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The Awkward Side of Sex
By Ghia Vitale
Awkward Sex and the City is a sex podcast. It’s based on what has been described as a “live storytelling show.” The stories you’ll hear on this podcast will blow your mind.
Awkward Sex and the City is not your average sex podcast. It’s produced by More Banana, a podcast production network run by women. This podcast discusses a side of sex people don’t explore often. Natalie Wall, the host, features different guests. On the show, Wall and the guests discuss their experiences, opinions, and thoughts surrounding sex. They discuss things you don’t usually hear people talking about. For instance, in “Learn How To Eat It Without Getting a Bloody Nose,” Arti Gollapudi talks about her experience with burping cum and Fanta after a sexual encounter.
Wall and her guests also frequently talk about queer experiences and coming out. It was refreshing to hear how much this podcast explores queer sexuality and identity. I think it’s important to share these experiences with the world. It helps destigmatize the LGBTQ+ community and lets us know we’re not alone.
Another interesting thing about Awkward Sex and the City is how they mentioned autosexuality in “I Was Never In Trouble, Just Trouble Adjacent,” an episode featuring Sarah Kennedy, a comedian in New York City. Neither Kennedy nor Wall used the term “autosexuality” at all. Kennedy was talking about some comments made by a man who randomly approached her.
The man said, “Hey! If you like boobs so much, do you ever just, like, look in the mirror and get all up in your own boobs?”
Wall noted he was being sincere. Kennedy also said, “I just don’t understand. You got them, so why do you like them?”
I don’t like how invasive this stranger was towards Kennedy. I also don’t like how he assumed queer people experience autosexual attraction, even if he didn’t call it “autosexual attraction,” because that’s not true. However, I like how this podcast brought up that someone acknowledged the possibility of being attracted to yourself. With that said, I don’t think these are appropriate comments to make to someone without consent.
Even today, sexuality is so taboo in society. Conversations about sexuality are stigmatized. Podcasts like Awkward Sex and the City show the lesser-known, awkward, sad, and even hilarious aspects of sexuality. This podcast demonstrates an openness you can’t help but admire. People are often ashamed about their awkward and strange sexual experiences.
In some episodes, Wall and her guests talk about sexual assault. Whenever this happens, Wall discloses the mention in the beginning of the episode. I think it’s important for people to talk about their experiences with sexual assault (if they’re comfortable doing so).
Treat yourself and start listening to this podcast. If you want more updates, follow Awkward Sex and the City on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.
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