhem, the Dark Secrets of Pitcairn Island Revealed by Kathy Marks
The House of Bernarda Alba by Federico Garcia Lorca


The Boy Most Likely To by Huntley Fitzpatrick
Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow

                   “What I imagine when Christa describes ‘The Pit'” – Carrie


“Sex Without Love” by Sharon Olds
Young Life

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

Sex Without Romance: girl POV
Delicate Monsters by Stephanie Kuehn
The F-It List by Julie Halpern
Boy Heaven by Laura Kasischke
Jersey Angel by Beth Ann Bauman
Everything Beautiful by Simmone Howell
“Me, Some Random Guy & the Army of Darkness” by Justina Ireland,  in The V-Word: True Stories about First Time Sex by Amber J. Keyser, editor

Sex Without Romance: boy POV
September Girls by Bennett Madison
Sex & Violence by Carrie Mesrobian


“Want more? Subscribe to our accompanying TinyLetter for further discussion on this episode…”

Tell us what you think: leave a comment or send an email: feedback AT theoralhistory DOT com

Episode #9: Body Image

oral history podcast cover

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

Click to subscribe in iTunes or Stitcher.

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.

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


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