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Episode 501: Nona Willis Aronowitz


Nona Willis Aronowitz, an editor and author, writes a sex and love advice column for Teen Vogue. Her new book is Bad Sex: Truth, Pleasure, and an Unfinished Revolution.

“I'm getting a lot of emails from people saying basically ‘You've inspired me to break up with my man tomorrow.’ Or ‘I may not ever break up with my man, but I'm starting to tell the truth, at least to myself, about my relationship.’ And I think a lot of people — even though I think being open about your feelings and acceptance of all kinds of lifestyles are two tenants of modern society — I still think there's a lot of silence around dissatisfaction around sex and love.”

Show notes:

  • @nona
  • theothernwa.com
  • Willis Aronowitz on Longform
  • Willis Aronowitz’s Teen Vogue archive
  • 02:00Willis Aronowitz’s Good archive
  • 02:00Willis Aronowitz’s Splinter archive
  • 04:00 "Ellen Willis, 64, Journalist and Feminist, Dies" (Margalit Fox • New York Times • Nov 2006)
  • 10:00 "Consciousness-Raising Groups and the Women’s Movement" (Erin Blakemore • JSTOR Daily • March 2021)
  • 29:00 "Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About ‘Bad Sex’ But Were Afraid to Ask" (Jessica Bennett • New York Times • Aug 2022)
  • 43:00 Out of the Vinyl Deeps (Ellen Willis • University of Minnesota Press • 2011)
  • 43:00 The Essential Ellen Willis (Ellen Willis • University of Minnesota Press • 2014)
  • 43:00Ellen Willis’ New Yorker archive

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 2022-08-31  53m