Rachel Hills is the author of The Sex Myth, a highly accessible but nonetheless meaty piece of new non-fictional feminist literature.
So what exactly is the sex myth? If you’ve ever been burdened by societal rules on ladylike behaviour, you’ll understand the pervasive sense that your sexual appetite might not fit the norm. Is everyone having sex but you? Or perhaps you feel shamed for your casual encounters? It’s been fifty years since the sexual revolution, yes, but there’s a new power at play here in policing what goes on behind closed doors.
It’s not the government.
It’s not the church.
And it’s not the media (not always, anyway).
It’s actually us. And although our new brand of sexual convention doesn’t exist within a vacuum, it really is up to us to bust our own sex myths in the name of health and happiness.
In this episode we talk about:
Nerdy and passionate love for feminist non-fiction
Why the personal is political, and the sex myth as part of a broader cultural framework
What is the sex myth and how are we ALL affected by it?
Is everyone having sex but you? The answer…NOPE!
Shame and stigma around sexuality
How do sex myths come about? Hint - it’s not the media…it’s you!
Why sex work is NOT uniquely exploitative. It’s just work!
Sex as a serious, academic subject
The perils of writing while female and mansplaining
Female Chauvinist Pigs by Ariel Levy
The definition of healthy sexual expression (hint: does it feel good? Is it ethical?)
Is overt sexual expression the only real sexuality?